About the Book:
The Fiqh of Worship is a translation of and commentary on Ibn Qudâmah’s highly esteemed ‘Umdat al-Fiqh, an abridged book of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) according to the Hanbali School.
Dr. Hatem al-Haj has translated and elaborated on it, noting the opinions of other schools of Islamic jurisprudence, thus giving the English-speaking student a broader base for his or her understanding of fiqh.
The author has made the difficult subject of fiqh easier to learn and more comprehensible by using visual aids and a unique symbol system. This book is a must-have for the serious student of knowledge. In the author’s words:
This knowledge will only be beneficial if it is sought for Allah’s sake, coupled with compassionate devotion towards Him and diligent adherence to the way of our most beloved, Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him). It will be retained only by frequent reviews, and confirmed by teaching it to those who are less knowledgeable.
Worship, when devoutly observed and correctly performed, is the ultimate human function for which people were created, and the only way to attain the ultimate success, being the pleasure of our Lord (Exalted is He).
About the Author:
Shaykh Al Islam Muwaffaq al-Din 'Abd Allah ibn Ahmad ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisi al-Hanbali was a reputable scholar of the Hanbali madhhab, author of ''Al-Mughni', (the main Hanbali 'fiqh''manual) as well as 'Mukhtasar Minhaj Al-Qasidin' (a summary of Ghazali's 'Ihya ulum ad-din') and ''Tahrim an-Nazar' ('Censure of Speculative Theology', an attack on Ibn Aqil's rationalist views.
He was born in Palestine in 541 AH, where he became Hafidh of the Qur'an at an early age and moved to Baghdad where he studied under some established scholars such as Shaykh Abdul-Qadir in his final days (i.e. before he passed away), Ibn Al-Jawzi, Hibat-ullaah Ibn Al-Hasan Ad-Daqaaq, Abi'l Fath Ibn Al-Battee, Abi Zur'ah Ibn Taahir, Yahya Ibn Thaabit, Khadeejah An-Nahrawaaniyah and others.
The Noble Imaam of Al-Hanabilah in Damascus Mosque died in Damascus in the Year 620 Hijri/1223.
About the Translator:
Dr. Hatem al-Haj born in Cairo, Egypt currently, resides in the United States of America and Fluent in Arabic & English
Holds Master`s Degree in Islamic law (Sharee`a) from the American Open University, PhD in Comparative Fiqh from al-Jinan University, Tripoli, Lebanon, M.B., CH.B. (Equivalent to MD) Graduated with Honours from Alexandria University Medical School, Alexandria, Egypt
Currently, The Dean of Sharia Academy of America. Attending Paediatrician, Albert Lea Medical Centre (Mayo Health System) Albert Lea.
Associate Professor of Fiqh at Sharia Academy of America and Islamic University of Minnesota.