This book by the author of ash-Shifa is a handbook laid out in five sections corresponding to the five pillars, and laid out with the simplicity of a basic technical manual.
The Foundations of Islam
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This book, al-I’lam bi Qawa’id al-Islam – The Foundations of Islam by the author of ash-Shifa, is a handbook laid out in five sections corresponding to the five pillars, and laid out with the simplicity of a basic technical manual. For each pillar the Obligatory, Sunna, Recommended, Liked, Disliked and Prohibited are concisely listed, with special page markings for easy reference and study. This book is useful for new and old Muslims but also for refreshing the knowledge of the basics of even the most learned scholars.
Qadi Iyad (476 – 544 AH/1083 – 1149 CE)
Abu’l-Fadl Iyad ibn Musa ibn Iyad al-Yahsubi, Qadi of Ceuta during the time of the Murabitun. He travelled to Andalus to study and in Cordoba he learnt from such luminaries as Ibn Rushd, the grandfather of the Qadi and philosopher of the same name. Iyad was already accepted in scholarly circles when he was eighteen and was appointed qadi when he was 35 becoming first the qadi of Ceuta in 515 AH/ 1121 CE and later Granada in Spain in 531 AH/ 1136 CE. He was exemplary in his knowledge of the sciences of hadith from which ocean he drew his astonishing work ash-Shifa. He also wrote the Tartib al-Madarik on the luminaries of the school of Madina. He opposed Ibn Tumart’s claim to be the Mahdi and was exiled to Marrakech where he was murdered.