Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Table on Contents

 What will you think when the following content is handed over to you?

On Certainty
On Intention
On Vigilance
On the Inner and the Outer Self
On Regular Devotions
On Reciting the Qur’an
On Acquiring Knowledge
On Remembrance
On Reflection
On Following the Book and Sunnah
On Doctrine
On Religious Obligations
On Cleanliness
On Following the Sunnah
On Conduct in Mosques
On the Ritual Prayer
On Prayer in Congregation
On Zakat
On Fasting
On Pilgrimage
On Scrupulousness
On Enjoining Good and Forbidding Evil
On Social Duties
On Kindness and Charity
On Counsel
On Salutations and a Salutary Opinion
On Repentance, Hope and Fear
On Fortitude
On Gratitude
On Renunciation
On Reliance on God
On Divine Love and Contentment

May be you'll think that it is collection of posts from Thus Spake Hazrat Shaikh, the posts that begin with the word On. It is not. It is the table of contents of  The Book of Assistance by Imam Abdullah al-Haddad , translated by Mostafa Badawi and made available by  As-Salik Faraz Abdul Moid at At-Tahavi.
Two Snippets fron the Glossary of the Book:

Ash'aris: Followers of the principal school of orthodox Muslim theology founded by Abu'l-Hasan al- Ash'ari (AC 873-935).

Maturidis: Followers of the orthodox Muslim theological position of Abu Mansoor al-Maturidi (d. AC 944), today confined largely to Turkey and the Indian subcontinent.