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 is a result of years of teaching this in various Islamic institutes. it is a modern commentary wich has in depth study of the hanafi madhab and its usul as an introduction to the text. There is a section wherein the author talks about the heritage of some of the companions that are the foundation of the Hanafi madhab and why! Thereafter he opens the floor to the richness and the benif derived from the Mukhtasar al-Quduri followed by the biography of Imam al-Quduri and an autobiography of the commentator himself.
ABOUT THIS PRINT:
This print is is easy readable, somewhat bulky for the text. Contains estensive notes which is basically the commentary of the book. The text contains full tashkeel but not so the commentary. Some worded are bold so as to draw the attention of the reader.
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.