Question: What are the books of fiqh from which the lay-Muslim can benefit from?
Response: [Regarding] the general books of fiqh, then [before advising] it is necessary that we know your knowledge-seeking ability. So if you have a good level of knowledge, then refer to the summarised books [of fiqh]. For example, firstly, ‘Umdatul-Fiqh [عمدة الفقه] of Shaykh al-Muwaffaq Ibn Qudaamah – because it is the most summarised book [on fiqh]. [In addition], Daleel at-Taalib [دليل الطالب], then look at for example Zaad al-Mustaqni’ [زاد المستقنع] if your level [of knowledge] is stronger.
Study [these books] with a [competent] student of knowledge who will clarify the areas of difficulty, i.e. the difficult terms and clarify them for you. Indeed, there is much good [for you] in studying these [books].