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Why another Ḥanbalī fiqh book? Why now?

The previous post talked about the program that Ibn Qudāmah al-Maqdisī (d 620AH) put together for taking students with zero knowledge and, through gradual stages, turning them into mujtāhids. It’s a great idea. Most of the books on the program continue to be read up until today, either in their original form or through a derivative work. … Read more

Ibn Qudāmah’s Program: From Novice to Mujtahid

The great Ḥanbalī scholar Imam Muwaffaq al-Dīn Ibn Qudāmah al-Maqdisī (541–620 AH/1146–1223 CE) developed a program to take students from the very beginning of their studies to the very end: from having zero specialized knowledge in fiqh to being a mujtahid. His program consisted of a series of books, moving the student toward the grand … Read more

Supreme Synopsis: Fast Invalidators

This post is part of a series of posts taken from Hanbali Acts of Worship, based on Ibn Balbān’s Akhṣar al-Mukhtaṣarāt (The Supreme Synopsis). The comments ‹between chevrons› come from its commentary Kashf al-Mukhaddarāt. Whoever inserts anything into his body or a body cavity (like the brain and throat ‹and the inside of the vagina or … Read more

Supreme Synopsis: Fasting Ramadan

This post is part of a series of posts taken from Hanbali Acts of Worship, based on Ibn Balbān’s Akhṣar al-Mukhtaṣarāt (The Supreme Synopsis). The comments ‹between chevrons› come from its commentary Kashf al-Mukhaddarāt. Fasting Ramadan is required of every Muslim who is responsible and able upon sighting the crescent moon [of Ramaḍān] (even if sighted … Read more