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Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law Hardcover – July 1, 1997
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Original Language: Arabic
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This book is the official English translation of the Umdat al-Salik, the only authoritative Sharia manual for the Shafi'i madhab. While there are four Sunni madhabs (legal schools and two Shia), they all agree on their ijma and sharia. Only their fiqh differs. An example of that difference:
A- Ijma is universal among all four Sunni madhabs (Shafi'i, Hanafi, Malaki, Hanbali), and therefore all agree that the zakat (alms payment) is obligatory on all Muslims and on the eight priorities that zakat collections must support. [ROTT book H, Zakat, esp. h8.7 - 8.18]
B- Sharia among the four madhabs also agrees that the top priority among those eight is the seventh: support for jihad. [ROTT h8.17] Sharia enforces that doctrine with penalties if it is not upheld. [ROTT, h1.1]
C- Shafite fiqh offers slight variations from the Hanafite, Malakite, or Hanbalite fiqh with respect to the payouts based on who is deemed to qualify as a jihadi, and who therefore may receive remuneration from zakat for their jihadi expenditures. [ROTT h8.17]
Unless you have a need for one specific fiqh manual over another, I recommend Reliance of the Traveller over its parallels in the other madhabs for the following reasons:
1- The Hanafi manual, Al-Risala is a 2-volume set, and therefore costs more.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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I keep seeing sharia law being brought up. I decided I'd like this condensed book for a reference book. Read morePublished 19 days ago by High Hat
This book , was purchased for intresting reading. It was worth every penny. It is good for the curious reader, muslims who would like to know sacred laws, those that just want to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by L. DeLay
Read the other reviews. \If you are not a big fan of Islam you cannot go wrong with this volume. A ciritic of Islam? Any quote of the Koran will be greated with dismissal. Read morePublished 2 months ago by RitzvilleBarry
OK, I bought this so I could read for myself what Muslims believe. It's ALL here. You want to know what Sharia law will be like, read it (Taqiyya, stoning, beheading, polygamy,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer M Cos
What makes this book great is you can read in English how dangerous Islam is to the rest of the world. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul Sutliff
Absolute must have book for anyone interested in understanding sharia law. Any time I have Questions about Islamic law, this is the Book that I turn to. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer