Author: Shaykh Muhammad Mitwalli Ash-Sharawi
Publisher: Dar al-Taqwa Ltd. (2009)
Pages: 77 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
Before every human being lie two possible paths he or she can follow: the path of divine guidance and the path of disobedience to Allah. Allah made these two paths clear and then allowed us freely to choose either obedience to Him and His Mercy or, alternatively, disobedience to Him and His punishment. Allah - blessed and exalted is He! - only gave us this choice for a limited period in our life in this world. He has not given is any choice regarding any of the events of this world, He only gave us a choice with respect to the path we may take: that of obedience or disobedience.
In this book Sheikh Muhammad Mitwalli ash-Sha'rawi deals with obedience and disobedience, virtue and vice; and it shows these two paths, one of which leads to paradise and the other to punishment by Allah in Hellfire. He first deals with aspects of virtue in one's dealings with others and with Allah's creatures, and then obeying Allah's commands and then with aspects of vice in one's dealings and in one's character. Shaykh ash-Sha'rawi discusses with his usual eloquence the theoretical and practical aspects of both paths.
Shaykh Muhammad Mitwalli ash-Sha’rawi was born in a middle class family in the village of Daqadus in Egypt. Educated at the famours Al Azhar University where Scholars where scholars such contributed Shaykh Ahmad Yusuf Nagati , Shaykh Ahmad `Imara , Shaykh Ibrahim Hamrush, Saykh Muhammad Mustafa al-Maraghi .
Shaykh al-Sha'rawi mentions other non-Azharites whose knowledge he benefited from including Imam Hassan al-Banna who had a unique mythology of lecturing.
Shaykh al-Sha'rawi started his Azharite teaching work in Tanta's institute of religious studies. He was then transferred to equivalent institutes in al-Zaqaziq, Alexandria and King Abd al-Aziz al-Sa'ud university in Makkah
He retired from the Azharite career in 1976. In the same year he was appointed by President Sadat as a minister of Waqf. He stayed in that position for two years.
In 1980 he started his famous Friday lessons on the Egyptian television. His speeches in Qur'an interpretation (Tafsir) attracted a massive audience that is probably unparalleled by any contemporary Azharite.
The Translator: Aisha Abdurrahman at Tarjumana Bewley is one today’s most prolific translators of classical Arabic work into English. Aisha Bewley not only understands Arabic but she is also aware of the basic meanings and nature of teachings and history of Islam. Her knowledge is born of experience and direct transmission, not merely academic theory and learning by rote. For more than twenty-five years she has been concerned with making the contents of many classical works in Arabic more Accessible to English-speaking readers for the first time, including Ash-Shifa of Qadi “Iyad.
She is co-translator The Noble Qur'an A New Rendering of its Meaning in English. Other works include -Al-Muwatta of Imam Malik , Glossary of Islamic Terms, Islam: The Empowering of Women, Muslim Women A Biographical Dictionary, List of Books Authored or Translated By Aisha Bewley