This is by far the best statement on so-called "Islamic" terrorism from a very capable scholar. Even though Sh. Afifi is Shafi'i, it nonetheless demonThis is by far the best statement on so-called "Islamic" terrorism from a very capable scholar. Even though Sh. Afifi is Shafi'i, it nonetheless demonstrates how far both the wanton and incidental targeting of civilians as a tactic of warfare is from the Sacred Law. Ten years after it was initially written and translated, it remains the most authoritative (yet concise) statement on the matter, while unfortunately being completely ignored for the obvious reason that it completely contradicts the narrative that the "Salafist" Jihadism represents unapologetic, fundamentalist Muslim thought - something that is in the interest of both so-called Jiihadis and Islamophobes to promote. Rather, it proves that the Marxist notions of warfare and revolution dressed in Muslim garb that has been misnamed "jihad" is a radical departure from the Islamic legal tradition. When Imam al-Ghazali affirms that it isn't permissible to attack someone that one definitively recognizes as a soldier from a recent battlefield when he is out of uniform because he doesn't represent an immediate threat and is considered a civilian at the moment he puts down his weapon or that bombs become impermissible to use when there is a reasonable chance of "collateral damage", there remains little else to be said to propagandists who insist that Islam is an inherently violent religion. It instead represents a moral high ground of just war that no nation in the past 100 years has even come close to rivaling - Muslim nations included. This fatwa should be brought up any time someone tries to argue that Islam and terrorism go hand-in-hand and it is short enough that no one who claims to be interested in the topic has any excuse to not read it. It also doesn't hurt that it is free, this print only being an attempt to make it more accessible to a wider audience...more
This is one of my favorite translations from al-Ghazal's Ihya Ulum al-Din. As with all of Muhtar Holland's translations, it is a standard of excellencThis is one of my favorite translations from al-Ghazal's Ihya Ulum al-Din. As with all of Muhtar Holland's translations, it is a standard of excellence. It made me afraid to get married for years.... It is a good starting point for anyone looking to get married, though the entire Ihya is something that everyone should read. May Allah be well pleased with them both....more
What needs to be said about this book? It set a standard for translation and Western Muslim scholarship back in the early 90's that other translatorsWhat needs to be said about this book? It set a standard for translation and Western Muslim scholarship back in the early 90's that other translators and publishers have just begun to match in the past few years. Although principally a Shafi`i text, it is an invaluable reference manual for the English speaking Muslim world. Its introduction and appendices are just as valuable as the main text itself, in that the author has chosen to translate a vast range of topics to supplement information that was not covered by the original author and which should be required reading for all. It's Reliance... The fact that people know it on a first-name-basis is enough of a proof of its merit and acceptance....more
This book is a testament to the exacting nature of the author's scholarship. It draws from a wide-array of sources along the classical paradigm and maThis book is a testament to the exacting nature of the author's scholarship. It draws from a wide-array of sources along the classical paradigm and makes a definitive statement regarding the issue it seeks to resolve. It was written at a time when the qibla issue was becoming a divisive point of contention amongst communities and even household and though that spirit has died out, the book remains as a standard of contemporary scholarship.
Thus, the book is highly recommended to those who are interested in jurisprudence and how contemporary scholarship can remain genuinely faithful to tradition in translating classical jurisprudential understanding into the modern world. But for those for whom the qibla-debate is irrelevant and are not fascinated with legal discussions, it may prove to be an uninteresting read.
It is however interesting from a sociological perspective in that an argument which is viewed as so utterly decisive by supporters can be so thoroughly dismissed by opponents - which argues in favor of the idea that human decisions are not purely rational affairs and are highly influenced by emotion and other psychological influences. Those for whom this issue is a point of identification - I am afraid that it will not convince, no matter how many arguments in favor of other directions it has so thoroughly debunked....more
Should be required reading for all Muslims living in the West. Mufti Taqi masterfully summarizes the relevant contemporary concerns surrounding the isShould be required reading for all Muslims living in the West. Mufti Taqi masterfully summarizes the relevant contemporary concerns surrounding the issue of ritual slaughter according to mainstream scholarly understanding. In this, he also undermines the erroneous fatwas and opinions that seem to now dominate Muslim communities in the West outside of the Indo-Pak community which for some reason tenaciously adheres to the Hanafi school even those who would not describe themselves as religious. The appendices further add to the relevancy of the work and the brief article proving scientific proof that the Islamic and Jewish methods of slaughter are in fact the most humane is simply icing on the cake.
Why 4 stars instead of 5? I think I only wish it was longer and am a little disappointed that I read the entire book in only a few hours. I am sure the original urdu article by Mufti Taqi was not intended to be exhaustive, but it would have been nice if there was a chapter or appendix that expanded what Mufti Taqi did with Qadi Abu Bakr's opinion to Sh. Qaradawi and Sh. Ibn 'Uthaymin since they perhaps are single-handed responsible for the laxity amongst Muslims in America and the individuals who follow those two scholars are unlikely to bother picking up the work of a Deobandi mufti. ...more