What would say about Umdat Al Salik as a book to someone who never heard about it?
- First, it is called Umdat Al salik and Umdat Al Nasik. The author is Ahmed Ibn Lou Lou Ibn Abdel Allah Alrumi. His father was a Christian from
. He was born in Rome and become a Faqiih ( an expert in faqih). The book is one of the several books in Faqih ruling in the Shafi school. Egypt
What is the significance of the book?
The book summarizes the rulings in Imam Shafi school. The author announced himself that the only significance is that he used two important scholars as reference: Al Nawawi and Arafi.
Is there any other historical special value attached to the book?
Well, the author is considered Sufi. The book was used by Sufis to show that there is no contradiction between being a Sufi and being a Muslim. You know it helped them facing Wahabists.
As you see from the answers I received, Muslims can not ignore Umdat Al Salik as it is the compilation of rulings in