Birgivi’s Manual Interpreted

Birgivi’s Manual Interpreted : Complete Fiqh of Menstruation and Related Issues

Birgivi’s Manual Interpreted is the explanative translation of a major Islamic legal work on menstruation, lochia, and related issues. Answering hundreds of questions needed by the Muslim woman practicing her din, this book provides accurate information and practical arrangement of charts and texts making it an important reference for every Muslim family. The primary text, Dhukhr al-Muta’ahhilin [Treasure for Those with Families] by Imam Muhammad al-Birgivi (d. 981/1573) is the most authoritative work on menstruation in the Hanafi school, which the majority of Muslims follow. The work has been commentated upon by a number of traditional scholars, the best of whom is Imam Ibn ‘Abidin, the central scholar of the late Hanafi school.

The text and its commentaries have been studied by Hedaya Hartford and Ashraf Muneeb under various sheikhs from Syria and Turkey, among them Sheikh Muhammad Amin Siraj of Turkey, a traditional Hanafi scholar who has an unbroken chain to Imam al-Birgivi himself. Sheikh Siraj gave Hartford and Muneeb his authorization to teach this volume in a written ijaza that attests, in his words, to their “full comprehension and meticulous understanding” of the work.

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“When I found full comprehension and meticulous understanding of the book Dhukhr al-Muta’ahhilin wa al-Nisa’ fi ta’rif al-Athar wa al-Dima’ by Imam Muhammad Pir Ali al-Birgivi, one of the great scholars of the Ottoman Empire, in the noble brother Ashraf Ahmed Muneeb and the distinguished sister Hedaya Hartford, I authorized them both to teach this book in any place or country they visit according to the recognized conditions of the scholars, just as I have authorized them both with that which I have been authorized to convey by my distinguished shaykhs, including the seal of the Ottoman Empire, shaykh Muhammad Zahid al-Kawthari.”

—Permission to teach Imam Birgivi’s manual on menstruation and related issues from Shaykh Muhammad Amin Siraj, a shaykh who teaches at the Sultan Muhammad al-Fatih mosque in Istanbul.