ʿUmdat al-Ṭālib

The Seeker's Mainstay

Manṣūr b. Yunūs b. Idrīs al-Buhūti

ʿUmdat al-Ṭālib, compliant with the official Hanablite canon, covers the full spectrum of topics pertaining to Islamic jurisprudence in a masterfully abridged and accessible manner.

Accordingly, the scholar and expert of the school, Ibn Badrān deemed that, “the Hanbalite instructor’s religious duty was to select either Akhṣar al-Mukhtaṣarāt/The Supreme Synopsis or al-ʿUmdat/The Mainstay by Shaykh Manṣūr as the manual to teach novice pupils.”

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Module 1 - Purification

In this module, you will learn about istinja, istijmar, personal hygiene, wudu, wiping over socks, invalidators of wudu, ghusl, tayammum, removal of najasah, impurities, and natural blood of women.

Module 2 - Prayer

In this module, you will learn about the adhan and iqamah, prerequisites, pillars, obligations, and recommendations of prayer, the prostration of forgetfulness, recommended prayers, voluntary prayers, prohibited times of prayer, congregational prayer, Imamship, excuses from the congregation, the prayer of the ill, shortening and combining prayer, Friday prayer, Eid prayer, and more.

Module 3 - Zakat

In this module, you will learn about the zakat on livestock, earthly yields, gold and silver, zakat al-fitr, distribution, and charity.

Module 5 - Funerals

In this module, you will learn about washing and shrouding of the deceased, the funeral prayer, burial, and condolences.

Module 6 - Hajj

In this module, you will learn about miqats, ihram, Hajj types, prohibitions of ihram, expiations, appraisal of game animals, the description of Hajj and Umah, hady, udhiyah, and Aqiqah.

Module 4 - Fasting

In this module, you will learn about the obligation of fasting, fast invalidators, expiations, recommended acts, voluntary fasts, and ittifak.