I was blessed to talk with Sh. al-Shanqiti and asked him the following:
What are the books that the more advanced student of the Maliki school should study? I’ve been studying Sharh al-Saghir and the Hashyiah of al-Dusuqi.
“Such a student should move to the books such as al-Ma’una of al-Qadi ‘Abdu al-Wahab and his Ishraf as well. Reason being that the books of Khalil, Dardir and so forth have very little proofs. Where as the books, such as those mentioend above, provide the poofs for the school.”
Regarding Usol: Is it better to study the Maraqi or Kawaqib al-Sati of al-Suyuti [ra]?
“The Muraqi is good, but it only contains the Maliki contentions. The book of Suyuti is vaster as it encompasses the positions of all the scholars.”
Thus it would be better for us in the West since we are dealing with many schools?
We are studying the Manhaj of al-Badawi in al-Azhar.
“Did you read it all, or only parts?”
Only parts of it.
“It is a good book and the explanation of Isnawi is good. However, get to the book of al-Subki Jam’ al-Jawam’i.”
What books do you recommend in hadith for the student of law/How to read the al-Muntaqa of Madjdin Ibn Taymiyyah?
al-Muntaqa is a noble book. However, the student should read it and cross reference it with the hadith found in Bulugh al-Maram, trusting Ibn Hajar’s opinions.. Secondly, consult Nay al-Autar of al-Shawkani but look out for the opions that might not agree with the orthodox sunni schools. With that being said, it is an excellent book.
Those books, ;Umdat al-Ahkam, Bulugh al-Maram and the Muntaqa are noble works, but they are not enough. You must come to the Mashayikh and read the major works of hadith like al-Muwatta.”
“It is a collection of ijtihadat. There are some noble hearted people who are bringing, at times, the rukhas into play where they are not needed. But, their efforts are admirable.”
May Allah bless us to learn from the scholars