Qawa'id Fi Ulum al-Hadith (Principles of Hadith)
By Mawlana Zafar Ahmad al-Uthmani
English Translation By Abdussamad Clarke and Aisha Bewley
Edited and Revised By Mawlana Shamsudduha and Mawlana Dr. mansur Ali
Introduction By Mawlana Dr. mansur Ali
General Editor : Yahya Batha
Paperback 250 Pages
ISBN : 9781906949280
Publisher : Turath Publishing
About The Book
This book is also known as Muqaddima I'la as-Sunan : The Introduction to I'la as-Sunan.
Originally known as Inha as-Sakan ila man Yutali I'la as-Sunan : Complete relief for whosoever studies the I'la as-Sunan.
The importance of hadith as the basis of Islamic law, theology and ethics cannot be underestimated. Alongside the Qur'an it constitutes the second source for Islamic shariah and ones practice. While no Muslim will challenge the authority of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) as many have differing views with regards to ascertaining exactly what the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said and did.
This difference is a consequence of the diverse methodologies employed in establishing the normative practices of the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace). The spectrum of ideas and opinions encompass the entire scope of thought from outright rejection of hadith to a highly literal reading of it. This translation provides yet another approach to understanding hadith. The translated text is the introduction to a large multi-volume work in Arabic called I'la as-Sunan. The original work was a response to the ahle hadith allegation that the school of Imam Abu Hanifah is deprived of hadith.
In this introduction, the author pens his methodology for writing the I'la as-Sunan. The author endeavours to de-construct the false understanding that hadith science is absolute and fixed. He argues that since the science of hadith is not prescriptive in the shariah, no one group can lay claim to it or claim a universal understanding of it. This book will be of interest to students who have a penchant for abstract theories and methods and to the advanced students of hadith and Islamic thoughts.
About the Author
Mawlana Zafar Ahmad al-Uthmani, the illustrious nephew of Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf Ali at-Thanawi was born on 13 Rabi al-Awwal 1310/1892. Allah bestowed him with a remarkable memory and at a tender age he memorised the Holy Qur'an. From the age of seven he was studying mathematics, Persian and Urdu with Mawlana Yasin, the father of Mufti Shafi. He studied the Islamic sciences under various teachers including his maternal uncle Hakim al-Ummah in both Thana Bhawan as well as Kanpur.
After receiving license in the sacred and rational sciences, he went to the Islamic seminary Mazahir Ulum and became a student of the hadith master and Gnostic Mawlana Khalil Ahmad Saharanpuri. He received his license to teach hadith at the young age of 18. He then became a professor of Islamic sciences in various institutions including his alma mater Mazahir Ulum and Imdad al-Ulum in Thana Bhawan. He is the author of many books on the sacred sciences of which the I'la as-Sunan is his magnum opus.
About The Translator
Aisha Abdurrahman at Tarjumana Bewley is one of the most prolific translators of classical Arabic work into English. Aisha Bewley not only understands Arabic but she is also aware of the basic meanings and nature of teachings and history of Islam. Her knowledge is born of experience and direct transmission, not merely academic theory and learning by rote. For more than twenty-five years she has been concerned with making the contents of many classical works in Arabic more Accessible to English-speaking readers for the first time, including Ash-Shifa of Qadi Iyad.
She is co-translator The Noble Qur'an A New Rendering of its Meaning in English. Other works include - Al-Muwatta of Imam Malik , Glossary of Islamic Terms, Islam: The Empowering of Women, Muslim Women A Biographical Dictionary.
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