Reliance of the Traveller - Umdat al-Salik wa 'Uddat al-Nasik


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A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law (Shafi Fiqh)
Ahmad ibn al Naqib al Misri
Edited and translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller
(With appendices and biographical notes)
Original Arabic text facing English translation
Hard Cover, 1264 Pages ISBN 0-915-957-72-8
Amana Publications

A translation of the classical manual of Islamic Sacred Law (Shari'ah) 'Umdat as-Salik by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri (d. 769/1386), in Arabic with facing English text, commentary and appendices edited and translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller.

This is a classic manual of fiqh rulings based on Shafi'i School of jurisprudence and includes original Arabic texts and translations from classic works of prominent Muslim scholars such as al Ghazali, al Nawawi, al Qurtubi, al Dhahabi and others. It is an indispensable reference for every Muslim or student of Islam who needs to research on Islamic rulings on daily Muslim life

The appendices form an integral part of the book and present original texts and translations from classic works by prominent scholars such as al-Ghazali, al-Nawawi, al-Qurturbi, al-Dhahabi, Ibn Hajar and other, on topics of Islamic law, faith, spirituality, Qur'anic exegesis and Hadith sciences.

It has also biographical notes about every person mentioned (391 biographies), bibliography of each work cited (136 works), and a detailed subject index (95 pages). Of the 136 works drawn upon in its commentary and appendices, 134 are in the original Arabic. The sections and paragraphs have been numbered to facilitate cross-reference.

About The editor and translator Shaikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

An American Muslim translator and specialist in Islamic Law. Born in 1954 in the north-western United States,was educated in philosophy and Arabic at the University of Chicago and UCLA. He entered Islam in 1977 at al-Azhar in Cairo, and later studied the traditional Islamic Sciences of hadith, Shafi'i and Hanafi jurisprudence, legal methodology (usul al-fiqh), and tenets of faith (`aqidah) in Syria and Jordan, where he has lived since 1980. His English translation of `Umdat al-Salik [The Reliance of the Traveller] is the first Islamic legal work in a European language to receive the certification of al-Azhar, the Muslim world's oldest institution of higher learning. He also possesses ijazas or certifiates of authorisation in Islamic jurisprudence from sheikhs in Syria and Jordan.

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