I started studying Hanbali fiqh with Sh. Yusuf bin Sadiq al-Hanbali and we covered the text Akhsar al-Mukhtasarat authored by Ibn Balban, a beginner level text on Hanbali fiqh, until we reached the end of fiqh of worship. I have decided to release my notes because I feel there is not enough good material in the English language for Hanbali fiqh. I want to help popularize and familiarize people in the English speaking world to the school. In addition, I want to give Hanbali students of knowledge a supplement to their own study of the school. I hope you all find them beneficial!
Due to Shaykh Yusuf’s busy schedule, I am now studying the rest of the book with Sh. Muhammad Gamal Aly from the Institute of Linguists, therefore, I am releasing the notes in stages. Ever time we finish a section of the book, I will release its notes as well. I revise the notes at least seven times each before releasing and I utilize other commentaries as supplements when needed in addition to what I am learning from my teacher. I would specifically like to commend Sh. Muhammad Bajabir’s commentary of the book which is well done.
You will find that there are various words bolded in the notes. These are my personal “trigger words” which help me remember the rulings. I’ve left them bolded in case anyone else finds them beneficial as well.
The notes are catered towards those who have some background in studying fiqh, therefore, those who have never studied fiqh in the past may find them confusing or difficult at times. Those seriously considering studying the Hanbali school should find a teacher.
Finally, in addition to the notes on the text, I have also attached my personal notes on the introduction to Hanbali fiqh based on my reading of Abu Zahra’s The Four Imams: Their Lives, Works and Their Schools of Thought.