Al-Muwatta Arabic & English HB New

Al-Muwatta of Imam Malik ibn Anas :
Arabic/English, Total 1162 pages,
*[-A4] Large Hardback with Dustjacket,
by Imam Malik ibn Anas, Revised Edition,
Revised & Translated by Aisha Bewley,
Published by Diwan Press, UK.



DescriptionFourth Edition with Arabic,

Diwan Press are pleased to announce the ''Arabic-English'' edition of this classic work :
Al-Muwatta’ The Muwatta contains a record of the exemplification by the Last Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, of the message of the Qur'an, 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, may Allah be pleased with him, painstaking clarification of the Sunna, the hadiths, the practice and legal judgements.

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 true salafi Islam.

Sahih :

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-Zin?d from al-A‘raj from Abu Hurayrah.”

Imam 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 Maghla??y al-Hanafi said,

            “The first person to compile the sahih was Malik.”

Ibn Hajar said,

              “The book of Malik is sound by all the criteria that are demanded
                as proofs in the mursal, munqa?i‘ & other types of transmission.”

As-Suyuti followed Ibn Hajar’s judgement and said,

             “It is absolutely correct to say that the Muwatta’ is sound (sahih)
              without exception.”

Al-Bukhari and Muslim transmitted most of its hadiths and included them in their Sahih collections. The authors of the rest of the six books, the Imam of the hadith scholars, Ahmad ibn Hanbal, and others did the same.

In addition, the Muwatta’  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 hadiths, the practice and legal judgements.

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

Imam Malik’s full name is Malik ibn Anas ibn Malik ibn Abi ‘Amir al-Asbah? and he was related to Dh? Asbah, a sub-tribe of Himyar.  He was instructed in the learning and recitation of the Noble Qur’an by Imam Nafi‘ ibn ‘Abd ar-Rahman ibn Abu Nu‘aym, the Imam of the reciters of Madina and one of the ‘seven reciters’.

Among the huge number of his teachers in hadith and fiqh were Nafi‘, the mawla of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar, and Ibn Shihib 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 Im?m Muhammad ibn al-Hasan ash-Shaybani the Hanafi mujtahid, as well as a great number of Imams of hadith 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.’”

Aisha Abdurrahman Bewley :

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.

Table of Contents:

------The lineage of Imam Malik, his family, birth, and autobiography,
------His quest for knowledge,
------People's praise of him and their testimony that he was the greatest of the Imams' in knowledge,
------The shaykhs from whom he transmitted,
------The transmitters who transmitted from him,
------The position of the Muwatta' and people's concern for it,
------Clarification of the meaning of ''Muwatta'' its excellent layout and fine style,

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





New Edition also available in English (Paperback)

Also see Hadith and Sunnah,
Also see Forty Hadith,
Also see Hadith Collections,
Also see Hadith (Darsi)

Also see Islamic History,
More Maliki related works.






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