The Encompassing Epistle
Furber, Musa & Al-Ḥabashī, Aḥmed ibn Zayn
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This slim volume presents a practical introduction to the essential beliefs, practices, and moral rectifications mentioned in the Sacred Law. The primary text is Ahmed ibn Zayn al-Habashi's Al-Risalah al-Jami`ah which has been a popular introductory text during the last four centuries. The text is read by students in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and, recently, North America and Europe. This edition includes a translation of the Arabic original and notes drawn from the translator’s other works. Readers of this text will learn the essential creed, acts of worship, and moral behavior that are considered personal obligations for all Muslims. They will also learn why these particular things are important. The notes are designed to equip students for personal practice and to prepare them for more advanced studies.
This is an excellent, concise manual of Shafi'i fiqh. Insha' Allah, anyone would benefit from it, regardless of his/her level of knowledge. It functions as a primer for beginners and a handy reference for more advanced students.
Shaykh Musa did a phenomenal job, particularly with his detailed footnotes, which contain the evidences from Qur'an and Hadith that the author refers to in the text.
May Allah reward Shaykh Musa and the author, Aḥmed ibn Zayn al-Ḥabashī.