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|Customer R. on 06/30/2013||I 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|