This is the introduction to a short essay in jurisprudence (fiqh) by the
Imām and Hāfiẓ ‘Abdullāh ibn ‘Abdur-Rahmān ibn Abī Zayd al-Qayrawānī
upon the treatise of which he authored concerning the jurisprudence
(fiqh) of Imām Mālik.
It has always been from the norm of the Salaf (X) that whenever they
would author books in jurisprudence (fiqh) they would begin by
clarifying the creed (‘aqīdah). Thus, they would divide it into [two
1. The greater affairs of jurisprudence (fiqh) al-akbar) which is
understanding the correct creed (‘aqīdah).
2. The branches of jurisprudence (fiqh) al-furū’) which is the
understanding of how to worship Allāh and dealings with the people.
He is the Imām the knowledgeable and eminent scholar of North Africa.
Abū Moḥammed ‘Abdullāh bin Abī Zayd al-Qayrawānī al-Mālikī who was given
the nick name ‘the smaller Mālik’ (Mālik as-Ṣaghīr). He was upon the
methodology of the Salaf as it relates to the fundamental principles of
the religion (al-usūl) and did not study anything from philosophical
speech nor did he fall into negating any of Allāh’s attributes.
al-Qādhi ‘Iyādh said concerning him:
“He attained leadership in the religious and worldly affairs. Students
from every corner of the world traveled to seek knowledge from him and
he was distinguished over his peers. He had many students and it was he
who abridged the Mālikī school of thought.”
[He died in the year 389H; Refer to Siyār ‘Alām an-Nubalā’ (10):17 &