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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
.”  Here is the Wikipedia

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
suggest using the Ctrl F search function to find what you are seeking
if you go here and delve into it:
.  That text version is not complete, it ends with Book V.

Islamic Bulletin has an extensive
which includes two versions of

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
    Tools for the Worshipper.

    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat

    of the Traveller

  2. Books of Fiqh |
    Shafii | 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
) | 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
: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law…/reliance-of-the-traveller-a-classic-manual-…

Feb 4, 2012 –

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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.

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