This book, which is a rendering into English, is not a mere literal translation of the consice Arabic text, which would have been unintelligible, but a paraphrase, based partly upon the Muharrer and the commentary of Meballi, and partly upon the two principal sixteenth-century commmentaries on the Minhaj et-Talibin - that is to say, the Tohfat el-Mohtaj and the Nihayat el-Mohtaj.
It is not always possible to decide a question by reference to the Minhaj alone; and in such a case a Muhammadan jurist, alim, fakih, mufti or qadi, as it may be, has ressource principally to the Tohfa and the Nihaya, which Dr. Th. Juynboll in his Handbuch des Islamischen Gesetzes, 1910 calls "the two standard works in the whole modern Fikh litterature of the school of Shafii."
It is hoped, therefore, that the present publication may be of some practical utility in the direction above indicated, and at the same time not without interest tot he student of comparative jurisprudence.
Mahiudin Abu Zakaria Yahya ibn Sharif en-Nawawi
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