The Practical Guidebook


The Practical Guidebook
of Essential Islamic Sciences

A Commentary on Ibn Ashir’s al-Murshid al-Mu’in
By Shaykh Ali Laraki al-Husaini
Paperback 191 Pages
Published by Meem Institute

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The Practical Guidebook of Essential Islamic Sciences is a commentary on the three essential sciences that have characterised the Islam of the West – Andalus and North and West Africa – from the earliest days: fiqh, ‘aqida and tasawwuf. It is refined and distilled from Shaykh Ali Laraki’s teaching the justly famed al-Murshid al-Mu‘in of ‘Abd al-Wahid ibn ‘Ashir to students, young and old, while imam of communities in Madrid, Norwich, Newark (US) and Cape Town.

Beliefs, Fiqh, Purification, Salat, Zakat, Fasting, Hajj, Tasawwuf & Gnosis

Al-Murshid al-Mu‘in by Shaykh ‘Abd al-Wahid (d. 1040 AH / 1631 CE) summarises the deen as outlined in the hadith of Jibril on Islam, Iman and Ihsan in 317 verses
The original text of Ibn `Ashir as it stands does not take into account many of the life situations of the contemporary man. And in order for someone to apply such a medieval text to his life (which no longer resembles the common man’s life one thousand years ago), he will have to engage in a type of deciphering which only the qualified are capableof carrying out successfully

About  the Author
Shaykh Ali Laraki al-Husaini whose family, including a long line of noted scholars, stem from Fez, the capital city of knowledge forNorth Africa. He grew up between Morocco and Spain, and is bi-lingual in Arabic and Spanish, as well as being almost equally fluent in French and English. He studied fiqh in the traditional manner with distinguished scholars such as Shaykh Muhammad an-Naifar and Shaykh Muhammad al-Lakhwa (ex-professors in the Jami‘ az-Zaituna of Tunis) and the late Sidi Muhammad al-Wazzani of Melilla, may Allah show mercy to them all. He is currently resident in Leicester (UK) and is Senior Lecturer at the Meem Institute (

About Ibn Ashir
Abu Muhammad i ‘Abdul-Wahid ibn Ahmad ibn ‘Ali ibn ‘Ashir was a Maliki scholars of Morocco. His lineage can be traced back to the ancient tribe from Madina known as the ‘Ansar’ . His most immediate descendants can be traced back to Islamic Spain (Andalusia). But they would later take up residence in the Moroccan city of Fez where Ibn ‘Ashir grew up and spent most of his life.

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