The Reliance of the Traveller

The Reliance of the Traveller, or Umdat al-Salik, reference book carefully summarizes the conclusions of Nawawi’s legal encyclopedia of al-Majmua on all aspects of Islamic endeavour. This work is the first translation of a standard Islamic legal reference in a European language. It presents an explanative interpretation of Umdat al Salik, a classic manual of Sacred Law by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri (d. 769/1368) that comprises the legal work of Imam Nawawi.
This handy reference book was composed in the 14th Century by Shihabuddin Abu al-’Abbas Ahmad ibn an-Naqib al-Misri (1302–1367). It is a classical manual of Shafi’i fiqh, meaning it is an authoritative summation of the Islamic jurisprudence– also known as Shari’a– associated with the Sunni Shafi’i school. al Misri based the Umdat al-Salik on the previous Shafi’i works of Nawawi and Abu Ishaq as-Shirazi.
The Umdat al-Salik is broken into sections dealing with every area of life Shari’a is concerned with– from epistemological questions on “sacred knowledge” to practical legal rulings on marriage, divorce, trade, inheritance, fasting, zakat, etc.

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