Work on the publication: The Prophet's Prayer Described by Imām Ṣāliḥ explained by Shaykh Muhammad ibn 'Umar Bāzmūl, has been suspended.
The book is translated in full, which includes a 200 page introduction (and defence of Ṣāliḥ) and an approximately 200 page explanation of the core text of The Prophet's Prayer Described, Shaykh Ṣāliḥ's monumental work. In addition cover art was completed some time ago. The book was originally translated some years ago but it saw many delays and underwent extensive formatting, editing and typesetting in preparation for an oversized hardback book.
However, after some careful consideration, we have suspended the project despite 2-3 years of work. Here are some reasons why:
1. It has reached us that the original explanation (of Bāzmūl) was a recorded class, recorded with the permission of the Shaykh. However, unbeknown to the Shaykh, it was later published in book form for sale. This opened up a property rights discussion with the custodians of Ṣāliḥ's library. So it is not clear as to the legalities and permissions of the Arabic publication or if Shaykh Bāzmūl signed off on a printed publication.
2. In recent years particularly, there has been a move to certify explicit written permission from scholars and authors. In the past, books were often translated and then mentioned to the Arabic author later as a point of virtue and goodness for the da'wah. However, in recent times, many scholars and students of knowledge have expressed verdicts supporting explicit (advanced) permission for translations. In this light, we would feel it necessary to secure agreement with Shaykh Bāzmūl before proceeding with the project (if indeed point 1 can/was resolved regarding the Arabic print).
3. During extensive reviews of the translated text (and peer reviews with students of knowledge), the translator and TP have agreed that an extensive review of the text would be needed before moving forward. We are very careful about our publications. Despite the demand for the book, we have delayed its completion due to concerns on the accuracy of certain translated passages (and other structural issues). The book is almost 400 pages in total and is a crucial book (since it details the way of praying to Allaah!), there is no room for error or ambiguity. As a publisher we would be responsible for any mistakes that were understood to be correct by readers. Our noble brother, Ḥasan as-Sumālī agreed to do a final review of the publication, however we have not been able to finalise the manuscript to the satisfactory level required to present it to him (hafiẓahullāh). We have several layers of editing and proofreading (approx. 6 times over), the current inspection has not been satisfactory enough to proceed.
Based on the three reasons above, we have suspended the project. If new developments arise on this project, we will be sure to update you in shaa' Allaah.
Explanation of the Prophet's Prayer Described Authored by the Illustrious Scholar, Muḥammad Nāṣir al-Dīn al-Albānī Explanation by Dr. Muḥammad Ibn ʿUmar Bazmūl
Update: We have been working diligently on this project for the last year. However, due to the complexity and sheer depth of the work involed in this project, it has been delayed. We continue to work on it daily and would rather not rush such an important project (which will require several layers of review). We hope to have an update in early 2014 in shaa' Allāh.