This is a very accessible text covering an essentially important issue - Dying and all related matters. From the recommended acts to do when a person This is a very accessible text covering an essentially important issue - Dying and all related matters. From the recommended acts to do when a person is dying, after they have immediately died. To, how to make preparations for washing, shrouding, praying over and burying the dead is also covered in a concise yet succinct manner. This portion approximately makes up the first half of the book. Thereafter, the book deals with the post-death scenarios of donating rewards (Isal al-Thawab), atonements, debts, expiation and etc. The author has taking an elective approach in presenting the various differing opinions on a plethora of issues - this clearly illustrates the scope for legitimate divergences of practices within the folds of Sunni Islam in relation to funerary rituals and rites. The author also maintains a thread of thought in encouraging the reader to avoid innovations and to follow the practices that are clearly explained by the qualified jurists in light of the Qur'an and Sunnah, all the while acknowledging the scope/breadth in doing so - countering narrow minded fanaticism. All in all, a very easy and untaxing read, notwithstanding the gravitas and sheer inevitability of the subject matter being discussed! ...more
A balanced, scholarly short answer on the issue of the Mawlid al-Sharif by the late Sh. Sayyid Alawi al-Maliki al-Makki (ra) - contains elucidating po A balanced, scholarly short answer on the issue of the Mawlid al-Sharif by the late Sh. Sayyid Alawi al-Maliki al-Makki (ra) - contains elucidating points for ignoramuses on both sides of the divide (pro/anti-Mawlid). Note: This is a short responsa, not a comprehensive work on the 'issues' surrounding the Mawlid al-Sharif. ...more
This is an over-simplified and generalised account of the development of the four jurisprudential schools of thought of Sunni Islam with a particular This is an over-simplified and generalised account of the development of the four jurisprudential schools of thought of Sunni Islam with a particular emphasis (read: bias) towards the Maliki School - this should not come as a surprise as the authors are coverts to Islam who adhere to the Maliki school and are also part of the Murabitun movement. As this is an over-simplifed account lacking in essential details, it thus runs the very real risk of being a skewed representation of reality. The bulk of the book is an attempt at eulogising the merits of the Maliki madhab in particular reference to and repeated emphasis on the "Amal of Madinah" - were they not able to find anyone better than Ibn Taymiyyah to demonstrate this? The indirect negative aspersions cast on the Iraqi school (read: Hanafi School) is an exercise in how not to write; this contravenes the high etiquettes of the scholarly tradition. Towards the end of the book, there is an attempt to demonstrate the living organic tradition of "Amal of Madinah" via the existent Murabitun movement under the auspicious of Sh. Abdul Qadir al-Sufi - highly controversial to say the least. ...more
This is Shah Wali Allah's responsa to the question of why 'Difference of Opinion [exists] in Fiqh'. This rather short work reads more like an historic This is Shah Wali Allah's responsa to the question of why 'Difference of Opinion [exists] in Fiqh'. This rather short work reads more like an historical account of the early generations of Islam from the eyes of Shah Wali Allah and how the various Legal Schools came into being; as opposed to discussing the nature of the Islamic Sources and their interpretive linguistic implications naturally leading to differences of opinions. The author has assumed familiarity with the tradition in the reader with copious names and books mentioned - the translator has facilitated this by providing in brackets the fuller names of these personalities and famous books. One improvement from an editing standpoint is to clearly distinguish the long passages cited from earlier authorities from the main body of Shah Wali Allah's text. The book reads like a manifesto promoting the Shafite Legal School and the way and methods of the Ahl al-Hadith (as opposed to the Fuqaha) - this bias should not come as a surprise considering Shah Wali Allah's contributions to and standing in the field of Hadith Studies. Shah Wali Allah ends on a pessimistic note maintaining that post 4th century Islamic scholarship as dwindling into a downward spiral of Taqlid (used in the pejorative sense). ...more
As far as I am aware, this is the first response in the English language by a traditionally trained Islamic scholar of established standing and repute As far as I am aware, this is the first response in the English language by a traditionally trained Islamic scholar of established standing and repute addressing the cancerous menace that threatens Muslims firstly, and then humanity at large. From what it seems this was an original Fatwa penned in the Arabic language (for the Syrians primarily reflecting ground realities and Arabs at large) which the author himself has then translated into English, so that it is widely available for a larger audience - especially the Western world including journalists, politicians and academics - as well as the lay readers. The author has deliberately kept the text short (under 100 pages) and the language simple as to make it very readable for young adults, who are more likely potentially to be swayed by ISIS propagandists. As such, the text summarises well the core issues keeping the discussion succinct and to the point (thus, naturally skimping on much depth and detail) - making it an essential read that suffices to better understand the current climate, the real Shari'ah response. Non-Muslims should read this work in order to better understand and allay their fears and contextualise things more correctly. Muslims should read this work as to be absolutely clear that this menace is farthest removed from Islam and why? and also, what is the correct Shari'ah response to such aberrations - for those caught in the midsts of it all and those at the peripheries. ...more
Relatively speaking this is a simple and straightforward read. The coverage is quite wide, the chosen and compiled Fatwas cover a great deal of common Relatively speaking this is a simple and straightforward read. The coverage is quite wide, the chosen and compiled Fatwas cover a great deal of commonly asked questions and queries - some of which have needlessly become issues of contention in our times. Simply brief yet satisfying. I'd recommend such a text for teenagers and those Muslims who are not too well-acquainted with the frequently asked questions (those asked from within Muslim circles mostly) - in the West that may well be approximately 50+% of the Muslims. 'And God is Most High and knows best.'. ...more
A good-book; the author takes a thematic look at various aspects of the Shari'ah covering a broad berth of topics - touching upon but not delving into A good-book; the author takes a thematic look at various aspects of the Shari'ah covering a broad berth of topics - touching upon but not delving into a detailed systematic presentation of ideas and concepts. This text for most people would not be classed as "introductory" as it predisposes itself to a some-what pre-informed readership. So if you are seeking a beginners guide to the Shari'ah this certainly is not the one - look elsewhere. The book is replete with interesting points and illustrative examples. However one feels that the book does not go the full distance in conveying a sense of what Shari'ah Law is - the author fails to convincingly convey a holistic sense, much of which is lost in the prevailing fragmentary discussions. Having said this, the text contains much to interest the informed reader and is a good point of departure for further exploration, to this end the author could have improved the value of the text by offering "further reading recommendations" towards the end of each of the respective chapters.
The book would get a three-star rating, but the broad coverage attemped pushes this to a four-star rating. ...more
This text is immense in it's contents and is succinct in it's expressions. An ABSOLUTE ESSENTIAL read in relation to the immense rank and rBismillah,
This text is immense in it's contents and is succinct in it's expressions. An ABSOLUTE ESSENTIAL read in relation to the immense rank and rights of parents - surely if you are reading these words you (along with everyone else) are a product of your parents, be they still alive or have passed away to the mercy of their Lord. This is an INDISPENSABLE read, as without this essential knowledge and understanding you may wittingly or unwittingly be in gross violation of their rights - we seek refuge in Allah - with serious worldly or otherworldly consequences . Although this text is written in light of the sublime and exalted Mohammedan Shari'ah (i.e. Islamic Law) the content is equally of immense benefit to both Muslims and non-Muslims.
May the Lord facilitate and open the doors of ease - an momentous responsibility (i.e. fulfilling the rights of parents). ...more