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Saturday, 17 August 2013

A List of the names of 228 books of AlaHadrat Imam Ahmad Rida al-Qadiri Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho

A List of the names of 228 books of 

AlaHadrat Imam Ahmad Rida al-Qadiri

 Radi Allahu Ta'ala Anho


It is an established fact that AlaHadrat (Alaihir RaHma) gained proficiency in more that fifty branches of knowledge. With this, AlaHadrat (Alaihir RaHma) wrote many books on various aspects of Islam. AlaHadrat (Alaihir RaHma) was a genius writer. He wrote numerous books and treatises in Arabic, Persian, and Urdu on diversified topics.



To date, it has not been fully ascertained as to exactly how many books he wrote, for in doing so, requires research and many personnel. There has risen, over the past years, many Islamic Scholars in the Indo-Pak Sub-Continent and in other parts of the world, who are making serious attempts in studying or translating the works of this great Mujaddid of Islam.



In 1887, at the age of 30 years, he had completed 75 books and treatises. In 1909, at the age of 43 years, this number increased up to 500. However, It has been estimated that the number of books written by AlaHadrat Imam Ahmad Rida Khan Alaihir raHmah exceed 1000 on more than 50 branches of Knowledge. Apart from these contributions, he had written annotations and commentaries on more than 150 books pertaining to various branches of learning.





Professor Dr Muhammad Hassan, Shaikh-ul-Adab, Islamia University, Bhawalpur, said:



"Mawlana was a prolific writer. He wrote a large number of treatises. It is due to the fact that his head and heart had surging waves of knowledge which were hard to restrain."

From the many books that were written by him, a table of 549 have been classified. The table is as follows:



Tafseer of the Quran -- 11

Aqaa'id (Belief) -- 54

Hadith and Principles of Ahadith -- 53

Fiqh, Principles of Fiqh, Dictionary of Fiqh, Faraa'idh and Tajweed -- 214

Tassawwuf, Wazifas, Morals -- 19

Reviews of Books -- 40

Language, Arabic Grammar, Dictionaries, History, Poetry and Special Benefits, Traveling -- 55

Inspired Knowledge (Jafar) -- 11

Logarithms -- 8

Astronomy, Astrology -- 22

Mathematics, Geometry -- 31

Philosophy, Sciences, Logistics -- 7
Algebra -- 4



TOTAL AMOUNT OF BOOKS RECOVERED = 549

Professor Abdul Shakoor Shad, Kabul University, Afghanistan, said:



"The research works of Imam Ahmed Raza Khan are worth presenting. There is due need that Historical and Cultural Societies of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran together with other such institutions keep all his writings duly cataloged in their libraries."



His Divinely bestowed intelligence was such, that when AlaHadrat (Alaihir RaHma) completed a quarter of any given book at the feet of a teacher, he used to study and memorize the remainder of the book by himself. It is recorded that he completed an Arabic commentary on the book, "Hidaayatun Nahw", on Arabic Syntax, when he was only 8 years old!





The names of a 228 books written by AlaHadrat (Alaihir RaHma) have been listed below and all of these books are available for download at http://www.RazaNW.org (alHamduLILLAH)



1. Ajallā al-Iýlām anna’l Fatwā Muţlaqan álā Qawl al-Imām



2. At-Ţirs al-Muáddal fī Ĥaddi Mā al-Mustaámal



3. Jumān at-Tāj fī Bayāni’s Şalāti Qabl al-Miýrāj



4. Nahju’s Salāmah fi Ĥukmi Taqbīli’l Ibhāmayni fi’l Iqāmah



5. Īdhānu’l Ajr fī ِِِAdhāni’l Qabr



6. Ijtināb al-Úmmāl án Fatāwā al-Juhhāl



7. Awfa’l Lumáh fī Ādhāni Yawm al-Jumuáh



8. Surūru’l Ýīd as-Saýīd fī Ĥilli’d Duáa Baáda Şalāti’l Ýīd



9. Wishāĥu’l Jīd fī Taĥlīl Muáānaqati’l Ýīd



10. Al-Ĥarfu’l Ĥasan fi’l Kitābati ála’l Kafan



11. Al-Minnatu’l Mumtāzah fī Dáwāti’l Janāzah



12. Badhlu’l Jawāyiz ála’d Duáāyi Baáda Şalāti’l Janāyiz



13. An-Nahy al-Ĥājiz án Takrāri Şalāti’l Janāyiz



14. Ihlāku’l Wahabiyyīn álā Tawhīni Qubūri’l Muslimīn



15. Barīqu’l Manār bi Shumūýi’l Mazār



16. Jumal an-Nūr fī Nahyi’n Nisā’a án Ziyārati’l Qubūr



17. Ityān al-Arwāĥ li Diyārihim baád ar-Rawāĥ



18. Jalī as-Şawt li Nahyi’d Dáwati Amām al-Mawt



19. Ţuruq e Isbāt e Hilāl



20. Dar’a al-Qubĥ án Darki Waqti’s Şub’ĥ



21. Al-Árūs al-Miýtār fi Zamani Dáwati’l Iftār



22. Şayqalu’r Rayn án Aĥkāmi Mujāwarati’l Ĥaramayn



23. Anwāru’l Bishārah fī Masāyil al-Ĥajji wa’z Ziyārah



24. An-Nayyiratu’l Wađiyyah Sharĥ al-Jawharatu’l Muđiyyah



25. Izālatu’l Áār bi Ĥijri’l Karāyim án Kilābi’n Nār



26. Iýlām al-Aálām bi anna Hindustān Dār al-Islām



27. Dawāmu’l Áysh min al-Ayimmah mina’l Quraysh



28. Radd ar-Rafađah



29. Al Mubīnu Khatam an-Nabiyyīn



30. Al-Jabal at-Thānawi álā Kulliyati’t Tahānawi



31. Sub’ĥān as-Subbūĥ án Kadhibi Áybin Maqbūĥ



32. Damān e Sub’ĥān as-Subbūĥ



33. Qahru’d Dayyān álā Murtadd bi-Qādiyān



34. Al-Jurāz ad-Dayyānī ála’l Murtadd al-Qādiyānī



35. Al-Kawkabatu’sh Shihābiyyah fī Kufriyyāti Abi’l Wahābiyyah



36. Sall as-Suyūf al-Hindiyyah álā Kufriyyāti Bābā an-Najdiyyah



37. Kifl al-Faqīh al-Fāhim fī Aĥkāmi Qirţās ad-Darāhim



38. Ad-Dhayl al-Manūţ li Risālatu’n Nūţ



39. Kāsiru’s Safīh al-Wāhim fī Ibdāli Qirţāsi’d Darāhim



40. Subul al-Aşfiyā’a fī Ĥukmi’dh Dhabĥ li’l Awliyā’a



41. As-Şāfiyah al-Mūĥiyah li-Ĥukmi Julūdi’l Uđĥiyyah



42. Jalī an-Naşş fī Amākin ar-Rukhaş



43. Barakātu’l Imdād li Ahli’l Istimdād



44. Fiqh e Shahinshāh wa anna Al-Qulūb bi Yadi’l Maĥbūb bi Áţā’yillāh



45. Badru’l Anwār fī Ādāb al-Āthār



46. Shifā al-Wālih fi Şuwar al-Ĥabīb wa Mazārihi wa Niáālih



47. Maqāl al-Úrafā bi Iýzāzi Shar’ýin wa Úlamā



48. Al-Yāqūtatu’l Wāsiţah fī Qalbi Íqd ar-Rābiţah



49. Murūju’n Najā li Khurūji’n Nisā’a



50. Şafāyiĥ al-Lujayn fi Kawni’t Taşāfuĥ bi Kaffay al-Yadayn



51. Az-Zubdatu’z Zakiyyah li Taĥrīmi Sujūd at-Taĥiyyah



52. Lamátu’d Đuĥā fī Iýfā’yi’l Liĥā



53. Radd al-Qahţ wa’l Wabā’a bi Dáwati’l Jīrāni wa Muwāsāti’l Fuqarā’a



54. Irā’atu’l Adab Li Fāđili’n Nasab



55. Hādiyi’n Nās fī Rusūmi’l A’árās



56. Al-Adillatu’t Ţāýinah fī Adhāni’l Malāyinah



57. Ĥakku’l Áyb fi Ĥurmati Taswīdi’sh Shayb



58. Khayru’l Āmāl fī Ĥukmi’l Kasabi wa’s Su’āl



59. Masayil e Samāá



60. Al-Ĥaqq al-Mujtalā fi Ĥukmi’l Mubtalā



61. Taysīri’l Māúūn fī Ĥukmi’t Tāúūn



62. Al-Ĥuqūq li Ţarĥi’l Úqūq



63. Mashálatu’l Irshād fi Ĥuqūqi’l Awlād



64. Aájabu’l Imdād fi Mukaffarāti Huqūqi’l Íbād



65. A’áālī al-Ifādah fī Táziyati’l Hindi wa Bayāni’sh Shahādah



66. Al-Áţāyā al-Qadīr fī Hukmi’t Taşwīr



67. An-Nūr wa’d Điyā’a fī Aĥkāmi Báađ al-Asmā’a



68. Ĥaqqatu’l Marjān li Muhimmi Hukmi’d Dukhān



69. Ash-Sharīátu’l Bahiyyah fī Taĥdīdi’l Waşiyyah



70. As-Şamşām álā Mushakkiki fī Āyāti Úlūmi’l Arĥām



71. Al-Fađl al-Mawhibī fī Mána idhā şaĥĥa’l ĥadīthu fa huwa madh’habī



72. Nuzūl e Āyāt e Furqān ba Sukūn e Zamīn O Āsmān



73. Muýin e Mubīn Bahr e Daur e Shams o Sukūn e ZamīN



74. Fauz e Mubīn dar Radd e Ĥarkat e Zamīn



75. An-Nayyiratu’sh Shihābī álā Tadlīsi’l Wahābī



76. As-Sahmu’sh Shihābī álā Khadāýi’l Wahābī



77. Daf’áy e Zaygh e Zāgh



78. Al-Ĥujjatu’l Fāyiĥah li Ţībi’t Ta-áyyuni wa’l Fātiĥah



79. Aţāyibu’t Tahānī fi’n Nikāĥi’t Thānī



80. Izākhatu’l Áyb bi Sayfi’l Ghayb



81. At-Taĥbīr bi Bābi’t Tadbīr



82. Thalju’s Şadr bi Īmāni’l Qadr



83. Tajallī al-Yaqīn bi anna Nabiyyanā Sayyida’l Mursalīn



84. Shumūl al-Islām li Usūli’r Rasūli’l Kirām



85. Tamhīd e Īmān ba Āyāt e Qur’ān



86. Al-Amn wa’l Úlā li Nāáti’l Muşţafā bi Dāfiýi’l Balā’a



87. Nafyu’l Fayy Ámman Istanāra bi Nūrihi Kulla Shayy



88. Al-Hidāyatu’l Mubārakah fī Khalqi’l Malāyikah



89. Ismā’a al-Arbaýīn fī Shafāáti Sayyidi’l Maĥbūbīn



90. Al-Qawl al-Masúūd al-Maĥmūd fī Mas’alati Waĥdati’l Wujūd



91. Ad-Dawlatu’l Makkiyah bi’l Māddati’l Ghaybiyyah



92. Al-Wažīfatu’l Karīmah



93. Al-Mīlād an-Nabawiyyah fi’l Alfāž ar-Riđawiyyah



94. Ĥaqīqat e Bay’át



95. At-Tabşīr al-Munjid bi anna Şaĥna’l Masjid Masjid



96. Mirqātu’l Jumān fi’l Hubūţi án Minbari li Mad’ĥi’s Şulţān



97. Riáāyatu’l Madh’habayn fi’d Duáāyi bayna’l Khuţbatayn



98. Al-Hādi al-Ĥājib án Janāzati’l Ghāyib



99. Ĥāyatu’l Mawāt fī Bayāni Samā’áyi'l Amwāt



100. Al-Wifāqu’l Matīn bayna Samāáyi’d Dafīn wa Jawābi’l Mubīn



101. Tajallī al-Mishkāh li Ināri As’yilati’z Zakāh



102. A-ázz al-Iktināh fī Raddi Şadaqatin Māniý az-Zakāh



103. Rādiýu’t Ta-ássuf áni’l Imām Abī Yūsuf



104. Afşaĥu’l Bayān fī Mazāriý Hindustān



105. Az-Zahr al-Bāsim fī Ĥurmati’z Zakāti álā Banī Hāshim



106. Azkā al-Ihlāl bi Ibţāli mā Aĥdatha’n Nāsa bi Amri’l Hilāl



107. Al-Budūr al-Ajillah fī Umūr al-Ahillah



108. Al-Iýlām bi Ĥāli’l Bukhūri fi’s Şiyām



109. Tafāsīru’l Aĥkām bi Fidyati’s Şālāti wa’s Şiyām



110. Hidāyatu’l Jinān bi Aĥkāmi Ramađān



111. Úbāb al-Anwār an Lā Nikāĥa bi Mujarradi’l Iqrār



112. Māĥī ad-Đalālah fī Ankiĥati’l Hindi wa’l Bangālah



113. Hibatu’n Nisā’a fī Taĥqīqi’l Muşāharati bi’z Zinā



114. Al-Jalī al-Ĥasan fī Ĥurmati Waladi Akhi’l Laban



115. Tajwīz ar-Radd án Tazwīj al-Ab’ád



116. Al-Basţ al-Musajjal fī Imtināýī’z Zawjati Baád al-Waţyi li’l Muájjal



117. Raĥīq al-Iĥqāq fī Kalimāti’t Ţalāq



118. Ākidu’t Taĥqīq bi Bābi’t Tálīq



119. Al-Jawhar ath-Thamīn fī Ílali Nāzilati’l Yamīn



120. Nābighu’n Nūr álā Su’ālāti Jabalfūr



121. Al-Maĥajjah al-Mu’taminah fī Āyāti’l Mumtaĥinah



122. Anfasu’l Fikar fī Qurbāni’l Baqar



123. Abĥās e Akhīrah



124. Ad-Dalāyil al-Qāhirah ála Al-Kafarah an-Nayāshirah



125. Tadbīr e Falāĥ o Najāt o Işlāĥ



126. Al-Qamú’l Mubīn li Āmāli’l Mukadh’dhibīn



127. Bāb al-Áqāyid wa’l Kalām



128. As-Sū’u wa’l Íqāb álā Al-Masīĥ al-Kadh’dhāb



129. Ĥajb al-Úwār án Makhdūmi Bihār



130. Jazā’a Allāh Áduwwah bi Ibānati Khatmi’n Nubuwwah



131. Jawwāl al-Úluww li Tabyīn al-Khuluww



132. At-Taĥrīr al-Jayyid fi Ĥaqqi’l Masjid



133. Ibānatu’l Mutawārī fi Muşālaĥati Ábd al-Bārī



134. Anşaĥu’l Ĥukūmah fī Faşli’l Khuşūmah



135. Al-Hibatu’l Aĥmadiyyah fi’l Wilāyati’s Sharýiyyah wa’l Úrfiyyah



136. Fat’ĥ al-Malīk fī Ĥukmi’t Tamlīk



137. Ajwadu’l Qirā Li Ţālibi’s Şiĥĥati fī Ijārati’l Qurā



138. Kitābu’l Munā wa’d Durar liman Ámada Money Order



139. Hādī al-Uđĥiyyah bi’sh Shāt al-Hindiyyah



140. Ar-Ramz al-Muraşşaf álā Suāli Mawlānā As-Sayyid Āşīf



141. Naqā’a as-Sulāfah fī Aĥkām al-Bayáti wa’l Khilāfah



142. An-Namīqatu’l Anqā fī Farqi’l Mulāqī wa’l Mulqā



143. Al-Hanī’i al-Namīr fi’l Mā’a al-Mustadīr



144. Ruĥb as-Sāĥah fī Miyahin lā Yastawī Wajhuhā wa Jawfuhā fi’l Misāĥah



145. Hibatu’l Ĥabīr fī Úmqi Mā’ayin Kathīr



146. An-Nūr wa’r Rawnaq li Isfāri’l Mā’a al-Muţlaq



147. Áţā’a an-Nabiyy li Ifāđati Aĥkāmi Mā’a as-Şabiyy



148. Ad-Diqqati wa’t Tibyān li Ílmi’r Riqqati wa’s Saylān



149. Ĥusn at-Támmum li Bayāni Ĥadd at-Tayammum



150. Samĥu’n Nudarā fīmā Yūrithu’l Ájza Mina’l Mā’a



151. Až-Žafar li Qawli Zufar



152. Al-Maţar as-Saýīd álā Nabati Jins as-Şaýīd



153. Al-Jidd as-Sadīd fī Nafyi’l Istiýmāl áni’s Şaýīd



154. Qawānīn al-Úlamā’a fī Mutayammimin Álima índa Zaydin Mā’a



155. At-Ţalabatu’l Badīáh fī Qawli Şadru’sh Sharīáh



156. Mujalli’sh Shamáh li Jāmiýi Ĥadathin wa Lumáh



157. Salabu’th Thalb áni’l Qāyilīna bi Ţahārati’l Kalb



158. Al-Aĥlā mina’s Sukkar li Ţalabati’s Sukkari Rūsar



159. Ĥājizu’l Baĥrayn al-Wāqī án Jāmiýi’s Şalātayn



160. Munīr al-Áyn fī Ĥukmi Taqbīl al-Ibhāmayn



161. Al-Hādi’l Kāf fī Ĥukmi’đ Điáāf



162. Hidāyatu’l Mutáāl fi Ĥaddi’l Istiqbāl



163. Niýmu’z Zād li Rawmi’d Đād



164. Iljām as-Şādd án Sunani’d Đād



165. An-Nahyi’l Akīd áni’s Şalāti Warā’a Ádda’t Taqlīd



166. Al-Qilādatu’l Murassa-áh fī Naĥri’l Ajwibatu’l Arba-áh



167. Al-Quţūf ad-Dāniyah liman Aĥsana’l Jamāáh ath-Thāniyah



168. Tījān as-Şawāb fī Qiyāmi’l Imām fi’l Miĥrāb



169. Anhāru’l Anwār min Yammi Şalāti’l Asrār



170. Az’hāru’l Anwār min Şabā Şalāti’l Anwār



171. Waşşāfu’r Rajīĥ fī Basmalati’t Tarāwīĥ



172. Al-Jūd al-Ĥuluww fī Arkān al-Wuđū’u



173. Tanwīr al-Qindīl fī Awşāf al-Mindīl



174. Lumaá al-Aĥkām án lā Wuđū’u Mina’z Zukām



175. At-Ţirāzu’l Málam fīmā huwa Ĥadathun min Aĥwāli’d Dam



176. Nab’hu’l Qawm Anna’l Wuđū’u Min Ayyi Nawm



177. Khulāşah Tibyān al-Wuđū’u



178. Al-Aĥkām wa’l Ílal fī Ishkāl al-Iĥtilāmi wa’l Balal



179. Bāriqu’n Nūr fī Maqādīri Mā’a at-Ţuhūr



180. Barakātu’s Samā’a fī Ĥukmi Isrāfi’l Mā’a



181. Irtifāá al-Ĥujub án Wujūhi Qirā’ati’l Junub



182. At-Ţayyib al-Wajīz fi’l Amtiáti’l Waraqi wa’l Ibrīz



183. Abarr al-Maqāl fī Istiĥsāni Qiblati’l Ijlāl



184. Al-Kashfu Shāfiyā Ĥukmi Fūnūjrāfiya (phonograph)



185. Al-Fiqhu’t Tasjīlī fī Ájīni’n Nārjīlī



186. Al-Maqşadu’n Nāfiý fī Úşūbati’s Sinf ar-Rābiý



187. Ţayyibu’l Imáān fī Táddudi’l Jihāti wa’l Abdān



188. Tajliyatu’s Silm fī Masāyilin min Nişfi’l Ílm



189. Nuţq al-Hilāl bi-Arkhi Wilād al-Ĥabīb wa’l Wişāl



190. Jam-úl Qur’ān wa bima Ázzūhu li Úthmān



191. Iqāmatu’l Qiyāmah ála Ţāyini’l Qiyāmi li Nabiyyi’t Tihāmah



192. Kashf e Ĥaqāyiq o Asrār e Daqāyiq



193. Maqāmiý al-Ĥadīd álā Khaddi’l Manţiq al-Jadīd



194. Al-Kalimatu’l Mulhamah fi’l Ĥikmati’l Muĥkamah li Wihā’yi’l Falsafati’l Mash’amah



195. Ĥusām al-Ĥaramayn álā Manĥari’l Kufri wa’l Mayn



196. Waşāyā Sharīf



197. Aĥkām e Sharīát



198. Írfān e Sharīát



199. Malfūzāt e Ālāĥazrat



200. Shamāyim al-Ánbar fi Adabi’n Nidā’a Amām al-Minbar



201. Fatāwā Karāmāt e Ghawsiyah



202. Az-Zulāl al-Anqā min Baĥri Sabqati’l Atqā



203. Ţard al-Afāýī án Ĥimā Hādi Rafá’r Rifāýī



204. Tanzīhu’l Makānatu’l Ĥaydariyyah án Wasmati Áhdi’l Jāhiliyyah



205. Ghāyatu’t Taĥqīq fī Imāmati’l Áliyy wa’s Şiddīq



206. Qawāriýu’l Qahhār ála’l Mujassamati’l Fujjār



207. Khālişu’l Iýtiqād



208. Inbā’a al-Muşţafā bi Ĥāli Sirrin wa Akhfā



209. Anwāru’l Intibāh fi Ĥilli Nidā’yi Yā RasūlAllāh



210. Sharĥ al-Maţālib fī Mabĥathi Abī Ţālib



211. Iýtiqād al-Aĥbāb fī Al-Jamīl wa’l Muşţafā wa’l Āli wa’l Aş’ĥāb



212. Umūr e Íshrīn [Dar Imtiyāz e Áqāyid e Sunniyyīn]



213. Rimāĥu’l Qahhār álā Kufri’l Kuffār



214. Munyatu’l Labīb Anna’t Tashrīý Bi Yadi’l Ĥabīb



215. Munabbih al-Munyah Bi Wuşūl al-Ĥabīb ila’l Árshi wa’r Ru’yah



216. Şallāt as-Şafā’a fī Nūri’l Muşţafā



217. Qamru’t Tamām fī Nafyi’z Žilli án Sayyidi’l Anām



218. Hadyu’l Ĥayrān fī Nafyi’l Fayy án Sayyidi’l Akwān



219. Al-Ijāzātu’l Matīnah li Úlamāyi Bakkah wa’l Madīnah



220. Aţāyib as-Sayyib álā Arđ at-Ţayyib



221. Sayf al-Muşţafā álā al-Adyān al-Iftarā



222. An-Nuktah álā Mirāyi Kalkatta



223. Charāgh e Uns



224. Qaşīdatān Rāyiyatān



225. Zikr-e-Aĥbāb O Duáā-e-Aĥbāb



226. Ižhār al-Ĥaqq al-Jaliyy



227. Masāyil e Miýrāj



228. Fatāwā Āfrīqah



Some people object that these 228 books are already included in Fatawa ar-Ridawiyyah published in 30 volumes by the year 2007. Some others gripe that these are small 'booklets' which consists of only a few pages. here is the retort:



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Ali al-qari in his sharH of fiqh al-akbar who noted that our elders were 'qaleel al-kalam katheer al-barakah' / spoke less, yet told more. and we are 'katheer al-kalam qaleel al-barakah' / we tell less even though we talk a lot more. he was alluding to the relatively small size of fiqh al-akbar which is no more than eight or ten pages. consider the following:

37 of ibn abidin's 'books' which are rasayil are collected in two average sized volumes named rasayil ibn abidin.
A number of rasayil are collected in fatawa imam as-subki
More than 70 rasayil are collected in imam suyuTi's al-hawi li'l fatawi.
Recently some 60 different books of imam al-ghazali were printed in two large volumes named as 'rasayil al-ghazali'
Ditto with 'rasayil ibn arabi'
Fatawa al-fiqhiyyah of ibn Hajar al-haytami contains many of his epistles
There is a volume printed by dar kutub al-ilmiyyah which has 94+ 'books' on various topics titled: 'al majmu'u al-kamil li'l mutun': fiqh, usul al-fiqh, hadith, aqidah, poetry, naHw, prosody, etc. and many of these 'books' are no more than four or five pages. for example, 'Aqayid an-Nasafi' is a mere three pages.
Even novelists and poets have their own collections; check collected works of any major author: wells, twain, Iqbal's kulliyat and not to mention [the person/s writing as] Shakespeare. Almost all of Shakespeare's works are found - including his sonnets and poems - in one volume.

When a prolific author writes many books, it makes sense to put them in one volume as a collection. it is easy for readers and researchers to find all or most of them in one place. for a bibliophile/librarian, easy to store and retrieve. this does not mean that one volume is ONE book. only a fool would suggest that.



Yet, these rasayil have been referred by scholars as 'books' without vehement hair-splitting.



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Coming back to the rant of some folk who cannot probably even pronounce the names of AlaHadrat's books who attempt to downplay them as 'small' booklets. I would challenge them in a confrontationist tone to try and read these small booklets if they can; because if they have, they wouldn't talk so naively. Only the ignorant shrugs away the diamond in comparison with a rock; just because it is big does not make it valuable - just as the diamond's small size does not make it insignificant.



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AlaHadrat's fatawa - legal rulings are collected in one place. some legal rulings require lengthy explanations and in my humble opinion anything more than five-ten pages can be classified as a booklet as opposed to 'an essay' or an article.


Those unaquainted with fatawa ar-ridawiyyah might think that AlaHadrat started writing fatawa from Vol. 1 and ended with Vol. 30 [one can quibble that the original fatawa was only 12 volumes - and takhrij made it double the size]


In reality, AlaHadrat issued fatawa from a young age, many of which were never recovered. he also issued lengthy rulings/fatawa and published in the form of booklets giving them exquisite names instead of simply numbering them. in the later part of his life, his students and associates suggested that his fatawa being so insightful and valuable ought to be preserved; it was only then people began to collect the fatawa. when fatawa razwiyah was being edited by AlaHadrat himself, it was only fitting that lengthy fatawa issued as epistles be included under appropriate sections.


Even in today's world these epistles are self-contained and are convenient to be published as separate works. for example take the issue of moon-sighting. how many people will buy thirty volumes, each of about 800 pages each to read those two or three epistles? naturally, it makes sense to print them separately and more so for online reading, where flipping pages to browse is not possible.



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Even the names of his books impart knowledge. Try reading them in the arabic script and if you don't understand the meaning, look it up in a dictionary. in the process, you will learn a lot of other words along with etymology and usage. I am sure there are not many - if there are any - who can understand all the words used in these names without a dictionary.


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