The main reference works of the four schools

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The main reference works of the four schools

One: the Hanafi school

Among the best known works that explain the Hanafi school of Fiqh is Ibn 'Abidin’s Radd al-Muhtar 'ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar; Mas'ud al-Kasani’s Bada’i' al-Sana’i' fi Tartib al-Shara’i'; and Ibn al-Hammam’s Fath al-Qadir.

Two: the Maliki school

One of the most important reference works of the Maliki school is Sahnun’s Al-Mudawwanah, in which the author reports Imam Malik’s rulings and statements as transmitted by 'Abd al-Rahman ibn al-Qasim. The most important work that expresses the views of this school is Mukhtasar Khalil, which has been annotated and explained by various scholars. These include al-Dardir’s Al-Sharh al-Kabir, with further annotations by Ibn 'Arafah al-Dusuqi; Muhammad Al-'Abdari al-Mawwaq’s Al-Taj wal-Iklil; and al-Hattab’s Hashiyat Mawahib al-Jalil fi Sharh Mukhtasar Khalil.

Three: Al-Shafi'i school  

Imam al-Shafi'i wrote a voluminous work called Al-Umm, and the works of reference that expound the Shafi'i school include the annotations later scholars add to Imam al-Nawawi’s Minhaj al-Talibin. The most important of these are: 1) Muhammad al-Ramli’s Nihayat al-Muhtaj ila Sharh al-Minhaj; 2) Ahmad al-Haytami’s Tuhfat al-Muhtaj fi Sharh al-Minhaj; and 3) al-Khatib al-Shirbini’s Mughni al-Muhtaj ila Sharh al-Minhaj.

Four: the Hanbali school

Among the most important works of this school is al-Mardawi’s Al-Insaf, in which the author takes particular care of including the various reports by Imam Ahmad and gives comparative assessment of these reports. Other famous works include Ibn Muflih’s Al-Furu', and those by later scholars include Mansur al-Bahuti’s Kashf al-Qina' 'an Matn al-Iqna'. 


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