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Understanding the Four Madhhabs

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Why are there four schools of Islamic Law? Is it necessary for Muslims to follow them or should we take Islam direct from the Qur'an and the Sunna?

This short work outlines the answer which the great scholars of the Shari'a have given to these questions. Basing itself on the realisation that it is binding on every Muslim to follow the Qur'an and Sunna, it explains the schol
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Paperback, 30 pages
Published 1999 by Muslim Academic Trust (first published October 23rd 1995)
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Lumumba Shakur
This is one of the most eloquent and succinct explanations of the development and eventual canonization of the four Sunni schools of jurisprudence. Anyone who does not understand or rejects the authority, veracity or relevance of any of the four schools should be given this as apart of their educational process.
Farouk Abu Alhana
In explaining the importance and remaining relevance of the madhhabs, Abdal Hakim Murad establishes in this booklet the danger of forsaking them.

"With every Muslim now a proud mujtahid, and with taqlid dismissed as a sin rather than a humble and necessary virtue, the divergent views which caused such pain in our early history will surely break surface again. Instead of four madhhabs in harmony, we will have a billion madhhabs in bitter and self-righteous conflict. No more brilliant scheme for th
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Helma Hassan
AMAZING for a book so short. It affirms clearly the importances of the four madhhabs and answers the raising conflicts of Muslims nowadays that are questioning the need for madhhabs. It was also written based on intensive references which is mentioned at the end. May Allah preserve Sh. Abdal Hakim Murad for this ummah.
Hammad Ali
Great book, pretty short, to the point and explains the development of the Four Madhhabs perfectly. Recommended read.
Tahir Hussain
This is a very short but valuable introduction to explaining the development and canonisation of the four madhhabs. Though it is only fifteen pages, thirty including the detailed notes (which should not be overlooked) it does a good job explaining how the four madhhabs should be perceived and the threat of abandoning them, for example, "If one's child is seriously ill, does one look for oneself in the medical textbooks for the proper diagnosis and cure, or should one go to a trained medical prac ...more
Nurshafira Noh
Brief writing about this matter.
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Timothy John "Tim" Winter (born 1960), also known as Abdal Hakim Murad, is a British Sufi Muslim researcher, writer and teacher. His profile and work have attracted media coverage both in the Muslim World and the West. Conversant in both traditional Islamic scholarship and Western thought and civilization, Winter has made contributions on many Islamic topics.

Born in 1960, Winter was educated at W
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