Unfortunately, many unsuspecting Hanafis have purchased a book entitled ‘al-Fiqh al-Islami’ authored by Akram Nadwi, while believing it to be a reliable book on Hanafi Fiqh. Here’s what Mufti Husain Kadodia mentioned regarding this book when asked what the best book on Hanafi fiqh is for a layperson to study:
If you are planning on studying on your own, then Behisti Zewar. While Nurul Idhah is a basic text, it isn’t that simple. What you could do is study it under the guidance of a scholar, if you cannot get him to teach it to you. The translation is good, the few small mistakes aren’t serious. I would advise staying away from Fiqh al-Islami.
See Mufti Kadodia’s comment here (see post #12 by Mufti Husain Kadodia, username: Husain):
As we have mentioned elsewhere, Mufti Husain Kadodia’s comment sums up Akram Nadwi’s approach to fiqh very well:
‘Shaykh Akram had sadly shown that not only is his approach to aqidah “Salafi”, his approach to fiqh is not far of from that as well.’
I have 2 comments over all and would not really like to go too much into technicalities here.1. I think us awaam are really twisted in understanding and recognizing Ahl ul Ilm. We get over awed by the voluminous works, ability of orration and recently an above average ability of referencing our information. I know among my own teachers a couple whose knowledge is like an ocean, yet what becomes apparent in person is mere casual words. It is only in a proper discussion, that their understanding of the deen gets displayed.2. I have heard contentious remarks from my teachers about Sh. Akram Nadvi as well. ( a rule of thumb is: Do not attribute everyone from Nadwa to be a Deobandi .. search more..)
In conclusion, it would be best to take Mufti Husain Kadodia’s advice, and stay away from this book. It would be wiser to rely upon the many more accurate, accepted books on Hanafi Fiqh.