"This translation is both precise and straightforward [the translator] has conveyed the meaning of the original with great clarity." Dr. Mohammad Akram Nadwi, research fellow, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies
"[This translation] is an important contribution and vastly improves on previous attempts to render the Hidayah in English." R. Kevin Jaques, assistant professor, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University
About the Author
Burhan al-Din 'Ali b. Abi Bakr b. 'Abd al Jalal al-Farghani, al-Marghinani was the Muslim world's leading 13th-century jurist. Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee is a professor and the chief editor of Shariah and Islamic law at the International Islamic University–Islamabad. He is the translator of The Book of Revenue and The Distinguished Jurist's Primer and the author of General Principles of Criminal Law, Islamic Jurisprudence, Islamic Law of Business Organization, and Outlines of Islamic Jurisprudence.
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"The" Manual of LawMarch 4 2006
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There is no book that can match the power of al-Hidayah as a teaching manual. Education in Islamic law is not complete without this book. The book was designed by the author in such a way that it makes a vigorous interaction between teacher and student unavoidable. Each sentence presents a challenge both to the teacher and the taught. In this process, the student acquires a deep knowledge of the issues of fiqh and the methods of reasoning employed by Islamic law. The teacher, on his part, has a unique opportunity, while using the book in the class session, to give full expression to his skills and abilities.
This publication of the Hidayah is the complete translation from Arabic written by al-Marginani, arguably being the most popular and important work in the entire fiqh literature.
The primary reason for its popularity is the reliability of its statements and the soundness of its legal reasoning. Most researchers and scholars first consult al-Hidayah before they move to another source. The need for this book, since the day it was written, led to the writing of well over forty commentaries and glosses on it, and this does not include the books written to document its traditions. This is rare not only for Islamic law, but for any field of knowledge.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Must Have!Jan. 23 2013
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This is a must have for anyone looking to review, study and learn fiqh. Its from classical Islamic sources; conveyed in great care and detail. If your interested in learning the true ways to follow Islam and the sunnah, this is a book for you. The hadith scholars comment on and explain each and every view and source so as to give clear and broad understanding on the topic being mentioned.
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Inequality, Hanafi-styleAug. 11 2008
Alyssa A. Lappen
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The Hanafi jurist Shaikh Burdanuddin Ali of Marghinan (d. 1196) says a great deal in this first volume of the Hidayah concerning personal hygiene and other matters of individual conduct.
The entire first "Book"(consisting of 6 chapters) deals with when and when not to "purify" oneself ("obligatory acts of 'Wudu'"), with which types of water, when (literally) to clean one's boots, and what things render one "impure." Things that can make one "impure" are ruled of two types---"visible and invisible."
Book II includes 23 chapters on prayer, covering the smallest of details. Nothing is left to chance or personal choice. This book closes with instructions on how to bury a so-called "shahid" (martyr), "killed by the polytheists," that is one who "falls within the meaning of the shuhada, according to Muhammad, and whose blood places them into "a state of purity."
The 7 chapters in Book three concern some of the rules concerning zakat, that is, obligatory annual donations, including those people who may not receive such charity, for example the "dhimmi" or second class non-Muslim persons.
Books 4 and 5 concern fasting and the pilgrimage to Mecca (where non-Muslims may also not go), while Book 6 concerns marriages, including the shari'a laws governing marriages of non-Muslims and slaves, who essentially have no rights. Book 8 covers divorces.
What is most interesting here, though, are the brief passages concerning treatment of non-Muslims, as well as the clear and unquestionable definition of jihad, which is defined simply as "war," and clearly isn't the 20th century invention of either the Muslim Brotherhood or al Qaeda.
In volume two of this medieval jurisprudence, which Muslims still follow today, al-Marghinan explains further that it is essentially okay to attack people who have been "invited to Islam" but refused to convert. These enemies are thus attacked because of their religious beliefs, and furthermore to "induce" them to convert rather than die:
"It is not lawful to make war upon any people who have never before been called to the faith, without previously requiring them to embrace it, because the Prophet so instructed his commanders, directing them to call infidels to the faith, and also because the people will hence perceive that they are attacked for the sake of religion, and not for the sake of taking their property, or making slaves of their children, and on this consideration it is possible that they may be induced to agree to the call, in order to save themselves from the trouble of war...."