Handbook On Islam Iman Ihsan
By Shaykh Uthman Dan Fodio
Translator : Aisha Abd ar-Rahman at-Tarjumana Bewley
Paperback 52 Pages
ISBN : 0950444685
Publisher : Diwan Press
About The Book
The very title of this book is illuminating, for this is the three-dimensional Islam that emerged from Madinah and was the light for the whole of the west, from the Bilad as-Sudan, including Nigeria, right up to Andalus, modern-day Spain, an Islam that holds law, spirituality and a clear intellectual tradition in balance.
This book then is another manual, a handbook on the practice of Islam, on the parameters of what needs to be known about Allah and His Messengers, and on the Sufi path of purification of the heart and self from the qualities that obscure their luminous reality and which veil them from Allah.
About The Author
Shaykh Uthman Dan Fodio was born in 1168 AH Uthman well known as 'dan Fodio' Which literally meant son of the scholar, as his father was already a well known and established scholar in Hausaland. For the next thirty years Shakyh Uthman, along with his family, relatives, fellow scholars and students, committed themselves to da'wah (calling to islam) and teaching tours throughout Hausa land (West Africa) :calling people to establish Islam in their hearts and homes; adhere to the Qur'an ,Sunnah and Ijma (or consensus) of the Sunni scholars; forsake innovation; show compassion towards all Muslims; and to end all forms of political and economic oppression.
When the rulers became fearful and envious of Shaykh Uthman's large and loyal following of believers, they began persecuting the Muslims severely. This led to their being blessed by Allah to perform hijra (emigration) and ultimately to their successful jihad (military struggle) against the Hausa kings. Their blessed jihad established an Islamic Caliphate in 1807 CE that became one of the most righteous, just and equitable societies this world has ever known.
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