Lauren Booth – UK Book Tour 2018

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Finding Peace In The Holy Land – UK Book Tour

Join Lauren Booth as she continues on her book tour over the coming months!

Lauren Booth, outspoken writer and broadcaster explores faith, family, politics and life’s meaning in this timely and adventurous memoir. Her story shows the evolving relationship between culture and religion, and how to embrace the past whilst praying for a better future!

Upcoming Events

•12th October, 10:45-1:30pm, Mitchum Mosque

•12th October, 6:45-8pm, City Circle London

Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, Marylebone, London W1H 4LP

•27th October, 1pm-2:30 Book Selling and Signing
Friends of Batley Library, West Yorkshire

27 October, 6:30-8:30pm, Life Hub Batley
Batley Enterprise Centre, 513 Bradford Rd, Batley WF17 8LL

(Advanced bookings only) 07828914535

•29th October, 12:00-13:30, Liverpool Hope University
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for Peace Studies
Hope park campus, Liverpool, L169JD

By registration only
Contact: Tutu@hope.ac.uk

•18th November, 1930: 2030
Book reading and signing
Muslim welfare house
Sheffield S10 2SU

•18th November
Turkish UID
Book reading and signing
Yunus Emre Centre, London

•23-24th November, Rostrevor Lit Fest, N. Ireland

Event Details

Lauren Booth, outspoken writer and broadcaster explores faith, family, politics and life’s meaning in this timely and adventurous memoir

Finding Peace in the Holy Land is a spiritual adventure story which begins in the quiet London suburb of Hampstead in the 1970s. Lauren’s father is a famous actor and political militant. Penniless and unable to pay the rent, he tells her that changing the world is the reason for living.

After her early faith is shattered by a mysterious fire, Lauren paddles the shallows of celebrity life, where her political opinions pit her against the views of her brother-in-law, who just happens to be Prime Minister Tony Blair.

This rare and relevant memoir is told with brisk honesty and sharp humour. It is a dramatic life story sweeping from the suburbs of North London to the olive groves of the Holy Land, from handball with Hamas to breaking a deadly siege by land and by sea.

It tracks the singular journey of a one-time party girl and part-time Christian to the quiet, teetotal life of a devout believer in

Lauren Booth has presented radio and TV series for amongst others; BBC Radio London, British Muslim TV, Press TV and the Islam Channel. She publishes articles across a wide platform and continues to tour internationally as a public speaker. Her talks focus on human rights, Islamophobia in the media, Palestinian justice and her own conversion to Islam.

Buy the book on our website or on Amazon
Read a sample of the book here

A Race To Prayer – Sulaiman’s Rewarding Day

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Narrated Abdullah bin Masood:
‘I asked the Prophet “Which deed is the dearest to Allah?” He replied, “To offer the prayers at their early
stated fixed times…”’ Hadith from the collection of Bukhari

 

 

About the book: Something always stops Sulaiman from having fun. First it’s Duhr prayer, then it’s the rain and then the car breaks down just as he is leaving to watch the quad bike races. He eventually gets to the races but then Asr prayer time comes around. Find out how Sulaiman soon realises the blessings of a perfectly-timed prayer.

Inspiration behind the story
This story was inspired by an incident that occurred in 1980 when my husband was watching a football match in the capital city of Algeria, Algiers. When the adhan for the dhuhr prayer was called, my husband left the spectator seats to perform the prayer. It was while he was praying that an earthquake measuring

7.3 on the Richter scale occurred. It is reported that 3,500 people died and many buildings were destroyed making 300,000 people homeless. For the praying people, Allah took their lives while they were performing an obligatory act of worship. For the people who were not praying on time, Allah took their lives while they were doing other activities. For the people who survived and were left homeless, all they had left were their prayers to ask Allah for help.

You’ll be pleased to know my husband survived, as too did all the other spectators in the stadium. No matter what we are doing, we should organise our lives around the prayer times, and not try to fit the prayers around our activities. The prayer doesn’t take long to perform and is much more important than work or play. Allah can make anything happen when we least expect it, so let’s make sure we pray on time.

 

 

 

Take a look inside:

 

A Race To Prayer – Sulaiman’s Rewarding Day – Is available here 

Author: Aliya Vaughan

ISBN: 9780860376538

About the Author

Aliya is an English revert to Islam and lives with her husband and six children in the UK. She gained her first award for a writing competition aged 10. She later began writing children’s stories while home schooling her children. In 2008, she won two awards at the Muslim Writers Awards for best children’s story and writer of the Year.

‘Which Road To Take’

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‘Which Road To Take’

 
Anne and I were shown into the cleric’s office. The sheikh who greeted us turned out to be a Canadian. He was over six feet tall and wore a white shirt and trousers covered beneath a brown cloak. He bore a striking resemblance to the US actor, Samuel L. Jackson. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Anne’s shoulders begin to shake at the surprise presence of a Hollywood icon in a white turban and brown cape. Sheikh Ahmed Haneef tried to put me at ease. He made small talk about family and the weather, then he posed soft questions about the background to my decision. He drew out whether I understood the basic tenets of the faith. I did.
 
‘You’re ready, sister,’ he said.
 
He guided me to say two phrases, first in English, then in Arabic: ‘I testify that there is no Allah except Allah alone without Partners. And I testify that the Prophet Muhammad is the final Prophet and Messenger of Allah.’
 
The words were transparent and clear. I was not being called to follow a half-man, half-God, a concept I had never grasped. I was vowing to be obedient to the sole God of all existence. The room had the heavy, woollen quality I remembered from the night in the masjid.
 
‘Are you feeling this?’ Anne asked, sensitive to the atmosphere.
 
I had just taken the greatest oath of my life, to submit myself to the God of all creation. I acknowledged the Might and Majesty of the single force behind life and death and rebirth. I was taught to recite the first section of the Qur’an, al-Fatihah, and Anne joined in supportively, repeating line after line of the strange Arabic words.
 
‘Bismi-llah al-Rahman al-Rahim’, in the name of Allah the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate. From time to time the sheikh interrupted us saying: ‘Roll your ‘r’s’ more, ladies, like this: Bismillahirrrrr Rahmanirrrr …’
 
Feeling like an illiterate child, the words began to work their beauty upon us. I tasted each syllable, thirsted for the meanings, savouring sounds eternal and deep in flavour. ‘Subhanaka Allahumma wa-bi-hamdika’, O Allah, how perfect You are and praise be to You. We had done our ablutions, wudu, earlier. It was already one of my favourite things to do. There was a real excitement as I ran water over my hands and face with the intention of purification. By the time I ran my fingers from the back of my head to the front, I was covered by a tingling sensation. Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, said:
 
‘When a Muslim, or a believer, washes his face (in the course of wudu), every sin which he committed with his eyes will be washed away from his face with water, or with the last drop of water; when he washes his hands, every sin which he committed by his hands will be effaced from his hands with the water, or with the last drop of water; and when he washes his feet, every sin his feet committed will be washed away with the water, or with the last drop of water; until he finally emerges cleansed of all his sins.’ (Narrated by Muslim)
 
Now that I was Muslim, my duties began right away. We were taken downstairs to the vast prayer hall where a short partition wall allowed men and women to pray separately. As an outsider this ‘segregation’ had always seemed outrageous. Now, preparing to pray it made sense. I didn’t want to be watched by men as I crouched down. A younger girl would have been shy, bending over before hundreds of men and going into prostration.
I was glad of the single gender privacy. People cried too when they made salah, I’d seen that happen. Would I want a stranger of the opposite sex seeing me so openly emotional? At the same time, a man trying to pray could have his thoughts wander far from the divine realm if a young woman were in his eye line. I preferred gender separate privacy in my moments of deep reflection and emotional vulnerability.
I had been subliminally led by press headlines and a constant stream of negative attitudes towards preconceptions and prejudices about Islam and what little I had known of its practices. The religious observances of Muslims were not explained in rushed news bulletins about ‘extremists’ or ‘fundamentalism’ to offer the ‘why’ of the faith. I was finding out to my surprise and relief that each step, every recommendation made to the believers came from both common sense, and beneath that a ‘wow’ factor of spirituality.
Salah is poorly but usually translated into English as ‘prayer’. My prayer as a Christian had become the equivalent of asking a bank manager (who didn’t trust my collateral) for a loan: it was a half-expectant whine for things I wasn’t in desperate need of in the first place. Salah, on the other hand, recognized God’s Mastery of everything in existence, for all that was and all that is to come in the future until and beyond the ‘Day of Judgement’. It is a vast acknowledgement that no one and nothing else is worth asking for help except for The One. Anne and I both prayed in the near empty hall at Maghrib time.
When I got home, it was 10 pm on a Friday night and my first weekend as a Muslim stretched ahead of me. The girls were visiting relatives so I was alone. What did I do with my time now that drinking and meeting friends (for drinking) was not an option? On my bedside table was the copy of the Qur’an in English I’d taken from France. Despite it being there since my return from Iran, I hadn’t opened it.
I opened it now to chapter two, Surat al-Baqarah. I was face-to-face with the same verses which had judged me so harshly five years earlier. There in Arabic, and besides that in English, were the words which once upon a time had made me want the book to be as far out of sight as possible. I read out loud: This is the Book, wherein there is no doubt; a guidance to those who are al-Muttaqun (the pious and righteous persons who fear and love Allah). Who believe in the unseen and perform Al-Salah (worshipful prayer), and spend from what We have provided for them [including caring for their parents, their children, and charity to the poor]. And who believe in that which has been sent down to you (Muhammad) and in that which was sent before you and they believe with certainty in the Hereafter. They are on (true) guidance from their Lord, and they are
the successful. (Qur’an 2: 2–5)
 
I was reading the book as one seeking guidance rather than seeking fault within it. My new faith didn’t mean passive muttering of some lines on a page before closing my eyes. Like every believer I was now called upon to change my life, to positively affect the lives of those around me. Words without action were a redundant litany. I read again: ‘Who believe in the unseen and perform al-salah (worshipful prayer), and spend from what We have provided for them.’ After accepting Islam with my heart and with the words of testimony that afternoon, the Qur’an had turned from being a book only of warning and Divine wrath into an astounding tribute to the Creator who wanted to give me care and guidance.
 
I was astounded.
I was very relieved.
I was in love.
I believed.
 
Lying in bed, I thought back to the first winter my family spent in the French farmhouse. Despite having travelled around the world, I was basically a suburban kid who had never grown a flower, much less a vegetable. We had arrived in the south-west corner of France at the tail end of summer. The garden had been bursting with colours and late fruits such as figs and grapes. But within weeks I watched in confusion as the jasmine vines which wrapped around the gables of the front door began to lose leaf after leaf. The peach tree went from an abundance of fruit to a measly stick. The flower beds looked like graveyards for dead foliage.
By January, I was convinced that my poor gardening skills had killed every growing thing on the three-sided garden around our home. One icy day, Roget, the elderly farmer who had made us instantly welcome (despite our Englishness), stopped his battered car outside our house and knocked on the door holding a bag of dead pigeons he had just shot. They were still warm. He gave them as a gift, telling me gruffly in French: ‘Pluck next to a burning fire and throw the feathers into it.’
 
I took the chance to ask him a question that was bothering me: ‘What happened to our jasmine vine and our peach tree?
Why have they died?’ He had looked at me, nonplussed. So I said it again, trying every French phrase I could think of to describe our entire garden’s demise. Each time I finished my question he would just say: ‘Quoi? (What?)’ Finally Roget looked at me like I was crazy and said: ‘It’s winter.’
 
Never, until taking my shahadah, had I fully grasped the profundity of the dying of vegetation that comes about consistently to most plants, flowers and vegetables. I had walked to our fig tree, staring, then to the walnut trees, past the destitute strawberry patch and at the back door stopped by the brown sticks which weeks earlier had yielded vast (but sour) grapes. This was all going to come back? Impossible! He sends down water from the sky from which We bring forth growth of every kind, and
from that We bring forth the green shoots.
 
In mid-February, after a dozen brutal frosts and a foot of snow, the first peeping shoots of recovery began to appear. I walked with the children around the garden, examining the miracle of rebirth first-hand. They cried in excitement: ‘Look Mamma over here, even this one is alive!’
This excerpt is from ‘Finding Peace in the Holy Lands‘ by Lauren Booth

Lauren Booth – London Book Tour 2018

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Finding Peace In The Holy Land – London Book Tour

Join Lauren Booth on her London book tour over the coming weeks!

Lauren Booth, outspoken writer and broadcaster explores faith, family, politics and life’s meaning in this timely and adventurous memoir. Her story shows the evolving relationship between culture and religion, and how to embrace the past whilst praying for a better future.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 14th September 19:30 – 21:30
    Rumi’s Cave 
  • Friday 21st September 18:30 – 20:30
    London Central Mosque
  • Weds 26th Sept 18.30 – 20.30
    P21 Gallery
  • Thursday 4th Oct 18:30 – 20:30
    IHRC Bookstore
  • Friday 5th Oct 2018 16:30 -18:30
    Henley Literary Festival

Click here to sign up to any of the events.

Event Details

Lauren Booth, outspoken writer and broadcaster explores faith, family, politics and life’s meaning in this timely and adventurous memoir

Finding Peace in the Holy Land is a spiritual adventure story which begins in the quiet London suburb of Hampstead in the 1970s. Lauren’s father is a famous actor and political militant. Penniless and unable to pay the rent, he tells her that changing the world is the reason for living.

After her early faith is shattered by a mysterious fire, Lauren paddles the shallows of celebrity life, where her political opinions pit her against the views of her brother-in-law, who just happens to be Prime Minister Tony Blair.

This rare and relevant memoir is told with brisk honesty and sharp humour. It is a dramatic life story sweeping from the suburbs of North London to the olive groves of the Holy Land, from handball with Hamas to breaking a deadly siege by land and by sea.

It tracks the singular journey of a one-time party girl and part-time Christian to the quiet, teetotal life of a devout believer in the teachings of the Arabian Prophet.

Above all, Finding Peace in the Holy Land is an odyssey which asks the universal question; What is this life really all about?

Lauren Booth has presented radio and TV series for amongst others; BBC Radio London, British Muslim TV, Press TV and the Islam Channel. She publishes articles across a wide platform and continues to tour internationally as a public speaker. Her talks focus on human rights, Islamophobia in the media, Palestinian justice and her own conversion to Islam.

Buy the book on our website or on Amazon
Read a sample of the book here

Abdul Bari Book launch 2018

Book Launch – My Quest For The Middle Way – Finding The Balance in Islam

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** FREE EVENT ** Book Launch **

Join us for a talk with Dr Abdul Bari author and community based activist,

on his

 Quest For The Middle Way

Finding The Balance In Islam

18:00–20:30pm, Friday 21 September, 2018

East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre

82-92 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1JQ

MY Quest for the middle way

About the Event

Join us for a talk and book launch with the activist and community figure, Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari discussing his memoir, his personal journey being at the forefront of the British Muslim community’s most pressing challenges whilst trying to find the middle path.

Following the talk Dr Bari will be signing copies of his book: A Long Jihad – My Quest for the Middle Way

Refreshments will be provided!

If you’re coming by tube, the nearest stop is: Whitechapel – Parking may be available but there are very limited spaces.

About the Book

As the leader of Britian’s largest Muslim organisation and mosque, since that fateful day Abdul Bari has been at the forefront of the British Muslim community’s most pressing challenges. In this memoir, he offers an insider’s perspective on the Muslim experience in modern Britian, presenting his blueprint for ‘The Middle Way’.

He offers Muslims and everybody else guidance on a path that rejects extremism and works for the common good of all: living a life of moderation that is, as the Qur’an says, “justly balanced”.

About the Speaker

Muhammad Abdul Bari MBE is an educationalist, community activist, parenting consultant and author. He has written for various newspapers, blogs and journals. Moreover, he’s the author of a number of books on marriage, family, parenting, identity and community issues from contemporary British Muslim perspectives.

To reserve a seat click here or for more information, contact: rohail.sheikh@kubepublishing.com

Books on Hajj and Umrah

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Books on Hajj and Umrah – Kube Publishing

Hajj is an Islamic religious pilgrimage (journey). Going for Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam, required for those Muslims who can afford it. The Hajj is a serious of rituals, beginning and ending with worship at the Ka’aba. The Ka’aba is a stone building covered in a black cloth, located in Mecca, Saudia Arabia. It is the holiest site for Muslims. No matter where they are in the world, Muslims face in the direction of the Ka’aba to pray. Muslim tradition has it that everything in the universe, including animals and inanimate objects worship God.*

 

We’re off to make Umrah by Sana Munshey (age range 3-7)

Salam, my dear friends, I hope you are all well. If you’ve time to listen, I’ve something to tell, About the first mosque, A beautiful sight, Which we face when we pray, Where the noor shines bright… Discover the joys of Umrah when a brother and sister travel with their parents to the city of Mecca and perform this sacred ritual for the very first time.

‘Masya Allah… I cried reading this book. Umrah from the perspective of a young child. May Allah grant us a chance to visit the Holy Land, Insya Allah‘ Zatika, Goodreads

Colourful illustrations. Includes a poster and paper dolls for children to enact performing Umrah.

£4.99 – Hardback – 9780860374589


 

Yan’s Hajj The Journey of a Lifetime by Fawzi Gilani (age range 4-8)

Yann’s trip to perform Hajj turns into a journey that lasts a lifetime. This heart-warming tale is a great reminder to help others.

I really love Yan’s Hajj! I cried so much after I read it!” Ahliana, Little Tree Library.

I really cannot remember the last time I read an Islamic picture book that was this thoughtfully structured….I’m so glad to have this book to share with all the little ones in my life in the upcoming hajj season and all year round” Muslim Reads

£3.99 – Paperback – 9780860376231


 

A Little Tree Goes For Hajj – by Eman Salem (age range 3-7)

The little tree has always wanted to travel, especially to Mecca, to perform Hajj (an islamic religious pilgrimage). But how can he travel when his roots are in the ground?

Find out how his dream comes true, and he makes the journey of a lifetime.

A Little Tree Goes For Hajj is an ideal educational tool to introduce the Hajj to children who are learning about important rituals in different world religions; includes a glossary with short definitions and explanations for readers unfamiliar with Hajj.

£3.99 – Paperback – 9780986848117 –  Bilingual (English and Arabic text)


 

Makkah and Madina Activity book by Aysenur Gunes (age range 4-7)

Explore the wonders of Makkah and Madinah with this fun activity book. Features dot-to-dot drawings, colouring fun, puzzles to solve and 63 stickers to stick.

£2.99 – Paperback – 9780860375449


 

Handbook for Hajj and Umrah by Sarwar Alam Raz

This book aims to help prepare travellers for the sacred Pilgrimage itself. The rites of Hajj and Umrah are clearly explained, and relevant prayers and supplications are provided in both Arabic and English. However, A final chapter is provided detailing a visit to Madinah. Contains helpful charts, maps and diagrams in full colour.

£7.95 -Paperback – 9780860373407


 

My Little Prayer Mats

My Little Prayer Mats are perfect gifts to encourage children to pray. Padded for extra comfort, the mats feel soft and springy.

£15 each


*Introductory text is from ‘A Little Tree Goes To Hajj’

A New Volume In Our Tafsir Series!

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A lively and highly readable English rendering of Tafhim al-Quran. This Tafsir answers contemporary questions and makes the Quran fully relevant to the concerns of our day, yet it loses none of its timelessness nor sacrifices any of the traditional understanding. Each surah is prefaced by an account of the background and teachings.

Tafhim Vol 13 - HB
9780860376590 – Available in Paperback and Hardback

Volume XIII (v. 13) of Towards Understanding the Qur’an (Tafhim al-Qur’an) includes Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi’s commentary on Surah 66: At-Tahrim to Surah 77: Al-Mursalat

Translated and Edited by Zafar Ishaq Ansari

Volumes 1–10 and Juz Amma are already available. The Islamic Foundation is aiming to complete this monumental work in the forthcoming years In Sha Allah.

Take a look at the rest of the Tafsir series here.

An abridged version of the translation with a selection of the commentary is available below:

A Long Jihad - Interview

A Long Jihad – My Quest For The Middle Way – Meeting Author Dr Bari

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Ian from East London Radio meets Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, an author with strong East London connections, to discuss his fascinating book of memoirs ‘A Long Jihad – My Quest for the Middle Way


In an era of fanaticism and polarisation, Dr Bari’s life is an example of a prominent Western Muslim rejecting extremes and finding balance

In this memoir, Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari asks us to look beyond the extremism and violence that all too often defines the Muslim community toward those, like himself, navigating a middle-way life. A path defined in Islam as the “natural way,”

ISBN: 9781847741172 – by Muhammad Abdul Bari – Available in paperback and hardback.

Read a sample of the book below!

Best Books for Children

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Assalamu’alaykum!

This week, we’ve compiled a list of books to keep your little ones entertained (and educated!). Enter the world of the Muslim Sleeping Beauty, learn about Ramadan with Hassan and Aneesa, and discover Hajj with Yan… there’s plenty to enjoy for young and old alike!

 

Hassan and Aneesa Love Ramadan by Yasmeen Rahim

It is the night before Ramadan and Hassan and Aneesa are excited for it to begin. In Ramadan they will read the Qur’an, give charity, share food with neighbours and try to fast.

Follow them on the first day of Ramadan and find out why Hassan and Aneesa love it when the holy month arrives.

 

The Hassan and Aneesa series is designed to introduce young children to a range of Muslim places. The books are colourfully designed and simply written and will guide children through a range of new experiences.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/hassan-and-aneesa-love-ramadan-2/

 

Sleeping Beauty: An Islamic Tale by Fawzia Gilani

After the wicked Count Lahab promises to crush the young princess Mariam at her aqiqah, she is hidden within the king’s castle. Under the watchful eyes of Lady Masarah Mariam is safe from wicked whispers, and becomes a pious young woman with strong faith and helpful manners.

But, beyond the castle walls a serpent waits patiently and upon the news of Mariam’s wedding, Count Lahab finds a way to deceive the castle and present her with a beautiful hijab pin, covered in poison, that leaves her in a deep, unbreakable sleep.

After potions and prayers have no affect her husband, Haris, is told to go on a perilous journey to Makkah to pray for her recovery and bring back Zamzam water for her to drink. But, faced by Count Lahab and his outlaws, what does his destiny hold.

 

A faithful retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, this story will awaken a love for this classic tale in a whole new community’s heart.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/sleeping-beauty-an-islamic-tale/

 

My Special Angels: The Two Noble Scribes by Razana Noor

Beside every person’s shoulder, there are two angels. Muslims know them as the Kiraman Katibin (the noble scribes). They write down every deed, good and bad, from a person’s first day to their last.

Inside this book you will find out all about them, and how to turn those bad deeds into good ones, with a lovable and cheeky young boy.

 

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/my-special-angels-the-two-noble-scribes/

 

Zak and his Good Intentions by J. Samia Mair

Zak and his sister Hana decide to see how many good deeds they can do in one day. However, everything is going wrong for Zak, and his plans only end in disappointment … and lots and lots of mess.

Zak soon realises, though, that it isn’t important what happens; it is his good intentions that count.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/zak-and-his-good-intentions/

 

Yan’s Hajj: The Journey of a Lifetime by Fawzia Gilani

Yan’s trip to perform Hajj turns into a journey that lasts a lifetime. A heart-warming tale about helping others.

Yan is a big-hearted young man determined to perform Hajj, the pilgrimage to Makkah. But first, he must work hard on his farm and fill up his money bag for the journey. Despite the trials he faces on each unsuccessful trip to the Kaaba, Yan’s helpful nature, compassion, and generosity enable him to succeed in the end.

Fawzia Gilani-Williams was born in England where she graduated as a teacher. She serves as an international educational consultant with a PhD in children’s literature and character development. She is a Global Representative for the International Positive Education Network and works for the Abu Dhabi Education Council in the UAE. Sophie Burrows is a children’s illustrator based in England.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/yans-hajj-the-journey-of-a-lifetime/

Best Books for 8-13 year olds

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This week, we’ve put together a list of some of our best books for 8-13 year olds.  These books are an excellent way for our younger readers to enjoy stories that they can relate to and learn from.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of them!

 

I Wonder About The Prophet by Ozkan Oze

Have you ever wondered what the Prophet Muhammad believed before he became a prophet, why he is so important or why he is praised so often? You might wonder how he treated animals and children or if he performed miracles. All of these questions, and many more, are explored inside.

The I Wonder series give young readers answers to the BIG questions they have about Islam in brilliant little books. Written in a friendly and accessible style for today’s youth, these are essential companions for questioning young minds.

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/i-wonder-about-the-prophet-book-three/

 

The Hijab Boutique by Michelle Khan

Farah enjoyed her private girls school until the day an assignment to bring in something representing her mother to talk about for International Woman’s Day. Compared to her friends’ glamorous actress and tap-dancing mothers, what can her modest, humble mother have that is worth sharing with her classmates? To her surprise, her mother was quite a business woman!

The Hijab Boutique is a wonderful book that will appeal to young readers

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/the-hijab-boutique-2/

 

The Great Race to Sycamore Street by J. Samia Mair

This topsy-turvy adventure on Sycamore Street sees brother and sister Hude and Amani arrive in the country with one thought: it was going to be  long, boring summer. They couldn’t be more wrong. With Grandma Hana’s new neighbour planning to pull down her prized peach tree and a gang, led by archer Bobby, marshalling the local lake, Hude and Amani have a hard time getting any peace.

In this warm and comical story, find out how, under the watchful eyes of Grandma Hana, Hude and Amani plan to save the peach tree and beat Bobby at his own game before leaving Sycamore Street behind.

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/the-great-race-to-sycamore-street/

 

The Colour Blind Boy by Mohammed Yaseen

Abdullah has just moved to a new school. As a newcomer, he find himself victim of gang who starts bullying him. Help comes from an unexpected quarters, a new friendship is struck between Abdullah and his friend, together they confront the bullies and the friendship is developed in its true Islamic Meaning.

Available at https://www.islamic-foundation.com/shop/the-colour-blind-boy-2/

 

The Muslim All Stars: Helping the Polonskys by Khaleel Muhammad

Mr Polonsky, an angry old man, is desperate for help. His house is a mess and it needs cleaning before his wife returns home from a major operation. As a last resort he puts an advert in a local shop. A group of Muslim children come together to clean-up, but with time running out and a bigger mess than they had imagined … can they succeed?

Khaleel Muhammad is a well-known singer of nasheeds (Islamic songs). He has also written and produced his own successful audio adventure, The Adventures of Hakim. This is his first children’s book.    

Available at https://www.islamic-foundation.com/shop/the-muslim-all-stars-helping-the-polonsky39s-paperback-2/

 

The Quran in plain English: Part 30 with Surah al Fatihah

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Book Excerpt – ‘Muhammad: His Character and Conduct’

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Ramadhan Mubarak!

To celebrate the beginning of this holy month, we share with you an excerpt from Adil Salahi’s Muhammad: His Character and Conduct, an excellent source that highlights the beautiful character and conduct of the Messenger of Allah.

 

Muhammad: the man

So, what sort of man was Muhammad? The answer is that he was an ordinary man who, until he received God’s message, led a very ordinary life. He went through a difficult childhood, which saw him losing his father before he was born, his mother at the age of six and his grandfather two years later.

Yet, with all these losses he was not short of loving carers who could see that the young boy could have a bright future. He profoundly appreciated the love he was given, particularly by his uncle, Abu Talib, and Abu Talib’s wife, Fatimah bint Asad.

When Makkah endured some difficult times during Muhammad’s adult life, he sought to reduce Abu Talib’s burden, suggesting to another uncle, al- Abbas, that each of them should take one of Abu Talib’s children to look after.

To Muhammad, this was merely a gesture expressing gratitude for a favour that he had never forgotten.

From his early years, Muhammad had a keen sense of right and, trusting to his natural instincts, he pursued what was right in every possible way. He never told a lie and was always fair. Perhaps being deprived of the care that only kind parents could provide helped him to realize what loss meant to other people.

This might have encouraged him to try to prevent unwarranted loss by anyone: hence, his desire to pursue right and to enforce it by any fair means. He was an example of goodness, and long before prophethood, his reputation for honesty and fairness was second to none. His treatment of a slave lad given to him as a gift by his good wife was so benevolent that the lad preferred to stay with him to being reunited with his parents and family. To soften the blow for the lad’s disappointed father, Muhammad adopted the lad as a son, with full rights of inheritance.

Such was Muhammad before becoming aware of the role God wanted to assign to him. God then entrusted him with His message, which aims to provide a way of life for all mankind in all generations. By definition, this message taps into every good thing in man and enhances it; neutralizing or countering every negative trait. Muhammad (peace be upon him) was to become the role model for all future generations of humanity. His life after he became God’s Prophet and Messenger shows that he lived up to that. He was the teacher of all goodness. He defines his role in these simple words:

“I have been sent to bring good manners to perfection.” (Related by Ahmad, al-Bukhari in Al-Adab al- Mufrad, al-Hakim and al-Bayhaqi.)

His wife, A’ishah, describes his manners as a “practical implementation of the Qur’an.” (Related by Ahmad and al-Bayhaqi.)

The best description of his character is that given by God Himself:

“Most certainly, yours is a sublime character.” (68: 4)

Several ahadith, by different reporters, highlight the fact that the Prophet never used foul language. Anas ibn Malik reports: “God’s Messenger was not given to the use of foul language, cursing or abusive names. When he expressed displeasure with someone, he would say, ‘What is wrong with him; may he have dust on his forehead.’” (Related by al-Bukhari.)

In answer to a question about the Prophet’s manners, A’ishah said: “He never used foul or obscene language. Nor was he quarrelsome in the market place. He did not repay a bad turn with a similarly bad one, but would rather forgive and forebear.” (Related by Ahmad, al-Tirmidhi, al-Tabarani and al-Bayhaqi.) Another hadith mentions that Ata’ ibnYasar asked Abdullah ibn Amr about the Prophet’s description in the Torah. He said:

‘He is described in the Torah in similar terms as his description in the Qur’an. It says: “You, Prophet! We have sent you as a witness, one who brings happy news and gives warnings. You are a guardian for the Arabs. You are My servant and Messenger. I have called you al-Mutawakkil [i.e. one who puts his trust in God]. You do not use foul or hard language and are not quarrelsome in the market place. You do not repay evil with evil, but forgive and forbear. [This Messenger] shall not be gathered to God until God has brought the distorted faith back to its right form so that people will declare that ‘there is no deity other than God, opening with it blind eyes, deaf ears and hardened hearts.’” (Related by al-Bukhari.)

“May he have dust on his forehead” was an often-used metaphorical expression of displeasure. Its meaning has nothing to do with the literal sense of its words. Some linguists say that it is a prayer that the person concerned will be a devout person who prays often.

Some people put on an appearance when they are out and meet others. The Prophet, however, did not put any appearance other than his real manners. For example: “Some of his Companions visited Umm Salamah, his wife. They said to her: “Mother of the believers, tell us what is God’s Messenger like in the privacy of his home.” She said: “He is always the same in public and in private.” She then regretted answering them, feeling that she told them something that he might not wish to reveal. She reports: “When he came home, I told him.” He said: “You have done well.” (Related by Ahmad and al-Tabarani.)

These ahadith together give us a picture of a person who turns away from whatever is unbecoming and to whom good conduct comes naturally; he realizes that whatever comes from God is good. He is the first to implement it, at home and in public. The Prophet was the same in public and with his own family: he never used abusive or insulting language, cursed or engaged in a verbal quarrel. He was aware of his task of “bringing good manners to perfection.”

He had a generous nature. When, within the space of a few years, his fortunes changed – from being driven out of his hometown, with a great prize on his head, to being the undisputed master of the whole of Arabia – the Prophet could have led a most luxurious life. However, he preferred to lead a simple life, free of all pretences of power, grandeur or material luxury. At times, he could have plenty in his hand, but he would give it all away within a very short period of time. Jabir reports: “God’s Messenger never said, ‘No’, to anything he was asked.” Even when he and his family were in need, he would give away whatever he had. He did not mind eating the simplest of food. Anas reports: I took to the Prophet some barley bread and a little fat that had already started to go bad. He even pawned his body armour with a Jewish pawnbroker to buy some barley for his family. I heard him saying: “Muhammad’s family do not have even a small amount of wheat or grains.” He had nine wives at the time. (Related by al-Bukhari.)

It appears that the Prophet wanted to lead a very simple life, so that he would not be distinguished from the poor in his community. This fits with the Islamic view of this present life as transitory: it is the life to come that is more important, because it is everlasting and people’s lots in it are determined by what they do during their present life on earth. Another report that illustrates his interaction with his community is given by Uthman, who says: “We accompanied God’s Messenger in travel and in town. He would visit the sick, attend our funerals and fight with us. He would lend us support with whatever he had.” (Related by Ahmad and al-Bazzar.)

Some people think that the harder they drive themselves in fulfilling religious duties, the higher the position they will achieve in God’s eyes. Yet Islam does not require people to overstrain themselves, as it steers a middle way. Indeed, it is referred to, in some religious text as “the middle way.” The Prophet’s practical example shows that he understood this and put it into practice. A’ishah reports:

Whenever the Prophet was given a choice between two options, he would choose the easier, unless it be sinful. If it was sinful, he would move furthest away from it. Never did he seek revenge for himself. However, if something God has prohibited was violated, he would seek to avenge that for God’s sake. (Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.)

A similar hadith mentions that God’s Messenger never beat anyone with his hand: he never beat a woman or a servant. [He used his hand] only when he was in jihad for God’s cause. Never did he avenge himself for something done to him. Only when something God has prohibited was violated he would seek to avenge that for God’s sake. (Related by Muslim.)

The Prophet’s character shines as being that of a very modest man who never sought to press an advantage in anyway. At the same time, he was clearly dedicated to his message and would do everything in his power to ensure that people understood it clearly and could see how to put it into practice. He felt for others and would try hard to make it easy for them to understand God’s message and implement what He required of them. In his speech during the farewell pilgrimage, for example, he outlined the major principles of Islam. At the end of every point he stressed, he would ask his audience: “Have I delivered God’s message?” When they affirmed that he had done, he appealed to God to witness their acknowledgement.

The Prophet’s modesty was apparent in the way he treated his followers. He realized that his Companions would be emulated by later generations of Muslims. Hence, he made sure to explain how he should be treated by them and by all Muslims. Umar ibn al-Khattab quotes him as saying: “Do not overpraise me like the Christians overpraise Jesus, son of Mary. I am only a servant of God. [In reference to me] say: God’s servant and Messenger.” (Related by al-Bukhari and Ibn Hibban.) How did they react to this? Anas ibn Malik says: “No one was dearer to them than God’s Messenger. Yet when they saw him coming, they did not stand up because they knew he disliked that.” (Related by Ahmad and al- Tirmidhi.) He wanted to be seen as one of them.

The Prophet also impressed on his Companions that people distinguish themselves only by their manners and behaviour. In his address during his farewell pilgrimage, he said:

People, your Lord is one and your father is one. No Arab has an advantage over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab over an Arab; nor does a red skinned man over a black one, nor a black one over a red skinned one, except through God-fearing. (Related by Ahmad.)

What can we say in conclusion? Whatever praise we may say will always fall short of what Muhammad, God’s Messenger, deserves. He was the man who showed the way, and he taught goodness to humanity so that he would fulfil the aim of his mission that he expressed in his own words: “I have been sent so that I would bring good manners to perfection.”

Peace and God’s blessings be to Muhammad, God’s servant and Messenger.

 

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