Shara'i' al-Islam fi masa'il al-halal wa l-haram (book)
|Original title||شَرائِع الاسلام فی مَسائِل الحَلال و الحَرام|
|En. title||Shara'i' al-Islam Fi Masai'l al-Halal wal-Haram|
|Translator||Hasan M. Najafi|
Sharāʾiʿ al-Islām fī masāʾil al-ḥalāl wa l-ḥarām (Arabic: شَرائِع الاسلام فی مَسائِل الحَلال و الحَرام), known as Sharā'i', is a well-known work in Imamiyya fiqh (jurisprudence), written by Abu l-Qasim Najm al-Din Ja'far b. al-Hasan al-Hudhali, known as al-Muhaqqiq al-Hilli or al-Muhaqiq al-Awwal (d. 676/1277). The book has always been the focus of attentions and one of the textbooks of Islamic seminary schools in fiqh. There are many commentaries on this book.
Shara'i' is a comprehensive book of Islamic jurisprudence on all matters, including over 12,000 problems in all areas of fiqh. The book has been a center of discussions and a textbook in Shiite seminary schools for more than 750 years. This work is usually cited in the subsequent works.
Motivation for Writing
The book has taken center stage in Shiite jurisprudence for centuries because of its particular features, such as its clear writing, its precision, its brevity, its style of presenting the problems and issues, and its concern for faithful quotations and formulations of different views. There are many commentaries and notes on Shara'i' al-Islam which shows its extraordinary significance.
Shara'i' has four main parts as follows:
- Worships (ʿibādāt), including ten books: ritual cleanness (ṭahāra), prayers (ṣalāt), zakat (an obligatory Islamic tax on certain goods and products), khums (the obligation of paying one fifth of one's annual benefits), ṣawm (fasting), iʿtikāf (the practice of temporary retreat in a mosque for few days), hajj (obligatory pilgrimage to Mecca), ʿumra (non-obligatory pilgrimage to Mecca), jihad, enjoining the good and forbidding the evil (al-amr bi l-maʿrūf wa l-nahy ʿan al-munkar).
- Contracts (ʿuqūd), including 18 books: transaction (tijara), mortgage (rahn), iflās (bankruptcy or inability to pay one's debts), ḥijr (being ward), guarantee (ḍimān)—including drafts (ḥawāla) and bails (kifāla), compromise (ṣulḥ), partnership (shirka), muḍāraba (a kind of partnership in which one party provides the fund or capital, and other contributes by his work), muzāraʿa (a kind of agricultural partnership in which one party provides lands for farming, and the other works as a farmer), musāqāt (a sort of contract in which one party takes care of the other party's trees and garden, especially by water supply, and then they share the products as agreed upon), deposit (wadīʿa), borrowing and loaning a property (ʿārīya), renting (ijāra), wikāla (agency), waqf (a sort of religious endowment of lands or any property), gift (hiba), sabq and rimāya (overtaking by a horse in a match and shooting in a match in order to prepare for wars), will and testament (waṣīyya), and marriage (nikāḥ).
- Unilateral obligations (īqāʿāt), including 10 books: divorce (ṭalāq), ẓihār (a sort of divorce in Arabia before Islam that is forbidden by the Quran), īlāʾ (a practice in Arabia that is forbidden in Islam: the husband swears that he will never have intercourse with his wife, without divorcing her, in order to hurt her), liʿān (mutual curse: in some conditions when the husband accuses his wife of adultery and there is no one to testify on this claim, the husband and the wife should curse each other, and then they will be separated forever and can never marry again), ʿitq (emancipation of slaves and bondwomen), tadbīr (the owner wills that his slave be emancipated after his death), mukātaba (a sort of contract between a slave and his owner to the effect that the slave might be emancipated by paying certain amount of money), istīlāʾ (if a bondwoman has a child from her owner, she will be emancipated after her owner's death), iqrār (to acknowledge something not to one's own benefit), juʿāla (a commitment to certain fee in exchange with a work), aymān (oaths), and nadhr (vow).
- Verdicts (aḥkām) including: hunting (ṣayd) and dhabāḥa (slaughtering or exsanguination), foods and beverages (al-aṭʿima wa l-ashriba), usurpation or expropriation (ghaṣb), shufʿa (preemption, that is, the priority of a person to purchase the shares of his partner if he wants to sell them), restoration of wastelands (iḥyaʾ al-mawāt), luqaṭa (lost property), farāʾiḍ (verdicts concerning heritage), judgeship (qaḍāʾ), testimonies (shahādāt), ḥudūd and taʿzīrāt (certain punishments for violating some Islamic laws), qiṣāṣ (the killing of a murderer at the request of the victim's family), and dīyāt (blood money).
Besides this, al-Muhaqiq al-Hilli strctures each section with first mentioning the obligations (wājib), and then supererogatory (mustaḥab) actions, then detestable ones (makrūh), and finally forbidden (ḥaram) ones.
- The manuscript of the Library of Shaykh Muhammad Samawi, written by Shaykh Muhammad b. Ismāʾīl b. Husayn al-Hirqilī. The first volume was written in 670/1271-72 and the second was finished in 703/1303-4.
- The manuscript of the Library of Majd al-Din al-Nasiri in Tehran written in 674/1275-76.
- The manuscript of the Library of Al Taliqani in Najaf, written by Muhammad Kāẓim b. Muhammad Bāqir al-Yazdī in 1105/1693-94.
Works about Sharāʾiʾ
- Al-Nafi' fi mukhtasar al-shara'i' by al-Muhaqiq al-Hilli himself which is known as Mukhtaṣar al- sharā'i', though the author himself wrote a commentary on it called al-Mu'tabar fi sharh al-mukhtasar.
Commentaries and Expositions
There are over 100 commentaries on al-Sharā'iʾ; here are the most important ones:
- Masalik al-afham ila sharh shara'i' al-Islam, by Zayn al-Din b. 'Ali al-'Amili known as al-Shahid al-Thani (d. 966/1558-59).
- Madarik al-ahkam fi sharh shara'i' al-Islam, by Sayyid Shams al-Din Muhammad b. ʾAlī al-Musawī al-Āmilī, known as Sahib al-madaik (the author of Madārik) (d. 946/1539-40).
- Jawahir al-kalam fi sharh shara'i' al-Islam, by Muhammad Hasan b. Baqir al-Najafi known as Sahib al-Jawahir (the author of Jawahir) (d. 1261/1845).
- Misbah al-faqih fi sharh shara'i' al-Islam, by Haj Aqa Rida Hamadani (d. 1322/1904-5).
- Sharh al-shara'i' by Mirza Habib Allah b. Muhammad al-Rashti (d. 1312/1894-95).
- Dala'il al-ahkam, by Sayyid Ibrahim b. Muhammad Baqir al-Musawi al-Qazwini, the author of al-Dawabit (d. 1262/1846).
- Masabih al-dhalam fi sharh mafatih shara'i' al-Islam, by al-Sayyid 'Abd Allah Shubbar (d. 1242/1827).
- Sharh al-shara'i' by al-Sayyid Rida b. Mahdi Bahr al-'Ulum al-Tabataba'i al-Najafi.
- Subul al-salam fi sharh shara'i' al-Islam, by Shaykh Muhammad Rafi' b. 'Abd al-Majd al-Karrazi al-Najafi (d. 1300/1882-83).
- Sharh al-Shara'i' by al-Mudaqqiq al-Shirwani, Muhammad b. al-Hasan, Muhammad Taqi al-Majlisi's son in law.
- Taqrir al-haram fi sharh shara'i' al-Islam, by Mulla Muhammad 'Ali b. Mulla Husayn al-Tustari.
- Jami' al-jawami', by Sayyid Hasan b. Muhsin al-A'raji al-Kazimi.
- Sharh al-shara'i' by Muhammad Baqir al-Yazdi al-Ha'iri (the book contains lecture notes of the author's mentor, al-Fadil al-Ardakani).
- Hidayat al-anam fi sharh shara'i' al-Islam, by Shaykh Muhammad Husayn b. Hashim al-'Amili al-Kazimi (d. 1308/1890-91).
- Mabani al-Ja'fariyya by Sayyid Muhammad Husayn b. Muhammad 'Ali al-Shahrastani (d. 1315/1897-98).
Here are a list of important scholars who have written glosses on Shara'i' al-Islam:
- 'Ali b. Husayn b. 'Abd al-Ali, known as al-Muhaqiq al-Karaki (d. 940/1534).
- Ibrahim b. Sulayman al-Qutayfi (who was contemporary with al-Karaki).
- Zayn al-Din 'Ali b. Ahmad al-Shami al-'Amili, known as al-Shahid al-Thani (d. 966/1559), the book is in two volumes.
- Muhammad 'Alī b. Husayn al-Tustari, the author of Taqrir al-haram.
- Jamal al-Din Khwansari (d. 1125/1713).
- Al-Sayyid Muhammad Mahdi Bahr al-'Ulum from book of ritual cleanness to the issue of doubts in daily prayers.
- In 1377 AH (1958), Khurshid Printing House, published by Makaba al-'Ilmiyya al-Islamiyya,
- In 1389 AH (1969) in Najaf,
- In 1408 AH (1988) in Ismāʾiliyyan Institute in Qom (edited by Abd al-Husayn Muhammad 'Ali Baqqal,
- In 1409 AH (1989), in 4 volumes, Istiqlal Publications, Tehran.
- Āqā Buzurg Tihrānī, al-Dharīʿa, vol. 13. p. 47; Amīn, Aʿyān al-Shīʿa, vol. 4, p. 90; vol. 9, p. 160.
- ʿAbbāsī, Sharāʾiʿ al-Islām, vol. 9, p. 536.
- Muḥaqiq al-Ḥillī, Sharāʾiʿ al-Islām, vol. 1, p. 23-25.
- Āqā Buzurg Tihrānī, al-Dharīʿa, vol. 13, p. 48-49.
- Āqā Buzurg Tihrānī, al-Dharīʿa, vol. 14, p. 57.
- Āqā Buzurg Tihrānī, al-Dharīʿa, vol. 14, p. 58.
- Āqā Buzurg Tihrānī, al-Dharīʿa, vol. 48, p. 316-332.
- Āqā Buzurg Tihrānī, al-Dharīʿa, vol. 6, p. 106-109.
- ʿAbbāsī, Ḥasan. Sharāʾiʿ al-Islām, Dāʾirat al-maʿārif-i tashayyuʿ. Tehran: Muʾassisa-yi Intishārāt-i Ḥikmat, 1390 Sh.
- Amīn, al-Sayyid Muḥsin al-. Aʿyān al-Shīʿa. Beirut: Dār al-Taʿāruf, n.d.
- Āqā Buzurg Tihrānī, Muḥammad Muḥsin. Al-Dharīʿa ilā taṣānīf al-Shīʿa. Beirut: Dār al-Aḍwāʾ, 1403 AH.
- Ḥillī, Jaʿfar b. al-Ḥasan al-. Sharāʾiʿ al-Islām fī masāʾil al-ḥalāl wa l-ḥarām. Qom: Amīr, 1409 AH.