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Shaikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

About Shaikh Nuh Ha Mim Keller

The Seal of Shaykh Nuh KellerNuh Ha Mim Keller, American Muslim translator and specialist in Islamic Law. Born in 1954 in the north-western United States,

was educated in philosophy and Arabic at the University of Chicago and UCLA. He entered Islam in 1977 at al-Azhar in Cairo, and later studied the traditional Islamic Sciences of hadith, Shafi'i and Hanafi jurisprudence, legal methodology (usul al-fiqh), and tenets of faith (`aqidah) in Syria and Jordan, where he has lived since 1980. His English translation of `Umdat al-Salik [The Reliance of the Traveller] (1250 pp., Sunna Books, 1991) is the first Islamic legal work in a European language to receive the certification of al-Azhar, the Muslim world's oldest institution of higher learning. He also possesses ijazas or "certifiates of authorisation" in Islamic jurisprudence from sheikhs in Syria and Jordan. 

His Other translations and works include: Al-Maqasid: Imam Nawawi's Manual of Islam; The Sunni Path: A Handbook of Islamic Belief; and Tariqa Notes (handbook for those on the Shadhilli path of tasawwuf).  He is currently translating Imam Nawawi's Kitab al-Adhkar [The Book of Rememberance of Allah], a compendium of some 1227 hadiths on prayers and dhikrs of the prophetic sunna. He is also completing a work on the issue of the Qibla which will be available soon.

Some Audio Durus [lessons] are available on the VA Suhba website.


Audio Files

This is Jihad?

A series of 7 tracks from a lecture Shaykh Nuh gave to a London audience at Friends House (org by Islamica Magazine) on August 29, 2005 regarding the crisis of understanding Islam.

This is Jihad? - Track 1 audio file 5:09 · 32 kbit/s · 1.23 Mb [MP3] | [DOWNLOAD]

This is Jihad? - Track 2 audio file 14:57 · 32 kbit/s · 3.53 Mb [MP3] | [DOWNLOAD]

This is Jihad? - Track 3 audio file 14:41 · 32 kbit/s · 3.46 Mb [MP3] | [DOWNLOAD]

This is Jihad? - Track 4 audio file 15:30 · 32 kbit/s · 3.66 Mb [MP3] | [DOWNLOAD]

This is Jihad? - Track 5 audio file 10:34 · 32 kbit/s · 2.50 Mb [MP3] | [DOWNLOAD]

This is Jihad? - Track 6 audio file 13:12 · 32 kbit/s · 3.12 Mb [MP3] | [DOWNLOAD]

This is Jihad? - Track 7 audio file 11:39 · 32 kbit/s · 2.76 Mb [MP3] | [DOWNLOAD]

Amman: The Coherence of Islam

Brief Replies to Commonly-Asked (“Difficult”) Questions about Islam

The following are replies to questions posed by a young Muslim in Bradford on behalf of his uncle, an individual born into a Muslim family but who has since left the religion, unable to find answers to his many questions. The replies are given by Sheikh Nuh Keller, addressing the relationship between Islam and such topics as destiny, free will, evolution, and other revealed faiths. The answers were given in a series of informal gatherings held over five evenings during Ramadan of this year (2003) in Amman, Jordan.

Track 1: Knowledge, Faith and the Islamic Revelation
audio file 7:08 · 24 kbit/s · 1.22 Mb [MP3] | [DOWNLOAD]

Topics Discussed

Track 2: Causation, Correlation & Influence: The Relationship Among Divinely Revealed Texts
audio file 5:10 · 24 kbit/s · 910 Kb [MP3] | [DOWNLOAD]

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) was 40 years of age when he received revelation. My uncle claims that during that time a 40 year-old was considered an elder and respected member of the community. He (Allah bless him and give him peace) was also well traveled throughout the Middle East. This means that he could have gained his information from various places regarding monotheism, e.g. Syria, etc. What was he doing in the cave for all this time? Was he just retreating or was he busy writing the doctrines? Who was he praying to?

Track 3: The Pathos of Scientism

audio file 15:11 · 24 kbit/s · 2.60 Mb [MP3] | [DOWNLOAD]

Topic Discussed

Track 4: Religion, Fear, and the Limitations of the Freudian Model
audio file 14:37 · 24 kbit/s · 2.50 Mb [MP3] | [DOWNLOAD]

The worship instinct is really in fact the fear of death. We are frightened of dying therefore religion was invented to explain what would happen after death and to be a comfort zone. It is just used to control the masses and to make them morally responsible. After all we enjoy life. Why are animals so frightened of death? They don't have a concept of Jannah/Jahanam.

Topic Discussed

Track 5: Ontology of Morality, Evolution, and Islamic Creed
audio file 13.21 · 24 kbit/s · 2.29 Mb [MP3] | [DOWNLOAD]

If the human race started from Adam and Hawa and their offspring, all those offspring are brothers and sisters. No matter how many children Adam and Hawa have they will all be brothers and sisters. They will be genetically similar to each other as well. What he is trying to say is that did the human race start off with incest? If that is the case then offspring from the result of incest are usually inbreds and deformed. Also that does not explain why we are different skin color and why our features are different, e.g. Chinese, Afro etc.

Topic Discussed

* Abrogation and the Sacred Law
* Basis of Morality/Rulings of the Sacred Law
* Biology of Deformity
* The “Founder Effect”
* Steven Pinker & The Variation of Physical Features
* Evolution, The Fossil Record, and Islamic Creed

Track 6: Science and the Raison d’etre of the Qur’anic Text
audio file 15:34 · 24 kbit/s · 2.67 Mb [MP3] | [DOWNLOAD]

A) What about dinasours? After all they did exist. Such a big phenomenon has passed in the history of the earth. Why has religion failed to explain it or why has it been missed out?

B) Muslims keep claiming that there are scientific facts in the Quran, but there are also similar things in the Hindu scriptures. Why are they given a miss? Muslims keep interpreting the Surah's and Ayah's to suit the society at that time. Basically whenever a scientific discovery is made they say, "Oh, that was in the Quran 1400 years ago," so basically Muslims have to wait for scientific discoveries before confirming it in the Quran

Topic Discussed

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Books written & translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller

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