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.
Its judgements, based on divine revelation, trace back directly through men of the highest calibre, such as al-Jassas and Abu Hanifah to ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud and other great Companions (may Allah have mercy on them) and thence to Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), the Final Messenger of Allah (most high).
This is the first ever complete translation in English and includes forewords from Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada and Shaykh Muhammad ibn Yahya al-Ninowy.
The author of Mukhtasar al-Quduri, the Hanafi Jurist, Shaykh Abu’l-Husayn Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Ja’far ibn Hamdan al-Quduri, was born in Baghdad in 362 AH/973 CE and died on Sunday, 5th Rajab, 428 AH/1037 CE aged 66. He is considered an utterly truthful (saduq) hadith narrator by Ibn Khallikan, al-Hafiz Ibn Kathir, Ibn al-Jawzi and others, and was one of the ashab at-tarjih in the Hanafi madhhab, which is one of the highest grades in knowledge of fiqh.
The translator, Tahir Mahmood Kiani, is a graduate of Jamia Al-Karam and the International Islamic University, Islamabad. He has written articles and lectured on various topics in Islam, as well as translating from Urdu and classical Arabic into English.
“I found it to be accurate to a high precision with very succinct elucidation and a style of superior quality…”
– Shaykh Muhammad ibn Yahya an-Ninowy
“…not only lucid and easy to understand but also well written and has the capacity to be the most authoritative book on Hanafi fiqh in English…”
– al-Hajj Abu Ja’far al-Hanbali
“I recommend this English translation of Mukhtasar al-Quduri to everyone, especially to students and teachers of Hanafi jurisprudence.”
– Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada
“…a reliable guide for those who follow the madhhab of Imam Abu Hanifah…”
– Hajj Ahmad Thomson