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  1. 85-90% of Muslims in the world are Sunni, 10-15% are Shia.

  1. All 5 existing major schools of orthodox Islam are over 1,000 years old. Four are Sunni and are named after their founding imam:

  2. 1) Hanbali - Imam Hanbal (780-855)

  3. 2) Hanafi - Imam Hanifa (699-767)

  4. 3) Maliki - Imam Malik (715-801)

  5. 4) Shafi’i - Imam al-Shafi`i (767-820)

  1. 5) One Shia school - some break this into 5 or more smaller schools, but it’s not important here.

  1. All 5 schools agree on many things, for example that the 5 pillars of Islam are:

  1. 1) Faith - saying the 1st verse of the Koran 17 times as a part of daily prayers.

  2. 2) Praying 5 times daily.

  3. 3) Almsgiving or charity (zakat).

  4. 4) Fasting (Ramadan).

  5. 5)Pilgrimage to Mecca once in a lifetime for those who are able (hajj).

  1. Muslims are encouraged worldwide to pray from the Koran in Arabic even though only around 15% are native speakers.

  1. Al-Azhar University in Egypt describes itself as

  1. “The world’s oldest university and Sunni Islam’s foremost seat of learning... Founded in 970~972 as a madrasa... In 1961 non-religious subjects were added to its curriculum”.

Its importance was demonstrated in 2009 when Obama gave his first speech there to the Muslim world and said

  1. "For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning..."

Shortly after 9/11, the New York Times praised Al-Azhar,  saying it

  1. “has sought to advise Muslims around the world that those who kill in the name of Islam are nothing more than heretics. It has sought to guide, to reassure Westerners against any clash of civilizations.”

The BBC called Al-Azhar’s Grand Sheikh “the highest spiritual authority for nearly a billion Sunni Muslims.” Kind of like as the Pope is to Catholics, and al-Azhar University is to the Vatican.

Yet how it is possible that Al Azhar magazine “freely” promotes slaughter of Christians and infidels?

  1. Pictured below is a 14th century, 1200 page manual of Sunni jurisprudence, Reliance of the Traveler: Tools For The Worshipper, available free online and found in American mosques. I want to clear it as an expert reference to use later.

FCNA, IIIT, and Al-Azhar University certified


             Written in 14th century, certified in 20th                                               English and Arabic

Compiled by Ahmad Ibn Naqib al-Misri (1302 - 1368AD) after the Golden Age of Islam™ and before so called Western colonialism. He based it on the previous well known work of Al-Nawawi, Riyad-us Saliheen, also found in American mosques. Then in modern times its content and english translation was certified by 3 major Islamic authorities that appear in the book:

  1. 1)Al-Azhar University in Cairo certified in 1991:

  1. “conforms to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni community." (Reliance of The Traveller, p. XX)

  1. 2) 2 major U.S. Muslim orgs, FCNA and IIIT in 1990:

  1. “There is no doubt that this translation is a valuable and important work, whether as a textbook for teaching Islamic jurisprudence to English speakers, or as a legal reference for use by scholars... From a purely academic point of view, this translation is superior to anything produced by Orientalists in the way of major Islamic works...” Dr. Shaykh Taha Jaber al-Alwani, PhD Islamic Jurisprudence al-Azhar University, Founder and President of IIIT and FCNA 1981 (Reliance of The Traveller p. XViii)

That means you can take the credibility of this book to the bank.

Note: FCNA and IIIT were both named un-indicted co conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation trial and were claimed by the US Muslim Brotherhood as 2 of their many US orgs in An Explanatory Memorandum: On the General Strategic Goals for the Group in North America

Watch this clip showing someone asking a question about this book at an “Interfaith Dialogue™” to see how that term is used deceptively about Islam in major American universities.

  1. Because there are so many aspects of sharia, jurist’s opinions may vary from one orthodox school to the next. Nevertheless, Reliance says,

  1. “The 4 Sunni schools ... are identical in approximately 75% of their legal conclusions, while the remaining questions... differing viewpoints sometimes reflected in even a single school.” (page Vii). 

What these 75% identical opinions are on various aspects of sharia can be demonstrated with primary source documentary evidence. The other 25% are less clear. Some Experts™ would have you believe there are numerous opinions about certain things there is scholarly consensus on, but that’s one of the tricks used to confuse you.

The degree to which certain aspects of sharia law have been enforced or ignored by various Muslim cultures over the centuries has varied, even on issues where there is scholarly consensus. Personal belief and practice of any religion may be different from what is actually taught.

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