Shaykh Musa b. ‘Isa Al-Qaddumi’s elementary primer details one hundred and six questions on the topics of Tahara, Salat, Sawm, Zakat, and Hajj. Known for its brevity and clarity, this treatise bring the objectives of the school into the reach of the novice. The work before you features the full Arabic text, a side by side translation into the English language, and brief explanatory notes.
My service to this book
In this translation I have relied exclusively on the Dār Aṭlas edition by Nūr al-Dīn Ṭālib, and have compared some of the phrases that were unclear to more advanced texts and their explanations such as Dalīl al-Ṭālib and al-Rawḍ al-Murbiʿ. One point that should be apparent to the reader is that this book is according to one Riwāya of Imām Aḥmad’s Madhhab. Learning the legal schools of Islam has a methodology, and that methodology calls for learning the basis of a particular legal school before engaging in high level discussions (both intra-madhhab and comparatively between schools). Engaging in theoretical discussion before building a foundation in the basis of the law is a major pitfall for any student, and can – at times – inculcate pride and pomposity in the student. These character flaws will blind the student from developing the humility and the analytical process necessary for the Faqīh to tackle current issues. High level discussions are reserved for classes with one’s teacher after gaining proficiency in the basics.
Keeping this in mind, I’ve purposely kept explanatory notes at a minimum, although I did clarify some of the terms and issues found in the text if called for. Several issues found in this text are solitary opinions specific to the Ḥanbalī school and are not held by the other canonical legal schools (Ḥanafi, Shafiʿi, and Māliki schools) and as such these issues have explanatory footnotes. The references used are listed in the bibliography at the end of this book.
Note: The cover featured here is of the forthcoming new edition of the book