Our longtime reader and commenter Yokel sends this note about his experience in a culturally enriched London bookshop:
I was in London yesterday and passed an Islamic bookshop on my way. Not being in a rush, I sauntered in while carrying the ham sandwich I had just bought in a shop nearby. I was greeted by a native English-speaker (from her lack of Urdu intonation), hijabbed, but not niqabbed. She appeared to be alone in the shop, though her man was probably in the back room.
I asked for a copy of Reliance of the Traveller*, in the translation approved by Al-Azhar. “Oh, we haven’t had that in for a very long time. I think it is out of print,” she said.
“Well”, says I, “I’ll have to look on Amazon, then.”
“You might just be lucky and find a secondhand copy,” came her reply.
And so I left to open and eat my ham sandwich.
Of course, searching on Amazon UK for Reliance of the Traveller gives me a page with nine entries for Reliance and seven other books, mostly by Counterjihad authors such as (in order of appearance): Stephen Coughlin, Mark Durie, Bat Ye’or, Nonie Darwish, Paul Revere.
So she turned down a cash sale in an attempt to keep a kafir ignorant! Words fail me. OK, they don’t; but they are not printable in polite company.
Obviously, the best way to be certain you can find a copy of Reliance in an Islamic bookstore is to put on a fake beard (no moustache), wear a nightgown, and paint a zebiba on your forehead using eye shadow. Kuffar who are skilled at mimicry could also adopt a “Bangla” accent to help clinch the deal.
|*||’Umdat al-salik wa ’uddat al-nasik, or The reliance of the traveller and tools of the worshipper. It is commonly referred to as Reliance of the Traveller when cited in English.
The Revised Edition (published 1991, revised 1994) is “The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law ’Umdat al-Salik by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri (d. 769/1368) in Arabic with Facing English Text, Commentary, and Appendices”, edited and translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller. The publisher is listed as amana publications in Beltsville, Maryland.
This is an authoritative source on Sunni Islamic law, because it is certified as such by Al-Azhar University in Cairo. There is no higher authority on Sunni Islamic doctrine than Al-Azhar; it is the closest equivalent to the Vatican that can be found in Islam.