Help requested on Reliance of the Traveller
Reply #3 - August 23, 2017, 12:34 PM
The book (in its original form, since it seems that the translation is somewhat not authentic to the original work) is one of the more popular and basic books within the Shafi' school of thought. Sunni Islam, as you may know, is divided in four main schools of thoughts. There are some differences between them. Their methodology differ in certain aspects, and hence the way they derive laws, and the sources they use as well (depending on the scholars who are the "backbone" and "fundament" of the school, and how they graded different ahadith), as well as how they interpret them (going back to the methodology). But I wouldn't go as far as to say that there are major differences, so much that you couldn't read one book of fiqh/jurisprudence from any one of the schools, and not get a general idea of what Islamic law is all about.
When I studied Islam and Islamic law, we started off with Umdat-ul fiqh by Ibn Qudamah as the first fiqh book to go over. It's one of the beginners books for any student of knowledge, but from the Hanbali school of thought. I'm pretty sure Reliance of the Traveler is the Shafi' equivalent.
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