This book is the second in its league. It is yet
another contribution of the author, as-Sayyid Abdul Hadi al-Hakim, after the
publication of the translation of his book alfatawal muyessarah - Jurisprudence
Made Easy, to the effort of making the body of fiqh (jurisprudence) easier for
the layman to come to grips with.
Translating such work is a challenging
task. Yet the translator, as-Sayyid Mohammad Rizvi, has done a great job.
However, where I saw the reader's interest is better served, I have made some
changes. The title of the book now reads, A Code of Practice for Muslims in the
West. To avoid repetition, I decided to collate the translator's footnotes,
dealing with clarifying the meanings of the Arabic terms, as well as some other
"Frequently Used Terms" under one title, i.e. "Glossary".
I must stress,
though, that throughout the process of making these changes, and others for that
matter, I was in close consultation with both the author and the publishers,
Imam Ali Foundation, UK, London.
I pray to Allah, the Exalted to forgive
any inadvertent mistake or error of judgement I may have made in the course of
editing the book. I also implore Him to make this work of mine a step towards
attaining His approval, that He accepts it favourably and make it of use.
Najim al-Khafaji, BA