It is always a great blessing when one meets scholars. One night I was blessed to meet Sheikh Salman al-`Oadah.
Suhaib: “Asalamu `alaykum!”
Sheikh: “Welcome! Wa `alaykum al-Salam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh!”
Suhaib: “Sheikh! I’m an American-born convert, currently studying at al-Azhar and wanted your advice on building a good background in fiqh.”
Sheikh: “First, it was wise of you to choose al-Azhar. It is respected for its moderation and wide outlook. As for your second question, I would advise many of our brothers and sisters to master two important texts that will give them a good foundation in Fiqh and assist them in the future:
- Fiqh al-Sunna is an excellent work and has many benefits for the student.
- One should memorize and be familiar with Bulugh al-Muram of al-Hafidh ibn Hajar.
These texts will certainly provide a novice with a good foundation and serve the master when he is in need.”
Sh. `Oadah is a well respected scholar in all circles. A student of some of the great scholars, including Sheikh bin Bayyah, he runs one of the most popular English blogs on the web. Recently he wrote an important work addressed to extremist groups within the Muslim world, which can be read here.