Publications

Darul Iftaa Chicago students write theses in their second year, some of which are now scheduled for publication. Each thesis requires multiple months of research, hundreds of references, and an incremental contribution to the academic and general Muslim community.

The Darul Iftaa is working on preparing some of the theses for publication. It has made these available online for free, but those wishing to acquire the hardcover, printed books may contact the Darul Iftaa. The books are not marked up for profit and are provided at near cost price.

Darul Iftaa Publications
  • Al-Aqwāl al-Rājiḥa fī mā Khālafa al-Ṭaḥāwī Abā Ḥanīfa (Kitāb al-Ṭalāq to Kitāb al-Waṣāyā)


  • Al-Aqwāl al-Rājiḥa fī mā Khālafa al-Ṭaḥāwī Abā Ḥanīfa (Kitāb al-Ṭahāra to Kitāb al-Ḥajj)


  • Al-Aqwāl al-Rājiḥa fī mā Khālafa Muḥammad Abā Ḥanīfa (Coming soon)

Al-Aqwāl al-Rājiḥa fī mā Khālafa al-Ṭaḥāwī Abā Ḥanīfa

Kitāb al-Ṭalāq to Kitāb al-Waṣāyā

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).

This was the first publication, and Mufti Ebrahim Desai Ṣāḥib (may Allah have mercy on him) wrote its foreword.

Foreword

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)

Al-Aqwāl al-Rājiḥa fī mā Khālafa al-Ṭaḥāwī Abā Ḥanīfa

Kitāb al-Ṭahāra to Kitāb al-Ḥajj

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-Ṭahāra to Kitāb al-Ḥajj).

This was the completion to the work started by some of the previous batch of students, and with it, the research on the entire Sharḥ Maʿānī al-Āthār was completed. Qārī Muhammad Abdullah Saleem Ṣāḥib (may Allah protect him) wrote its foreword, a portion of which is included below.

Foreword

It was [Mufti Abrar Mirza’s] fervent wish that I peruse the initial chapters of this respectable book, which has already been prepared, and write a few lines. In this manner, this sinful one has also attained the fortune of having a share in this great effort. Fa Jazāhumullah Aḥsan al-Jazāʾ.

According to my limited knowledge, this topic has never been written upon. As such, this work is a rare and intellectually beneficial gem amongst the annals of thousands of Ḥanafī fiqh works. While we can be sure that the authors of this paper will be rewarded immensely, we can be certain that Mufti Abrar (zīda faḍluhū) will be rewarded many times over as this work is a result of his tireless efforts and prudent guidance.

As for my relationship with the esteemed Mufti Abrar, I fear that my words may tarnish his lofty status. I say this only as an enumeration of Allah’s blessings upon me, that I have the great fortune of being his teacher. However, the truth is that he towers in worlds beyond me (mujh se badr-e-jahan fāʾiq hain). His various efforts spanning through the day and night, his disinclination from unnecessary matters, his taciturn nature, and his keenness on keeping students connected to knowledge and research are from those specific qualities he possesses that have elevated him and from which I am very far.

May Allah make this saʿāda (felicity) of mine through Mufti Ṣāhib a source of salvation for me, because in regard to my deficiencies and shortcomings, I am more than well aware (man ānam ke man dānam).

[Mawlana] Muhammad Abdullah Saleem
Dhul Ḥijja 23, 1444 – July 11, 2023