a translation of Nur al-Idah
NUR AL-IDAH: The Light of Clarification
A Classical Manual of Hanafi Law.
Hasan ibn Ammar Abu al Ikhlas al-Misry Shurunbulali
Translated from the Arabic with Commentary and Notes
By Wesam Charkawi
Hardback 485 Pages Revised Edition 2010
Printed and Bound in the USA
About the book
The translation of Nur al-Idah is displayed in bold while the commentary and explanation, the majority of which is from Maraky al-Falah is written in plain text. It has been the translators attempt to prepare the text of Nur al-Idah in a manner that can be read independently without reading the commentary. However, commentary is essential for further explanations of the actual text and for this reason it entails views from other Hanafi sources such as al-Ikhtiyar and al-Hidayah, as well as the position of other schools, such as the Shafi’i Madhhab. This is intended to give the reader a broader perspective on matters and demonstrate the similarity between the various schools of thought.
Referencing the text with evidence, namely, with Quran or hadith has been given on most issues and that areas where it is not, is either due to qiyas (analogical reasoning) or because of its unanimous agreement on that particular issue. A translation may simplify many things, though this will still require the complete and concentrated attention of the reader. Also, many examples and explanatory notes have been included. These are, for the most part intended to clarify what might otherwise have been an obscure or ambiguous passage in the original or as a result of the translation.
The main Hanafi books, such as The Hashia of Ibn ‘Abidin, al-Hidayah and al-Mabsut were referred to, as well as consultation from some of the most eminent scholars. The text also includes sample examination questions in an effort to help the reader view the laws in a different light and to enable him to deal with legal rules in a practical way.
About the Author Imam Shurunbulali
The author is Abu al-Ikhlas al-Hasan b. `Ammar b. `Ali b. Yusuf Shurunbulali he was born in in 994 A/H. He became a master of jurisprudence at the hands of Abdullah al-Nahriri and Muhammad al-Mahby. He studied at the prestigious seat of learning, al-Azhar, Cairo, under the patronage of some of the most eminent scholars of his time. He himself later became a scholar of great repute and a copious writer
A B O U T I M A M A B U H A N I F A
Imam Abu Hanifa is Nu’man Ibn Thabit, the great imam, born in 80 A.H. in Kufa during the Khalifa of Abdul Malik Ibn Marwan. Abu Hanifa assumed the role of a merchant. During this time, he was not linked to the field of knowledge and did not know the men acquainted with it.