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Al-Muwatta' Of Imam Malik Ibn Anas: The First Formulation Of Islamic Law (Revised In Whole)

Al-Muwatta' Of Imam Malik Ibn Anas: The First Formulation Of Islamic Law (Revised In Whole)

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The first formulation of Islamic Law based on the behaviour of the people of Madinah during the time of the Prophet (PBUH), and the great Companions, Al-Muwatta is the blueprint for a just and radiant society: the earliest, clearest, cleanest record of salafi Islam.
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About The Book

This is the third revised edition of the classic work "Al-Muwatta' Of Imam Malik Ibn Anas".

It is the first of the sahih works, long pre-dating al-Bukhari and Muslim.

Al-Bukhari regarded the transmission of Imam Malik narrating from Nafi‘ from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar from the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, as being ‘the Golden Chain of Transmission’.

Abu Dawud, whose Sunan is another of the Six Books of hadith, added “then Malik, from az-Zuhri, from Salim, from his father [i.e. Ibn ‘Umar], then Malik, from Abu z-Zinad, from al-A‘raj, from Abu Hurayrah”, without mentioning anything from anyone other than Malik.

Ibn Hajar said, “… some imams say that they are unqualifiedly the soundest of isnads, such as az-Zuhri i.e. the hadith which az-Zuhri – who is better known as Ibn Shihab – narrated from Salim i.e. transmitting to him from Salim ibn ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar from his father. The school of Ahmad [ibn Hanbal] and Ibn Rahwayh is that this is unqualifiedly the soundest chain of transmission”. 

Adh-Dhahabi held that, “The soundest of chains of transmission are those from az-Zuhri from Sa‘id ibn al-Musayyab from Abu Hurayrah” which are abundant in the Muwatta. Then those which come from Abu’z-Zinād from al-A‘raj from Abū Hurayrah.”

Ash-Shāfi‘ī said, “After the Book of Allah, there is no book on the face of the earth sounder than the book of Mālik.”

‘Alā’ ad-Dīn Maghlaṭāy al-Ḥanafī said, “The first person to compile the ṣaḥīḥwas Mālik.”

Ibn Ḥajar said, “The book of Mālik is sound by all the criteria that are demanded as proofs in the mursalmunqaṭi‘ and other types of transmission.”

As-Suyūṭī followed Ibn Ḥajar’s judgement and said, “It is absolutely correct to say that the Muwaṭṭa’ is sound (ṣaḥīḥ) without exception.”

Al-Bukhārī and Muslim transmitted most of its ḥadīths and included them in their Ṣaḥīḥ collections. The authors of the rest of the six books, the Imām of the ḥadīth scholars, Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal, and others did the same.

In addition, the Muwaṭṭa’  contains a record of the practice (‘amal) of the people of Madīnah of the first generations, a transmission of the ethos that permeated the city, and Imām Mālik’s painstaking clarification of the Sunna, the ḥadīths, the practice and legal judgements.


1 The Times of Prayer
2 Purity
3 Prayer
4 Forgetfulness in the Prayer
5. Jumu'a
6 Prayer in Ramadan
7 Tahajjud
8 Prayer in Congregation
9 Shortening the Prayer in a Journey
10. The Two 'Ids
11 The Fear Prayer
12 The Eclipse Prayer
13 Asking for Rain
14. The Qibla
15. The Qur'an
16 Burials
17 Zakat
18 Fasting
19 I'tikaf in Ramadan
20 Hajj
21 Jihad
22 Vows and Oaths
23 Sacrificial Animals
24 Slaughtering Animals
25 Game
26 The 'Aqiqa
27 Fixed Shares of Inheritance
28 Marriage
29 Divorce
30 Suckling
31 Business Transactions
32 Qirad
33 Sharecropping
34 Renting Land
35 Pre-emption in Property
36 Judgements
37 Wills and Testaments
38 Setting Free and Wala'
39 The Mukatab
40 The Mudabbar
41 Hudud
42 Drinks
43 Blood Money
44 The Oath of Qasama
45 Madina
46 The Decree
47 Good Character
48 Dress
49 The Description of the Prophet
50 The Evil Eye
51 Hair
52 Visions
53 Greetings
53 Greetings 
54 General 
55 The Oath of Allegiance 
56 Speech 
57 Jahannam 
58 Sadaqa 
59 Knowledge 
60 The Supplication of the Unjustly Wronged 
61 The Names of the Prophet 

Imam Malik Ibn Anas (93 AH/711 CE - 179 AH/795 CE)

Imam Mālik’s full name is Mālik ibn Anas ibn Mālik ibn Abī ‘Āmir al-Aṣbaḥī and he was related to Dhū Aṣbaḥ, a sub-tribe of Ḥimyar.  He was instructed in the learning and recitation of the Noble Qur’ān by Imām Nāfi‘ ibn ‘Abd ar-Raḥmān ibn Abī Nu‘aym, the Imām of the reciters of Madīna and one of the ‘seven reciters’.

Among the huge number of his teachers in ḥadīth and fiqh were Nāfi‘, the mawlā of ‘Abdullāh ibn ‘Umar, and Ibn Shihāb az-Zuhrī. He sat to give fatwāwhen he was seventeen years old after seventy Imāms had testified that he was worthy to give fatwā and teach.

His own students included Imām ash-Shāfi‘ī and Imām Muhammad ibn al-Ḥasan ash-Shaybānī the Ḥanafī mujtahid, as well as a great number of Imāms of ḥadīth and fiqh, and thus he is known as Imām al-A’immah ‘the Imām of the Imāms’.

He is recognised to be the subject of the hadith from Abū Hurayra:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him said, ‘There will come a time when the people will beat the livers of their camels in search of knowledge and they will not find an ālim with more knowledge than the ‘ālim of Madīna.’”

About The Translator

Aisha Abdurrahman Bewley is one of today’s most prolific translators of classical Arabic works into English. For more than thirty-five years she has been concerned with making the contents of many classical Arabic works more accessible to English-speaking readers.

She is co-translator, with her husband Shaykh Abdalhaqq Bewley, of The Noble Qur’an, a New Rendering of its Meaning in English.

Other works include her translation of The Meaning of Man of Sidi Ali al-Jamal, Muhammad Messenger of Allah – ash-Shifa of Qadi ‘Iyad, Muhammad ibn Sa‘d’s Kitab at-Tabaqat al-Kabir, and of her own authorship: Mu‘awiya – Restorer of the Muslim FaithA Glossary of Islamic TermsIslam: The Empowering of Women and Muslim Women, a Biographical Dictionary.

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EAN 13 / ISBN 9781908892362
Author Imam Malik
Publisher Diwan Press
Translator Aisha Bewley
Pages 718
Manufacturer Diwan Press
Year Published 2014
Weight 3.1 lb
Width 6.4 in
Height 9.5 in
Depth 1.8 in

EAN 13 / ISBN 9781908892362
Author Imam Malik
Publisher Diwan Press
Translator Aisha Bewley
Pages 718
Manufacturer Diwan Press
Year Published 2014
Weight 3.1 lb
Width 6.4 in
Height 9.5 in
Depth 1.8 in

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