Have you ever reached for a short, reliable handbook to answer your questions about the practice of Islam? If so, Al-Maqasid, Imam Nawawi's manual about Islam is probably what you had in mind.
Designed as a synopsis of Islamic personal law (sharia) by it's author, who is well known to English-speaking Muslims for his well known Nawawi's Forty Hadith collection, this work covers the practical requirements of faith, purification, the prayer, zakat, fasting, pilgrimage and Islamic spirituality. The clear translation fills out the classic manual with expansive notes, producing an easy-to-follow English text with a summary of belief and worship concisely derived from the Quran and sunnah by one of the greatest scholars of Islam, Imam Nawawi.
One of the true classics in the Islamic history. Imam an-Nawawi, may Allah be pleased with him, was one of the real grand personalities in the history of Islam, and he has enriched us with a number of fabulous books. His books have always been considered as highly reliable for a deeper understanding of the way of Islam. Even if this book is not a very voluminous book, it is certainly a book of great importance.
Nuh Ha Mim Keller, who has translated this important book into English, has with his great insight again managed to bring forward a very important book for a new generation of Muslims in Europe and USA.
Author: Imam an-Nawawi
Translation: Nuh Ha Mim Keller
136 pages, paperback