ABOUT THE BOOK:
Nur al-Idah is a Hanafi text which includes vast areas of jurisprudence, namely, the rulings pertaining to worship. It leaves the student or general reader well prepared to deal with the majority of matters ranging from purification, prayer, funerals, zakah to hajj. It reveals in a small way as to why the Hanafi Madhhab is held in such high esteem from scholars all over the world. It is practical, sensible and can be used as a reference book. This book is based on the teachings of Abu Hanifa and his students, namely Imam Muhammad, Abu Yusuf and Zufar; and will provide the reader with a brief look as to why the Hanafi Madhhab is the most widely embraced in the world today.
However, commentary is essential for further explanations of the actual text and for this reason it entails views from other Hanafi sources such as al-Ikhtiyar and al-Hidayah, as well as the position of other schools, such as the Shafi'i Madhhab. This is intended to give the reader a broader perspective on matters and demonstrate the similarity between the various schools of thought. Referencing the text with evidence, namely, with Quran or hadith has been given on most issues and that areas where it is not, is either due to qiyas (analogical reasoning) or because of its unanimous agreement on that particular issue. The main Hanafi books, such as The Hashiya of Ibn Abidin, al-Hidayah and al-Mabsut were referred to, as well as consultation from some of the most eminent scholars.
A commentary on a book on the jurisprudence (fiqh) of worship ('ibadat) according to the Hanafi school (madhhab) of Islamic law written by Imam Shurunbulali (d. 1069 h), one of the greatest jurists of his time, this work is among the most widely studied works on the subject all around the world, being a part of the traditional curriculum for students of Hanafi fiqh. The work covers Purification (kitab al-tahara), Ritual Prayer (kitab al-salat), Fasting (kitab al-sawm), Alms (kitab al-zakat) and the Pilgrimage (kitab al-hajj).
This commentary is additional commentary on the Maraqi al-Falah with over 265 pages analysis of;
--- The madhab; its process and evolution,
--- Nur al-Idah; the historical background of the Matn,
--- The various Shuruh of Nur al-Idah, their importance and or publications,
--- Extensive study on this commentary, the Maraqi al-Falah,
--- Analysis of the Hawashi or Super Commentaries of the Maraqi,
--- Biographical study of the author.
ABOUT IMAM AL-SHURUNBULALI:
Imam Shurunbulali is Abul Ikhlas Hasan ibn `Ammar ibn `Ali al Shurunbulali al Wafa’i (964-1069), a major Hanafi imam and verifier (muhaqiq) whose works form an integral part of the school. Shaykh Muhammad I`zaz `Ali states in his commentary on the Nur al Idah, quoting Shaykh Muhammad Amin (d: 1111): “He was from the elite and distinguished scholars of jurisprudence (fuqaha) and the most preferred of his time. He was the greatest of the latter day scholars in possession of fiqh, the most knowledgeable of them in the texts and its principles, and the most bountiful in his writings and authorship.”
His Studies & Teachers:
He travelled to, which was at the time the storehouse of knowledge and the gathering place of the scholars, in order to study the Islamic sciences. Among his teachers were:
(1) In Qur’anic recitation (qira’at): Shams al Din Muhammad ibn `Abd al Rahman al Hamawi (d: 1018), the great scholar of law (fiqh), exegesis (tafsir), prophetic narrations (hadith), and Qur’anic recitation. He also studied the science of recitation under Shaykh `Abd al Rahman al Masayri.
(2) In jurisprudence (fiqh): Imam `Abdullah ibn Muhammad al Nahrawi (d: 1026), the foremost scholar of law in his time, and Imam Shams al Din Muhammad ibn Mansur (d: 1030). He was granted permission (ijaza) from both these scholars as well as from Shaykh al Islam `Ali ibn Muhammad ibn Ghanim al Maqdisi (d: 1004).
(3) He also studied in the renowned Al Azhar and benefited therein from many scholars such as Shaykh Ahmad al `Ajami al Shafi`i, Shaykh Ahmad al Hamawi, Shaykh Shahin al Armanawi, and others. He also took from Shaykh Isma`il al Nabulisi from among the scholars of .
(4) He also sat in the company of Imam Yusuf ibn `Abd al Razaq ibn Wafa’ al Maliki (d: 1051) in the Al Aqsa Mosque,
Imam Shurunbulali authored many books, some being large texts and others small treatises. Among his most famous works are the Nur al Idah,Maraqi al Sa`adat, Imdad al Fatah Sharh Nur al Idah, Maraqi al Falah Sharh Nur al Idah, Mufidat al Husna, and so forth.
Imam `Abd al Hayy Lakhnawi said in his biographical dictionary of the Hanafis:
“(He authored) 60 works on varying subjects.”
He left the temporal abode of this earth in the month of Ramadhan, on the day of jumu`ah, after the prayer of `asr, in the year 1069. May Allah have mercy on him, make fragrant his grave, and allow us to benefit through his works.