Reliance of the traveller: the classic manual of Islamic sacred law ʻUmdat al-salik

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Sunna Books, 1994 - Law - 1232 pages
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"THIS TEXT WILL BECOME THE STANDARD BY WHICH OTHER TRANSLATIONS ARE JUDGED."--Dr. Kevin Reinhart, Darmouth College (MESA Bulletin, Dec. 1993). "THIS IS A TRULY MAGNIFICIENT PIECE OF WORK...THE EDITOR-TRANSLATOR HAS RENDERED A TRULY IMPORTANT SERVICE TO SCHOLARS OF ISLAM."--Dr. Farhat Ziadeh, University of Washington. This is the first translation of a standard Islamic legal reference in a European language to be certified by al-Azhar, the Muslim world's most prestigious institution of higher learning. It represents an explanative interpretation of 'UMDAT AL-SALIK, a classic manual of Islamic law (shari'ah) by Ibn al-Naqib (d. 1368) that represents the soundest positions of the Shafi'i school of jurisprudence (fiqh) in all aspects of practicing Islam, from prayer, marriage & inheritance to the other facets of Islamic life. It contains more than 6,000 rulings of Islamic Law, a biography of every person mentioned, an extensive bibliography & subject-index. The appendicies form an integral part of the book & present readers with original texts from classic works by al-Ghazali, al-Nawawi, al-Qurtubi & others on topics ranging from Islamic Law, faith, spirituality to the sciences of Hadith & Quranic exegesis, making the work a living reflection of traditional Islam as understood by some of its most prominent scholars & a valuable resource for seekers of Sacred Knowledge. Published 09/1991, Second Printing 09/1993 (0-9638342-0-7), Revised Edition 07/1994 (0-9638342-2-3) Sunna Books, P.O. Box 6143, Evanston, IL 60204, FAX 708-328-3654.

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This book is the "Baltimore Catechism" for Sunni (orthodox) Islam. It is a must read for anyone who wishes to begin to understand why there will never be peace between Muslims and the rest of the ... Read full review

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By far the most comprehensive work in English relating to the Shafei school. Read full review


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