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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Reliance of the Traveller: Handbook of Shari'ah [Updated]

Reliance of the Traveller: Handbook of Shari'ah
This post is spurred by recent interest in tags related to Reliance of the Traveller.  It is being edited April 11, '12 because two links have been broken and a recent searcher sought a legible copy.  If you need legibility and the complete text, your best option is to purchase a hard copy from Amazon.  If you are interested in a particular page or pages, you can copy the text and paste it into your favorite editor for easier reading. 

    Adobe's reader allows you to enlrarge the text for easier reading.  If you need to search for a particular topic, try the Shift + Ctrl + f  key combination which will return a linked list of potential hits. 

    Islamic law is derived from Muhammad's recitation and example: Qur'an & Sunnah.  "Umdat as-Salik wa 'Uddat an-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller and Tools of the Worshipper, also commonly known by its shorter title Reliance of the Traveller) is a classical manual of fiqh for the Shafi'i school of Islamic jurisprudence."  Here is the Wikipedia entry.

The book is about 1251 pages long. While you can search it at Muhaddith,  there are some limitations to the search. The text has been posted an an educational site, from which I took these quotations. This is a raw text file, and some of it is extremely RAW!  I suggest using the Ctrl F search function to find what you are seeking if you go here and delve into it: http://www.nku.edu/~kenneyr/Islam/Reliance.html .  That text version is not complete, it ends with Book V.

Islamic Bulletin has an extensive library which includes two versions of Reliance.

Maktabah has a Scribid version which is only 384 pages, far short of complete. If you want a hard copy, it is available from Amazon.

Other links from a recent Google Search; it can be safely assumed that these all derived from the same low resolution scan:

  1. [PDF] 

    Reliance of the Traveller and Tools for the Worshipper.

    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
    Reliance of the Traveller and. Tools for the Worshipper. A CLASSIC MANUAL OF ISLAMIC SACRED LAW BY AHMAD IBN. NAQIB AL-MISRI (Died 1368 AD) ...
  2. Books of Fiqh | Shafii Fiqh.com | Shafii Institute

    Umdat As-Salik Translated as “Reliance of the Traveller” Translated by Shaykh Nuh Ha ... R awdat At- Talibin of Imam An-Nawawi روضة الطالبين in pdf format ...


Umdat al-Salik (Reliance of the Traveller) | Mapping Shari'a

The Reliance of the Traveller, or Umdat al-Salik, was composed in the 14th ... Title: Umdat al-Salik (Reliance of the Traveller) (PDF, 1251 pages, 31.7MB) ...


Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law ...

Feb 4, 2012 –http://revuse.wetpaint.com/page/Reliance+of+the+Traveller:+On+Killing+Offspring · http://www.shafiifiqh.com/maktabah/relianceoftraveller.pdf ...

    Shari'ah means "path to the life giving waters",  it is a guide to obedience of Allah and emulation of Moe.  While much of it is arcane, such as the rules of  ritual purity and prayer,  it also  governs matters with more direct application to temporal affairs.  

    The laws concerning marriage, divorce, crime & punishments, and jihad are imposed upon non-Muslims where Allah's writ runs.  Islamic law forbids charging or receiving interest.  Shari'ah compliant commerce involves the proscription of all interest and all traffic with Israel.  It also involves the payment of 2.5%  Zakat on financial transactions  as well as on increase in wealth.  What most westerners don't know is that 1/8  of Zakat collections must be paid to the terrorists to finance their war against us.  It is illegal to give Zakat to Kuffar.

H8.7: The Eight Categories of Recipients

It is obligatory to distribute one's zakat among eight categories of recipients (O: meaning that zakat goes to none besides them), one-eighth of the zakat to each category. (n: In the Hanafi school, it is valid for the giver to distribute his zakat to all of the categories, some of them, or to confine himself to just one of them (al-Lubab fi sharh al-Kitab(y88), 1.155). )

H8.17: Those Fighting for Allah

The seventh category is those fighting for Allah, meaning people engaged in Islamic military operations for whom no salary has been allotted in the army roster (O: but who are volunteers for jihad without remuneration).  They are given enough to suffice them for the operation, even if affluent; of weapons, mounts, clothing, and expenses (O: for the duration of the journey, round trip, and the time they spend there, even if prolonged. Though nothing has been mentioned here of the expense involved in supporting such people's families during this period, it seems clear that they should also be given it).



It is not permissible to give zakat to a non-Muslim, or to someone whom one is obliged to support (def: m12.1), such as a wife or family member.

    Some of the most important provisions have been documented with screen shots from the search engine at Muhaddith.

    A series of blog posts about Shari'ah has been compiled into a Windows Help File (chm). Shari'ah.chm (100K Zipped) Compiled from a series of articles about Shari'ah, how it can affect you and what you can do to stop it.

    There are several schools of fiqh, while there is much common ground between them, there are sectarian differences, which one of the texts explains in some detail. 

    Of the alternate sources of Shari'ah, this is the most legible & accessible though it is only available on the web. 
The Risala : A Treatise on Maliki Fiqh
'Abdullah ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani (310/922 -
Translated by Alhaj Bello Mohammad Daura, MA

    Risala is more detailed in some areas and less detailed in others. If you have been wondering how a Muslim wipes his butt after his right hand is amputated for theft, Risala has the answer for you.  Turn to 4.1(e) on page 43 if you are inordinantly curious and neither a prude nor easily offended.

    Hedaya, the Hanifi school's handbook of fiqh, is dense, arcane & printed in an archaic type face but it clarifies some vital issues including the offensive nature of jihad an extortionate nature of juzya. Hedaya also includes explanation of the differences with the Shafi'i school's Reliance.  Hedaya's four volumes have been compressed into two which are available from Amazon, Google Books and the internet archive in a viewr and pdf format.  Vol. II contains the important fiqh of jihad in Book IX. 

    Whenver a politician, preacher, journalist, blogger or commentator asserts:

  • "Islam is a great religion of peace."
  • "Islam only fights in self defense."
  • 'The jihad imperatives only apply to times of war." 

and similar malignant malarkey, you should turn to Reliance,  hedaya & Risala to reconnect with the truth.

    Book O, Chapter 9 of Reliance defines jihad as "war against non-Muslims", the obligation to perform it as "communal" and the caliph's  enforcement of that obligation as "the caliph makes war against Jews, Christians and Zoroastrians until..."  & "the caliph fights all other peoples until..." .  The religious obligation to attack non-Muslims while they are at home in their own countries, minding their own affairs is binding upon Muslims "in every year".

    Book IX, Chapter I of Hedaya, Volume II informs us that "destruction of the sword is incurred by infidels though they be not the first aggressors".
Cg, II delves into Jizya, informing us that it is in lieu of destruction; a form of punishment for infidelity. 

    Chapter 30 of Risala confirms the definition of jihad and the duty of dawa which proceeds the conquest.  "And it is preferable, according to us, that the enemy are not fought until they have been invited to the din of Allah except if they attack first."    "30.2c. Offering a choice between Islam and jizya
They can either accept Islam or pay the jizya (tax on non-Muslims); if not they are to be fought."

    Muslims, treasonous politicians, clergy who have sold their souls to Satan and corrupt & intimidated journalists  spew egregious lies about Islam secure in the knowledge that most listeners lack the means and the will to discover the truth for themselves.  You now have the means to discover the truth for yourself.  Will you make good use of that opportunity or will you stick your head back into the sand? 

    Muslims and their dhimis will swear that they have no intention of enforcing the Shari'ah relating to jihad, instead, they want only to enforce 'domestic/family" law.  Isn't that sweet?

    Shari'ah allows a Muslim to force his pre-pubescent virgin daughter to marry the man of his choice. And, if she defies his command, he can kill her without fear of retaliation.  Of course, honoricide is strictly cultural, not Islamic, yeah, right. 

And when he decides to divorce her mother, he just repeats "I divorce you" three times;  if the mother is not Muslim, she can not obtain child custody. If she obtains custody and remarries, she loses it. 

    Then there is the matter of Islamic charity, totally innocuous, right? Wrong!! Do you remember when President Obama made his tear jerker pitch about allowing Muslims to contribute to charity without obstructions?  There is a little detail he concealed from you: zakat is divided into eight equal shares, one of which goes to fund terrorism. Zakat is imposed at the rate of 2.5% on savings and transactions. From each $1million, $3125. finances terrorism. 

    Am I a rabid racist, fascist, hatemonging Islamophobe or are the experts & authorities liars & deceivers?  If your head is up your butt or in the sand, you will believe the liars; I can do nothing to help you.  If you are open minded and your eyes are not blinded by impacted feces, you will follow the links I have provided and discover the truth for yourself; then you will share it with others.