Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller written a booklet called "Becoming Muslim" it is a personal account of his "con/reversion" to Islam.

His biggest achievement is that of translating a very important book on Islamic Laws called The Reliance of the Traveller [`Umdat as-Salik].

Mr. Keller, born in 1954 in the northwestern United States, was educated in philosophy and Arabic at the University of Chicago and UCLA. He entered Islam in 1977 at al-Azhar in Cairo, and later studied the traditional Islamic Sciences of hadith, Shafi'i and Hanafi jurisprudence, legal methodology (usul al-fiqh), and tenets of faith (`aqidah) in Syria and Jordan, where he has lived since 1980. His English translation of `Umdat al-Salik [The Reliance of the Traveller] (1250 pp., Sunna Books, 1991) is the first Islamic legal work in a European language to receive the certification of al-Azhar, the Muslim world's oldest institution of higher learning. He also possesss ijazas or `certificates of authorisation' in Islamic jurisprudence from sheikhs in Syria and Jordan

His other translations and works include: Al-Maqasid: Imam Nawawi's Manual of Islam; The Sunni Path: A Handbook of Islamic Belief; and Tariqa Notes. 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 according to the Prophetic Sunnah.


6. Certificate of al-Azhar and reviews of Reliance of the Traveller:

*Certificate of al-Azhar: ". . . We certify that the above-mentioned translation corresponds to the Arabic original and conforms to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni Community (Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jama`a). . ." al-Azhar, the Muslim world's most prestigious institution of higher Islamic learning, Cairo. (Rajab, 1411/February, 1991)

*Review of the International Institute of Islamic Thought:

By Dr. Taha Jabir al-`Alwani, President of the International Institute of Islamic Thought, President of the Fiqh Council of North America, and Member of Islamic Fiqh Academy at Jedda. (Jumada al-Akhirah, 1411/December 1990)

*Review of Dr. A. Kevin Reinhart, Dartmouth College: