Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Unfortunately, there is nothing like the Reliance in English for Hanafis. Not even close.
Note, though, that anyone serious about their religion should make sure they study the essentials of their aqida (beliefs) and the fiqh the absolutely need (worship, and other areas as they get involved in them, such as marriage or commerce), WITH A QUALIFIED SCHOLAR.
If you ask: where are these? Find them! If you cannot find them, then you will realize what a serious problem we are in, especially in the West. As our tradition scholars and leaders tell us: the number one priority for Muslims in the West must be to (in the short term) fund students pursuing serious long term Islamic studies and (in the long term) establishing high quality traditional Islamic institutions of learning in the West.
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