By the grace and mercy of Allah, there are now a number of introductory compendiums of fiqh available in various languages. However, this particular work has unique aspects that have made it a popular work in its native Arabic language and which should make it, insha Allah, an important contribution to the Islamic literature available in English.
To start with, the author has restricted his foundations for fiqh to the Qur'an and the authentic hadeeth of the Prophet, painstakingly avoiding any of the weak or rejected hadeeth found in the majority of the books of fiqh. To further ensure that this work is of the utmost reliability, the author has also restricted his discussion to what is most directly derived from the Qur'an and sunnah, and is, therefore, logically above dispute. He has intentionally avoided the numerous detailed disputes that jurists often engage in, leaving the reader with full confidence in what the author has written.
Finally, the words penned by Muhammad Salwat Noor al-Deen in the introduction should be sufficient incentive for the Muslim to read this book. He wrote stating that Shaikh Abdul Adheem Ibn Badawi has complied, with briefness in wording, the evidences that can satisfy the truth seeker.
This book, albeit small in comparison with the larger works, has combined together two books. First, it is a book containing fiqh that takes the reader by hand and shows him what he should do. Second, it is a book of hadeeth that displays the statements and actions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). The combination of these two is a great blessing.
The book is sufficient for the one seeking to travel to Allah’s pleasure, and will also satisfy the knowledge seeker’s thirst for knowledge. Thus, it is a book that people are in need of; wherever they go, they will want to carry this book – in their purses or inside their cars – so if they run into any obstacle set by the lethal, envious Shaytan, they will be able to properly face it. Readers will hopefully peruse and ponder over the book, starting with its introduction and not neglecting its final words, while acting upon everything in between.
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