If the Imams of the four schools (madhahib) established all of their rulings from the Qur’an and the Sunna, why have they differed on so many points? How can two authentic narrations from the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him an give hime peace) appear to contradict one another? When is it acceptable for Muslims to differ over religious matters? What did the Messenger (Allah bless him an give hime peace) mean when he said, “The differences of my Umma are a source of mercy?”

The Differences of the Imams

  • Author

    Shaykh al-Hadith Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlawi

  • Translator

    Mawlana Muhammad Kadwa

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    Whitethread Press

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    “Shaykh and honorable Imam; jurist and noble scholar of hadith; fragrant flower of India and Arabia; master of spiritual realities [haqiqa] and allusions [majaz]; our leader and our blessing (from Allah).”

    Shaykh ‘Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghudda, Halab, Syria


    “It is evident to one who takes a look at his works that he had a brilliancy, both in knowledge and with the pen, like that of Ibn al-Jawzi and Imam Ghazali. Of the scholars of his era, I know of no one comparable to him in this regard, except Imam ‘Abd al-Hayy al-Farangi Mahalli (of Lucknow).”

    Sa’id Ahmad Akbarabadi, Aligarh, India


    “Morally outstanding, hadith scholar, remnant of the predecessors and splendor of the successors, blessed Imam, caller to Allah, my master and my teacher: Shaykh Muhammad Zakariyya.”

    Sayyid Muhammad Ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki, Madina Munawwara