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Nuh Ha Mim Keller
Nuh Ha Mim Keller, American Muslim translator and specialist in Islamic Law. Born in 1954 in the north-western United States, was educated in philosophy and Arabic at the University of Chicago and UCLA. He entered Islam in 1977 at al-Azhar in Cairo, and later studied the traditional Islamic Sciences of hadith, Shafi'i and Hanafi jurisprudence, legal methodology (usul al-fiqh), and tenets of faith (`aqidah) in Syria and Jordan, where he has lived since 1980. His English translation of `Umdat al-Salik [The Reliance of the Traveller] (1250 pp., Sunna Books, 1991) is the first Islamic legal work in a European language to receive the certification of al-Azhar, the Muslim world's oldest institution of higher learning. He also possesses ijazas or "certifiates of authorisation" in Islamic jurisprudence from sheikhs in Syria and Jordan. 

His Other translations and works include: Al-Maqasid: Imam Nawawi's Manual of Islam; The Sunni Path: A Handbook of Islamic Belief; and Tariqa Notes (handbook for those on the Shadhilli path of tasawwuf).  He is currently translating Imam Nawawi's Kitab al-Adhkar [The Book of Rememberance of Allah], a compendium of some 1227 hadiths on prayers and dhikrs of the prophetic sunna. He is also completing a work on the issue of the Qibla which will be available soon.


Other Articles

The Adab of Sunna
The Fiqh of Sunna
Becoming Muslim
The Story of How Nuh Ha Mim Keller became Muslim

Translation of a Conversation
between Dr. Said Ramadan al-Buti and a Leading Salafi Shaikh


The Re-Formers of Islam Excerpts
The Mas'ud Questions
- Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Kathir

Was Ibn Kathir's aqida influenced by Ibn Taymiyya?
- Imam al-Ash'ari repudiating the Ash'ari aqida?
- Reforming Classical Texts How widespread is tampering  of texts by the Salafis.
- Dawud al-Dhahiri and Ibn Hazm
- Was Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal an anthropomorphist?
- Do Ibn Baz and al-Albani have Ijazas?
- Haqiqat al-Muhammadiyya


The Q-News Articles
- Ibn ĎAta' Illahís The Book of Wisdoms (al-Hikam al-ĎAta'iyya)
- What is a Madhhab? Why is it necessary to follow one? 
- Is it permissible for a Muslim to believe that Allah is in the sky in a literal sense? 
- Which of the Four orthodox Madhhabs has the most developed fiqh for Muslims living as minorities? 
- Who or what is a Salafi? Is their approach valid? 
- How would you respond to the claim that Sufism is Bid'a? 
- What is the distinction between hadith and Sunna? 
- What is the meaning of "Qawwamuna" as used in Surat al-Nisa' verse 34?
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Would you advise individuals to study hadith from al-Bukhari and Muslim on their own? 
- What did you set out to do when you began writing the Reliance of the Traveller? 


Lectures Transcripts
- The Concept of Bida' in the Islamic Sharia
Nottingham and Trent University 25th January 1995.
- Why Muslims Follow Madhhabs
Islamic Cultural Center (Regents Park Mosque) January 1995, Bradford University 27th January 1995, Birmingham Central Mosque 29th January 1995.
- Literalism and the Attributes of Allah
Islamic Cultural Center (Regents Park Mosque) 28th January 1995.
- The Place of Tasawwuf in the Traditional Islamic Sciences
The Islamic Foundation (Markfield Center,  Leicester) January 1995 and Croydon Mosque 30th January 1995.


Letters
- A Letter to Abd al-Matin:
On the Universal Validity of Religions in the thought of Ibn Arabi and Emir Abd al-Qadir
- A Letter to Sulayman Ali: On Islam and Evolution 
- A Letter to Christains in the Ukraine 
- A Letter to Isa Robert Martin:
On keeping the beard


Books written & translated

- The Reliance of the Traveller 

- Nawawi's al-Maqasid 

- The Qibla Issue in North America [Available soon]

- Nawawi's Kitab al-Adhkar [available around 2002 - 2003] 

- The Aphorisms [al-Hikam] of Ibn Ata'illah [unpublished] 

- The Re-Formers of Islam [on hold] 

- Tariqa Notes [for those interested in the Shadhilli Tariqa]

- Interpreters Log [unpublished, continuing work]

- The Sunni Path [essentially al-Ghazali's Aqidah]
Reliance of the Traveller
A translation of the classical manual of Islamic Sacred Law (Shari'ah) `Umdat as-Salik by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri (d. 769/1386), in Arabic with facing English text, commentary and appendices edited and translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller
  

First published 1991,
second printing 1993 (ISBN 0-9638342-0-7)

Revised Edition 1994
ISBN 0-9638342-2-3, CIP 94-19018,  
hardcover, 9.5"x6.5", 1254 pages.


Information about the Text
'Umdat al-Salik wa 'Uddat al-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller and Tools of the Worshipper) is a Sunni manual of Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence). It is based mainly on the fiqh conclusions of Imam al-Nawawi, the great Hadith master (hafiz) and Shafi'i scholar of jurisprudence (mujtahid). The appendices form an integral part of the book and present original texts and translations from classic works by al-Ghazali, al-Nawawi, al-Qurtubi, al-Dhahabi, Ibn Hajar and others, on topics of Islamic Law, faith, spirituality, Qur'an exegesis and Hadith sciences, making the work a living reflection of Islam as understood by some of its greatest scholars. It has also biographical notes about every person mentioned (391 biographies), bibliography of each work cited (136 works), and a detailed subject Index (95 pages). Of the 136 works drawn upon in its commentary and appendices, 134 are in the original Arabic. The sections and paragraphs have been numbered to facilitate cross-reference.  
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al-Maqasid
Imam Nawawi's Manual of Shariah  

By Imam al-Nawawi (died 676/1277)  
Edited and translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller.  
First published 1994, ISBN 0-9638342-1-5, LC 93-087727  
Paperback, 8.5x5.5 inch, 148 pages.  

Re-published by The Islamic Texts Society contact them for both al-Maqasid and Reliance of the Traveller.

Information about the Text
Al-Maqasid: ma yajib ma'rifatuh min al-Din (The Objectives: what is necessary to know of the religion) is a synopsis of Shari'ah It has 7 sections: Fundamentals of the religion, Purification, Prayer, Zakah, Fasting, Pilgrimage, and Virtues. The translation fills out the classic text with explanative notes. Transliterations and Arabic texts of the supplications and dhikrs are provided.