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