ABOUT MUKHTASAR AL-QUDURI:
When al-Kitāb is mentioned amongst the Hanafis, the Mukhtasar al-Quduri is intended. Imam al-Qudūrī was the Hanafi jurist and traditionist, Abū al-Ḥusayn Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad al-Qudūrī al-Baghdādī. It is with him the leadership of the Hanafis in Iraq comes to an end. He (raḥma allāh ʿalayh) was born in 362 AH and died in 428 AH. He was also one of the teachers of al-Ḥāfiẓ al-Khaṭīb al-Baghdādī, the author of Tārīkh Baghdād. This Mukhtaṣar is considered to be one of the reliable books within the Hanafi school, used by adherents of the school into the present day.
This title has enjoyed immense popularity among the Hanafi scholars and some of the popular commentaries are as follows;
--- Sharh al-Quduri; by Imam Abu Nasr b. Muhammad al-Aqta' (d. 474),
--- Sharh Mushkilat al-Quduri; by Imam Jawahir Zadah al-Bukhari (d. 483),
--- Idhah Mukhtasar al-Quduri; by Rukn al-Din Abu al-Fadhl Abd al-Rahman al-Karmani (d. 543),
--- al-Ikhwan; Abu al-Ma'ali 'Abd al-Rabb al-Ghaznawi (d. 500),
--- Zad al-Fuqaha; Biha al-Din Muhammad al-Isbijabi (d. 630),
--- al-Lubab; Jamal al-Din Abu Sa'd al-Yazdi (d. 591),
--- Khasat al-Dala'il fi Tanqih al-Masa'il; by Imam Hisam al-Din 'Ali b. Makki al-Razi (d. 598),
--- al-Jawharah al-Nayyirah; by Imam Abu Bakr b. Ali al-Haddad (d. 800),
--- Tas-hih Mukhtasar al-Quduri; by al-Hafiz Qasim b. Abd Allah b. Qutlubugha (d. 879),
--- al-Lubab fi Sharh al-Kitab; by Imam 'Abd al-Ghani al-Ghunaymi (d. 1298),
ABOUT THIS COMMENTARY:
This commentary; al-Lubāb fī Sharḥ al-Kitāb in Hanafi fiqh is a commentary on the Mukhtaṣar al-Quduri which is considered to be one of the reliable books within the Hanafi school, used by adherents of the school into the present day. For this reason Shaykh al-Mayḍanī undertook the task of writing a commentary on it and elucidating its contents. He sought to relate the chosen and established legal positions. This book was widely accepted during his lifetime and after his death. He finished writing it on the 13th of Ramadan in 1266 AH according to the most sound report. However, Ismaʿīl Bāshā al-Baghdādī in Hadiyya al-ʿĀrifīn and Sarkīs in Muʿjam al-Maṭbūʿāt opine that the year was 1267 AH.
This book's first edition was first published during the lifetime of the author in Qasṭanṭaniya/Asātina, modern-day Istanbul, in the year 1274-1275. Thereafter, numerous editions were printed. Unfortunately, many of those printed in Egypt are filled with errors except those proofread by Ustādh Muḥammad Muḥyī al-Dīn ʿAbd al-Ḥamīd (raḥma allāh ʿalayh).
ABOUT THIS PRINT:
This print is slightly smaller and more compact than the larger 5 volume or 6 volume print of Shaykh Saa'id Bakdash but it is by no means inferior. Edited, checked, annotated and refernced by Shaykh Qasim Muhammad Agha al-Nuri, you will be most satisfied with the separation of the text and the commentary, the clear distinction of whose statement you are reading which is colour coded and the overwhelming notes supplied. Easily carried to class sessions and plenty of room for notes of your own.
ABOUT IMAM AL-QUDURI:
He is Abu’l-Hasan Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Ja`far ibn Hamdan al-Quduri al-Baghdadi, the Hanafi jurist, born 362 AH. Al-Quduri is an ascription to the selling of pots (qudur).
Abu’l-Hasan al-Quduri took his knowledge of fiqh from Abu `Abdillah Muhammad ibn al-Jurjani, from Abu Bakr al-Razi, from Abu’l-Hasan al-Karkhi, from Abu Sa`id al-Barda`i from `Ali al-Daqqaq, from Abu Sahl Musa ibn Nasr al-Razi, from Muhammad ibn al-Hasan al-Shaybani, from Abu Hanifah, from Hammad ibn Abi Sulayman, from Ibrahim al-Nakha`i, from `Alqamah, from `Abdullah ibn Mas`ud (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (may Allah bless him and his Household and grant them all peace).
Al-Quduri was one of the ashab al-tarjih (jurists who weighed and analyzed the strengths of differing verdicts in the madhhab). The leadership of the Hanafis in `Iraq came to rest with him, and his renown rose. His mention recurs in the well-known Hanafi books al-Hidayah and al-Khulasah.
He wrote some of the following works:
--- al-Mukhtasar; widely known as Mukhtasar al-Quduri,
--- al-Tajrid; in it he defends imam abu Hanifa fiqh positions contrary to the Shafi'i positions and it comes in seven volumes,
--- Sharh Mukhtasar al-Karkhi,
--- Juz' fi Hadith,
--- Manaqib Abi Hanifah,
--- al-Taqrib; Fiqh disagreements between Imam Abu Hanifah and his companions,
--- al-Taqrib al-Thani; similar title as the above but with evidences,
He died on 15th Rajab 428 AH in Baghdad, and was buried in his home, but was later transported and buried beside Abu Bakr al-Khawarizmi, another Hanafi jurist.
ABOUT 'ABD AL-GHANI AL-GHUNAYMI AL-MAYDANI:
He is ʿAbd al-Ghanī ibn Ṭālib bin Ḥamāda ibn Ibrāhīm al-Ghunaymī al-Dimashqī al-Maydānī was a jurist and legal theorist (uṣūlī) in the Hanafi school as well as a traditionalist (muḥaddith) and grammarian (naḥwī). Born in 1222 AH in the Maydān neighbourhood in southern Damascus, he was known for his vast knowledge and his eagerness to apply it. Just as the neighborhood of his birth still bears this name to this day, he too has become known popularly as al-Maydānī. After memorizing the Qurʾān, he studied with the greatest of the scholars in Damascus during that era.
These included: Shaykh ʿUmar al-Mujtahid al-Dimashqī, the Hanafi jurist Saʿīd al-Ḥalabī (subsequently al-Dimashqī), the traditionalist and best known jurist of the Levant Shaykh Imām ʿAlā al-Dīn Ibn ʿAbidīn, Shafiʿī jurist ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Saqaṭī, Hanafi jurist and author of Radd al-Mukhtar Sayyid Muḥammad Amīn Ibn Abidin, ʿAbd al-Raḥmān bin Muḥammad al-Kuzbarī al-Shafiʿī, author of al-Thabat, Aḥmad Bībars, Ḥasan ibn Ibrāhīm al-Bayṭār, the Shafiʿī jurist of his era. There were many poetic verses written in praise of him, which can be found in Ḥilya al-Bashar fī Tārikh al-Qarn al-Thālith ʿAshar by Shaykh ʿAbd al-Razzāq al-Bayṭār. He was of the highest calibre in terms of his knowledge, dignity, scrupulousness (warʿ), abstention from the material world, mental acuity and tremendous insight. He gained an acceptance in the hearts of the masses and was likewise respected and revered by the community of Damascus. When riots between Muslims and Christians in 1277 AH/1860 CE broke out, he played a significant role in extinguishing the chaos and restoring order. He was described as being far from antagonism and tribalism due to his distance from the material world and his piety.
Many from the region of Shām and beyond studied with him, including ʿAllāma Imām Shaykh Ṭāhir al-Jazāʾiriī and Ustādh Saʿīd al-Shartūnī al-Lubnānī al-Naṣrānī. Shaykh al-Mayḍāni was not prolific in his writings, but he was certainly amongst the best in the works he did author. These include:
--- al-Lubāb fī Sharḥ al-Kitāb in Hanafi fiqh - When al-Kitāb is mentioned amongst the Hanafis, the Mukhtasar al-Quduri is intended.
--- Is'af al-Muridin fi Iqamat Fara'id al-Din,
--- Tuhfat an-Nussak fi Fadhl al-Siwak,
--- Risalat fi Fatawa Li Shuraka'i,
--- al-Matalib al-Mustabah fi'l Haydh wa'l Nifas wa'l Istihadah,
--- Kashf al-Iltibas 'amma awradahu al-Bukhari 'ala Ba'd al-Nas,
--- Sharh Aqidat al-Tahawiyyah
--- Risalah fi Tawdhih Mas'alah min Kitab al-Mannar,
and many other works.
Shaykh ʿAbdul Fattāh notes that he spent time in Damascus on 20 Muharram 1378 to review all of the manuscripts of Shaykh al-Maydānī. These included:
--- Sharḥ al-Marāh fī al-Ṣarf, 133 pgs min al-qaṭʿi al-wasaṭ
--- Sharḥ ʿAqīda al-Imām al-Tahawi, 100 pgs
--- Kashf al-Iltibās ʿammā awradahū al-Imām al-Bukhārī ʿalā Baʿḍ al-Nās, 35 pgs. Edited and published by Shaykh Abdul Fattāh Abū Ghudda.
Al-Maydānī died in the year 1298 of the Hijra.