by Sayyed Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi
In this short work of little more than 100 pages, the whole essence and spirit of Islam is detailed in a style so accessible that it almost belies belief. The life of a Muslim from birth to death, and the demands made of a Believer are all clearly and concisely documented. The various religious observances, ceremonies, social customs, feasts and festivals, and the requirements therein are detailed, as well as those of a purely Indian Muslim origin.
Originally written to assist members of other faiths gain an understanding of Islam, and published in India in both Urdu and English and now here revised and improved, this book is just as valuable for Muslims in the West today, not least as an aide-memoire to their heritage and faith.
In short, Muslims: Beliefs, Customs and Traditions is an essential introduction to Islam, one which dispels much ignorance and hearsay about a faith which is frequently
Sayyed Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi (1914 – 1999) was one of the leading Muslim scholars of our time. He hailed from a family which has produced such illustrious figures as Sayyed Ahmad Shahid (1786-1831). He was the Rector of Nadwatul ‘Ulama, Lucknow; Chairman, Managing Committee, Darul Musannifin (Shibli Academy); Azamgarh, India, Member of the Academy of Arts and Letters, Damascus, and the Higher Council of the Islamic Universities, Rabat and of the Academy of Arabic Language, Oman. He was a Founder Member of the Constituent Council of the Muslim World League, Makkah and Chairman of the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies, Oxford UK. He received the King Faisal Award and numerous other awards from national and international bodies for his services to the cause of Islam.
He was a powerful, eloquent writer and orator, both in Urdu and Arabic. His works in both these languages are numerous; many have been translated into English: among them are Islam and the World; Muslims: Beliefs, Customs and Traditions; Stories of the Prophets; Muhammad the Last Prophet, Shaikh ul-Islam Ibn Taimiyah (Taymiyyah) Life and Achievements, Studying the Glorious Qur’an; Stories from Islamic History; A Starlight View of Islam’s Past and The Minaret Speaks.
Publisher: UK Islamic Academy