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  • Hardcover: 1232 pages
  • Publisher: Amana Corporation; Revised edition (July 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915957728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915957729
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Arabic (translation)
Original Language: Arabic

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The book is very well laid out and comprehensive.
Seeker of Knowledge
This Muslim Manual is a must read if one wants to understand Muslim philosophy and Islamic religion.
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As you read this book you will find that much of Sharia law is common sense and non-controversial.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By TheWatchman on July 11, 2010
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With ample credentials laid out in the front of the book from numerous Islamic scholars, this book acts as a sober warning to all who love western freedoms that Islamic Sharia Law is incompatible with the US Constitution or ANY other form of government. A MUST READ!!!
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64 of 78 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I began translating Reliance of the Traveller in Jordan, out of personal need for a shari'a manual, to know and practice Islam in my own life. Making it available to others was an afterthought that came to me after I had set out to produce a work in which I could look up the questions that I needed to know without having to memorize it all. I had moved to Jordan in 1980, and lived near Amman in Suwaylih, with many students and teachers of the University of Jordan's shari'a college. That first year, I heard a lot of well-meaning religious advice that one might have preferred to know rather than be told, a perhaps not unfamiliar feeling to many new Muslims. During this period I began to translate the meanings of the Qur'an using other English translations, and then read through the Muhammad Muhsin Khan's interpretation of Sahih al-Bukhari, trying to record every Islamic ruling I could find in the hadith. In the end, I realized that there was a tremendous number of questions in my life that I did not have Islamic answers for.
At the end of summer 1981 I moved to Huwwara, a village in the north of Jordan, both to improve my spoken Arabic and to work on a master's degree in educational psychology while teaching English at the University of Yarmouk, in nearby Irbid. The move to the north led to my meeting people who knew traditional Islamic ulama in Damascus, among them, Sheikh 'Abd al-Wakil al-Durubi, who I made the acquaintance of in his bookshop off the courtyard of the Darwishiyya mosque, where he was imam.
In Sheikh 'Abd al-Wakil, I felt I had found someone who really knew Islam, and he was the one who eventually inspired me to try to translate a fiqh manual.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Siemion on March 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
As other reviews already mentioned, this is the classic book on Islamic law. It was given to me by a Muslim. It is a very troubling book in many respects, and it certainly makes me doubt the sanity of those who read it and find it "inspirational." In a great feat of irony, the Muslim gave it to me thinking that it might help me to covert to Islam. However, after reading that my daughter might have to be killed (assuming we were living under sharia) should she renounce Islam, I thought better of converting. Furthermore, the books gives a litany of reasons for which one may be considered to be an apostate.

I understand the appeal to such a life. One is relieved of having to decide anything for himself. Every act throughout the day is painstakingly detailed: what to say in such a case, and how to say it; what to do in such a case and how to do it; what to think in such a case, and how to think it. If ever there were a manual for Borg, this would certainly be an excellent candidate. For example, before praying, one must say "Allahu Akbar". It must be pronounced exactly right, otherwise the prayer is invalid. Furthermore, "One's prayer is not legally considered to have begun if one omits any of its letters, pauses between the two words, adds the letter waw between them, or says 'Allahu akbaar' with a long a between the final b and r." (p. 129).

Now imagine over 1000 pages of this picayune and there you have the "Traveller".
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178 of 225 people found the following review helpful By Jan McDaniel on May 19, 2010
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I give this product one star because I deeply disagree with its content, but urge non-Muslims to become familiar with it.

This book contains the legal rulings of the Shafii school of Islamic law. It contains a legal description of mainstream Islam, a codification of the culture of the Islamic Middle East.

It makes clear to me that there is an unbridgeable gap between the legal and cultural standards of Islam and America. That means that the more Islamic America becomes, the less American it is.

It shows me why a person can be a pious Muslim or a patriotic American but not both. A person who follows the interpretation of the Koran found in this book cannot share American attitudes toward women, sexual preferences, secular government, equality of opportunity for all regardless of religious belief, military defense of America against Muslim enemies and, above all, freedom of speech.

In short, Islamic law as described here does not pass Constitutional scrutiny. Islam, as described by this book, is a political system within a religion and should be considered a competitor of our liberal democratic system, not a component of it.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Silverback on January 24, 2012
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Muhammad very famously said that [the essence of] "warfare is deception" and, yet, many of us gullible, fearful, and naive "unbelievers" take the easy way out, and allow ourselves to be deceived when we just take as true what Muslims, their leaders, and "spokesmen"--aided mightily, I might add, by the MSM, and our own officials, academics, and commentators, all unbelievers "travelling" that same broad, less frightening, river of "denial" --tell us, in smooth and calming words, is the truth about the nature of Islam, its world-view, practices, and ultimate goals.

Well, "Reliance of the Traveller" is an English translation of Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri's 14th century A.D. "Umdat al-Salik," a "Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law," and prescribed/proscribed thought and behavior for Muslims, that was approved in 1991, by the highest Muslim religious authorities at Egypt's Al-Azhar university, as "conforming to Sunni (90% of Muslims) Muslim's current day practice and belief," and "Traveller" tells Muslims in minute detail exactly how--in compliance with the dictates of all-encompassing Shari'a law--they should view things, think, and behave in virtually any situation.

Thus, if we really want to know the truth (and not be "deceived" and blindsided, and go down to defeat before we even know what hit us), "Traveller" is a text that all us "unbelievers"--under unremitting and increasing attack by Islam, Muslims and their Jihad, all over the world and here in the U.S.--should be familiar with, read, and understand.

To quote Sun Tzu, "Know yourself and know your enemy, and you can win a hundred battles."
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