Nuh Ha Mim Keller

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Nuh Ha Mim Keller
Born1954 (age 66–67)[1]
EraModern era
DenominationSunni Islam
Main interest(s)Sharia, Hadith, Tafsir, Sufism
Muslim leader

Nuh Ha Mim Keller (born 1954) is an Islamic scholar, teacher and author who lives in Amman. He is a translator of a number of Islamic books,[2] a specialist in Islamic law, as well as being authorised by Abd al-Rahman al-Shaghouri as a Murshid in the Shadhili Order.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Keller studied philosophy and Arabic at the University of Chicago and the University of California, Los Angeles.[4] Keller converted to Islam from Roman Catholicism in 1977.[5][6] He then began a prolonged study of the Islamic sciences with prominent scholars in Syria and Jordan and was authorised as a Shaykh in 1996.[4] Currently, Keller lives in Amman, Jordan.[7]


His English translation of Umdat al-Salik, Reliance of the Traveller, (Sunna Books, 1991) is a Shafi'i manual of Shariah.[8][9] It is the first Islamic legal work in a European language to receive the certification of Al-Azhar University.[4] This translation has led to this work becoming influential among Western Muslims.[10]

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 (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.[11]
  • Al-Maqasid: Imam Nawawi's Manual of Islam, a translation of a concise manual of Shafi'i fiqh.[12][13]
  • Evolutionary Theory in Islam.[14]
  • A Port in the Storm: A Fiqh Solution to the Qibla of North America, a detailed study of the most sound position regarding which direction North American Muslims should face to pray.[15]
  • The Sunni Path: A Handbook of Islamic Belief.[12]

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 (commonly known 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.[16] 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[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Akbar, Ameen (October 25, 2015). "Becoming Muslim, Nuh Ha Mim Keller". Archived from the original on October 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Hewer, C. T. R. (2006). Understanding Islam – The First Ten Steps. SCM Press. p. 209. ISBN 978-0-334-04032-3.
  3. ^ "Sufism in Jordan – A Prism of Spirituality" February 2, 2010
  4. ^ a b c Hamid, Sadek (December 30, 2015). Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism. I.B.Tauris. p. 82. ISBN 978-1-78453-231-4.
  5. ^ "Interview: Tahir Haqq, YMCA Youth and Community Worker". Church Times. November 14, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  6. ^ Hamid, Sadek (December 30, 2015). Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism. I.B.Tauris. p. 81. ISBN 978-1-78453-231-4.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri, Nuh Ha Mim Keller (1368). "Reliance of the Traveller" (PDF). Amana Publications. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  9. ^ Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri, Nuh Ha Mim Keller (1368). "A Classic Manual of Islamic Scared Law" (PDF). Retrieved May 14, 2020.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ "Sea Without Shore – A Manual of the Sufi Path". Sunna Books. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
  12. ^ a b "SunniPath Online Islamic Academy".
  13. ^ Nawawi; Keller, Noah Ha Mim (January 16, 2003). "Al-Maqasid: Nawawi's Manual of Islam". Amana Publications – via Amazon.
  14. ^ Keller, Nuh Ha Mim. "Islam and Evolution: a letter to Suleman Ali". Masud. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
  15. ^ Keller, Nuh Ha Mim (August 1, 2001). "Port in a Storm: A Fiqh Solution to the Qibla of North America". Wakeel Books – via Amazon.
  16. ^ Keller, Nuh Ha Mim. "A New Dala'il al-Khayrat". Archived from the original on September 22, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
  17. ^ 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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