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The Differences of the Imams

Ikhtilaf al-A'imma

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The Differences of the Imams

Ikhtilaf al-A'imma

If the Imams of the four schools (madhahib) established all of their rulings from the Qur’an and the Sunna, why have they differed on so many points? How can two authentic narrations from the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him an give hime peace) appear to contradict one another? When is it acceptable for Muslims to differ over religious matters? What did the Messenger (Allah bless him an give hime peace) mean when he said, “The differences of my Umma are a source of mercy?”

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If the Imams of the four schools (madhahib) established all of their rulings from the Qur’an and the Sunna, why have they differed on so many points? How can two authentic narrations from the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him an give hime peace) appear to contradict one another? When is it acceptable for Muslims to differ over religious matters? What did the Messenger (Allah bless him an give hime peace) mean when he said, “The differences of my Umma are a source of mercy?”

Using examples from the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him an give hime peace), his Companions, and their Followers, The Differences of the Imams answers these puzzling questions in a thorough and concise manner. In a clear and lucid style, the author illustrates the various ways in which different narrations seem to contradict one another and how the Companions and the Imams of jurisprudence have reconciled these apparent differences. This work is an excellent resource for anyone seeking to better understand some of the deeper issues of hadith and jurisprudence: how these two disciplines come together to form the basis of Islamic law [Shari’a], why it is necessary to follow a school of Islamic law, and what the basic principles of hadith scholarship are.

“Shaykh and honorable Imam; jurist and noble scholar of hadith; fragrant flower of India and Arabia; master of spiritual realities [haqiqa] and allusions [majaz]; our leader and our blessing (from Allah).”

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghudda

Halab, Syria

“It is evident to one who takes a look at his works that he had a brilliancy, both in knowledge and with the pen, like that of Ibn al-Jawzi and Imam Ghazali. Of the scholars of his era, I know of no one comparable to him in this regard, except Imam ‘Abd al-Hayy al-Farangi Mahalli (of Lucknow).”

Sa’id Ahmad Akbarabadi

Aligarh, India

“Morally outstanding, hadith scholar, remnant of the predecessors and splendor of the successors, blessed Imam, caller to Allah, my master and my teacher: Shaykh Muhammad Zakariyya.”

Sayyid Muhammad Ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki

Madina Munawwara

Shaykh Zakariyya Kandhlawi

In the last century, India has undoubtedly become an important center for the study of hadith, and the scholars of India have become well-known for their passion for religious knowledge. Upon them ended the era of leadership in teaching hadiths, codification of the special fields (funun) of hadith, and commentary upon its texts (mutun). Such was their mastery of this science that Muhammad Rashid Rida mentions in the introduction of his book Miftah Kunuz al-Sunna, “Were it not for the superb attention to detail in the science of hadith displayed by our brothers, the scholars of India in the present era, this science would have withered away in the eastern cities. And, indeed, mastery of this science has been waning in Egypt and Syria since the tenth century ah.” There is no doubt that Shaykh Muhammad Zakariyya was among the most distinguished hadith scholars of India and a great contributor in service of the Sunna. He was given the honorary title of Shaykh al-Hadith, or “Great Scholar of Hadith,” by his teacher, Shaykh Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri, who recognized his deep insight, clear-sightedness, and extensive knowledge of hadith and related sciences.

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Weight 0.205 kg
Dimensions 21.7 × 14 × 1 cm
Pages

136

Format

Softcover

ISBN

0-9728358-2-2

Dimensions

8.5" x 5.5"

Pub. Date:

Sep 2004

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