The Sunnah and its Role in Legislation: Dr.
Author: Dr. Mustafa as-Siba'ee
Translated By Faisal ibn Muhammad Shafeeq
Publisher: International Islamic Publishing House IIPH (2008)
Pages: 570 Binding: Hardcover
Description from the publisher:
The Sunnah and its Role in Islamic Legislation is a
groundbreaking effort by Dr. Mustafa as-Siba’ee, for it has a completeness to it
in two regards: first, the author manages to cover all topics related to the
Sunnah—its status, its legislative force, the stages that led to its recording,
just to mention a few—in a comprehensive and organized manner. Second, he
presents the views of those that have attacked the Sunnah throughout history,
detailing their arguments and then refuting them. Among those groups from the
past were the Shi’a and the Mu’tazilah; today, they are mainly the Orientalists
and those that are influenced by them.
Shaykh as-Siba’ee takes us through the historical development of the Sunnah,
from the early stages of revelation to the recording of the Sunnah during the
era of the great Imams of Hadith. Throughout that account, he highlights the
contributions of the scholars in preserving the Sunnah and cleansing it from
fabrications and lies. Shaykh as-Siba’ee gives a clear account of the
revolutionary methods and scholarly principles that were established in order to
authenticate historical reports and narrations. The author shows us that the
fruits of that endeavor were the preservation of the authentic Sunnah and the
birth of the Hadith sciences.
This book has been a perennial source of knowledge for Arabic-speaking students
of Islam, for its clarity, readability, and insightful research. New
English-speaking students too have available to them this authoritative treatise
on the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad ) may the peace and blessings of
Allah be upon him)
Dr. Mustafa As-Siba'i
was born in 1915 in the city of Hams, Damascus. He memorized the Qur'an at a
very young age. He studied the Islamic Sciences with his father Shaykh Hasani
Sibai and in circles with great scholars and jurists of Hams. His teachers
included Shaykh Tahir Al-Atasi (Mufti of Hams at the time), Shaykh Zahid Al-Atasi,
Shaykh Muhammad Al-Yasin, Shaykh Anis Kalalib and others.
From the young
age of eighteen he used to deliver the Friday khutbahs in the absence of his
father. In 1933, he went to Egypt and enrolled at the Univesity of Al-Azhar to
his studies of fiqh, he enrolled at the Usul al-Deen Faculty of Al-Azhar and
excelled in his studies. In 1949, he completed his PhD on the theme of 'The
Position of Sunnah in Legislation'.
He is currently Dean of Faculty of Islamic Jurisprudence, and professor of
Individual Rights in the Faculty of Sharia, Damascus University.
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