Note, this page now caters for all four madh-habs

Authors Introduction

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, Most Compassionate. All praise belongs to Allah, the one who is most worthy of praise. His praise is more excellent over every type of praise. Such is the excellence of Allah over His creation.

I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah alone who is unique having no partners. [This is] the testimony of one who established the right belonging to Allah.

I bear witness to the fact that Muhammad is the Beloved Servant of Allah and His Messenger. There is no doubt whatsoever to his truthfulness. Peace and salutations of Allah be upon him, his family, his companions in same abundance of the clouds that bear rain, and as often as the sound of thunder after the lightening.

This is a book regarding the subject of jurisprudence which has been summarized to be as short as possible and confined only to the strongest opinion [in the Hanbali madh-hab] so that it may be a bedrock for the reader. This has been done so that the most correct opinion is not confused with its objective differences and differing narrations.

One of my brothers requested me to compile this text at hand in order to make it easy and approachable for students to memorize it and act upon it. Therefore I have answered the request depending upon Allah the Almighty with utmost sincerity and intent [on seeing] His Noble Face [on Yawm ul-Qiyaamah], and seeking the means to the greatest of His pleasure. He is sufficient for us and the best disposer of affairs. Included in this text are the authentic traditions that have been added merely for the sake of obtaining blessings thereby. They have been approved and are authentic although their chains of transmission have not been mentioned.

Shaykh ul-Islam
Abdullah Ibn Muhammad Abu Muhammad
Imaam Muwaffaq ud-Deen Ibn Qudaamah al-Maqdasi

The rest of this text has been translated by the Orthodox Hanbali Shaykh Mukhtar Holland and the PDF is available to preview here Umdat ul-Fiqh . It is not the complete final translation, but it gives you an idea of what is to come. You can also read the original ‘Arabic here al-umdah in PDF. The text al-Umdah contains all the strongest positions from the Hanbali Madh-hab, so there is no need for a beginner to look any further when it comes to personal Fiqh. However if you are a curious one, then after knowing this text you may delve further to know the ikhtilaaf and what not, but it is not adviced unless you have mastered the bedrock of  Fiqh right here.


Also there is a Hanbali Wiki available at by the Orthodox Hanbali Musa Furber and also by the same Shaykh.

These lessons were part of a fiqh course through email. The basic material was taken from Zad al-Mustaqni`, al-Raud al-Murbi`, and Nail al-Ma’arib.

I will soon load up some more Hanbali sources inshaa’Allah as this blog develops.

16 thoughts on “MADHHAB

  1. Salamun ‘alaykum,
    I am trying to listen to the lessons but when i click on it, it say this:
    “Not Found
    The requested URL /wiki/zad_lessons/lesson_28 was not found on this server.”
    Can you tell me where i can listen to these lesson and download it.

    • Salamun alaykum, that is because the site is down. InshaAllah ta’ala we have some speical Umdat ul-Fiqh lessons being put up soon. Wa alaykum as-Salaam

  2. Dear brother Ibrahim, I do not understand some things, and neither the translation of Umdah nor the Shaykh Furber’s lessons helped me. What is the correct method to perform sujud al-sahw according to the hanabila? I think is the same way of the malikis except for repeating the tashahhud, so we have: A) If they are done before the taslim, you make two sujud with the takbir after the Salat al-Ibrahimiyya, and then you make the taslim; B) If they are done after the taslim, you make two sujud with takbir after it and then you make another taslim, without repeatin tashahhud. Is it right?

    I do not understand another thing: is it necessasry to intend the niyya befor removing filth from oneself?

    Many thanks, wassalam :)

    • Salamun ‘alaykum

      I am not an authority in Hanbali Fiqh, however from what I have read, the position [in my own words] is as follows:

      The prostrations of forgetfulness can be performed before or after the taslim depending on the knowledge of the one who needs to perform them.

      For example, somebody who knows they made a mistake should do it before the taslim, however if one remembers that he made a mistake after the taslim then he should do the two prostrations and repeat the process from the tashaddud, finishing with taslim.

      And Allah knows best

      This can be found in Umdat ul-Fiqh, the mainstay

      A brother posted the link above where this book can be purchased

      wa as-Salaam

    • “is it necessasry to intend the niyya befor removing filth from oneself?”

      Depending on what you mean?

      Istinjaa, Wudu, Ghusl or Tayyamum?

    • Wa alaykum us-Salaam

      We are waiting on about three Umdat ul-Fiqh’s that are being translated lol, its just a sign of the times and the revival of the deen why three persons have decided to translate this book into English.

      The two I know of set for release soon are Abu Ja’far al-Hanbali’s Umdat ul-Fiqh/ Umdat ul Ahkaam combined, and then Sheikh Mukhtar Hollands, and the third is going to be my personal translation and notes that I will put here online for free, thats depending on when I have finished my final studies of the book inshaAllah.

      • assalamu alaykum

        why dont you translate Akhsar al-mukhtasirat it is one the most basic primers in hanbali fiqh

        • Wa alaykum as -Salaam

          Because I have a strong desire to master Umdat ul-Fiqh and gain an ‘Ijaazah therein insha’Allah, and I have started work towards that and will present my efforts to two Hanabli authorities in hope that one of them will train me in this discipline. I therefore do not hold any time for any other fiqh text, respectfully. Not even al-Mughni or al-Kaafi

    • Salaamun ‘Alaykum

      The book will be out the 20th of August and shall be available inshaAllah ta’ala. May Allah grant the Shaykh Mukhtar Holland a long life to do more good works ameen

      • The coverage is a cceonrn in a normal bank, including Islamic financial institutions. They go hand in hand with risk management and the liquidity of the ALM. Risks include liquidity risk management of financial resources from financial institutions in terms of cash management, wealth management, liquidity management in the short term and management of assets and liabilities.

    • Salamun ‘Alaykum, with all due respect to the translator and his efforts, the original ‘Arabic on page 24 says تحت سرته which means “under his navel” which therefore demonstrates that the Shaykh is mistaken in translating “above his navel”. I apologize for neglecting this question for a while. and Allah and His Rasul know best.

      Just to add this happens to all of us who translate, we make the smallest and simplist of mistakes sometimes even though we know the real meaning. I made two major mistakes in my last translation that was quite embarrasing considering I read the book a good forty times, then passed it on to my proof readers, who then passed it back and then we released the book only for a few good honest people to email us with the mistakes that all three of us had missed. It happens and al-Hamdu Lillah.

      wa as-Salaam

    • Salaamun ‘Alaykum

      Just to update this comment, there may be more than one manuscript of Umdat ul-fiqh with variance. One may say above the navel and one may say below the navel. Both positions are valid and it may mean that theres no mistake in the translation by the Shaykh. My copy of Umdat ul-Fiqh clearly says under the navel.

      It is also interesting to note that Imaam Muwaffaq ud-Deen’s teacher, Shaykh ‘Abdul Qaadir al-Jilaani’s position was fawqa , over the naval in the edition of al-Ghunyah I have in book form [scan coming soon] , and then on page 19 of this edition of al-Ghunyah which I have uploaded here it is writtn tahta meaning under. Therefore I take back my statement and recognize there are manuscript variances of such classical texts

      Also keep an eye on the Hanbali books section as it is about to get more interesting. I am updating the resources section with books on the relevant sciences.

      Wa as-Salaam

  3. AsSalaamualikum, jazakaallah Khair for beginning to compile this section. I was just wondering how is it possible to get the full translation of al umdah in english? Also i noticed in here it states that one should pray with their hands above the naval. I understood the mutamad position of the Hanabilah and indeed even this book was that it is under the naval.. is this a translation mistake?

    Jazakaallah Khair,


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