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Sharḥ al-Aqṭaʿ by Abū Naṣr al-Aqṭaʿ (d.474 AH)

As if making space in your library for the recently printed Sharḥ Mukhtaṣar al-KarkhīSharḥ al-Jāmiʿ al-Ṣaghīr li Qāḍī Khān and Sharḥ al-Jāmiʿ al-Ṣaghīr li’l-Sarakhsī wasn’t difficult enough, you now need to make space for this important Ḥanafī work.

Mukhtaṣar al-Qudūrī needs no introduction. Al-Qudūrī passed away in 428 AH and is considered a key figure in the ʿIrāqan Ḥanafī tradition, being a student’s student of Abū Bakar al-Jasṣāṣ al-Rāzī (d.370 AH). His primer is considered the last of the four early primers written in the Ḥanafī Madhhab (the others being Mukhtaṣar al-ṬaḥāwīMukhtaṣar al-Karkhī and Al-Kāfī of Ḥākim al-Shahīd). The book is such a celebrated book that it is at times referred to in the Ḥanafī Madhhab with the general term Al-Kitāb (‘the book’) or Al-Mukhtaṣar al-Mubārak (‘the blessed primer’). In fact, the primer was such that much like Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī, the scholars would read it in times of calamity and the calamity would soon be lifted.

Al-ʿAynī states regarding Mukhtaṣar al-Qudūrī in his Al-Bināyah, 5:127:

سمعت من بعض الأساتذة الكبار يقول أنّ القدوري رحمه الله لمّا فرغ من تصنيف مختصره المنسوب إليه حجَّ وأخذ المختصر معه ولمّا فرغ من طوافه سأل الله سبحانه أن يوفقه على خطأ فيه أو سهو منه وقع عن قلم ثم إنه فتح المختصر وتصفحه ورقة ورقة إلى آخره فوجد فيه خمسة مواضع أو ستة مواضع ممحوة 

I heard some elderly teachers say that when Al-Qudūrī, may Allah have mercy upon him, completed writing his primer that is attributed to him, he performed Ḥajj and took the primer with him. When he completed his ṭawāf, he supplicated to Allah the Almighty that he guides him to any mistakes within it or any wrongs within it that his pen has made. He then opened his primer and went through it, page by page, until its end, and he found five or six places that had been rubbed out.

Perhaps the greatest indirect commentary written upon Mukhtaṣar al-Qudūrī is that of Abū Bakar al-Marghīnānī (d.593 AH), titled Al-Hidāyah. However, other commentaries were also written. The first commentary to have ever been written on Mukhtaṣar al-Qudūrī was by the Baghdadī scholar Abū Naṣr Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad al-Aqṭaʿ (d.474 AH), a student of Al-Qudūrī himself. This explains the importance behind this book as a student understands his teacher’s book better than anyone else, it also sheds light on perhaps the most accurate version of Al-Qudūrī’s text.

He was called Al-Aqṭaʿ due to his left hand being cut during the wars between the Muslims and Tatars. Although he was born in Baghdad, he left Baghdad in 430 AH and settled in Rāmahurmuz, teaching there until his demise in 474 AH. He wrote two commentaries upon Mukhtaṣar al-Qudūrī, a smaller commentary and a larger commentary. The larger commentary has been regularly quoted in the books of the Ḥanafī fuqahā, such as Tabyīn al-Ḥaqā’iq (30 times), Al-Bināyah (67 times), Fatḥ al-Qadīr (9 times) and Al-Baḥr al-Rā’iq (8 times).

The book contains a few additions that he acquired directly from his teacher Al-Qudūrī that are not found in the prints of Mukhtaṣar al-Qudūrī. Along with this, the book presents the opinions of the A’immah of the Ḥanafī madhhab giving preference to the view that he prefers, he also regularly presents the opinions Shāfiʿī madhhab and, at times, the Mālikī madhhab, followed by the evidence of each madhhab. At times, he mentions the opinions of the ṣaḥābah and tābiʿūn on a specific mas’alah. The book contains many principles of fiqh and legal meanings. Furthermore, in each chapter, the author discusses many extra masā’il that are connected to that chapter. In a recent facebook post, Dr. Muhammad Shaheen states that the evidence (dalā’il) found in the book have been summarized from the evidence that Al-Qudūrī has presented in his Sharḥ Mukhtaṣar al-Karkhī who in turn has summarised the evidence from Al-Jasṣāṣ’Sharḥ Mukhtaṣar al-Ṭaḥāwī. I have not researched this claim.

The work took approximately 5 years to complete and was carried out a by a team of researchers under the supervision of Muḥammad al-Darweish. They used 12 manuscripts of the commentary. The entire first volume is simply Mukhtaṣar al-Qudūrī, a questionable practice as the book could have had one less volume if this had been avoided. The text of Mukhtaṣar al-Qudūrī is separated with a black box around it with the commentary straight after it. The unique feature of this print is that Qāsim ibn Quṭlūbugāh (d.879 AH) wrote an explanation, titled Taqrīb al-Gharīb, on some of the difficult words found in the aḥādīth mentioned in this commentary, this print incorporates this book in the footnotes. Printed in 7 beautiful volumes by Dār al-Minhāj al-Qawīm, this book is a highly beneficial read for any teacher who teaches Mukhtaṣar al-Qudūrī as well as anyone who is serious in his studies of the Ḥanafī madhhab.

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An Introduction to Ḥanafī Uṣūl al-Fiqh – A Study of Mabādi’ al-Uṣūl

Course Overview

Over a period of 20 lessons, we will go over this foundational primer in ḥanafī Uṣūl al-Fiqh, which is perfect for beginners. Beginning with an introduction to fiqh – showing how fiqh comes before the law – and the history of usul al-fiqh, the course then dives into the discussion on khāṣ, ām, mushtarak, mu’awwal, ẓāhir, naṣṣ, mufassar, muhkam, khafī, mushkil, mujmal, mutashābih and so on. We then cover the Sunnah, Ijma’ and Qiyas. All lessons are linked with contemporary discussions. For example, in our discussions on Sabab, ʿIllah and Sharṭ, we discuss the treatise of Muftī Shāfī ʿUthmānī on assisting in sin and its response by Dr. Ṣalāḥ Abu’l Ḥāj. The entire course is based upon Muftī Saʿīd Aḥmad Pālanpūrī raḥimahullah‘s Mabādi’ al-Uṣūl, but draws upon the works of Mullā Jīwān raḥimahullah and Al-Sarakhsī raḥimahullah (d.483 AH).

Course instructor: (Muftī) Muadh Chati

Course Duration: 20 Lessons

Course Fee: £70

Course Curriculum

An Introduction to Mabādi’ al-Uṣūl & What is Fiqh

A Brief History of Uṣūl al-Fiqh

الخاص العام المشترك المؤول

الحقيقة المجاز الصريح الكناية


عبارة النص إشارة النص دلالة النص اقتضاء النص

الأمر النهي مطلق مقيد

حروف المعاني





دفع القياس

علة سبب شرط علامة

فرض واجب سنة مكروه حرام

رخصة وعزية


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A Hajj & ʿUmrah with the Prophet Ṣallallahu ʿAlayhi Wasallam – The Ultimate Course Companion for ʿUmrah or Ḥajj

Course Overview

In this unique course, consisting of 13 lessons with detailed PowerPoints, students will embark on the journey of ʿumra and ḥajj with the Prophet ṣallallahu ʿalayhi wasallam. By retracing those blessed steps taken by the Prophet ṣallallahu ʿalayhi wasallam in the performance of ʿumrah and ḥajj, this course teaches us the wisdoms, beauty and virtues of performing ʿumrah and ḥajj. We then study the ʿumrah and ḥajj of the Prophet ṣallallahu ʿalayhi wasallam himself as well as the fiqhi rulings involved in ʿumrah and ḥajj according to the ḥanafī madhhab. Based upon multiple sources, the course is fully referenced to books of ḥadīth, fiqh and tafsīr and is the ideal course companion for anyone performing ḥajj or ʿumrah.

Course instructor: (Muftī) Zayd Imran

Course Duration: 13 Lessons

Course Fee: £15

Course Curriculum

What is Ḥajj? Why is it Fard?

The Prophets Sets Off From Madīnah and the Iḥrām of the Prophet

The History of Ḥajj and Its Wisdoms

The Prophet’s Journey Continues

The Prophet Enters Makkah and His Ṭawāf

The Prophet’s ʿUmrah, Stay in Makkah, Preparation for Minā, Travel to Minā and Travel to ʿArafah

The Sermons of the Prophet in ʿArafah, Journey to Muzdalifah and Return to Minā

The Prophet’s Pelting, Sacrifice, Shaving ad Ṭawāf al-Ziyārah

The Prophet’s Journey Back to Madīnah

How to Prepare for ʿUmrah and Ḥajj

Method of ʿUmrah Part 1: Rulings of Iḥrām and Mīqāt

Method of ʿUmrah Part 2: Ṭawāf and Shaving

Method of Ḥajj


Asalamualaykum Dear Ulema who have constructed this course for us. 
Just wanted to say a big Jazakallah , it has honestly been an incredible course. I feel like the way Mufti Sahib has explained everything has allowed me to envision Allah’ Nabi sallallahu Alayhi wa salaam performinh Umrah and Hajj. It had been a very spiritual , informative and easy way to learn how to perform Umrah and Hajj. 

Adam Ibrahim

‘ISLAMIC KNOWLEDGE’ My heartfelt duas to you for this invaluable opportunity in helping my understanding and appreciation for the significance of hajj. I had not anticipated at all that any course could ‘move me’ in such an emotional yet uplifting way. There were moments when partaking that my feelings and visual imagination of our prophet pbuh hajj  felt so real, its unexplainable. It may be Allah has not called me as yet but my humble duas will continue in seeking to be blessed with travel to Allah house. To all my dear sister hujjaj who have partook on this training and will be leaving soon. May this the most blessed and beneficial time of your life, If you remember please make duaa for the ummah of prophet Muhammad pbuh, fir us all to fulfill our obligations in the most beautiful manner too. May Allah bless you and your loved ones with a blessed hajj, a safe return and Hajj Mabrur inshaAllah

Zuleikhan Chothia

This course has been brilliant, thorough and so in depth! JazakAllah for all the resources and the recordings. The time that has spent in the prepping for this course, only the ones behind it know. I pray Allah rewards everyone behind Ik courses for every second spent in prepping to deliver an intense journey. A massive JazakAllah for answering all of our questions! We definitely got so much more than we paid for honestly. Can’t wait to join more courses in the future iA. 

May Allah accept the hajj of those who have been called and call all of us who are waiting patiently 🤍

Maariyah Mulla

Jzk khair what an amazing course step by step, ia will make my Hajj so much more meaningful may alllah reward you in this world and in the hereafter

Tasneem Adam
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An Introduction to the Shāfiʿī Madhhab

Course Overview

Have you ever wondered what exactly is the Shafi’i madhab? Seen a Shafi’i qawl whilst studying and wondered where you could check its validity? Who are the Imam Abu Yusufs and Imam Muhammeds of the Shafi madhab? Do they have a Zahirur Riwayah? Join this course to understand the history of the Shafi’i school, its tabaqāt, reliable books, terminology and more. This is a must for anyone wishing to see the Shafi fiqh from the perspective of its adherants. This course will cover:

  1. Life of Imam Shafi’i
  2. History of the Shafi’i Madhab and Stages of its Development
  3. Dalā-il: Sources of Fiqh Derivation
  4. Reliable Books / reference points within the Shafi’i school
  5. Iṣṭilāhāt: Shafi’i lexical terminology
  6. Famous Shafi’i Masā-il and misattributed Masā-il
  7. Ṣifatus Ṣalāh: the prayer according to the Shafi’i school

Course Instructor: (Maulana) Nooh Riyad

Course Duration: 14 Lessons

Course Fee: £60

Course Curriculum


Key Terms in the Shāfiʿī Madhhab & The Division of the Shāfiʿīs

Terminologies of the Shāfiʿī Madhhab & Introducing Imām al-Shāfiʿī

Biography of Imām al-Shāfiʿī

Key Figures in the Shāfiʿī Madhhab

Section 6

Discerning the Muʿtamad and Reasons for Tamadhhub

Shāfiʿī Books and Pedagogy

Famous Syllabuses for the Shāfiʿī Madhhab and Famous Arabic Speaking Shāfiʿī Scholars

Resources in the Shāfiʿī Madhhab & Famous Shāfiʿīs

Famous Shāfiʿīs

Sunnah Method of Prayer in the Shāfiʿī Madhhab

Famous Shāfiʿī Masā’il

English Speaking Shāfiʿī Scholars & Common Masā’il in the Shāfiʿī Madhhab

Course Testimonials

Jazakallah khayr

I want to give my sincerest thanks to everyone that was involved to put this course together and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to be able to attend a gathering of sacred knowledge and a special thanks to Mufti Nooh for his work and detailed explanations in a clear and lucid manner. بارك الله فيك I will be looking forward to further classes with Islamic Knowledge

David Johnson

 was worried that i might miss these lessons as i am returning to Darul-Uloom next week, but I didnt realise we were coming to the end of the course. jzk for this course, it was very beneficial and informative. full of barakah, learnt alot in just afew lessons. May Allah take you and the people behind IK courses from strength to strength and continue taking khidmah from you bil aafiyah mufti @MuadhChati @muhammednoohriyad 

I thought the least I could do in return is to show my appreciation and a short dua.

من لم يشكر الناس لم يشكر الله

Abdus-Saboor Hussain
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An Introduction to the Books of the Ḥanafī Madhhab

Course Overview

In this unique course, students will learn about the three important categories of books found within the ḥanafī madhhab: the books of Ẓāhir al-Riwāyah, the books of Al-Nawādir and the books of Masā’il al-Fatāwā wa’l-Wāqiʿāt. But we won’t stop there, we then perform a deep dive into every important book written in the ḥanafī madhhab including Sharḥ Mukhtaṣar al-Ṭaḥḥāwī by Al-Jaṣṣāṣ (d.370 AH), the books of Abū Layth al-Samarqandī (d.373 AH), the Mukhtaṣar and Sharḥ Mukhtaṣar al-Karkhī of Al-Qudurī (d.428 AH), Al-Mabsūṭ of Al-Sarakhsī (d.483 AH) and many other books. We also take a look at the Mutoon Muʿtabarah within the ḥanafī madhhab and the important books of the madhhab written by the later scholars such as Al-Baḥr al-Rā’iq of Ibn Nujaym (d.970 AH) and Radd al-Muḥtār of Ibn ʿĀbidīn (d.1252 AH). The course begins by looking at the books written on the manāqib of Abū Ḥanīfah and also touches upon the development of the ḥanafī madhhab.

Course Instructor: (Mufti) Muadh Chati

Course Duration: 9 Lessons

Course Fee: £60

Documents are provided in a downloadable manner

Course Curriculum

  1. The Books Written on the Biographies of the Ḥanafī Fuqahā’
  2. Maps of the Madhhab and the Preferences of the Ḥanafī Fuqahā’
  3. The Books of Ẓāhir al-Riwāyah
  4. The Books of Al-Nawādir, Masā’il al-Fatāwā and Books of the Ḥanafī Fuqahā’ Until Late 5th Century AH
  5. Books of the Ḥanafī Fuqahā’ Until Mid 6th Century AH
  6. Books of the Ḥanafī Fuqahā’ Until Mid 7th Century AH and the Reliable Mutoon of the Madhhab
  7. Books of the Later Ḥanafī Fuqahā’
  8. A Deeper Look at Al-Fatāwā al-Hindiyyah, Al-Durr al-Mukhtār, Radd al-Muḥtār and the Urdu Fatāwā

Extra Resources


Considering the level of depth and detail of just this first session, it wouldn’t have surprised me if you had charged £20 per session either lol.

Shaykh Amir Isap, founder of Zidna Foundation, UK

The quality far surpasses the price

Asim Quadri, UK
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A Study of Athar al-Ḥadīth al-Sharīf

Course Overview

In this online course, through 23 one-hour lessons, we will cover the entirety of Shaykh Muhammad ʿAwwāmah’s best-selling and highly recommended masterpiece Athar al-Hadith al-Sharif.  This book is one of the most important books for understanding the bridge between Fiqh and Hadith. Key topics that will be covered include:

1. The different methodologies and approaches towards understanding a ḥadīth

2. The history of fiqh

3. The history of ḥadīth 

4. Biographies of various scholars of ḥadīth and fuqahā

5. Introductions to various books of hadīth

6. An understanding of Ijtihād and Taqlīd

The book will be read in class and students will be provided with resources, books and documents to help understand important concepts.


Course instructor: (Muftī) Muadh Chati

Course Curriculum

The Life of Shaykh Muḥammad ʿAwwāmah

The Difference in the Methodology of the Fuqahā

The Life and Views of Shaykh Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī

A Study of Athar al-Ḥadīth al-Sharīf


I’ve benefited greatly through this course so far- the approach to dealing with Hadith in our tradition is far clearer to me now alhamdulillah. There isn’t much focus on Ulum al-Hadith in the Alimiyya course which in my opinion leaves students lacking in understanding of how to approach Hadith. Would highly recommend for advanced Alimiyya students/graduates. Lessons are jam packed with useful knowledge and delivered very professionally. It’s evident a lot of research and effort has gone behind each presentation . May Allah put Barakah in this endeavour – Jazakumullah khayr


السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

Mufti Sahib, due to time zone differences, I haven’t been able to attend the Athar Al-Hadith classes. However, Alhumdulillah I have been keeping up with the recordings and have them very beneficial, insightful, and balanced MashaAllah. 

May Allah Ta’ala continue to increase your Ilm Nafi’ and Ikhlas

Haneefuddin, USA

This course on Athar Al-Hadīth Al-Sharīf has been amazing so far and once we get into the kitaab I’m sure it will only get better! So many aspects of this course and your style of teaching in general that I love, which I wish other teachers utilised. Just to name two huge ones:

The sheer amount of references and citations shows high levels of research and اطلاع on books and scholars. Very rare for something to not be referenced. Teaches us lots of sources.

The critical yet fair and balanced approach of looking at the view/statements of all scholars, whether they are those who may be from our own backgrounds or those who are from other backgrounds. Giving everyone their due right and respect for their contributions to Deen regardless of whether we agree with everything they say or not. Many scholars and teachers write someone off immediately if they disagree with a single view of theirs. Here we learn that all sincere scholars have something to offer, so take the good and leave what you don’t agree with. This open minded, yet balanced and grounded approach is very much appreciated, and I think the one thing I’ve gained and learnt the most from this course so far is أدب الاختلاف – respect other opinions. Be respectful of other people and their views even if you don’t agree with everything. 

May Allah accept and grant barakah. Aameen.

Adam Ayyub, UK

Assalamualaikum Sheikh

Your class is so much beneficial I fight with my sleep and work schedule to attend the live session. Masha allah your way of viewing the opposite camp is unique and more cultured which is the must take away from this course the adab of expressing differences

Muhammad Irfan, India

AsSalaamu Alaykum dearest Mufti. 

Your informed, well-researched & critical course thus far has academically unpacked and contextualised the differences between the ahl al-ra’y vis-à-vis the ahl al-hadith. I am beginning to appreciate the overlap between reason and revelation through a formative study of our Islamic intellectual thought. 

Your prelude has been invaluable and, I’d have to admit: it’ll take me a few times to listen to the recordings before I can fully appreciate and understand your research. 

وفقكم الله ونفع الله بكم الإسلام والمسلمين!

Mohammed Umar, UK
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An Introduction to Ḥanafī Uṣūl al-Ḥadīth – A Study of the Chapter of the Sunnah from Al-Manār

Course Overview

Did the Ḥanafīs view the Sunnah in the same manner as the muḥaddithūn? Why do we notice the ḥanafīs have a different approach towards the Sunnah and what is the rational basis for this difference in approach? Whilst the muḥaddithūn seem to look at both the chain of narration and the text of a narration, their greater focus is on the chain of narration. This seems to be the complete opposite of how the ḥanafīs assess narrations, they first seem to look at the text and then the chain of narration. In this course, through 9 detailed lessons, we cover the chapter of the Sunnah from Al-Manār of Ḥāfiẓ al-Dīn al-Nasafī raḥimahullah (d.710 AH). We look at the development of the approach of the ḥanafīs towards the Sunnah through the lens of the classical writers such as Al-Sarakhsī raḥimahullah (d.483 AH) and Al-Bazdawī raḥimahullah (d.482 AH), as well as contemporary writers such as Shaykh Sohail Ḥanīf and Dr. Anas Sarmīnī. This course is a must for any serious student of Fiqh and Ḥadīth.

Course instructor: (Muftī) Muadh Chati

Course Duration: 9 Lessons

All documents/powerpoints will be provided in a downloadable format


Alhamdulillah, the course was very beneficial and also enjoyable. Studying by the teacher, Mufti Muadh, has not only showed his passion for the science, but has also edified me.

His delivery of the course was perfect, a pace at which everything could be understood, yet comprehensive. The engagement on the group was a reflection of his passion and dedication towards the subject, and the materials provided before and after the lesson made the course beneficial not just for the advanced, but even the beginners.

Muhammad Panchbhaya, UK