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Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law Hardcover – July 1, 1997
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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.
It is a detailed description of sharia law, to my knowledge unavailable anywhere else, and it is mind-numbing. Another reviewer commented that it was not Constitutional. That is surely correct, but we can say much more: it is completely incompatible with democracy. Remember this about sharia: it will typically be imposed by an Islamic government, and that means that EVERYBODY is bound by it. Any attempt to change your religion gets you the death penalty. Actually, it's worse than that:
"Apostasy from Islam is 'the ugliest form of unbelief' for which the penalty is death ('When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed').
(Reliance o8.0 & ff.)
"Apostasy occurs not only when a Muslim renounces Islam but also, among other things, when a Muslim appears to worship an idol, when he is heard 'to speak words that imply unbelief,' when he makes statements that appear to deny or revile Allah or the prophet Mohammed, when he is heard 'to deny the obligatory character of something which by consensus of Muslims is part of Islam,' and when he is heard 'to be sarcastic about any ruling of the Sacred Law.' (Reliance o8.7; see also p9.0 & ff.)
(By the way, I am extremely grateful to Andrew J.Read more ›
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Very poor quality binding. The book arrived with the spine already separating from the pages. I am surprised that it even shipped in this condition. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Bradford W. Bogan
A necessary addition to the shelves of those in the West who would defy Islamic Law - both in spirit and by the letter..Published 14 days ago by Gary Johnson
Excellent book on Sharia Law. Using Islams own words it tells us just how evil Islam is.Published 19 days ago by Edward C Tullis
Are you bored with your normal, everyday life? Do you feel empty inside because you are at a loss for coming up with mindless and repetitive rituals to take up your time? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ollie
I think this book should officially be renamed The Spider's Lullaby.
The book is nice and is referenced better than most books on the market today. Read more
On the very rare occasion I find a book considered by both devout Muslims and Islam's most vocal critics alike to be essential reading, it's worth looking into. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard Timms
Sunni jurisprudence explained unambiguously by those who practice it. Incontrovertible description of Sharia law including Jihad and threat to Western civilizationPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer