The Fiqh of Worship: A Commentary on Ibn Qudamah's 'Umdat al-Fiqh


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AuthorIbn Qudamah al-Maqdisi
TranslatorHatem al-Haj
Size in Inches6.6x9.5
Size in CM17x24
Edition2nd (2014)
Weight (lbs)1.54

The Fiqh of Worship is a translation of and commentary on Ibn Qudamah'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).

Imam Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisi: He was a distinguished scholar of fiqh, known for his mastery of fiqh knowledge and principles and for his wisdom in promoting the correct practice of Islam. Ibn Katheer said of him: "There was not found in his era nor before it by a long span of time, anyone possessing more fiqh understanding of the religion than him." Ibn Taymeeyah and others also said the same.

Born in 541 H (1147 CE) in Nablus, Palestine, Ibn Qudamah began his Islamic studies at a young age, eventually studying under many scholars in Damascus, Badgdad and Makkah. He wrote more than thirty books on fiqh, Hadith, ‘aqeedah (creed) and zuhd (spirituality and asceticism), though he is most famous for his books of fiqh al-Mughni and ‘Umdat al-Fiqh, both considered textbooks of Hanbali fiqh. Always striving to fully implement the teaching of Islam in his own life, Ibn Qudamah participated in jihad with the forces of Salah-ad-Deen as they conquered Jerusalem. He died at the age of 79 in his home in Damascus.

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Customer R. on 06/30/2013I have read almost all of the fiqh books that Dar-us-Salam sells, and if you're looking for a good one, I'll tell you now to look no further. Al-Umdah is a very famous classical manual of hanbali fiqh which needs no review. Dr. Hatem al-Haj has provided us a masterful English rendering of the text, with explanatory footnotes providing background info and comparing the differences between the scholars. Pros: English translation is masterful, and uses a contemporary comprehensive prose. Every line has the Arabic original, as well as the translation right under it, which is helpful for students of Arabic an Islamic studies. It also notes the opinions of the other scholars in areas of ikhtilaf, often followed by the 'strongest opinion' of the author, which is helpful for students of comparative figh. Cons: I really shouldn't count this, because the title of the book is Fiqh of Worship, but the book only covers everything from tahaarah-hajj. it does not cover mu malaat, etc. I sincerely hope that Dr. al-Haj will make a part 2 covering the rest of al- Umdah. His mastery in the field is a great help for the ummah. Final Remarks: with all due respect to the other books, this book has things going for it that all of the other fiqh books in the site are missing. Dar-us-Salam's other books generally stick to one opinion, which is taken from the ijtihad of the author. many of the Fiqh of Sunnah books don't agree with each other in some places, and their basis on the author's ijtihad can sometimes cut off a bulk of the readers, particularly the students of dar-ul-ulooms and Islamic universities. With a book of this caliber available, the difficult subject of fiqh has been facilitated for the masses. May Allah ta ala bless Dr. al-Haj

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