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This collection tackles the issue of the four madhhabs of Islam in a ground-breaking and thought-provoking way. “The Four Madhhabs of Islam and Their Relationship with the Present Time”, by Shaykh Abdalhaqq Bewley presents a historical understanding of the origins of the madhhabs and their development which allows us to grasp our present situation in a new and liberating way.

Aisha Bewley focuses upon the often misunderstood term, the ‘amal, or practice, of the People of Madinah. In his paper, “The Importance of Malik and the Maliki Madhhab Today”, Dr. Dutton considers the importance of Imam Malik’s magisterial work the Muwatta’, in preserving our historically most valid – because closest to the source – transmission of sunna and hadith. In the fourth contribution, Shaykh Abdalhaqq shows how the deen reached him (and the other authors) in transmitted practice from the first community.

Together, they show that just as a way based exclusively on scholarship and study of texts can be paralysing and inhibiting, and to it can be attributed much of the helplessness of contemporary Muslims, recovery of transmitted practice backed by scholarship is a dynamic and liberating way that can lead to a new flowering of the deen in every age.

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The Four Madhhab

The Four Madhhab

By Shaykh Abdalhaqq Bewley, Aisha Bewley, Dr. Yasin Dutton

Diwan Press

ISBN 978-1-908892-02-7

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35 RM