ABOUT THE BOOK:
This Book is Concerning the Jurisprudence (Fiqh) of Imam of the Sunna, Ahmad ibn Hanbal ash-Shaybani was written by Imam Shaykh al-Islam al-Muwaffaq al-Din 'Abd Allah ibn Qudama (A.H. 541-620) was one of the luminaries of his day and age. The Esteem Scholar has made this book concise as possible and confined to a single doctrine so that it may be a Umdah for its reader. The books is known by various titles such as 'Umdat al-Fiqh, or al-'Umdah, or al-'Umdah fi'l Fiqh. The Correct Handbali view is thus clear. It is condensed so convenient for the scholars and easy for the students.
The book covers the following chapters;
--- Five Pillars,
--- Judgeship (Kitab al Qada),
and much more.
*SOME OF THE POPULAR COMMENTARIES OF THE 'UMDAH:
--- al-'Uddah Sharh al-Umdah; by Imam Abd al-Rahman b. Ibrahim al-Baha'i al-Maqdasi (d. 624),
--- Sharh al-'Umdah; by Shaykh al-Islam Ahmed b. 'Abd al-Halim Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 728). He passed away before finishing it and reached till Chapter of Hajj. It is printed in 4 Volumes.
--- Sharh al-'Umdah; by Imam 'Abd al-Mu'min b. Abd al-Haqq al-Qati'i al-Baghdadi (d. 739),
--- Sharh al-'Umdah; by 'Ala' al-Din Ali b. Muhammad al-Baghdadi al-Dimishqi (d 900),
--- Sharh al-'Umdah; by Shaykh Muhammad b. Ali al-Harkan, also unfinished.
--- al-Wardah Sharh al-'Umdah; by Shaykh Abd al-Karim Ibrahim al-Ghadhiyah, where he only comments on the Chapters of Worship alone.
--- Hashiyat Shaykh al-Bassam; by Shaykh 'Abd Allah b. Abd al-Rahman al-Bassam,
--- Hashiyat 'ala Umdah al-Fiqh; by Shaykh Muhammad b. 'Abd al-Aziz b. Mani' (d. 1385),
SOME OF THE VERSIFICATION OF AL-'UMDAH:
--- Nazm al-'Umdah; by Imam Muhammad b. Abd al-Ahad al-Makhzumi al-Khalidi (d.841),
--- Nazm al-Ghazzi, and with a commentary of his own versification,
--- Nazm 'Umdah al-Fiqh; by Imam Salih b. Hassan al-Bahuti (d. 1121),
--- al-Muththaq min 'Umdah al-Muwaffaq; by Shaykh Muhammad Salih b. Muhammad al-Shanqiti.
* from: rendered from the intro of al-'Umdah fi'l Fiqh 'ala Madhab Imam Ahmed, by Imam Muwaffaq al-Din Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdasi, ed. Tariq b. Sa'id b. Salim Aal Abd al-Hamid, Published; Dar al-Basha'ir al-Islamiyyah.
**RECOMENDED HANBALI FIQH WORKS:
--- [al-'Umdah fi'l Fiqh,]
--- [Dalil al-Talib,]
--- al-‘Uddah Sharh al-‘Umdah (Mu’asasat al-Risalah) edited by al-Turki or Shu’ayb al-Arna’ut,
--- al-Muqni’ by Ibn Qudamah ed. Muhammad al-Arna’ut,
--- al-Kafi by Ibn Qudamah ed. al-Turki,
--- Zad al-Mustaqni’ (Dar al-Watan) edited by ‘Abd al-Rahman al-‘Askar,
--- al-Rawd al-Murbi’ (Dar al-Watan), [commentary of Zad al-Mustaqni']
--- Kashaf al-Qina’ by al-Bahuti published by Wazarat al-‘Adl or Dar Alam al-Kutub,
--- Sharh al-Mumti’ li Ibn ‘Uthaymin (Dar Ibn al-Jawzi),
--- al-Mughni by Ibn Qudamah (Dar ‘Alam al-Kutub) edited by al-Turki,
--- al-Furu’ by Ibn al-Muflih ed. al-Turki,
--- Manar al-Sabil (al-Maktab al-Islami) or (Dar al-Jil al-Jadid),
--- Akhsar al-Mukhtasarat or 'Umdat al-Talib by al-Bahuti ed. Muhammad al-‘Ajami
** from: https://islamclass.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/the-best-editions-of-arabic-books/
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ABOUT THIS PRINT:
This print contains biographical study of the author, why he wrote this work of his and who were the desired audience for it. The editor analysis various aspects and importance of this work, its most popular commentaries and many other things. He adds some additional notes in footnotes.
The editor has relied upon 20 manuscripts and published versions of this book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
He was al-Imam Muwaffaq al-Din Abu Muhammad 'Abd Allah Ibn Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Qudamah Ibn Miqdam Ibn Nasr Ibn 'Abdillaah al-Maqdisi born 541/1147 - Died 620/1223, was a noted Hanbali ascetic, jurisconsult and traditionalist theologian. He authored many treatises on jurisprudence and doctrine, including one of the most celebrated encyclopaedic books on Hanbali jurisprudence al-Mughni, as well as Tahrim an-Nazar (Censure of Speculative Theology, criticism of Ibn Aqil's views.) He was a member of the school founded by Ahmad ibn Hanbal, and he is considered as one of its greatest scholars, and also called Shaykh al-Islam. He was born in Palestine in Jammain. He received the first phase of his education in Damascus where he studied the Qur'an and hadith.
He left Palestine with his maternal cousin, 'Abd al-Ghani, for Baghdad in 561 AH where he was received by the leading Hanbali of the day, the celebrated mystic Abdul-Qadir al-Jaylani. He later received the Khirqa from him and passed it onto another Hanbali, his cousin Ibrahim ibn 'Abd al-Wahid. As a consequence of his experience with Abdul-Qadir al-Jilani, Ibn Qudama was to receive a special place in his heart for mystics and mysticism. He studied with the following scholars of his time:
--- Abd al-Qadir al-Jaylani (Baghdad),
--- Abi al-Makarim ibn Hilal (Syria),
--- Abi al-Fadl at-Tusi (Iraq),
--- Al-Mubarak ibn at-Tabbakh (Mecca),
Ibn Qudamah was considered one of the primary proponents of the Athari school of Aqidah. In line with this school he held the view that the Divine attributes should be believed in simply as they are without applying much reason to expand upon them. His works are thought to number more than a few dozen. Amongst them are;
--- Al-'Umdah fi'l Fiqh; meant to introduce the madhab to the beginners,
--- Al-Muqni'; from which Zad al-Mustaqni' is summarized; this will mention multiple riwayahs, or wujuh in the madhhab, without dalil, and sometimes without tarjih
--- Al-Kafi; it explores aqwal in the madhhab with their respective dalil and ta'lil
--- Al-Mughni; this is his masterpiece on Khilaf, i.e. opinions beyond the madhhab
--- Lum'at al-I'tiqad,
--- Dhammu Ta'wil,
--- Rawdat al-Nazir,
--- al-Ruqqah wa'l Buka,
--- Mukhtasar 'Ilal al-Hadith li'l Khilal,
In later life, Ibn Qudamah left Damascus to join Saladin in his expedition against the Franks in 573AH, participating particularly in Saladin's conquest of Jerusalem. He died on Saturday, the Day of Eid al-Fitr on 7th of July 1223 AD / 620 AH.