ABOUT THE BOOK:
This book is based on ease formation of understanding or learning the Madhab of Imam al-Shafi'i. The author compiled the main branches or masa'il of the madhab following the usual fiqh chaptering style. He starts with the work introducing Imam Shafi'i biography and academic achievements. He then menions the foundations of fiqh sciences in Islam followed by a short chapter on lexicons of Fiqh as well as the terminologies used in the Madhab.
Thereafter he commences with each fiqh chapter in explaining the linguistics, the legislative, and the terminological aspects of each mas'ala, therefater he deduces the rulings of such masa'il making it very easy to comprehend. He uses often some evidences and talks about how the scholars of the school differed on different occasions.
ABOUT IMAM SHAYKH MUHAMMAD B. ALI SULTAN AL-'ULAMA:
His name Shaykh Muhammad b. Ali ash-Shaykh 'Abd al-Rahman Sultan al-Ulama born in 1920. He memorised the Qur'an early on and did further studies with his father ash-Shaykh 'Abd al-Rahman b. Yusuf al-Khalidi ash-Shafi'i, widely known as Sultan al-'Ulama. After he finished his primary and secondary education in Islamic studies with his father, he moved to India to further his studies. When he came back, he started teaching and eventually took over his fathers Dar al-'Ulum Madrasat al-Rahmaniyyah. When Shaykh Muhammad's father passed away in 1940, he renovated the entire curriculum and management of the Madrasah and named it Madrasat Sultan al-Ulama lil 'Ulum ad-Diniyyah.
The shaykh has left so many written works, some published and some unpublished:
--- Safwat al-'Irfan fi Tafsir al-Qur'an; several times printed in 20 volumes,
--- Sharh al-Arba'in al-Nawawiyyah; printed over twenty times by various publishers,
--- Ghayat al-Ma'mul fi Sirat al-Habib al-Rasul; also published various times,
--- Sharh Riyadh al-Salihin;
--- Tariq al-Sa'adah wa'l Sadat fi Islah al-Mujtama' bi'l Wa'dh wa'l Irshad;
--- al-Khutub al-Minbariyyah; Collection of his Friday sermons,
--- Sharh Matn al-Ghayah wa'l Taqrib; printed various tims,
--- Lubb al-Lubab fi Ta'lim fiqh al-Imam al-Shafi'i lil Ahbab; published in farsi as well as Arabic,
--- Riyadh al-Salikin; published various times
--- Shukr al-Ni'am al-Mutawaliyah fi Sharh al-'Aqidat al-Tahawiyyah,
--- al-Ihtifa' wa'l Ibtihaj bi'l Isra'i wa'l Mi'raj
--- Sharh Bulugh al-Maram fi Adillat al-Ahkam,
--- al-Khulafa'i al-Rashidun Radhiyallahu 'anhum,
--- al-I'tikaf - Adabun wa Shurutun,
--- Adab Tilawat al-Qur'an,
--- al-Riyadhah fi'l Islam,
--- Ihfidhu al-Shabab min Da'i al-Mukhaddirat,
--- 'Uqubat Tarik al-Salah
--- Falsafat al-Zakah fi'l Islam,
He was known for his piety and righteousness as well as holding firm to the Sunah of the Prophet ﷺ.
Rendered from his sons biographical notes.
by Looh Press (Mohammed Artan)