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This course is based on Imam Nasafi's Kanz al-Daqa‘iq with its commentary Kashf al-Haqa’iq by ‘Allama Abd al-Hakim al-Afghani. Within this class, the commentary will be read in full length and explained further by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.


The key text gathers issues from several of the key works of the school to summarize its issues. The purpose of this class is to consolidate previous foundations. Moreover, it aims to deepen one's understanding of the various chapter of law. This includes the chapters on worship as well as the chapters on financial transactions. Furthermore, rulings concerning personal circumstances such as marriage, divorce, and inheritance will be taught.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whomever Allah wants good, He gives him a deep understanding of the religion.” [Agreed Upon – Bukhari, Muslim]

The outcomes of this course are to clearly know the rulings within the various fields with an outlook on the proof outlined by the commentator. This course is on an advanced level and aims to consolidate one’s previous study of the subject.

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About the text:

This course is based on Imam Abu Barakat al-Nasafi's Kanz al-Daqa’iq, referred to by many as the greatest of the summary works (mukhtasarat) in the Hanafi school. This work is very precise, nuanced, and terse, yet very comprehensive.


The Kanz is a summary of another of the author's works, the Wafi, an advanced text in the Hanafi school. The Kanz is not a beginner text, as some of its chapters can be difficult to understand and grasp. This highlights the importance of a study of another primer prior to the study of the Kanz; the Kanz builds on previous foundations.

The Kanz has many great and important commentaries (shuruh), such as Tabyin al-Haqa’iq of Zayla‘i’, al-Bahr al-Ra’iq of Zayn ibn Nujaym (which also has the marginalia of Ibn ‘Abidin called Minhat al-Khaliq). Other crucial commentaries are al-Nahr al-Fa’iq of ‘Umar ibn Nujaym, the commentary of Munla Miskin with the marginalia of Abu al-Su‘ud al-Husayni al-Misri known as Fath Allah al-Mu‘in, and many more. Later works in the school, such as the Tanwir al-Absar of Imam Tumurtashi, were built upon the Kanz. This further proves the deep influence and importance of Imam Nasafi’s Kanz al-Daqa’iq.

The commentary referenced in this class will be the commentary of ‘Allama ‘Abd al-Hakim al-Afghani, called Kashf al-Haqa’iq. The commentator benefits greatly from the previous commentary of the Kanz, such as al-Bahr al-Ra’iq, as well as al-Hidaya and its commentaries. The commentator focusses on the legal reasoning behind the rulings while laying out their textual proofs.

While referring to himself in the third person, the commentator mentions in his introduction: “What he didn't ascribe to anyone is definitely taken from the author of al-Hidaya [i.e. Imam Marghinani]. Therefore, it should be understood that this collection is a summary of the Hidaya.”

Furthermore, the three-volume Maktabat al-Bushra print of Kanz al-Daqa’iq, which includes a composition of various commentaries, will be relied upon for unlocking the key text itself.


About the Author:

Imam Abdullah ibn Ahmad ibn Mahmud al-Nasafi was among the greatest Hanafi imams of his time, hailing from Nasaf in modern-day Uzbekistan. He authored major contributions in Hanafi law (fiqh), legal theory (usul al-fiqh), tenets of faith (‘aqida), and exegesis (tafsir).


It is related that when Imam Nasafi intended to write a commentary on the Hidaya, the crown jewel of the Hanafi school, a great scholar - Taj al-Shari‘a, heard of Imam Nasafi’s intention and said, “This [writing a commentary on the Hidaya], does not befit his stature.”

Hearing this, Imam Nasafi instead wrote a work to rival the Hidaya, the Wafi, and then commented on it, the Kafi — and it was as if Imam Nasafi wrote a great commentary on the Hidaya! Imam Nasafi then summarized his Wafi into a very terse and very precise work, the Kanz.

His work in legal theory, al-Manar, is a foundational work in the Hanafi school with many great commentaries written on it, such as Kashf al-Asrar, Nur al-Anwar (which has the marginalia Qamar al-Aqmar), Fath al-Ghaffar, Ifadat al-Anwar (which has the marginalia by Ibn ‘Abidin called Nasamat al-Ashar) and more.

He is furthermore renowned outside the school, particularly for his Quranic exegesis, Madarik al-Tanzil.

He died in 710 AH / 1299 CE in Baghdad.


Who is this course for:

  • This is an advanced level class in Hanafi fiqh (Level Four) of the Seekers Islamic Studies Curriculum.
  • Students are expected to have completed the equivalent of the Level Two and Three requirements in Hanafi fiqh. This could be fulfilled by having completed the study of works such as Quduri and Kanz al-Daqa’iq or Multaqa al-Abhur under a teacher.
  • This course can also be taken by anyone who is interested in supplementing their understanding of advanced Hanafi Law.
  • It is particularly beneficial for advanced students of Hanafi Law.

Learning outcomes:

  • Know and clearly understand the legal rulings of all chapters of fiqh on an advanced level.
  • Get an insight into the Hanafi school's line of legal reasoning (istidlal).
  • Become well-versed in the Hanafi school's textual proofs.
  • Complete the study of advanced work in the Hanafi school.
  • Be primed to study even more advanced works of the Hanafi school of law.

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