شرح معاني الأثار
Sharh Ma'ani al-Athar
By Imam Abu Ja'far Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Salama bin Abdul Malik al-Azdiy al-Hajariy al- Misri al-Tahawi al-Hanafi (D. 321 AH)
Muhaqqiq (Editor) : Ibrahim Shamseddin
Hardback ~2048 Pages
Complete 4 Volumes Set In 4 Books
2 Color Print
Size : 17 x 24 cm
3rd Edition - 2013
Publisher : Dar Al-Kotob Al-Ilmiyah (DKI), Beirut, Lebanon
About The Book
Sharh ma`ani al-athar has been encyclopedic in scope and have long been regarded as indispensable for training students of fiqh. This is the famous work by the Imam in which he rigorously studies all of the texts relating to each branch of fiqh and the positions of the Imams of the madhabs with respect to those rulings. It is mainly highly regarded as a Hanafi book.
A GREAT WORK FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ALIKE
About The Author
Imam Abu Ja'far Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Salamah bin Salmah bin 'Abd al Malik bin Salmah bin Sulaim bin Sulaiman bin Jawab Azdi, popularly known as Imam Tahawi, after his birth-place in Egypt, is among the most outstanding authorities of the Islamic world on Hadith and fiqh (jurisprudence). He lived 239-321 A.H., an epoch when both the direct and indirect disciples of the four Imams - Imam Abu Hanifah, Imam Malik, Imam Shafi'i and Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal - were teaching and practicing. This period was the zenith of Hadith and fiqh studies, and Imam Tahawi studied with all the living authorities of the day.
He began as a student of his maternal uncle, Isma'il bin Yahya Muzni, a leading disciple of Imam Shafi'i. Instinctively, however, Imam Tahawi felt drawn to the corpus of Imam Abu Hanifah's works. Indeed, he had seen his uncle and teacher turning to the works of Hanafi scholars to resolve thorny issues of Fiqh, drawing heavily on the writings of Imam Muhammad Ibn al-Hasan al-Shaybani and Imam Abu Yusuf, who had codified Hanafi fiqh. This led Imam Tahawi to devote his whole attention to studying the Hanafi works and he eventually joined the Hanafi school.
Imam Tahawi stands out not only as a prominent follower of the Hanafi school but, in view of his vast erudition and remarkable powers of assimilation, as one of its leading scholars. His monumental scholarly works, such as Sharh Ma'ani al-Athar and Mushkil al-Athar, are encyclopaedic in scope and have long been regarded as indispensable for training students of fiqh.
Al-Badr al-`Ayni said that when Ahmad died, Tahawi was 12; when Bukhari died, he was 27; when Muslim died, he was 32; when Ibn Majah died, he was 44; when Abu Dawud died, he was 46; when Tirmidhi died, he was fifty; when Nisa'i died, he was 74. Kawthari relates this and adds the consensus of scholars that Tahawi allied in himself completion in the two knowledges of hadith and fiqh, a consensus that included, among others, al-`Ayni and al-Dhahabi.
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