Comprehensive Islamic Jurisprudence: According To The Quran and Authentic Sunnah - English Translation Of الداري المضية شرح الدرر البهية في المسائل الفقهية
Imam Ash-Shawkani (r) compiled a concise text Ad-Durar al-Bahiyyah fee al-Masaail al-Fiqhiyyah / الدرر البهية في المسائل الفقهية in which he outlined the most preponderant views in the matters of Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) based on authentic proofs and textual based reasoning.
"...The resemblance of this concise piece to the comprehensive works among the Books of Fiqh is like the metal mold to the dross as is known to whosoever is deeply rooted in knowledge…” - Described by Shaykh Nawab Siddiq Hasan Khan(r)
Subsequently, some among the people of knowledge during his time requested Imam Ash-Shawkani (r) to briefly explain Ad-Durar al-Bahiyyah fee al-Masaail al-Fiqhiyyah and open up its treasures to the benefit of scholars and students. He granted the request and authored his own commentary on this book.
In his commentary titled ad-Darari al-Mudiyyah Sharh Ad-Durar al-Bahiyyah fee al-Masaail al-Fiqhiyyah / الداري المضية شرح الدرر البهية في المسائل الفقهية , Imam Ash-Shawkani (r) cited the authentic texts upon which the chosen views in his original text Ad-Durar al-Bahiyyah fee al-Masaail al-Fiqhiyyah were based. He cites the sources of the narrations, affirming their authenticity and reliability as proofs and elaborates where necessary to aid further understanding of the points that he established.
The English translation has been based on the Arabic edition published by Dar Ibn Hazm (Beirut), which has been reviewed by Shaykh Muhammad Subhi bin Hasan Hallaq (h) , the renowned Yemen based scholar of Hadith and Fiqh and well-known for his efforts in tracing, editing and and publishing the manuscripts of the works of Imam Ash-Shawkani (r). Shaykh Muhammad Subhi bin Hasan Hallaq (h) states:
"The book, Ad-Durar al-Bahiyyah fee al-Masaail al-Fiqhiyyah is among the best books of Fiqh not sticking to (and blind following) any particular Madhab (school of Fiqh) in its form and content ... ” Shaykh Muhammad Subhi bin Hasan Hallaq (h)
Title: Comprehensive Islamic Jurisprudence : According To The Quran and Authentic Sunnah - English Translation Of الداري المضية شرح الدرر البهية في المسائل الفقهية
Author: Muhammad Bin 'Ali Ash-Shawkani
Publisher: Dakwah Corner Bookstore - Malaysia
Size: 15.5 cm x 23.4 cm
Edition Number: 1st
Year Of Publication: 2019
Weight: 1.30 kg
Muhammad Bin 'Ali Al-Shawkānī (d. 1250) said called for a return to the textual sources of the Quran and hadith. He viewed himself as a mujtahid, or authority to whom others in the Muslim community had to defer in details of religious law. Of his work issuing fatwas, ash-Shawkani stated 'I acquired knowledge without a price and I wanted to give it thus. Part of the fatwa-issuing work of many noted scholars typically is devoted to the giving of ordinary opinions to private questioners. Ash-Shawkani refers both to his major fatwas, which were collected and preserved as a book, and to his "shorter" fatwas, which he said "could never be counted" and which were not recorded.
He is credited with developing a series of syllabi for attaining various ranks of scholarship and used a strict system of legal analysis based on Sunni thought. He insisted that a jurists who wanted to be a mujtahid fī'l-madhhab (a scholar who is qualified to exercise ijtihad within a school of Islamic law), was required to do ijtihad, which stemmed from his opposition to taqlid for a mujtahid.
He is regarded by many as a revivalist and has influenced contemporary Islamic movements in the Muslim world such as the Ahl-e-Hadith and Salafi Movement . His legal decisions and discussions are frequently used in contemporary debate among Muslim scholars.