ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Hidayah is a commentary of Bidayat al-Mubtadi written by the author himself. The Hidayah represents the refined, distilled and authentic version of a legal tradition developed over many centuries. It presents the corpus of Hanafi law in its approved and preferred form and forges an organic link with the other schools of law. There is no book that can match the power of al-Hidayah as a teaching manual. Education in Islamic law is not complete without this book.
ABOUT NASB AL-RAYAH:
Therefore this very book is more authoritative in the school of Hanafi law due to the fact that it mentions the Ahadiths cited by the author of Al-Hidayah and their authenticity. Also the author mentions what ever hadith might have been transmitted in regards to the Mas'ala while authenticating it. In his introduction the author tackles the issues of Ra'y and Ijtihad in relation to Hadith and Nass. Clearly demonstrating the various evidences the Imam and his students followed that is in line with the Nusus.
This specific print has been extensively researched and edited by various scholars. It is based on Imam Zahid al-Kawthari's editorial print, which has refined and reprinted with the supervision of Shaykh al-Bajnuri and Shaykh M. Yusuf al-Banuri. The research has been finalised and made available in print format by Shaykh 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Fanjani and Shaykh Muhammad Yusuf al-Kamilfuri.
In the last volume, there are two additional titles, one by the Hafiz Qasim Ibn Qatlubugha editing and adding what Imam Zayla'i must have not included or erred on and another title by al-hafiz Ibn Hajar al-'Asqalani who mentions some of the contradictions of Imam Qasim Ibn Qatlubugha. Both titles are again edited separately by, Imam zahid al-Kawthari, who has edited it the former while the later was edited by al-'Allamah Habib al-Rahman al-A'zami.
ABOUT IMAM BURHAN AL-DIN AL-MARGHINANI:
Burhān al-Dīn Abu’l-Ḥasan ‘Alī bin Abī Bakr bin ‘Abd al-Jalīl al-Farghānī al-Marghīnānī was an Islamic scholar of the Hanafi school of jurisprudence. He was born in Marghinan near Farghana in 530/1135 (in Present Day Uzbekistan) He died in 593/1197. Imam al-Kawthari produced numerous works, in the way of his own books, as well as annotations of classical works. Al-Marghanini performed the Hajj and visited Medina in the year 544 AH.
Al-Marghinani's most important teachers were:
--- Najm al-din Abu Hafs Umar an-Nasafi, author of al-‘Aqa’id al-Nasafiyyah fi al-Tauhid;
--- Sadr al-Shahid Husam al-Din Umar bin Abd al-Aziz, the commentator of Adab al-Qadi, the most popular book of Imam Khassaf which contains the Islamic Legal and Judicial System.
---Al-Bandaniji, Imam Diya’uddin Muhammad ibn al-Husayn (the student of `Ala’uddin al-Samarqandi who was the author of Tuhfatul-Fuqaha’ and teacher and father in law of Abu Bakr al-Kasani (the author of Bada’i` al-Sana’i` fir Tartib al-Shara’i`).
Al-Marghinani wrote books such as:
--- Bidayat al-Mubtadi, Abu Bakr bin ‘Ali ‘Aamili wrote it into poetry. The work is chosen from Jami’ al-Saghir and al-Quduri.
--- Kifayat al-Muntaha, long commentary on Bidayatul Mubtadi in 80 volumes.
--- Kitab al-Muntaqa
--- Kitab at-Tajniis Wa al-Mazid
--- Kitab al-Manasik al Hajj
--- Nashr al-Madhahib
--- Mukhtarat an-Nawazil
--- Faraid al-‘Uthmani
--- Al-Hidayah ("The Guide"), a work on Hanafi law and an abridgement of his commentary on Muhammad al-Shaybani's al-Jami' al-Saghir. Started in 573 and finished after 13 years. It has been translated into many languages. Imam Shah Wali ullah’s brother Shah Ahlullah translated it into Persian.
He died on the 14th of Dhu'l-Hijjah in the year 593 AH one report indicates 596 AH and was buried in Samarqand.
ABOUT IMAM JAMAL AL-DIN AL-ZAYLA'I:
He is the Imam, the Hafidh, the Hadith expert, the Faqih, the Usuli, Jamalu Din Abi Muhammad 'Abdullah Ibn Yusuf Al-Zayla'i Al-Hanafi. He authored numerous works among them is the takhrijul Ahadith of Imam Al-Zamaghshari's Al-Kashaf and various other works. He is from Zayla' which is located on the north of Somalia. He narrated hadiths from allot of Shuyukh which he travelled for extensively. Ibn Hajar said in his Al-Durar Al-Kamina Fii A'yaani Al-Miati Al-Thaminathat his Shaykh, Imam Al-'Iraqi said about Imam Al-Zayla'i: He focussed in the science of hadith and was an expert where he wrote the Takhrij Al-Hadith of Al-Hidayah and I wrote the takhrij of Ihya 'Ulumul din and we helped one and another in our respective works. Imam Suyuti said of him; He was the Hafidh of his time and he wrote the takhrij of hidaya and Kashaf which has no equal while Shaykh Muhammad Anur Al-Kahsmiri said; Jamalu Din Al-Zayla'i was the Shaykhs of the Sufi's in his time....as well as he was the Shaykh of Hadith scholars. He passed away in Muharram 762 Hijri and was buried in Cairo.