Nahlawi’s “Uncovered Pearls on the Lawful and Prohibited”
Kitab al-Hazar wa 'l-Ibaha
A Manual on Ethics, Character, and Creed
Khalil ibn 'Abd al-Qadir al-Shaybani al-Nahlawi
Authored by the esteemed jurist Khalil al-Nahlawi, a Damascene scholar of the last century (d. 1931CE/1350AH), ‘The Uncovered Pearls’ expounds upon the lawful and prohibited related to food; clothing; gender relations; earning a living; and general sins of the tongue, heart and limbs. It concludes with a thorough exposition of the Sunni creed.
Although the rulings in this work are primarily based on the Hanafi school of law, they are quite general and will prove relevant for all Muslims seeking an authoritative Sunni manual on the halal and haram in Islam. Both the text and its annotation draw from classical works written by Imams Ghazali, Nawawi, Ibn ‘Abidin, Birgivi, Khadimi, and others; while discussions are supplemented with ample evidence from the Qur’an and hadith.
The chapter on general sins is the heart of the book. It is a fairly detailed presentation of 133 vices that are essential for every believer to shun, often coupled with their opposite virtues that the believer must inculcate, so as to attain unto the station of taqw?, a station praised and celebrated in the Qur’an as the key to providence, unforeseen sustenance, relief from distress, acceptance of spiritual works, and salvation itself.