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Al-Aqwāl al-Rājiḥa fī mā Khālafa al-Ṭaḥāwī Abā Ḥanīfa
An example of the taḥqīqāt conducted by the Darul Iftaa's graduating students
Al-Aqwāl al-Rājiḥa fī mā Khālafa al-Ṭaḥāwī Abā Ḥanīfa is a research on the dominant views where Imam Ṭaḥāwī disagrees with Imam Abū Ḥanīfa in Sharḥ Maʿānī al-Āthār (Kitāb al-Ṭalāq to Kitāb al-Waṣāyā). Ml. Abu-Obaidah Anwar and Ml. Talha Waseem wrote the book as part of their second-year thesis.
The book is available for download here, and Mufti Ebrahim Desai’s (may Allah have mercy on him) foreword is shared below.
Muḥtaram Mufti Abrar Mirza (may Allah ﷻ accept and reward him), the Head of Darul Iftaa Chicago, trains students in the field of iftāʾ. One of the challenging aspects of iftāʾ is giving preference to the view of one mujtahid over another. This becomes more challenging when the relationship between both mujtahids is of a very high caliber. While we are nurtured to respect and revere our teachers and seniors, we are also nurtured to maintain academic honesty.
The book al-Aqwāl al-Rājiḥa fī mā Khālafa al-Ṭaḥāwī Abā Ḥanīfa is a case in point. Imam Abū Ḥanīfa (may Allah ﷻ have mercy on him) is an absolute mujtahid (mujtahid muṭlaq), and Imam Abū Jaʿfar al-Ṭaḥāwī (may Allah ﷻ have mercy on him) is also a mujtahid in his own right. His book Sharḥ Maʿānī al-Āthār is filled with substantiations supporting the Ḥanafī points of view. It appears that he is one of the most ardent followers of Imam Abū Ḥanīfa (may Allah ﷻ have mercy on him).
Despite such profound belief in the knowledge and academics of Imam Abū Ḥanīfa, Imam Ṭaḥāwī differs with him and substantiated his differences. To establish the dominant view in these cases, it is pleasing to note that two students of muḥtaram Mufti Abrar Mirza, under his supervision, have compiled this book, which will be a means of benefit to ʿulamāʾ and students of knowledge alike.
It is my fervent duʿāʾ that Allah ﷻ accepts the efforts and sacrifices of Mawlānā Abu-Obaidah Anwar and Mawlānā Talha Waseem. May Allah ﷻ grant them baraka in their ʿilm and make this contribution a great thawāb jāriya for them, their parents, and muḥtaram Mufti Abrar Mirza.
[Mufti] Ebrahim Desai
Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah (South Africa)