on 29 September 2011
This booklet is worth far more than the nominal amount that it charged for it. Written by one of the most respected Islamic scholars in the UK, whom I personally had the honour of praying behind on a few occasions. He explains a very important topic in a very accessible and easy to follow manner whilst retaining the scholarly approach that he is known for, giving us every confidence that what is said in the pamphlet is the product of much research and reflection.
If you want an introduction to the madhabs (the four established schools of jurisprudence) that the majority of Muslims adhere to, then this is a perfect booklet for you.
on 24 August 2013
This is a very short but valuable introduction to explaining the development and canonisation of the four madhhabs. Though it is only fifteen pages, thirty including the detailed notes (which should not be overlooked) it does a good job explaining how the four madhhabs should be perceived and the threat of abandoning them, for example, "If one's child is seriously ill, does one look for oneself in the medical textbooks for the proper diagnosis and cure, or should one go to a trained medical practitioner?" I highly recommend reading it. This is a valuable work in understanding that the best way to follow the Qur'ān and Sunna for the laymen is by following the great mujtahids and leaving ijtihad in the continuation of developing fiqh to the qualified scholars. It truly is a case of quality over quantity.