Translations from I’la’ al-Sunan

The following are several translations from I’la’ al-Sunan, the famous compendium of Hanafi hadith proofs.

These translations were made available previously on different websites and are gathered here for ease of reference:

1. Introduction to I’la’ al-Sunan by Mufti Taqi Usmani

2. Al-Din al-Qayyim on the Necessity of Taqlid by Mawlana Habib Ahmad al-Kiranawi

3. Placing the Hands Below the Navel by ‘Allamah Zafar Ahmad al-’Uthmani

4. Not Raising the Hands in other than the Opening Takbir by ‘Allamah Zafar Ahmad al-’Uthmani

5. The Impermissibility of a Literal Joining of Salahs by ‘Allamah Zafar Ahmad al-’Uthmani

6. The Obligation of Attending Salah in Congregation by ‘Allamah Zafar Ahmad al-’Uthmani

7. The Prophetic Visitation by ‘Allamah Zafar Ahmad al-’Uthmani

8. Refutation of “Composite Nationalism” by ‘Allamah Zafar Ahmad al-’Uthmani

I’la’ al-Sunan: The Obligation of Attending Jama’ah in the Masjid

Is performing the Fard salahs in jama’ah an obligation for men? If so, is this obligation discharged by performing them in congregation at home, in the workplace or another musalla? Or is it a further obligation to perform the jama’ah in the masjid?

‘Allamah Zafar Ahmad al-’Uthmani discusses the answers to these questions in detail in the section from his I’la’ al-Sunan translated in the file linked below. He provides a thorough analysis of the hadiths on the topic and carefully determines the position of the Hanafi madhhab from the statements of its great early jurists, like al-Halwani, Qadi Khan and al-Kasani (may Allah have mercy on them).

The translation includes the chapter of I’la’ al-Sunan that immediately follows on the valid Shar’i excuses that frees one of blame if he were to not attend the masjid for jama’ah. Continue Reading

Al-Din al-Qayyim: On Taqlid & Ijtihad

Al-Din al-Qayyim: On Taqlid and Ijtihad
A Refutation of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah’s Arguments against Taqlid

In Allah’s Name, the Infinitely Merciful, the Beneficent. All praise to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. May blessings and peace shower on His final Messenger, Muhammad, his family and his companions.

This book is a translation of the treatise al-Din al-Qayyim by the late Indian scholar, Mawlana Habib Ahmad al-Kiranawi, published with a number of his other writings under the title Fawa’id fi ‘Ulum al- Fiqh. Al-Din al-Qayyim was written as a detailed refutation of Shaykh Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah’s (691 H/1292 CE – 751 H/1349 CE) arguments against taqlid from his I’lam al-Muwaqqi’in which offers the most thorough denunciation of taqlid and its proofs to date. The refutation was written in Arabic by Mawlana Habib Ahmad under the supervision of Hakim al-Ummah Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali al-Thanawi (d. 1362 H/ 1943 AD) as part of the general introduction to the 20-volume compendium of hadith- proofs for the Hanafi madhhab, I’la al-Sunan. Continue Reading