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The Inseparability Of Shari'a & Tariqa- Islamic Law & Purification of the Heart

The Inseparability Of Shari'a & Tariqa- Islamic Law & Purification of the Heart

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Shaikh al-Hadith Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi



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Madania Publications

The Inseparability Of Shari'a & Tariqa - Islamic Law And Purification Of The Heart

  • How did Islamic law develop?
  • What are the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence?
  • What is the relationship between Shari'a and Tariqa?
  • What is taqlid and does it still hold relevant in our time?
  • Which sciences must be mastered before one can interpret the Quran and Hadith?

Shari'a & Tariqa is an essential book for anyone wishing to understand the foundations and application of Islamic law and the relationship that purification of the heart has with traditional Islamic jurisprudence.  The esteemed author, in this, his last and final work, draws evidence from the Quran, Sunna, pious predecessors, past and recent scholars, history, and rationale to clarify the confusion many have when searching for a true scholar of Islam.  This book explains how many of the controversies and sectarianism within the Ummah today are born out of ignorance of both Shari'a and Tariqa.

Shaikh al-Hadith Shaikh Muhammad Zakariyya (ra) was born oin 1897 to a deeply religious, pious family in Khandhla, U.P., India.  He was privately tutored by his father, Shaikh Yahya, in the Islamic sciences and completed the six books of hadith with him.  He dedicated his life to the teaching and writing of hadith.  He worked under his shaikh, Khalil Ahmed Saharanpuri, to complete the eighteen volume commentary of Abu Dawud and later himself wronte the monumental twenty-three volume commentary of Muwatta Imam Malik over a span of thirty years.  His other famous books are Fadail-e-Amal, Khasail-e-Nabawi [commentary of Shamail al-Tirmidhi], and al-Abwab wa al-Tarajum [explanation of the chapters of Sahib al-Bukhari].  He began teaching the Islamic sciences at the age of twenty and taught hadith for 46 years [1923-1969].  He remained in the company of his shaikh, the hadith master, Khalil Ahmad Saharanpur, for seventeen years until his shaikhs death in 1927.  He was granted successorship [khalifa] by his shaikh in 1925.  Hundred of devotees would come from around the world to benefit from his spiritual company during the month of Ramadan.  In his later years, despite being incapacitated by sickness and old age, he continued to travel to different countries in order to revive the dhikr [rememberace] of Allah.  His last Ramadan was spent in South Africa.  His successors continue his legacy and many, by his order, have gone on to establish Islamic schools in many different parts of the world.  He passed away [as he desired] in the blessed city of Madina in 1982 and is buried in Jannat al-Baqi [the graveyard adjacent to the Masjid of the Blessed prophet [pbuh].

Praise of the Author from Distinguished Scholars

'Shaykh and honorable Imam; jurist and noble scholar of hadith; fragrant flower of India and Arabia; master of spiritual realities [haqiqa] and allusions [majaz]; our leader and our blessing (from Allah)'. - Shaykh 'Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghudda, Halab, Syria

'It is evident to one who takes a look at his works that he had a brilliancy, both in knowledge and with the pen, like that of Ibn al-Jawzi and Imam Ghazali. Of the scholars of his era, I know of no one comparable to him in this regard, except Imam 'Abd al-Hayy al-Farangi Mahalli (of Lucknow)'. - Sa'id Ahmad Akbarabadi, Aligarh, India

'Morally outstanding, hadith scholar, remnant of the predecessors and splendor of the successors, blessed Imam, caller to Allah, my master and my teacher: Shaykh Muhammad Zakariyya'. - Sayyid Muhammad Ibn 'Alawi al-Maliki, Madina Munawwara

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