By Muhamad Asri Ahmad
I recently read a book written by Shaykh Abdullah al-Harariyy on “The Summary of Abdullah al-Harariyy Ensuring the Personal Obligatory Knowledge of the Religion”. This book is a summary of most of the Obligatory Knowledge every accountable person is obligated to know. This comprises the Obligatory Knowledge pertaining to belief, issues from Purification (Taharah) up to Pilgrimage (Hajj), and some rules of dealings according to the school (madhhab) of Imam ash-Shafiiyy. The sins of the heart and of other organs, such as the tongue, are also included.
The original book was written by the Hadramiyy faqih (scholar): Abdullah Ibn Husayn Ibn Tahir. Many precious issues were added to the book; what was mentioned about Sufism was omitted. Some sentences were changed in such a way that they would not change the subject. In a few cases, the author mentioned what some Shafiiyy scholars, like al-Bulqiniyy, preponderated in an effort to expose what was lacking in the original book. One must pay due attention to this Obligatory Knowledge in order to have one’s deeds accepted.
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, to Him belong the endowments and proper commendations. Allah revealed to Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, to praise the status of knowledge, its teachers and its students. Ibn Majah related the Prophet said: O Aba Dhar, if you go and learn a chapter of the knowledge, it is more rewardable for you than praying one thousand rakahs of the optional prayers.
Abdullah A.H (2013), The Summary of ^Abdullah al-Harariyy Ensuring the Personal Obligatory Knowledge of the Religion, Darul Mashari’, Beirut – Lebanon.