An Introduction to Ḥadīth Studies: Imām ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq al-Dihlawī’s Muqaddamah fī Uṣūl al-Ḥadīth. A translation of Dihlawī’s renowned prolegomena on ḥadīth nomenclature, Muqaddamah Mishkāt or Muqaddamah fī Uṣūl al-Ḥadīth, with a brief biography of the author and supplementary footnotes. The work covers the main terminology of ḥadīth studies as well as some basic information on ḥadīth literature and legal argumentation using ḥadīth reports of various degrees of authenticity.

The Perfection of Creed: A Translation of Shāh Walī Allāh’s Al-ʿAqīdah al-Ḥasanah. A translation and short commentary of Shāh Walī Allāh’s concise treatise on Islamic creed. Despite its brevity, the work contains unique discussions and explanations that match the author’s unique ability to balance both rational and textual understandings.

Al-Arbaʿīn fī Uṣūl Tablīgh al-Dīn: 40 Hadith on the Principles of Daʿwah. A compilation of forty ḥadīth on the principles of Islamic proselytization (tablīgh). The selection includes relatively short ḥadīth texts for ease of memorization as well as brief commentary to aid in extrapolating the principles from the ḥadīth text.

A Day with the Prophet: An Exploration of a Day in the Life of the Best of Creation. A study of the life of the Prophet of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, through the lens of an expected typical day in the Madīnan era. The work covers all the sunnahs of the day, starting from waking to the ritual worship in the middle of the night and includes a variety of information on the prophetic household, such as his diet, furniture, children, etc…

Perfecting Prayer: A Step-By-Step Guide to Wuḍūʿ and Ṣalāt. A concise guide to both the ritual ablution and the prayer, this work doesn’t list the integrals, preconditions, sunnahs, etc… Rather, it describes a full ablution and prayer from the first step to the last and indicates the legal value of each act through the following parenthetical coding: f=farḍ, w=wājib, s=sunnah, m=mustaḥabb, etc…

Lessons of Faith: A Translation of Ḥakīm al-Ummah’s Taʿlīm al-Dīn. Translation of the first chapter of the work and content and language editing of the remainder of the translation. The work is a fantastic exposure to issues beyond what is covered in the basic fiqh primers and supplements legal works with spiritual and ethical advice. The remainder of the work is being translated by a female scholar in India and edited for language by a female scholar in Turkey and is hoped to be published as part of the Islāḥī Niṣāb series.

An Introduction to the Spiritual Paths: A Translation of Muftī Maḥmūd al-ʿUthmānī’s Taṣawwuf kī Ḥaqīqat. A translation of a short response to an enquiry into the nature and nuances of the field of taṣawwuf, written in response to a query submitted to my teacher, Muftī Maḥmūd Ashraf al-ʿUthmānī, and published in Urdu under the title Taṣawwuf kī Ḥaqīqat.


Jurisprudential Restrictions on Solitary Ḥadīth Reports in Early Ḥanafī Uṣūl Literature. Unpublished essay on the various preconditions for the acceptance on āḥād ḥadīth reports stipulated in the major early and some later uṣūl works of the Ḥanafī school of Islamic law.

Qualitative Measures of the Effectiveness of Distance Learning in Islamic Studies Programs. A 2011 qualitative study of the effectiveness of online Islamic and Arabic studies learning programs through the impressions of instructors of various international distance learning programs.

The Preservation of Arab Culture in the Age of Ignorance. Translation and editing of Shaykh Dr. ʿAbd al-Ḥalīm al-Nuʿmānī’s essay on early Arab academic conservation methods and their formal and informal efforts to preserve their linguistic and cultural legacy.

A Catalog of Indian Theological Works Addressing Issues of Modernity 1750-1950. 

Encyclopedia Entries

Forensic Psychiatry in Islam. Oxford Encyclopedia of Islamic Bioethics. Co-authored entry with Hooman Keshavarzi, head of the Department of Psychological Research, Khalil Center.

Days of Allah. The Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qurʾān. Brief entry on the expression ayyām Allāh in the Qurʾān and its various exegetical interpretations for the second volume of the IEQ.

Debt. The Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qurʾān. Entry on the concept of debt (dayn) in the Qurʾān for the second volume of the IEQ.

Companions of the Prophet. The Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qurʾān. Major entry on the aṣḥāb al-Raṣūl for the second volume of the IEQ.


6 thoughts on “Works

  1. Abdul Rehman says:

    السلام عليكم
    Who’s the Author of this book? Please tell where where can I find it.
    Al-Arbaʿīn fī Uṣūl Tablīgh al-Dīn

    • Bilal Ali says:

      I am the author and compiler. The book is incomplete. The Hadith have been collected and translated but further takhrij and commentary is still being added.

  2. Farook Kazi says:


    I am teaching this booklet: An Introduction to Ḥadīth Studies: Imām ʿAbd al-Ḥaqq al-Dihlawī’s Muqaddamah fī Uṣūl al-Ḥadīth. Is the translation etc ready?

  3. ifrannauyock says:

    السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
    I just know ur blog. It is very fruitful and full of knowledge.
    I am the director of the al-kawthari academy, Mauritius and a student of shaykh habibullah mazahiri, the khadim of shaykh al-hadith, shk muhammad awwama and other great scholars.
    Brother i am badly in need of the book al-imam al-bukhari bayna ifrat wat tafrit by the great muhaddith shk abdul haleem numani. I have been looking for this book for years now.
    It is possible for u to send me a scanned copy if ever u have it.
    Jazakumullah khayr
    Ifran Nauyock

    • Bilal Ali says:

      Al-salam ‘alaykum,

      It is great to have your acquaintance. Unfortunately, after I completed my research for that book, I handed it over to Shaykh Nu’mani and have not heard of his intentions to publish it or not. I can not share the rough draft without his permission.

      Bilal Ali

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