Nuh Ha Mim Keller

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Islamic scholar
Nuh Ha Mim Keller
Shyakh Nuh Ha Mim Keller.jpg
Reliance of the Traveller
translated by Shyakh Nuh Ha Mim Keller
Title Shaykh
Born 1954 (age 61–62)[1]
United States
Ethnicity American
Era Modern era
Region Jordan
Religion Islam
Jurisprudence Shafi'i
Creed Sunni Islam, Shadhili Sufi
Main interest(s) Sharia, Hadith, Tafsir, Sufism

Nuh Ha Mim Keller (born 1954) is an American convert to Islam. He is a translator of Islamic books[2] and a specialist in Islamic law, as well as being authorised by Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri as a sheikh in sufism in the Shadhili Order.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He studied philosophy and Arabic at the University of Chicago, located in Chicago, Illinois, and the University of California, Los Angeles, located in Los Angeles, California. Keller converted to Islam from Christianity in 1977.[4] Currently, Keller lives in Amman, Jordan.[5] Keller is a Sufi.[6]


His English translation of Umdat al-Salik, Reliance of the Traveller, (Sunna Books, 1991) is a Shafi'i manual of Shariah.[7] It is the first Islamic legal work in a European language to receive the certification of Al-Azhar University.[8] This translation has led to this work becoming influential among Western Muslims.[9]

His other works include:

  • Sea Without Shore: A Manual of the Sufi Path, an extensive treatment of the science of tasawwuf. It is an expansion of an earlier work entitled Tariqa Notes (of which it has replaced), which comprises the second part of the book. In addition, this work includes biographies of five accomplished Sufis that the author met, along with a series of articles in question/answer format providing answers to contemporary philosophical problems.[10]
  • Al-Maqasid: Imam Nawawi's Manual of Islam, a translation of a concise manual of Shafi'i fiqh.[11][12]
  • Evolutionary Theory in Islam.[13]
  • A Port in the Storm: A Fiqh Solution to the Qibla of North America, a detailed study of the most sound position on which direction North American Muslims should face to pray.[14]
  • The Sunni Path: A Handbook of Islamic Belief.[11]

In addition to the above, he has produced the following books in Arabic:

  • Awrad al-Tariqa al-Shadhiliyya, which is primarily a collection of the most frequently recited litanies in the Shadhili Sufi order, done in a hand-written calligraphic script of which two editions have been published. It also has been produced into a bi-lingual translation entitled "Invocations of the Shadhili Order", which Nuh Keller has himself translated.
  • Dala'il al-Khayrat, a classic collection of prayers upon the Prophet Muhammad (known as commonly as durood) originally compiled by Muhammad al-Jazuli, which through the comparison of ninety-five different manuscripts, is the most authenticated copy that has been produced in the modern world.[15] It has also been done in a hand-written calligraphy.

He has also written numerous articles and is a regular contributor to Islamica Magazine and the website[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Becoming Muslim, Auto Biography
  2. ^ Hewer, C. T. R. (2006). Understanding Islam – The First Ten Steps. SCM Press. p. 209. ISBN 978-0-334-04032-3. 
  3. ^ Pandey, Vraj Kumar (2007). Encyclopaedia of Indian Philosophy, Volume 2. Anmol Publications. p. 115. ISBN 978-81-261-3112-9. 
  4. ^ "Interview: Tahir Haqq, YMCA Youth and Community Worker". Church Times. November 14, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck; Senzai, Farid; Smith, Jane I. (2009). Educating the Muslims of America. New York City: Oxford University Press. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-19-537520-6. 
  6. ^ "Sufism in Jordan – A Prism of Spirituality" February 2, 2010
  7. ^ Reliance of the Traveller at
  8. ^ "Why Muslims Like Hitler, But Not Mozart". Global Politician. June 12, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  9. ^ Brandon, James; Hafez, Salam (2008). Crimes of the Community: Honour-Based Violence in the UK. Centre for Social Cohesion. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-903386-64-4. 
  10. ^ "Sea Without Shore – A Manual of the Sufi Path". Sunna Books. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b SunniPath Online Islamic Academy
  12. ^ Al-Maqasid: Imam Nawawi's Manual of Islam at
  13. ^ Keller, Nuh Ha Mim. "Islam and Evolution: a letter to Suleman Ali". Masud. Retrieved December 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ A Port in the Storm: A Fiqh Solution to the Qibla of North America at
  15. ^ Keller, Nuh Ha Mim. "A New Dala'il al-Khayrat". Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  16. ^ Brown, Derek (November 1, 2001). "A Different Perspective: Muslim Websites in Britain – Britain's Muslim Community Is Well Served by Websites Offering News, Opinion, and Religious Interpretation of the West's Response to the Terrorist Attacks on the US, as Derek Brown Explains". The Guardian. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 

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