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Reliance of the Traveller: Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law Hardcover – 1 Dec 1997

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  • Hardcover: 1232 pages
  • Publisher: Amana Publications; Revised edition edition (Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915957728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915957729
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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This book is a must for anyone interested in Islamic Law. It is a comprehensive book that covers practices of personal Islamic Law to governmental law. It contains extensive discussion on Islamic Spirituality and tenets of faith. The book is well indexed and is extensively cross-referenced so that topics can be easiy found. In short there is not another book like it in the English language, get it now.
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Although the rulings are predominantly of the Shafi School of Islamic Law it does have rulings from Hanafi School of thought. Having said that, it is handy for every laymen as the second half of the book is full of texts, biographies of every scholar mentioned in the book, rulings on contemporary issues like Smoking and Music, that are relevant to every Muslim, no matter which school they adhere too. I have to say, one cannot do with out it in this western world that we live in, where it is very difficult to find a reference-book excellently researched, typeface, easy to read hence understand, indexed, and updated to current issues. A smaller complementary text by the same translated is al-Maqasid, also helpful.
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The book itself is well written, and all footnotes and additional comments are clearly marked by letters/symbols. It contains supplementary notes from other works and explanations of the basic text, as well as explanations from some of the teachers of the author. Some additional material has been added, such as the biographies of important figures, but all additions are clearly marked and separated. The certification of Al-Azhar should be enough to dispel any naysayers on the accuracy of translation, conveyance of the intended meaning of the original text, and any additional material as being of benefit to students.
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The work is thorough and very well translated (as usual) by Keller.
Umdat al-Salik (Reliance of the Traveller) has always been a work held in high regard. It deals in particular with the Shaf'i school of jurisprudence (one of the four principle schools) citing the relevant evidences and explaining arguments in detail. It provides any reader with an invaluable resource to dip into and also a comprehensive groundwork if studied.
I was given this edition as a present recently and heartily recommend it.
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Alhamdulillah for Allah (swt) bringing this knowledge into my life. Very easy read but by no means vague in its approach. Removes all doubt from a believer or non believer. You have the answers to many unanswered in biasd answered questions. This is a poweful reference and great pathway to building and increasing your knowledge and understanding Islam the right way.
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This is an excellent reference manual. Although it covers the Shafi School of Law, it is still an essential book for students. I found the appendices very interesting.
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A detailed overview of the Shafi'i madhhab. Excellent for reference or to read through. I especially love the section on enjoining the good and forbidding the evil.
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An excellent and well written book. The translation is well written and accompanied by the original Arabic text, there are translations also of religious rulings regarding everything from creed to smoking. The index is excellent and well formatted and the book is well sourced (a previous reviewer mentioned that the text does not give any sources (I assume he means the original Arabic writer) while this is true, Nuh Keller does well document his own sources including a brief biography of them and even other source reading material) The book has also been certified by some of the leading institutions in the Islamic world.

On an negative side, the actual text itself does not have a sufficient commentary (if at all) in that matter I am in agreement with the previous reviewer as there are many controversial matters brought up in the original Arabic text that need further explanation, to not do so surely does a great hindrance to the book. There are many who will argue that this book was intended to be read with a qualified Islamic scholar, if that were the case then what was the point in making it a book available for worldwide distribution? This could have been easily avoided by making it simply a University syllabus book and not one for general public consumption.

Secondly the contentious matters brought up with regards to creed. Nuh Keller as with the original author of the Arabic text and most of the sources he cites belong to the Ashari school of Islamic creed while a minority in contemporary Muslim society belong to a creed followed by ibn Taymiyah and his student ibn al-Qayyim.
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