Imam al-Kasani (Allah have mercy on him) is a renowned 6th century Hanafi jurist, who authored one of the most famous reference works in the Hanafi School titled Bada’i al-Sana’i in approximately 8 volumes. There is an intriguing story behind him writing this colossal work. Imam al-Kasani’s main teacher was Imam al-Samarqandi, who had a daughter called Fatima. Fatima was not only a great scholar; she had memorized her father’s book in Hanafi fiqh called Tuhfat al-Fuqaha. She was a very righteous and beautiful woman, and hence received many marriage proposals – including some from extremely wealthy individuals and princes. However, her father wanted to marry her off to a pious and knowledgeable scholar. Imam al-Kasani came to study by her father, and then wrote a detailed commentary Bada’i al-Sana’i on his teacher Al-Samarqandi’s book Tuhfat al-Fuqaha. When his teacher saw the work, he became very happy and gave his daughter Fatima in marriage to him, and fixed his writing of the commentary as the dowry! People began to say, “He wrote a commentary on [his teacher’s book] the Tuhfa, and hence married his daughter.” (شرح تحفته وتزوج إبنته) From thereon, whenever a fatwa was issued from that household, it was jointly signed by the father, daughter and son-in-law, SubhanAllah. via Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari (Facebook)


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