|Title: Al-Mūwattā’ (transmitted by Yahya al-Laythī)(الموطأ برواية يحي بن يحي الليثي وعليه زيادات رواية أبي مصعب الزهري المدني ورواية محمد بن الحسن الشيباني)|
|Author: Imam Abū Abdullah Mālik Ibn Anas (مالك بن أنس أبو عبد الله)|
|Subject: Fiqh, Hadīth, Kitab al-Hadīth, Primary Hadith collection, Fiqh al-Mālikī, al-Mawata|
|No. of Volumes: 1 | No. of Pages: 832|
Al-Muwatta’ is one of the great books of Islam by Imam Mālik b. Anas (rahimullah). It includes a number of marfoo’ ahādīth and mawqoof reports from the Sahābah, Tābi’īn and those who came after them. It also includes many rulings and fatwas of the author. The Muwatta’ is so called because its author made it easy (watta’a) for the people in the sense that he made it easily accessible to them. It was narrated that Mālik said: “I showed this book of mine to seventy of the fuqaha’ of Madīnah, and all of them agreed with me (waata’ani) on it, so I called it al-Muwatta”.
The conditions he followed in his book are among the most reliable and strongest of conditions. He followed a method of erring on the side of caution and choosing only sound reports. Al-Shāfi’y (may Allah have mercy on him) said: There is nothing on earth after the Book of Allah that is more correct that the Muwatta’ of Mālik ibn Anas [This was before the Kutub as-Sittah were compiled]. Hence you will find that many of the isnads of Mālik are of the highest standard of saheeh. Because of this, the two Shaykhs al-Bukhāri and Muslim narrated most of his ahādīth in their books.
In compiling his book, Mālik followed the method of compilation that was current during his time, so he mixed the hadīths with the words of the Sahābah and Tābi’īn and fiqhi opinions. In one chapter the marfoo’ ahādīth appear first, and are followed by the reports of the Sahābah and Tābi’īn, and sometimes he mentions the actions of the people of Madīnah, so his book is a book of fiqh and hadīth at the same time, it is not just a book of reports only.
The version transmitted by Abu Mus’ab Al-Zuhri