the Four Madhabs
by Abdal Hakim Murad (AKA Tim Winter)
Paperback Booklet of 30 Pages
Muslim Academic Trust, Cambridge (MAT) UK
Why four schools of thought? Is it necessary to
follow one? Discussion on these and other questions. A great book for those
confused about this subject.
Because of the traditional pious fear of
distorting the Law of Islam, the overwhelming majority of the great scholars of
the past - certainly well over ninety-nine percent of them - have adhered
loyally to a madhhab. It is true that in the troubled fourteenth century a
handful of dissenters appeared, but even these individuals never recommended
that semi-educated Muslims should attempt ijtihad without expert
About the Author:
Timothy J Winter AKA Abdal Hakim Murad graduated from
Cambridge University with a double-first in Arabic in 1983. He then studied
Islam under traditional teachers at Al-Azhar, one of the oldest universities in
the world. He went on to reside in Jeddah, where he administered a commercial
translation office and maintained close contact with Habib Ahmad Mashhur
al-Haddad and other ulama from Hadramaut, Yemen.
In 1989, Tim Winter (Abdal
Hakim being his Muslim Name ) returned to England and spent two years at the
University of London learning Turkish and Farsi . Also a University Lecturer in
Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, England,
and Director of Studies in Theology at Wolfson College.
His research work focuses on Muslim-Christian relations, Islamic ethics and the
study of the Orthodox Muslim response to extremism.
Sheikh Abdal Hakim is the
translator of a number of works, including two volumes from Imam al-Ghazali Ihya
Ulum al-Din. He gives durus and halaqas from time to time and taught the works
of Imam al-Ghazali at the Winter 1995 Deen Intensive Program in New Haven, CT.
He appears frequently on BBC Radio and writes occasionally for a number of
publications including The Independent and Q-News International, Britain's
premier Muslim Magazine.
To many others, he is an English Middle Class Academic and to many he is
Sheikh Abdul Hakim Murad a religious scholar of eminence. Eminence in the
Islamic community. Both of these people reside in the one body, Tim Winter,
welcome to the program.
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