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Ascent to Felicity

A Manual on Islamic Creed and Hanafi Jurisprudence


Ascent to Felicity

A Manual on Islamic Creed and Hanafi Jurisprudence

Written by the eminent 11th century Hanafi scholar, Abu ’l-Ikhlas al-Shurunbulali, Ascent to Felicity is a concise yet comprehensive primer in creed and jurisprudence. It spans all five pillars of Islam, as well as the topics of slaughtering, ritual sacrifice, and hunting. To supplement the text, the translator has added key explanatory notes taken from several reliable works on theology and jurisprudence. He has also added appendices that comprise numerous supplications related to the five pillars, presented in Arabic script along with English transliteration, as well as the etiquette of visiting the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) in Madina Munawwara.


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“An admirable rendering into lucid, fluid English of Imam Hasan al-Shurunbulali’s primer of Hanafi law, Ascent to Felicity. This concise but thorough work focuses on the five acts of worship. The book has the added feature of a fairly detailed presentation of the basics of the Muslim Creed. In translating this introductory section of Imam Shurunbulali’s treatise, Khan’s skill as a translator is on full display, as he has made sometimes involved theological concepts easily accessible to the average English reader. Khan has provided an additional service to both Shurunbulali’s work and to contemporary Muslims by augmenting the translation with insightful and extremely useful explanatory notes. The value of this work, skillfully produced by White Thread Press, goes far beyond its benefit to adherents of the Hanafi legal school. Rather, it will prove of benefit to Muslims in general as well as researchers interested in latter-day presentations of the creed and practice of Sunni Muslims.”

Imam Zaid Shakir

Co-Founder and Resident Scholar, Zaytuna College

“This book is an important contribution to the growing, but still small, corpus of traditional Islamic texts available in English translation.”

Dr Ingrid Mattson

President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

“Essential for any student of the Hanafi School. . . makes key concepts of the Hanafi school easily accessible to teachers, students, and readers.”

Dr. Ashraf Muneeb

Dean of Academy, Sunnipath.com

“An excellent primer in Islamic beliefs and worship. . . more useful as a first complete text for those seeking understanding of the fiqh of worship than the more commonly-studied Nur al-Idah.”

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Educational Director, Seekersguidance.com

“Aside from the flowing translation, the most impressive thing about this work for me is the comprehensive collection of nuanced notes. These serve to capture the wide range of issues one grapples with, but might never find the right answer to, in the process of his or her purification, prayer, fasting and other acts of worship. An extremely engaging and educational read.”

Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf

Scholar, ZamZamAcademy.com

Weight 0.365 kg
Dimensions 23.2 × 15.3 × 1.7 cm
Book Author



6" x 9"




Pub. Date

July 2010



Customer Reviews

Based on 17 reviews
Abdullah Bhana

Ascent to Felicity

Ascent to Felicity

Very good book well informed

Refet Dehari
Hard cover

I wish this book is hard cover after all that work they did .
Book is like a tree you planted for others too,
Because can leave over 1000 years .


Can't complaing much. Excellent!

Riffit Khan
Beautifully translated

Anything by Shaykh Faraz has to be excellent. I would have loved the translation to have included the Arabic text.
Very happy with the order arriving within expected time frame

Raza Ali
Very Good Book On Hanafi School Of Thought

Got recommended this book as part of a course. Very good book, and gives thorough understanding off the Hanafi School of thought, especially when there is a lot confusion these days and some people try to downplay the fantastic work of Imam Abu Hanifa

Ahmad Ash Shakil
Ascent to felicity

Excellent book for anyone who wants to learn the religion with a excellent translation. A huge Shukran to White thread press for having this available for us all, book's in excellent condition, happy with my purchase, JazakAllahuKhayran.

Nadeem Ahmad
Ascent to Felicity

The book arrived quickly and in perfect condition. I have not started to read it properly yet since I bought a few books but have flicked through it and it seems the footnotes are detailed for a thorough explanation. No doubt it will increase my knowledge to better myself. In Sha Allah

Tahir Hussain
I needed this book for online course,

Received the book before the course was supposed to start, good service.

Ashfaq Aslam

Ascent to Felicity

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