Tanbihun.com- Ahmad Rifa’i’ works mostly deal with the three main dogmas altogether in one book, i.e. Ushuluddin (Aqidah/ Faith), Fiqih (Devotion/Islam) and Tasawuf (Tazkiyatun Nafsi/ Ihsan). There are several books of his which discuss certain themes, such as Syarikhul Iman- only about Aqidah, Tadzkiyyah- specifically about the ways to slaughter animals according to the law of Syar’i, Tahsinah- specifically talked about Tajwid according to Imam Ashim Ala Qiro’ati Hafsh’s text, Rukhsiyyah- about sholat Qoshor and Jama’, Tabyinal Islahain- about wedding customs according to Fiqih Islam, etc.
Many people have discussed about the Fiqh in Syaikh A. Rifa’i’s books and scholars agreed that the Fiqh Dogma which was explained by K.H. A. Rifa’i took its source from and was completely based on Syafi’i’s persuasion, as practiced by the majority of the Javanese and practiced more intently by his disciples. Some students even remember the requirements and amaliyah pillars, such as the valid requirements for Wudhu, janabat bath, sholat, Jum’ah, preaching, Romadhon fasting, as well as the pillars. He even mentioned about the ways to determine qiblat, which during those days it was only just known that the direction of qiblat is on the west. His statement was :” Yoiku antara Barat tepat lan Barat lahut, tengah bener…” = the direction of qiblat is exactly between West and Northwest, in the middle of them, i.e., 22.5 degrees from the West point. (According to Mathematics, it is more or less 24 degrees in Central Java). Ahmad Rifa’I was known to correct the qiblat in several mosques, among which was Kauman Batang whose qiblat direction was incorrect.
by: KH.Khaeruddin Khasbullah