Book Review: The Inseparability of Sharia & Tariqa

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Sharia and Tariqa

Title: The Inseparability of Sharia & Tariqa: Islamic Law and Purification of the Heart
Author: Shaikh al-Hadith Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi
Publisher: Madania Publications (2011); Earlier editions were in 2006 and 2008
Translator: Asim Ahmad

Shaikh al-Hadith’s brief biography excerpted from the back cover of the book:

Shaikh al-Hadith Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi was born in 1897 in Kandhla, U.P [India]. He was privately tutored by his father, Shaikh Yahya, in the Islamic sciences and completed the six books of Hadith with him. He dedicated his life to the teaching and writing of Hadith. He worked under his shaikh, Shaikh Khalil Ahmed Saharanpuri, to complete the eighteen volume commentary of Abu Dawud and later himself wrote a monumental twenty-three volume commentary of Muwatta Imam Malik over a span of thirty years. His other famous books are Fada’il-e-A’mal, Khasa’il-e-Nabawi [commentary of Shama’il al-Tirmidhi], and al-Abwab wa al-Tarajum . He began teaching the Islamic…

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