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Ascent to Felicity (Maraqi 'l-Sa'adat)

Ascent to Felicity (Maraqi 'l-Sa'adat)

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Abu I-Ikhlas al-Shurunbulali



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White Thread Press

A Manual on Islamic Creed and Hanafi Jurisprudence

Translation, Notes and Appendices by Faraz A. Khan [Bio]

Written by the eminent 11th century Hanafi scholar, Abu 'l-Ikhlas al-Shurunbulali, Ascent to Felicity is a concise yet comprehensive primer in creed and jurisprudence. It spans all five pillars of Islam, as well as the topics of slaughtering, ritual sacrifice, and hunting. To supplement the text, the translator has added key explanatory notes taken from several reliable works on theology and jurisprudence. He has also added appendices that comprise numerous supplications related to the five pillars, presented in Arabic script along with English transliteration, as well as the etiquette of visiting the Messenger of Allāh (Allah bless him peace) in Madina.

"An admirable rendering into lucid, fluid English of Imam Hasan al-Shurunbulali's primer of Hanafi law, Ascent to Felicity. This concise but thorough work focuses on the five acts of worship.  The book has the added feature of a fairly detailed presentation of the basics of the Muslim Creed. In translating this introductory section of Imam Shurunbulali's treatise, Khan's skill as a translator is on full display, as he has made sometimes involved theological concepts easily accessible to the average English reader. Khan has provided an additional service to both Shurunbulali's work and to contemporary Muslims by augmenting the translation with insightful and extremely useful explanatory notes. The value of this work, skillfully produced by White Thread Press, goes far beyond its benefit to adherents of the Hanafi legal school. Rather, it will prove of benefit to Muslims in general as well as researchers interested in latter-day presentations of the creed and practice of Sunni Muslims."
- Imam Zaid Shakir Co-Founder and Resident Scholar, Zaytuna College

"This book is an important contribution to the growing, but still small, corpus of traditional Islamic texts available in English translation."
- Dr Ingrid Mattson President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

"Essential for any student of the Hanafī School. . . makes key concepts of the Hanafi school easily accessible to teachers, students, and readers."
- Dr. Ashraf Muneeb Dean of Academy, Sunnipath.com

"An excellent primer in Islamic beliefs and worship. . . more useful as a first complete text for those seeking understanding of the fiqh of worship than the more commonly-studied Nur al-Idah." -Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Educational Director, Seekersguidance.com

"Aside from the flowing translation, the most impressive thing about this work for me is the comprehensive collection of nuanced notes. These serve to capture the wide range of issues one grapples with, but might never find the right answer to, in the process of his or her purification, prayer, fasting and other acts of worship. An extremely engaging and educational read. - Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Scholar, ZamZamAcademy.com
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5 Stars
Very Beneficial Reminders
This book is used by 8th graders in most of the Islamic schools I'm familiar with in Northern California. For the adults, it has served to further understanding. When I've forgotten some things, this serves as a refreshing reminder of the basics in Hanafi fiqh.
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Reviewed by:  from California. on 11/17/2014
5 Stars
Must Have
This is a must have book for anyone following the Hanafi school. It's has all the essentials one must know for the five acts of worship. The English translation is very understandable and flowing.
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Reviewed by:  from Australia. on 2/21/2011
5 Stars
Ascent to Felicity
Excellent book. Very thorough. The footnotes are very beneficial as well.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from California. on 4/17/2014
5 Stars
Worth it
I got this book for my fiqh class and I must say that every penny was worth buying it, Alhamdulilah. The English translation is easy to read and understand. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to study and understand Hanafi fiqh.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from US. on 10/14/2013
5 Stars
Great resource on Hanfi Fiqh
I came to know about this book from Qibla online course on Hanfi Fiqh and ordered this book as part of my course. It just amazing how valuable this book is for the 'Purification', 'Prayer', 'Fasting', 'Zakat' and 'Hajj'. I highly recommend this book for all hanfi muslims who wants to improve their understanding in Fiqh and accordingly apply this in their daily lives. Another great benefit it removes many of the waswas from mind especially when you pray, fast or give Zakat.
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Reviewed by:  from New York, NY. on 6/27/2012

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