Path of the Wayfarer, an English translation of the Arabic book, Minhaj al-Salikeen, a book on Hanbali jurisprudence. The book is famous among the circles of Islamic studies in jurisprudence in the Middle East. The book was written by the author for the purpose of acquainting the reader with the jurisprudence rulings on matters that pertain to his religion. Although, the book is largely based on the Hanbali School, the author did not strictly adhere to all its rulings. If he found a stronger opinion with another School, he would adopt it and place that within his work. The book was written in a simiplified manner, choosing only the opinions that he deemed to be the strongest along with their evidences, irrespective of the School of Thought it belonged to. It is an excellent book for a beginner as well as those who are more advanced in the subject. The books works as a guide for those who wish to study the subject mattter.
Shaykh ‘Abdullah b. ‘Abd al-‘Aziz b. ‘Aqil, who was the former president of the Permanent Commission of the Supreme Judical Council in Saudi Arabia and a former student of the Shaykh, said the following concerning this book:
“Our teacher, Abd al-Rahman b. Nasir al-Sa’di, was one to whom Allah granted understanding of the religion so much that learning, teaching, and writing about the religion occupied the majority of his time. His work, Minhaj al-Salikin (Path of the Wayfarer) is the most important of all his works on Islamic Jurisprudence. Though the book is brief in words, it comprehensively covers all the major themes.”
Shaykh ‘Abdullah b. ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Bassam, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars in Saudi Arabia, said the following concerning this book:
“Our Shaykh, may Allah be merciful on him, authored this short but beneficial work. In it he offers a single view of the [Hanbali] School on an issue, regardless of the fact that it is in accordance with the famous view of the Hanbalis or that of another School. The expressed view do not stray from the views of one of the other three Schools of Thought. This summarized work has the following important distinctions:
- Ease of text and clarity.
- It is based on the Qur’an and the sound hadiths.
- The author has chosen views that are the soundest and can be found in any or all the three other Schools.
- The author confined himself to the most important issues and rulings.
- The author wrote this book for the beginner [student].”