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Al-Muwatta of Imam Malik (Arabic-English) By Aisha Bewley
[DD#5336 0A6 HB 1164pp,9781908892423, 4th Edition Diwan Press, Maliki Fiqh, Islamic Law Madinah Peopl]

Al-Muwatta of Imam Malik Ibn Anas : Arabic - English
By Imam Malik Ibn Anas
Translator : Aisha Bewley
Hardback 1164 pages
Gloss Dust-Jacket

ISBN : 9781908892423
Publisher : Diwan Press

Fourth Edition Including Arabic

About The Book

The first formulation of Islamic Law based on the behaviour of the people of Madinah during the time of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and the great Companions, Al-Muwatta is the blueprint for a just and radiant society: the earliest, clearest, cleanest record of salafi Islam.

It is the first of the sahih works, long pre-dating al-Bukhari and Muslim.

Al-Bukhari regarded the transmission of Imam Malik narrating from Nafi‘ from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar from the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, as being ‘the Golden Chain of Transmission’.

Abu Dawud, whose Sunan is another of the Six Books of hadith, added “then Malik, from az-Zuhri, from Salim, from his father [i.e. Ibn ‘Umar], then Malik, from Abu'z-Zinad, from al-A‘raj, from Abu Hurayrah”, without mentioning anything from anyone other than Malik.

Ibn Hajar said, “… some imams say that they are unqualifiedly the soundest of isnads, such as az-Zuhri i.e. the hadith which az-Zuhri – who is better known as Ibn Shihab – narrated from Salim i.e. transmitting to him from Salim ibn ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar from his father. The school of Ahmad [ibn Hanbal] and Ibn Rahwayh is that this is unqualifiedly the soundest chain of transmission”. 

Adh-Dhahabi held that, “The soundest of chains of transmission are those from az-Zuhri from Sa‘id ibn al-Musayyab from Abu Hurayrah” which are abundant in the Muwatta. Then those which come from Abu’z-Zinad from al-A‘raj from Abu Hurayrah.”

Ash-Shafi‘i said, “After the Book of Allah, there is no book on the face of the earth sounder than the book of Malik.”

‘Ala’ ad-Din Maghlaṭay al-Ḥanafi said, “The first person to compile the ṣaḥiḥ was Malik.”

Ibn Ḥajar said, “The book of Malik is sound by all the criteria that are demanded as proofs in the mursal, munqaṭi‘ and other types of transmission.”

As-Suyuṭi followed Ibn Ḥajar’s judgement and said, “It is absolutely correct to say that the Muwaṭṭa’ is sound (ṣaḥiḥ) without exception.”

Al-Bukhari and Muslimtransmitted most of its ḥadiths and included them in their Ṣaḥiḥ collections. The authors of the rest of the six books, the Imam of the ḥadith scholars, Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal, and others did the same.

In addition, the Muwaṭṭa’  contains a record of the practice (‘amal) of the people of Madinah of the first generations, a transmission of the ethos that permeated the city, and Imam Malik’s painstaking clarification of the Sunna, the ḥadiths, the practice and legal judgements.

If we look at the Muwatta in an unbiased way, we will find that it prepares and smooths the way and is easy to grasp, even though it is one of the oldest books now in our possession. No earlier book from the people of knowledge is known. It's author made it an example to be imitated, particularly in the way in which it is arranged. 


  1. The Times of Prayer
  2. Purity
  3. Prayer
  4. Forgetfulness in the Prayer
  5. Jumu'a
  6. Prayer in Ramadan
  7. Tahajjud
  8. Prayer in Congregation
  9. Shortening the Prayer in a Journey
  10. The Two 'Ids
  11. The Fear Prayer
  12. The Eclipse Prayer
  13. Asking for Rain
  14. The Qibla
  15. The Qur'an
  16. Burials
  17. Zakat
  18. Fasting
  19. I'tikaf in Ramadan
  20. Hajj
  21. Jihad
  22. Vows and Oaths
  23. Sacrificial Animals
  24. Slaughtering Animals
  25. Game
  26. The 'Aqiqa
  27. Fixed Shares of Inheritance
  28. Marriage
  29. Divorce
  30. Suckling
  31. Business Transactions
  32. Qirad
  33. Sharecropping
  34. Renting Land
  35. Pre-emption in Property
  36. Judgements
  37. Wills and Testaments
  38. Setting Free and Wala'
  39. The Mukatab
  40. The Mudabbar
  41. Hudud
  42. Drinks
  43. Blood Money
  44. The Oath of Qasama
  45. Madina
  46. The Decree
  47. Good Character
  48. Dress
  49. The Description of the Prophet
  50. The Evil Eye
  51. Hair
  52. Visions
  53. Greetings
  54. General
  55. The Oath of Allegiance
  56. Speech
  57. Jahannam
  58. Sadaqa
  59. Knowledge
  60. The Supplication of the Unjustly Wronged
  61. The Names of the Prophet

About Imam Malik ibn Anas (93 AH/711 CE – 179 AH/795 CE)

Imam Malik ibn Anas ibn Malik ibn Abi ‘amir al-Aṣbaḥi was related to Dhu Aṣbaḥ, a sub-tribe of Ḥimyar.  He was instructed in the learning and recitation of the Noble Qur’an by Imam Nafi‘ ibn ‘Abd ar-Raḥman ibn Abī Nu‘aym, the Imam of the reciters of Madina and one of the ‘seven reciters’.

Among the huge number of his teachers in ḥadīth and fiqh were Nafi‘, the mawla of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar, and Ibn Shihab az-Zuhri. He sat to give fatwa when he was seventeen years old after seventy Imams had testified that he was worthy to give fatwa and teach.

His own students included Imam ash-Shafi‘i and Imam Muhammad ibn al-Ḥasan ash-Shaybani the Ḥanafi mujtahid, as well as a great number of Imams of ḥadith and fiqh, and thus he is known as Imam al-A’immah ‘the Imam of the Imams’.

He is recognised to be the subject of the hadith from Abu Hurayra:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him said, ‘There will come a time when the people will beat the livers of their camels in search of knowledge and they will not find an ‘alim with more knowledge than the ‘alim of Madina.’”

About The Translator

Aisha Abdurrahman Bewley is one of today’s most prolific translators of classical Arabic works into English. For more than thirty-five years she has been concerned with making the contents of many classical Arabic works more accessible to English-speaking readers.

She is co-translator, with her husband Shaykh Abdalhaqq Bewley, of The Noble Qur’an, a New Rendering of its Meaning in English.

Other works include her translation of The Meaning of Man of Sidi Ali al-Jamal, Muhammad Messenger of Allah – ash-Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad, Muhammad ibn Sa‘d’s Kitab at-Tabaqat al-Kabir, and of her own authorship: Mu‘awiya – Restorer of the Muslim Faith, A Glossary of Islamic Terms, Islam: The Empowering of Women and Muslim Women, a Biographical Dictionary.

This book is also available from other publishers

Maktaba Al Assrya (Arabic Only)
Dar Al-Kotob Al-Ilmiyah (The Approved Arb-Eng)
Madinah Press (English Only)



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