Saturday, July 4, 2009

Nuh Ha Mim Keller

Nuh Ha Mim Keller (born 1954) is an American Muslim translator of IslamicIslamic Law as well as an authorised sheikh in tasawwufShadhili Sufi order and in the Shafi`i Madhhab who currently lives in Amman, Jordan. books and a specialist in in the



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Keller was born in 1954 in the Northwestern United States of America and grew up in the small town of Odessa, Washington in eastern Washington state. He was educated in philosophy and Arabic at the University of Chicago and University of California at Los Angeles. He converted to Islam in 1977 at al-Azhar in Cairo,[citation needed] and later studied the Islamic sciences of hadith (Prophetic traditions), Shafi'i and Hanafi schools of Islamic jurisprudence, legal methodology (usul al-fiqh), and tenets of faith (`aqidah) in Syria and Jordan, where he has lived since 1980.[citation needed]

He was authorised as a sheikh in the Shadhili Tariqa by the late Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri al-Shadhili in Damascus. He has students throughout the world, and has annual retreats (suhbas) with his students where he teaches tasawwuf in Canada, USA, UK, Turkey, Australia, Egypt, and Pakistan.

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His English translation of Umdat al-Salik, Reliance of the Traveller, (Sunna Books, 1991) is a Shafi'i manual of Shariah. It is the first Islamic legal work in a European language to receive the certification of Al-Azhar University.

Nuh Ha Mim Keller possesses ijazas, or "certificates of authorisation", in Islamic jurisprudence from sheikhs in Syria and Jordan.

His other works include:

  • Al-Maqasid : Imam Nawawi's Manual of Islam, a translation of a concise manual of Shafi'i fiqh
  • A Port in the Storm: A Fiqh Solution to the Qibla of North America, a detailed study of the most sound position on which direction North American Muslims should face to pray
  • The Sunni Path: A Handbook of Islamic Belief
  • Tariqa Notes, a small handbook for those following the Shadhili Sufi order.

He has also written numerous articles and is a regular contributor to Islamica Magazine. He is currently translating Imam Nawawi's Kitab al-Adhkar (The Book of Remembrance of Allah), a compendium of some 1227 hadiths on prayers and dhikrs of the prophetic sunnah.

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