- The first of Qibla's The Muwatta of Imam Muhammad series.
- Read a chapter from one of the most blessed works of the Islamic scholarly tradition.
- Imam Muhammad's narration of the Muwatta gives students of knowledge a unique insight into comparative fiqh and the deduction of rulings from hadith.
- Hear Dr. Ashraf's fiqh commentary from this canonical work that lies at the intersection of the traditions of the Hanafi and Maliki madhhabs.
- Additionally benefit from the famous hadith commentary work At-Ta'liq al-Mumajjad by Imam al-Laknawi.
About the Course
In this course, Dr. Ashraf Muneeb shall cover everything you need to know about Ramadan - from the essential fiqh, to the sunnas we should strive to fulfill, and the spirituality and attitude that imbue the heart of this month. The course shall be based primarily on the Book of Fasting from Imam Muhammad ibn al-Hasan‚'s narration of the Muwatta of Imam Malik, (translated as The Muwatta of Imam Muhammad*), and its famous commentary At-Ta'liq al-Mumajjad by Imam 'Abd al-Hayy al-Laknawi.
Other sources shall be used to cover topics pertaining to Ramadan not included in the above works. For those taking the course primarily looking for practical advice, Dr. Ashraf shall provide his own commentary on the practical perspective for our works in Ramadan. Students of knowledge on the other hand shall benefit from Dr. Ashraf's commentary on the unique inter-madhhab fiqh perspective and hadith exposure the above works are well-known for. This course is the first of Qibla's The Muwatta of Imam Muhammad series, in which Dr. Ashraf shall work through different chapters from this canonical work of hadith and fiqh.
The course shall cover the Book of Fasting from The Muwatta of Imam Muhammad with Imam al-Laknawi's commentary, and other Ramadan-related topics from various sources.
Being a Ramadan Intensive course, classes shall meet once a week over the duration of the month. Dr. Ashraf shall hold weekly office hours where students can consult with him one-on-one. There shall be no assignments or examinations in the course.
Weekly Time Commitment
The course requires an estimated hour to an hour-and-a-half per week outside the live classes to review the material and take notes.
There is no required course text - all the material shall be included in the course slides. The Muwatta of Imam Muhammad (published by Turath) is a highly recommended resource for students, being the English translation of the primary work the course is based on.
No background is required: all are welcome!
How is this course going to practically benefit me in Ramadan?
This is meant to be your one-stop course for Ramadan. Learn everything you need to know for this blessed month, from the fiqh to the sunnas and the essential spirituality, from one of the most blessed books among the canonical works of the Islamic scholarly tradition - The Muwatta, which needs no introduction.
Who should take this course?
Both those looking for practical advice and full-time students of knowledge - given the practical focus on our works during Ramadan, combined with the inter-madhhab and interdisciplinary fiqh and hadith exposure the The Muwatta of Imam Muhammad offers, this course is unique in the benefits and exposure it offers people on either end of the spectrum.
Why is The Muwatta of Imam Mohammad a special text with unique benefits for both beginner and advanced students of knowledge?*
The Muwatta of Imam Muhammad is unique among the various narrations of the Muwatta that exist today. It is different from the more widely-spread Muwatta narrated by Yahya, which comprises a lot of the legal rulings of Imam Malik which are contrary to the views of Abu Hanifa and his companions. Yahya's narration of the Muwatta also contains many hadith which Abu Hanifa and his companions did not act upon, for numerous scholarly reasons. This may cause confusion to those unacquainted with Islamic scholarship and beginner students of knowledge.
The Muwatta of Imam Muhammad is different. When a hadith which Hanafi scholars did not use for rulings is narrated, it includes right after it the hadiths which the Hanafi scholars did act upon. This has obvious benefits for laymen - the hadith basis of rulings is laid out plainly and clearly for them. This also allows more advanced students of knowledge to study both sets of hadiths to examine which ruling is being implied as superior. This gives students of knowledge a fascinating glimpse into the crystallization of the Hanafi madhhab in its very early stages. This course thus offers an excellent opportunity for students of both hadith and fiqh, regardless which madhhab, to benefit from Dr. Ashraf's commentary on a chapter from this unique work. Moreover, Sheikh Laknawi's commentary is a valuable source for you will also learn concepts related to the study of the science of hadith, and aspects of the lives of the narrating Companions.
In case you didn't know...
Why is The Muwatta so famous?
The Muwatta is one of the earliest, foundational compilations of hadith in the Islamic scholarly tradition. One of the scholars has mentioned, "The Muwatta is the first source and the core, and the book of Bukhari is the second source in this process. On the two of them all the rest are built, such as Muslim and Tirmidhi." Imam Shafi'i said, "There is not on the face of the earth a book - after the Book of Allah - which is more sound than the book of Malik." It is narrated from Muhammad ibn as-Sirri, 'I saw the Messenger of Allah in my sleep and I said "Tell me some knowledge which I can narrate from you." He said, "Ibn-as Sirri, I have brought Malik a treasure for him to divide among you. It is the Muwatta. After the Book of Allah and my Sunnah, in the unanimous agreement of the Muslims, there is no discourse which is more sound than the Muwatta, so listen to it and you will benefit from it."
Who is Imam Malik?
"He is the imam of the imams, the leader who holds the reins, the chief of the great ones of the Abode of the Hijra, the leader of the people of knowledge of Fragrant Madina, whose majestic qualities the tongues is incapable of mentioning, and whose praiseworthy merits man falls short in remembering", mentions Imam al-Laknawi in the introduction appearing in the translated work The Muwatta of Imam Muhammad. Among his pupils were Sufyan at-Thawri, Imam Shafi'i, Imam Muhammad ibn al-Hasan, amongst other luminaries. It is mentioned that he is the man of knowledge that the Prophet, Allah's blessings and peace be upon him, indicated in the hadith narrated by Tirmidhi, "Knowledge will be cut off, and there will not remain a man of knowledge more knowledgeable than the man of knowledge of Madina."
Who is Imam Muhammad ibn al-Hasan?
He is one of the "Three Imams", one of the Pillars of the Hanafi madhhab. He studied in Kufa with Imam Abu Hanifa for two years before he died, and then became the student of his leading disciple, Imam Abu Yusuf. He later studied for three years in Medina under Imam Malik, and narrated the entire Muwatta from him. Being based upon longer and arguably closer contact with Imam Malik than Yahya, who only kept Imam Malik's company the year before he died, Imam Muhammad's narration contains a number of hadith that Yahya's more widely-spread narration does not contain - notably the hadith "Actions are only by intentions."
Of him, Imam Shafi'i said, "Have you even seen a faqih? By Allah! not unless you have seen Muhammad ibn al-Hasan!", and "I have not seen anyone more eloquent than him", *"if their language were not known, we would judge they were angels: Muhammad in fiqh, al-Kisai in grammar, and al-Asma'i in his poetry."
Who is Imam Abd al-Hayy al-Laknawi?
Imam Abd al-Hayy al-Laknawi was a great Indian Hanafi scholar of the nineteenth century. Steeped in the Quran and scholarship from a young age, he was a prolific writer, authoring more than a hundred books in the various religious sciences. One of only three scholars to have written a commentary on The Muwatta of Imam Muhammad, his works reveal his outstanding talent and remarkable ability. He passed away when he was only 39 years old, the prodigiousness of his works and academic contribution being all the more amazing for it.
*Material above has been quoted from the Sheikh al-Laknawi's Introduction to At-Ta'liq al-Mumajjad, as it appears in the translated work The Muwatta of Imam Muhammad published by Turath.
The Muwatta of Imam Muhammad: The Comprehensive Ramadan Guide. Discover a deeper, knowledge-based Ramadan as Dr. Ashraf takes you through the Book of Fasting from Imam Muhammad's narration of The Muwatta, with commentary from Imam Abd al-Hayy al-Laknawi. While students of knowledge will be attracted to the course material, the practical nature of the course makes it a must for all Muslims.