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Q: Someone in our town, Qyah in the Republic of Mali, says that the booklet of Ibn Abu Yazid Al-Qayrawany, Mukhtasar Khalil, and the Madh-hab (School of Jurisprudence) of Imam Malik are not authentic. This created confusion and doubts regarding these two books of (Part No. 12; Page No. 220) the Madh-hab of Imam Malik. Please clarify the matter regarding the Madh-hab of Malik, Mukhtasar Khalil, and the booklet of Ibn Abu Zayd Al-Qayrawany

A: The ascription of the booklet of Ibn Abu Zayd Al-Qayrawany to him and that of Mukhtasar Khalil to its author Khalil are authentic. Moreover, the knowledge which is contained in each of them is similar to the knowledge which is contained in all other books of Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence); some of it is correct and some is possibly not. As for the Madh-hab of Malik (may Allah be merciful to him), it is just like other Madh-habs (Schools of Jurisprudence) of other scholars of Fiqh: Abu Hanifah, Al-Shafi`y, and Ahmad (may Allah be merciful with them). Each one of them may be mistaken or correct. When they are correct they have two rewards and when they are mistaken they have one single reward for applying Ijtihad (juristic effort to infer expert legal rulings).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.