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All Praise and thanks be to Allah! We praise and thank Him, ask Him for His Help and Forgiveness, and we seek refuge in Allah from the evils of our souls and the mischiefs of our deeds. He whom Allah guides will not be misled, and he whom Allah misleads will never have a guide. I testify that there is no deity but Allah alone, without any partners, and that Muhammad is His 'Abd (worshiper) and Messenger.

Putting together a work of this nature is a monumental task that obviously takes more effort than that of a translator and editor. As is always, to mention all those who aided us with their various input would be an equally lengthy task. But, of course, a few people stand out for their significant commitment in making this book a success.

We would first like to thank Br. Muhammed Al-Jibaly for reading the Arabic text and pointing out subtle changes in the English translation. Also, we thank Saffet Abid Catovic and Basit Koshul for reading the manuscript and advising us on how to make it more readable and understandable. A special thanks goes out to Muhammed Hozien for his general help and for translating and organizing the page titles.We also thank Shouaib Designers for donating the cover design. Of course, first and last, all praise and thanks are due to Allah (SWT), may He (AWJ) forgive us for any mistakes and show us the right path.

Abdallah M. Mekkaoui
Jameel D. Pavlin
June 16, 1987