Fiqh al Imam
By Shaykh Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf
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In recent decades many attacks have been launched against the concept of taqlid [following a school of Islamic law]. Opposition has ranged from being mild with degrees of acceptance to malicious attacks. Certain extreme elements have gone so far as to brand those who follow a madhhab [school] as mushrik [polytheist]. Much of the opposition has been a result of misunderstanding the realities of this concept.
This first part of this book seeks to clarify certain aspects of taqlid that have been misunderstood and gravely distorted. It sheds light on the necessity of taqlid, its history, and its role in today’s world. The second part includes several chapters devoted to issues regarding salat [ritual prayer] according to the Hanafi school of law. Through illustrative examples and detailed discussions, the chapters on prayer sufficiently demonstrate the sophisticated legal philosophy employed by the Hanafi school (indeed all the madhhabs) in their derivation of legal rulings from the source texts of Islam.
All rulings have been supported with evidentiary proofs from the Qur’an and Hadith. The author delivers an even-handed presentation of arguments throughout the book. He intends neither to offend nor to perpetuate polemic disputes, but rather to state the facts in a lucid and rational style, with a view to appeal to the reader’s sense of reason.
Foreword Fiqh al Imam
Id the name of Allah Most High.
My dear Ahdur-Rah man (may Allah protect you).
In acco(dance with the Suimaj 1 send yon greetings of peace.
It has been a great source of pleasure to learn of the publication of the new edirioji Fiqh al-Imam, May Allah accept the book and grant it the honor of acceptance among the elect and laity.
If every worshipper studies this book once, he will experience a transformation in his prayer. Since he has until now been performing his prayer according to legal rulings \jhtawa]\ whereas after studying this book, he wotild increase in his cojivicilon, that the way he stands, recites, bowsj prostrates, and sits in the prayer is indeed in one hundred percent emulation of the Mercy of the Worlds, Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah He will sense a special kind ofcoiitentment and happiness.
May Allah grant us the ability to emtilace the Messejigcr in all our acts of worship and practice. May He maintain in us the love of the Messenger ^ and grant us death in that state.
[shaVRhI YUSUF [McrrAiAj Senior Hadith Teacher anKl Rector Darul Uloom abArablyya al-lslamiyya Holcombe, Bury, UK May 6, 2003 \ Rabi‘ al-Awwd 4. 1424