From the thrilling world of Ibn Sina to the fictional realm of Muslim romance, this list of books for Muslim teenagers has something for everyone! Read about the books below and find more information through following the links.
When Wings Expand by Mehded Maryam Sinclair
She wrapped her arms around me and said, “Nur! I know. I don’t want to go. But all I can do is keep trusting in Allah. Nur, I will always be with you! My love and advice will always be with you to guide you in the right direction.” She patted my heart. “They are forever sealed inside this little place.”
Writing on the pages of her journal, Nur, a teenage girl in Canada, charts the onset and advance of her mother’s cancer. Nur watches her mother’s body begin to shrink and her mood begin to darken. And when family and friends begin to encroach, Nur must face the prospect of her mother’s looming death. Nur bears the crushing loss and finds her adolescent life more demanding and complex. But with the legacy of her mother’s love, her family’s support, and the guidance of her faith, she manages to overcome the searing pain and use her newfound strength to bring joy to the lives of others, showing them that after death wings can expand.
Ibn Sina: A Concise Life by Edoardo Albert
Ibn Sina, who is referred to as Avicenna in Latin, was a true polymath. Born in the tenth Century, his passion for knowledge was unbound, and he made lasting contributions to medicine, maths and philosophy.
He served under princes and kings (and fled from them too), wrote books of philosophy that are still argued over today and set down medical treatments that continue in use. As such, Ibn Sina is often referred to as the most brilliant Muslim thinker in Islam’s Golden Age.
With illustrations, photographs, and maps, the rich and diverse world that produced Ibn Sina is vividly brought alive.
Tales from Rumi: Mathnawi Selections for Young Readers
A collection of stories from Rumi’s classic opus “The Mathnawi”, this astounding compilation of over 24,000 verses is carefully adapted for younger audiences. Best known for his spiritual poetry and the whirling dance of sufi practice he inspired, Rumi’s influence continues to spread around the world.
Available at https://www.islamic-foundation.com/shop/tales-from-rumi-mathnawi-selections-for-young-readers-2/
She Wore Red Trainers by Na’ima Robert
When Ali first meets Amirah, he notices everything about her – her hijab, her long eyelashes and her red trainers – in the time it takes to have one look, before lowering his gaze. And, although Ali is still coming to terms with the loss of his mother and exploring his identity as a Muslim, and although Amirah has sworn never to get married, they can’t stop thinking about each other.
Can Ali and Amirah ever have a halal ‘happily ever after’?
Written by an award-winning author, this unique romance explores the possibilities and passions young Muslims face when falling in love.
The War within Our Hearts by Habeeb Quadri and Sa’ad Quadri
The War within Our Hearts is not just another book about Muslim young people. It is a book written for young Muslims addressing issues they can relate to and in a language that is their own. Covering the key issues for young Muslims in the west today including dating, music, internet, this is a book everyone should have. It also has an introduction by Imam Zaid Shakir.
The Age of Bliss series
The Age of Bliss series contains biographies of luminous Muslims, from the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to Aisha bint Abu Bakr (RA) to Hasan and Husayn ibn Ali (RA). Explore the books in the series here: https://www.islamic-foundation.com/?post_type=product&s=age+of+bliss&post_type=prod
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