Influence of The Noble Hadith Upon Differences of Opinion Amongst The Jurist Imams

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Influence of The Noble Hadith Upon Differences of Opinion Amongst The Jurist Imams

A Translation of Shaykh Muhammad Awwamah's Athar al-Hadith al-Sharif fi Ikhtilaf al-A'immah al-Fuqaha.

Influence of The Noble Hadith Upon Differences of Opinion Amongst The Jurist Imams - A Translation of Shaykh Muhammad Awwamah's Athar al-Hadith al-Sharif fi Ikhtilaf al-A'immah al-Fuqaha.

A question commonly posed in different circles is if we all refer to the same sacred texts of the Quran and Sunnah for guidance why are there so many differences between the schools of Islamic law (madhahib)? In other words, why did the great jurists (fuqaha) of Islam such as the four main Imams and their students differ in their opinions and rulings? This work attempts to answer this very question focusing on one aspect namely how different understandings of the hadith literature influenced and shaped these differences in opinion. Also, the author responds to some of the misgivings and objections which some people levy against these distinguished luminaries of Islam.

This valuable work is a must-read for students of hadith and fiqh as well as anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of the differences that occur between the various schools of Islamic law. It will alert the reader to the expertise of the jurist Imams and the effort they exerted in deriving rulings from the Quran and Sunnah. It will also create in him a state of serenity and trust towards the Imams and their schools of law which are followed by the vast majority of the Muslim Ummah.

"In benefitting from it my soul delighted and my heart was gladdened. Every teacher and student ought to study it for it averts deviation and oppression and delivers from the criticism directed at the Imams by those who harbour enmity towards them and those who are deprived [of good].

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About The Author

Shaykh Muhammad 'Awwamah

Shaykh Muhammad 'Awwamah was born in Aleppo in Syria in 1940 (1358). He began his journey and quest for knowledge in 1953 (1373) when he regularly attended the lessons conducted by Shaykh Muhammad al-Salqini. In his early days as a student, he studied under Shaykh 'Abdullah Sirajuddin.

From 1958 (1378), he began studying under Shaykh 'Abdul Fatta Abu Gudda. He eventually became known for his affiliation to these two illustrious and erudite scholars and he is regarded as their foremost student. In 1962 (1382 AH) he enrolled at the Faculty of Shari'ah and in this year Shaykh 'Abdullah Sirajuddin appointed him as a teacher at Madrasa al-Sha'baniyya. He taught there until 1980 (1400).

In 1959 (1379) he travelled to Egypt where he met several senior scholars such as the two Moroccan brothers, Shaykh Ahmad and Shaykh 'Abdullah al-Ghumari, Shaykh 'Abdul Wahhab 'Abdul Latif and Shaykh Muhammad Abu Zahra. He contributed greatly to an Islamic academic revival in Aleppo and was appointed from a young age as a teacher at Jami' al-Rawfa. His teacher, Shaykh 'Abdul Fatta Abu Ghudda described him as “yesterday's student, today's colleague” and “the excellent Muhaqqiq (researcher and editor)”.

In about 1980 (1400) he moved to Medina in Saudi Arabia where he joined the Islamic University and established the Center for Academic Research which later became known as the Center for Serving the Sunnah and the Sirah. It was from this centre that he began editing the book, Ithaf al-Mahara. In 1986 (1406), he established an office for editing the Islamic Heritage which is affiliated to Dar al-Qibla. Shaykh 'Awwamah may be described as a person of clear illuminated thought and methodology.

This is apparent in his writing, particularly in Athar al-Hadith al-Sharif fi Ikhtilaf al-A'immat al-Fuqaha and his book Adab al-Ikhtilaf fi Masa'il al-'Ilm wal-Din . Shaykh Muhammad Sa'id al-anCawi who is a famous and erudite scholar said: “I am not aware of anyone alive more knowledgeable than him in Tahqiq.”

Shaykh 'Awwamah has numerous academic contributions other than the two books mentioned above.

Some of his works are:

  • Musnad 'Umar ibn 'Abdul Aziz by al-Baghandi. He provided sources to the Hadith and some explanations.
  • Al-Ansab by al-Sama'ani. He edited a portion of it.
  • Taqrib al-Tahdhib by MafiQ Ibn Hajar with marginal notes by 'Allamah 'Abdullah al-Barri and his student al-Mayrghani.
  • Al-Kashif by al-Dhahabi. Shaykh 'Awwamah wrote an extensive introduction to it.
  • Majalis Ibn NaRiruddin al-Dimashqi
  • Min Sihah al-Ahadith al-Qudsiyyah. A compilation of 100 Hadith Qudsi with a short explanation to them.
  • Al-Mukhtar min Fara'id al-Nuqul wal-Akhbar.
  • Educational anecdotes for a student.
  • Al-Qawl al-Badi' fi al-Ualat 'ala al-Mabib al-Shafi' by al-Sakhawi.
  • Al-Sunan by Imam Abu Dawud. He edited it and compared it with MafiQ Ibn Hajar's version and seven other copies.
  • Al-Shama'il al-Muhammadiyya by Imam al-Tirmidhi with the commentary by al-Bajuri.
  • Al-Musannaf by Ibn Abi Shayba. He edited it and compared it with various manuscripts and he provided references for the Hadith. He was involved with this work for 16 years and it as finally published in 28 volumes.
  • A comparative Hadith study of Nasb al-Rayah with manuscripts and he was able to identify about 1000 printing errors.

He has reprinted many of his books every time he improves on the work. He always tries to obtain original copies of the books he is editing. As a result, he was blessed with many manuscripts. He is well known for his excellent and informative introductions to many books.

Additional Product Information

  • ISBN 1: 978-1906949-25-9
  • ISBN: 2: 9781906949259
  • SKU: 9781906949259
  • Publisher: Turath Publishers
  • Imprint: Turath Publishers
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Format: Paperback
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Shaykh Muhammad Awwamah
  • Translator: Mariam Madge Conlan
  • Dimensions Inches: 9.5" x 6.6" Approx
  • Dimensions Cm: 23 x 15.4cm Approx
  • Pages: 238
  • Publication Year: August 2007
  • Weight: 335g



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