Reliance of the Traveller

book by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri

Umdat as-Salik wa 'Uddat an-Nasik (Reliance of the Traveller and Tools of the Worshipper, also commonly known by its shorter title Reliance of the Traveller) is a classical manual of fiqh for the Shafi'i school of Islamic jurisprudence.


  • Reliance of the Traveller - "It is not permissible to give zakat to a non-Muslim" (h8.24).
  • Reliance of the Traveller, p17.2 - "May Allah curse him who does what Lot's people did."
  • the indemnity for the death or injury of a woman is one-half the indemnity paid for a man. The indemnity paid for a Jew or Christian is one-third the indemnity paid for a Muslim. The indemnity paid for a Zoroastrian is one-fifteenth that of a Muslim.
    • (o4.9) Reliance of the Traveller
  • (r8.2) - The Prophet said, "He who settles disagreements between people to bring about good or says something commendable is not a liar. ... Kulthum added, "I did not hear him permit untruth in anything people say, except for three things: war, settling disagreements and a man talking with his wife or she with him (in smoothing over differences)
    • Reliance of the Traveler (p. 746 - 8.2)
  • Retaliation is obligatory (A: if the person entitled wishes to take it (dis: o3.8)) against anyone who kills a human being purely intentionally and without right....
    o1.2 The following are not subject to retaliation:
    -1- a child or insane person, under any circumstances
    -2- a Muslim for killing a non-Muslim;
    -3- a Jewish or Christian subject of the Islamic state for killing an apostate from Islam (O: because a subject of the state is under its protection, while killing an apostate from Islam is without consequences);
    -4- A father or mother (or their fathers of mothers) for killing their offspring, or offspring's offspring.
    • Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law . Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri, Edited and Translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller (p. 508, o1.1-2)

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