Student's Bahishti Zewar (For Males)
By Hakimul Ummah Maulana Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi
English Translation By Maulana Muhammad Mahomedy
Hardback 576 Pages
Publisher : Maktaba Bait Ul Ilm
About The Book
The popular and well-known book 'Bahishti Zewar' of Hakim al-Ummat Mawlana Ashraf 'Ali Thanawi, needs no introduction. It contains all the necessary rules and regulations (according to the Hanafi math-hab) needed for a Muslim from birth till death. It gained such popularity and acceptance that approximately, 100,000 copies were printed in the authors lifetime (early 1900's)!
The book was originally written for women. However, it has proved extremely beneficial for men as well. Bearing this in mind, the compilers of this particular edition undertook the task of removing those rules and regulations which were applicable [solely] to women, while maintaining those applicable to men.
Other peculiarities of the book include:
- The language of the book has been simplified for easy understanding
- The female tense used in the original work has been replaced with the male tense
- The chapters have been re-arranged according to the Juridical chapters found in books of fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence)
A brief exercise is added at the end of almost every chapter so that teachers may guage the students' understanding of the text. Those who undertake self-study may also benefit from the exercises.
About The Author
Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi was born in 1280 A.H. in the village of Thana Bowan. His desire for Deen was initiated by his initial ustad Maulana Fateh Muhammad Saheb.Commonly referred to as Hakim al-Ummat ('Sage of the Ummah'), was a giant among the Islamic scholars of the twentieth century. He was a master in all branches of Islamic scholarship including Qur'an, Hadith, Fiqh and Tasawwuf. A prolific writer, he had more than a thousand publications to his credit. He wrote for the minimally literate as effectively as he did for scholars. Nearly a century later some of his books remain as popular as they were when originally published.
Maulana's Teachers were all great luminaries of their time. The most important amongst them was Maulana Muhammad Yaqub Saheb from whom he achieved the greatest amount of knowledge and spiritual benefit.
He learnt qiraat from the well-known Qari Muhammed Abdullah Saheb Muhajir Makki, during his student days in Deoband he desired to make a pledge on the hands of Maulana Rasheed Ahmed Gangohi but he ended becoming a disciple of Haji Imdadullah.
Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi spent his entire life serving deen in every field. he passed away in Rajab 1362 A.H. (1943).
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