Some Recommended Books in Maliki Fiqh

بسم هللا الرحمن الرحيم

و صلى هللا على سيدنا محمد وآله وصحبه وسلم

1) The Abridgment of al-Akhdari


Translated by Shaykh Rami Nsour

One of the most important endeavors that a Muslim will be concerned with is gaining knowledge on how to truly worship Allah and deal well with all creation. One of the main ways to do this is by accessing the texts that our righteous scholars have authored to assist in gaining this knowledge. Through their texts, they have laid down for us a clear path that will save us from the pitfalls of ignorance. They have codified the rules taken from the Qur’an and Sunnah in a way that makes it simple for anyone desiring to increase himself in knowledge to do so. One of the most important texts of this type is the book that is before you, The Abridgement (Mukhtasar) of Imam Al Akhdari. It is a beginning text of Islamic Jurisprudence (fiqh) that has been studied by countless students and teachers for the past several centuries. It is interesting that the author begins this text with a section on purification of the heart, which can be taken as a reminder that the most important endeavor we have to take on is the purification of our hearts. That purification requires us to work on both the outward laws and the inward laws. This text is part of a distance learning program developed by the Tayba Foundation to provide incarcerated men and women access to high quality education that will aid them in character development. Your purchase of this textbook helps support the Tayba Foundation’s El Hajj Malik El Shabazz Distance Learning Program.

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You can also, benefit of the online commentary of this text, click here.

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2) Al-Murshid al-Mu‘een, matn of Ibn Ashir in english.

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Here is a sample of the text : Al-Murshid al-Mu‘een (113,53 KB)

Al-Murshid al-Mu‘een

Al-Murshid al-Mu’een is a widely recognised primary text for learning Islam in North Africa. In it the author, Abd al-Wahid ibn ‘Ashir, summarises in verse the three sciences of Islam, Iman and Ihsan: Maliki fiqh, Ash’ari ‘aqida and Junaidi tasawwuf. This is its first complete translation into English. Dr. Asadullah Yate is also the translator of Shaykh Ahmad bin al-Bashir al-Qalawi ash-Shinqiti’s (1216 AH/1802 CE- 1276 AH/1853 CE) Mufid al-‘Ibad, a very full commentary on al-Murshid al-Mu’een, which is published by Diwan Press in English as “Islam in the School of Madina”.

Shaykh Abd al-Wahid ibn ‘Ashir

The great imam, the sea of knowledge, he who made the hajj from the most distant land (abarr), the mujahid, Abu Muhammad, ‘Abd al-Wahid ibn ‘Ali ibn ‘Ashir, of the Ansari line, originally from Andalusia, brought up in Fez which he made his home. He has compositions on various different sciences, amongst them the poem entitled al-Murshid al-mu’in ‘ala daruri min ‘ulum ad-deen about Maliki fiqh. It parallels the Mukhtasar of Khalil in that it combines both the roots and branches of the deen such that whoever reads it and understands its points is able to abandon once and for all taqleed – imitation – for the soundness of the iman (of the people of taqleed) is disputed. He is thus able to learn what Allah has made incumbent on him of the sciences necessary for each and every Muslim to know. He died in Dhu’l-Hijja 1040 AH. (Ash-Shajara p.299, No. 1161)

Dr. Asadullah Yate

Dr Yate (Cantab.) has translated works from Arabic, Persian, German and French, and, in collaboration with others, from Turkish. He teaches Arabic and Fiqh at the Weimar Institute, is a Founding fellow of The Muslim Faculty of Advanced Studies, and is active on the shariat board of the World Islamic Mint.

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3) Islam in the school of Medina (Ibn Ashir’s commentary)

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Islam in the School of Madina

Islam in the School of Madina

Mufeed al-‘Ibad, of which this book is a translation, is a summation of all the previous commentaries on the work of Ibn ‘Ashir on Ash‘ari ‘aqida, Maliki fiqh and Junaydi tasawwuf and is augmented not infrequently by the author’s own subtle understanding of the finer aspects of the ‘amal of the people of Madina.

Ahmad ibn al-Bashir al-Qalaawi ash-Shinqeeti

Shaykh Ahmad bin al-Bashir al-Qalaawi ash-Shinqeeti (1216 AH/1802 CE – 1276 AH/1853 CE), whose lineage can be traced to Abu Bakr as- Siddeeq, came from a family and tribe in present day Mauritania renowned for its knowledge and active implementation of the deen. Although he himself refrained from any sufic commentary on Ibn Ashir’s work, he was recognised as a wali by the men of this science around him.

Dr. Asadullah Yate

Dr Yate (Cantab.) has translated works from Arabic, Persian, German and French, and, in collaboration with others, from Turkish. He teaches Arabic and Fiqh at the Weimar Institute, is a Founding fellow of The Muslim Faculty of Advanced Studies, and is active on the shariat board of the World Islamic Mint.

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4) The Practical Guidebook Of Essential Islamic Sciences, From Ibn Ashir’s Al-Murshid Al-Mu’in

By Shaykh Ali Laraki Al-Husaini

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Good Quality Print and Good English

The Practical Guidebook of Essential Islamic Sciences is a commentary on the three essential sciences that have characterised the Islam of the West – Andalus and North and West Africa – from the earliest days: fiqh, ‘aqida and tasawwuf. It is refined and distilled from Shaykh Ali Laraki’s teaching the justly famed al-Murshid al-Mu‘in of ‘Abd al-Wahid ibn ‘Ashir to students, young and old, while imam of communities in Madrid, Norwich, Newark (US) and Cape Town.

Beliefs, Fiqh, Purification, Salat, Zakat, Fasting, Hajj, Tasawwuf & Gnosis

Al-Murshid al-Mu‘in by Shaykh ‘Abd al-Wahid (d. 1040 AH / 1631 CE) summarises the deen as outlined in the hadith of Jibril on Islam, Iman and Ihsan in 317 verses
The original text of Ibn `Ashir as it stands does not take into account many of the life situations of the contemporary man. And in order for someone to apply such a medieval text to his life (which no longer resembles the common man’s life one thousand years ago), he will have to engage in a type of deciphering which only the qualified are capableof carrying out successfully

About The author :

Shaykh Ali Laraki al-Husaini whose family, including a long line of noted scholars, stem from Fez, the capital city of knowledge forNorth Africa. He grew up between Morocco and Spain, and is bi-lingual in Arabic and Spanish, as well as being almost equally fluent in French and English. He studied fiqh in the traditional manner with distinguished scholars such as Shaykh Muhammad an-Naifar and Shaykh Muhammad al-Lakhwa (ex-professors in the Jami‘ az-Zaituna of Tunis) and the late Sidi Muhammad al-Wazzani of Melilla, may Allah show mercy to them all. He is currently resident in Leicester (UK) and is Senior Lecturer at the Meem Institute (

About Ibn Ashir
Abu Muhammad i ‘Abdul-Wahid ibn Ahmad ibn ‘Ali ibn ‘Ashir was a Maliki scholars of Morocco. His lineage can be traced back to the ancient tribe from Madina known as the ‘Ansar’ . His most immediate descendants can be traced back to Islamic Spain (Andalusia). But they would later take up residence in the Moroccan city of Fez where Ibn ‘Ashir grew up and spent most of his life.

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5) Muqadimat al Izziyyah

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Book Description
Al-Muqaddimah Al-Izziyah is a Maliki Fiqh text written by Abu Hasan Al-Maliki Al-Shadhili, he died 939 A.H in Cairo. The book covers all of the primary areas of worship in addition to practical life matters such as marriage/ divorce, commercial transactions and inheritance. It is said that the author wrote this book for the sake of the common community living around the Azhar Mosque in Cairo during his time. While it is not one of the major or relied upon books of the madhab, it’s simplicity and eloquence has made it a desired treasure to many. Al-Izziyyah although originally written for a small audience around Azhar, has become a very popular book in West africa, North Africa and Sudan. Note: This book does have a few minor typographical errors.

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6) The Handbook of Islam, Iman and Ihsan

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The Handbook of Islam, Iman and Ihsan by Shaykh ‘Uthman dan Fodio

A manual on how to establish Islam, with understanding, by the famous West African Shaykh who led the jihad (struggle in the way of Allah) which established the Muslim Khalifate in Northern Nigeria in the 18th century. The very title of this book is illuminating, for this is the three-dimensional Islam that emerged from Madinah and was the light for the whole of the west, from the Bilad as-Sudan, including Nigeria, right up to Andalus, modern-day Spain, an Islam that holds law, spirituality and a clear intellectual tradition in balance. This book then is another manual, a handbook on the practice of Islam, on the parameters of what needs to be known about Allah and His Messengers, and on the Sufic path of purification of the heart and self from the qualities that obscure their luminous reality and which veil them from Allah.

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8) The Guiding Helper: Main Text & Explanatory Notes

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Book Description

The Guiding Helper is a practical guide to the Din that the Prophet Muhammad (May Allah bless him and give him peace) brought.The Guiding Helper is based on a famous metered verse song written by a scholar named Ahmad ibn `Ali ibn `Abd al-Wahid ibn `Ashir born in Spain and raised in Fez, Morocco about seven hundred years ago. This scholar divided his song into three books: (1) one about Islamic beliefs, (2) one about Islamic law, and (3) one about Islamic spirituality. He based the first book on a famous text of beliefs called The Mother of Proofs for the Tenets of Belief written by Muhammad ibn Yusuf al-Sunusi al-Husayni. He based his second book on a renown text of Maliki law called The Concise Text written by Khalil Ibn Ishaq ibn Ya`qub. He based his third book on a popular text on spirituality called The Letter of Qushayri written by `Abd al-Karim al-Qushayri.The Maliki Fiqh is used to describe the practices of Islam.
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9) The Foundations of Islam by Qadi Iyyad (according to the AHL AL MADINA)

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The Foundations of Islam

This book by the author of Ash-Shifa is a clear-cut manual laid out in five sections corresponding to the five pillars, and marked out with the simplicity of a basic technical manual. For each pillar the Fard, Sunna, Superogatory, Liked, Disliked and Prohibited are concisely listed, with special page markings for easy reference and study. This book is useful for new Muslims but also for refreshing the knowledge of the basics of even the most learned scholars.

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