AlQaddÅ«mÄ«â€™s primer is summarized from the foundational á¸¤anbalÄ« text known as DalÄ«l al-á¹¬Älib of al-Ê¿AllÄma MarÊ¿iÂ Ibn Yusuf al-Karmi al-á¸¤anbali (d.1033h). This text, written in the form of questions and answers, details the topics of á¹¬ahÄra, á¹¢alÄt, á¹¢awm, ZakÄt, and á¸¤ajj.
Its simple approach allows a beginner to grasp the fundamental issues of Fiqh. The easily approachable layout helps to build a foundation for further study in the Madhhab. This translation is presentedÂ side by side, with the original Arabic text on the left, and the translation on the right.
This is a primer about the Friday prayer I wrote back in 2007 for a few Masajid to use in khateeb training.
Simple and basic, it addresses the following questions:
1- Who can lead Jumu’ah?
2- What must he do?
3- When is Jumu’ah performed?
4- Where is it performed?
5- Why is Jumu’ah
6- How does one perform Jumu’ah?
7- How many?
Kenneth W. Morgan, who taught at Colgate from 1946-1974, recently passed away. Featured in picture to the left, he is the gentleman on the far right of the photo.
Ken Morgan was known for many things, most notably the founding of Chapel House at Colgate, and the â€œFund for the Study of the Great Religionsâ€. He is also the author of a volume entitled â€œIslam: The Straight Pathâ€. This book played a key role in my spiritual development and initial exposure to Islam. (more…)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Borrowed this from a friend and skimmed through it. It is actually a translation of a poem made popular in west Africa which the author then comments on.
The lack of referencing is disappointing, but then again with a work like this over referencing can take away from the feel of the read.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A short read, the author is a bit incoherent as to how a fiqh of minorities is to be achieved. With almost total disregard for traditional “appeal to authority” approach, he throws the baby out with the bath water in suggesting a solely Quranic derivation of Islam for practice amongst Muslim minorities in the west. Given the context in which this was written, it may be a reactionary stance to what the author first encountered when he came to the West, a society so much unlike Arab ones that many (even the scholarly) see no choice but compromise or reformulation of Islamic law. This author chooses the later, but obviously falls into the former by doing so. By taking the author’s suggestions to their logical ends, one will not merely compromise traditional “fiqh” (not a problem in and of itself) but will eventually compromise on several universals that are the mainstay of substantive Islamic law.
All in all this is a good read for the genre, but the genre is so lacking in works on this subject that a lot remains lacking.