The following video shows a raid by Russian police on the residence of a suspected Islamic terrorist. The footage is notable, among other reasons, because it includes a clear view of some of the titles on the suspects bookshelves.
Among them you will note Imam Nawawi, a classic Shafi’ite jurist whose writings have great standing. Nuh Ha Mim Keller â€” the commentator and translator ofÂ ’Umdat al-salik wa ’uddat al-nasik, orÂ The reliance of the traveller and tools of the worshipper, the authoritative source on Sunni Islamic law commonly referred to asÂ Reliance of the TravellerÂ when cited in English â€” relies on him extensively.
Abd ar-Rahman ibn Nasir as-Sa’di is a modern tafsir commentator, so his works lack status. Tafsirs that go back centuries, like those of Ibn Kathir and others, have more weight.
Many thanks to Gates of Vienna, DarLink for the translation, and toÂ Vlad TepesÂ for the subtitling:
Update:Â for more background on Islamic law as it relates to terrorism, see Maj. Stephen Coughlin, Part 2:Â Understanding the War on Terror Through Islamic Law.