The mysterious disappearing Reliance


ECAW is an Englishman who started looking into Islam after the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby in 2013....and the more he looked the worse it got. He blogs at ecawblog

3 Responses

  1. ECAW says:

    @chrisla07, Yes it’s a shame no fluent Arabic speaker has produced a translation of the hidden parts. They would add colour, I’m sure.

  2. chrisla07 says:

    As ECAW suggested in a comment to an earlier article, the publishers of Reliance of the Traveler are demanding that websites take down PDF copies of the manual most likely because most of the visitors are non-Muslims exploring the evils of Sharia Law. Mr. Keller deserves his royalties for undertaking this massive translation and compilation job. I actually have two copies, as I wore out one. What is apparent in the hard copy and not in the PDF formats is that Keller was not willing to translate every section of the manual. The section on slavery, Section K32, is a good example. Also some gruesome punishments are left un-translated. For example, Section O3.7 was not translated into English. The Arabic says, “He who cut-off somebody’s hand and then killed him, the hand of the person must be cut-off and then he must be killed. If in the process of cutting-off (the criminal’s) hand he dies, his hand must (still) be cut off. If he dies, he dies, otherwise he should be killed.”

    Christian convert, Nabeel Qureshi, makes an interesting observation in his book, “No God But One.” Jews and Christians are comfortable in discussing and debating the fine points of the Torah and the Bible, or otherwise engaging in exegesis. Muslims, instead, rely on their imams and scholars to explain what the sacred texts say. When a Muslim is asked to explain the meaning a verse in the Quran or the application of Sharia Law, he might respond, “Don’t ask me, I’m not a scholar.” (page 117) The truth of the Quran is a matter of faith rather than a matter of conviction through rational thought. So, ECAW is probably right, that more non-Muslims access R of T than Muslims who just “rely” on that the imam tells them.

  3. prison planet says:

    I bought Reliance of the Traveller on Amazon over two years ago. I just checked and it is still available.