Author: Dr. Abdul-Azeem Badawi
Publisher: International Islamic Publishing House
About the Book: 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, Allah willing, an important contribution to the Islamic literature available in English. For example, the author has restricted his foundations for fiqh to the Quran and the authentic hadith of the Prophet, painstakingly avoiding any of the weak and rejected hadith that are 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 Quran and Sunnah and, 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, Shaikh Abdul Adheem ibn Badawi has complied with briefness in wording the evidence 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 hand of the reader and shows him what he should do. Second, it is a book of hadith 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 travels to Allah’s pleasure and will also satisfy the knowledge seekers; thirst for knowledge. Thus, it is a book that people need. I hope that the reader will ponder over it, starting with its introduction and not neglecting its final words while acting upon what it contains between these two.