The Mukhtasar al-Quduri : English

The Mukhtasar al-Quduri : Arabic/English,
A Manual of Islamic Law according to the Hanafi School,
*[A5+] Hardback - 800+ pages, 2nd Edition.
by Imam Abu'l Hasan Ahmad al-Quduri,
Translated with Notes by : Tahir Mahmood al-Kiani.
Published by Taha, UK.

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Description :

The Mukhtasar Al-Quduri is one of the most celebrated and influential treatises in any Muslim school of methodology and thought and is the foundation for the Hanafi school. It is both the first source for scholars and a manual for the general reader.

Al-Mukhtasar - the jurisprudential treatise of Imam al-Quduri, may Allah be pleased with him, has enjoyed far more popularity than any other text, in the Hanafi school. It is the nucleus around which laws evolve, and the foundation upon which other text, commentaries and summaries are based. The Mukhtasar addresses thousands of issues, spanning the entire spectrum of fiqh, for the book covers not only matters of worship, but also business transactions, personal relations and penal and judicial matters.


For hundreds of years Mukhtasar al-Quduri has been presented to the masses in many forms, such as lectures in Islamic institutions and study circles as well as in publications. It covers thousands of issues, enveloping all aspects of life; from worship to politics, and from private life to to the international scene.

I am pleased with the manner in which Tahir Mahmood al-Kiani has undertaken the task of providing an English translation of this masterpiece. As a former student and current lecturer at the Institution of Jamia al-Karam, this work of his has brought about a sense of appreciation and honour to all those associated with the Institution. I recommend this English translation of Mukhtasar al-Quduri to everyone, especially to the students and teachers of Hanafi jurisprudence ---Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada, Principal & Founder, Jamia al-Karam, Retford, Notts.

Imam Tahir Mahmood Kiani, son of the saintly Haji Muhammad Taj Ali Kiani, may Allah have mercy upon him, of Batley, has studied a wide range of Islamic Sacred Sciences under prominent teachers in the UK as well as abroad. He is also well versed in contemporary and non-religious subjects. He is a graduate of the renowned International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI), Pakistan, in Shari`ah (Islamic Sacred Law) and Common Law, where he studied under prominent scholars and intellectuals such as Professor Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee, Dr. Muhammad Tahir Mansoori, Dr. Azhar Jawed, Dr. Mahmoud ash-Shafi and Dr. Hussain Hamid Hassan, among others.

Imam Tahir Mahmood Kiani is well-versed in various fields of Islamic Sacred Sciences, which includes Arabic Grammar, rhetorics, prose, poetry, syntax, etymology, Hadith, Qur’an, Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh (Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence), and Mantiq (logic). He teaches Arabic and Islamic Sacred Sciences in various educational and academic centres and masjids, on a long term and short term basis. Being fluent in Arabic, English and Urdu, Imam Tahir Mahmood Kiani has translated numerous Islamic texts such as the 'The Mukhtasar Al-Quduri' & Al-Fawz al-Kabir.

Table of Contents :

------Endorsements of the Translation,
------Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada,
------al-Hajj abu Ja‘far al-Hanbali,
------Shaykh Muhammad ibn Yahya an-Ninowi.

------Meaning and Application,
---The Mukhtasar al-Qud?r?,
------About the Author,
------About the Book,
------The Translation.

Chapter [1]. Taharah – Purification :
---Wudu – Minor ritual Purification,
------The Obligations (Fara’id) of Wudu
------The Sunnahs of Purification [sought in Wudu’],
------Matters that are recommended (Mustahabbat) in Wudu
------That which Nullifies Wudu

---Ghusl – Major ritual Purification,
------The Obligations of Ghusl,
------The Sunnahs of Ghusl,
------The Factors which make Ghusl Obligatory,
------When Ghusl is Sunnah,
------Used Water,
------On Tanning,
------On Wells,
------Leftover Water.

---Tayammum – Dry Ablution,
------Stipulations for the Validity of Tayammum,
------The Method of Tayammum,
------That which Nullifies Tayammum,
------The Search for Water.

---Mash – Wiping Over Khuffs,
------Its ruling,
------Method of Wiping,
------That which Nullifies wiping,
------Issues Pertaining to the Duration of Wiping,
------That over which Wiping is not Valid.

---Hayd – Menses,
------The Duration of Menstruation,
------On its legal ruling,
------Istihadah - chronic menstrual bleeding,
------On its legal ruling,
------Nifas - Post natal bleeding.

---Najas - Impurities and their Cleansing,
------Heavy and light filth,
------Visible and invisible filth,
------Istinja' - cleaning the excretory passages.

Chapter [2]. Salah – Prayer :
---The timings of Prayer,
---Recommended times for Prayer,

---Adhan - The Call to Prayer and its Ruling,

---Pre-conditions of prayer,
---The Properties of Prayer,
------Obligations (Fara'id).

---The Performance of Prayer,
------The first Rak'ah or Unit,
------The second Rak'ah or Unit,
------The Witr Prayer,
------Minimum Recitation,

---The Jama'ah - or Congreagtion,
------Imamah - Leading the Congregational Prayer,
------Congregation of Women,
------Sequence of Rows,
------Other issues pertaining to Prayer,
------That which Nullifies Wudu.

---Discharge (Qada) of Missed Prayers,
---Disapproved times for Prayer,
---Nawafil - Supererogatory Prayers,
------The Ruling of Recitation in Supererogatory Prayers.

---Prostration for Error,
---The Prayer of the Sick,
---The Prostrations of Recitation,
------The Qur'anic verses (ayahs) of Prostration,
------The Ruling on Prostration.

---The Prayer of the Traveller,
------Shortening (qasr) the Prayer,
------Beginning the Shortening.

---Jumu'ah - The Friday Prayer,
------The Preconditions for the Validity of the Jumu'ah Prayer,
------Its Preconditions,
------Those on whom the Jumu'ah Prayer is not obligatory,
------The Khutbah - address.

---The Prayer of the Two 'Id's,
------Recommended Acts of 'Id al-Fitr,
------The 'Id Prayer Procedure,
------Recommended Acts of 'Id al-Adha,
------The Takbir at-Tashriq,

---The Prayer during the Solar Eclipse (Kusuf),
---The Istisqa' - Prayer for Rain,
---The Night Prayer during the month of Ramadan,
------The Tarawih Prayer,
---The Prayer in the State of Fear.

------Bathing the Corpse,
------The Shroud,
------The Funeral Prayer,
------Carrying the Bier,
------The Burial,
------The Stillborn.

---The Shahid - Martyr,

---Prayer inside the Ka'bah.

Chapter [3]. Zakah – Obligatory Poor-Due :
---Obligations of Zakah,

Chapter [4]. Sawm – Fasting :

Chapter [5 ]. Hajj – Pilgrimage

Chapter [6]. Bay' – Sales :

Chapter [7 ]. Rahn – Pawning :

Chapter [8]. Hajr – Limitation on Someone's Legal Competence :

Chapter [9]. Iqrar – Acknowledgement :

Chapter [10]. Ijarah – Hire / Lease :

Chapter [11]. Shuf'ah – Preemption :

Chapter [12]. Sharkiah – Partnership :

Chapter [13]. Mudarabah – Profit-Sharing Partnership :

Chapter [14]. Wakalah – Agency :

Chapter [15]. Kafalah – Surety :

Chapter [16]. Hawalah – Transfer of Debt :

Chapter [17]. Sulh – Negotiated Settlement :

Chapter [18]. Hibah – Gifts :

Chapter [19]. Waqf – Endownment :

Chapter [20]. Ghasb – Usurpation :

Chapter [21]. Wadi'ah – Deposits :

Chapter [22]. 'Ariyah  – Loan ( or the use of a commodity) :

Chapter [23]. Laqit  – Foundlings :

Chapter [24]. Luqtah  – Found Property :

Chapter [25]. Khuntha  – Hermaphrodites :

Chapter [26]. Mafqud  – Missing Persons :

Chapter [27]. Ibaq – Fugitive Slaves :

Chapter [28]. Ihya al-Mawat – Revivifying Barren Land :

Chapter [29]. Ma'dhun – Authorised Slaves :

Chapter [30]. Muzara'ah – Cropsharing :

Chapter [31]. Musaqah – Cropsharing by Irrigation :

Chapter [32]. Nikah – Marriage :

Chapter [33]. Rada – Suckling :

Chapter [34]. Talaq – Divorce :

Chapter [35]. 'Ila – Vowing to Abstain (from Sexual Intercourse with One's Wife) :

Chapter [36]. Khul' – Divorce at the Instance of the Wife :

Chapter [37]. Zihar  – Injurious Comparison :

Chapter [38]. Li'an – Imprecation by both Parties :

Chapter [39]. 'Iddah  – Waiting period :

Chapter [40 ]. Nafaqat  – Maintenance :

Chapter [41 ]. 'Itaq  – Setting Free :

Chapter [42]. Al-Mukatab  – The Slave who Contracts to Purchase his Freedom :

Chapter [43]. Wala' – Clientage :

Chapter [44]. Jinayat – Offences :

Chapter [45]. Diyat – Compensatory Payments for Crimes :

Chapter [46]. Ma'aqil – Payers of Diyat/The Legally Responsible Group :

Chapter [47]. Hudud – Punishments for Contravention of the Limits :

Chapter [48]. Sariqah Wa Qutta at-Tariq – Theft and Highway Robbers :

Chapter [49]. Ashribah – [Intoxicating] Drinks :

Chapter [50]. Sayd wa Dhaba'ih  – Game and Animals for Slaughter :

Chapter [51]. Udhiyah – Sacrifice :

Chapter [52]. Ayman – Oaths :

Chapter [53]. Da'wa – Lawsuits :

Chapter [54]. Shahadat – Testimony :

Chapter [55]. Ar-Ruju' 'an Ash-Shahadah – Retraction of Testimony :

Chapter [56]. Adab al-Qadi – Conduct of the Judge :

Chapter [57]. Qismah – Division :

Chapter [58]. Ikrah – Coercion :

Chapter [59]. Siyar – Campaigns :

Chapter [60]. Hazr wa Ibahah – Prohibition and Permissibility :

Chapter [61 ]. Wasaya – Bequests :

Chapter [62]. Fara'id – Inheritance :

---Appendix on Zakah,
------Table to Show rates of Zakah in Camels,
------Table to Show rates of Zakah in Bovines,
------Table to Show rates of Zakah in Ovines (Sheep and Goats),


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