What Is the Difference between Ascent to Felicity and Tashil Bahishti Zewar?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


Both texts seem to be manuals of Hanafi Fiqh, Tasheel-e-Bahishti-Zewar by Jamia al-Rashid on the original Bahishti Zewar, and Ascent to Felicity. What is the difference between them? Do they agree, or are there some differences of opinion? Which one should I read first?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Both are good texts; the Ascent to Felicity is a lucid translation with comprehensive notes of a traditional Arabic fiqh text, and the other is a simplified Urdu fiqh text of a previous work, beneficial, especially if your mother tongue is Urdu.

Keep both texts to read; they will give you an all-round understanding of the fiqh issues in English and Urdu.

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Mawlana Ilyas Patel has received traditional education in various countries. He started his schooling in the UK and completed his hifz of the Quran in India. After that, he joined an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied secular and Aalimiyya sciences. Later, he traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, and other Middle Eastern countries to further his education. Mawlana has served as an Imam in the Republic of Ireland for several years and taught the Quran and other Islamic sciences to both children and adults. He also worked as a teacher and librarian at a local Islamic seminary in the UK for 12 years. Presently, he lives in the UK with his wife and is interested in books and gardening.