A Look Back At 2018..

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Take a look at our Books Launched in 2018. Carry on reading to find out about all the books we’ve released this year. Thank you and Jazak’Allah Khair for all your support this year!


Zak and His Little Lies by J. Samia Mair

Our first book for 2018 was Zak and His Little Lies. Zak is back, this time to learn a lesson about lying, which makes it a great opportunity for discussions with your little ones. Considered as a gorgeously illustrated book full of warmth and faith.

Available here

£4.99 Hardback

ISBN: 9780860376279

Read a review by MuslimMummies


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

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

“A children’s story book that has me in tears each time I read it to my children.” Waldorfish

Available here

£3.99 Paperback

ISBN: 9780860376231

Take a look inside here or Read a review by Our Amanahs Our Futures


Shariah: A Dive Code of Life by Abdur Rashid Siddiqui

This simple and concise guide to the Shariah (Islamic law) explains its meaning, scope and operation, as well as helping readers understand and appreciate its value and importance in the believer’s life.

Available here

£5.99 Paperback

ISBN: 9780860376248


Communicating with Allah: Rediscovering Prayer by Dr Bassam Saeh

Learn to let go of your worldly worries during your prayers (salah) and be more mindful before God. A perfect book to read over Ramadan, especially in our modern world of constant distraction! How are we to achieve the communion with the Divine that prayer is supposed to be? Rediscover prayer, with this book filled with short reminders containing practical examples to help readers attain a deeper sense of devotion to Allah.

Available here

£4.99 Paperback

ISBN: 9780860377153

“Unique and powerful, this book breathes new life into an action that Muslims repeat constantly. If you are looking to worship smarter, a little bit of consistency in improving the quality of your five daily prayers will go a long way.”

Read the full review here


Sleeping Beauty: An Islamic Tale by Fawzia Gilani

A faithful retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story that is set in ancient Egypt. Featuring an aqiqah to celebrate the Princess Mariam’s birth, four wise sages, a poisoned hijab pin, an unbreakable sleep, a wicked Count and a charming prince, this story will awaken a love for this classic tale in a whole new community’s heart. Look inside here.

Available here

£5.95 Hardback

Kindle edition

ISBN: 9780860375975

 

An intriguing, fun story” Read the full review by Happy Muslim Mama


Allah Made Everything: The Song Book by Zain Bhika

Our song book is based on the well-loved children’s song by renowned nasheed artist Zain Bhikha.

Available here. Sing-a-long here and don’t forget to watch the review!

£4.99 Hardback

ISBN: 9780860377702

The kids are really enjoying the colourful illustrations and how catchy and simple it is to remember.” StepInsideMyhandBag

“A new favourite by Zain Bhikha, based on the song lyrics of his well-loved children’s song!!” EasternToybox

“We explore the world through children’s eyes and on that journey we are reminded that we are all creations of Allah….The story is brought to life by the mesmerising illustrations that certainly caught my child’s attention.” BritDeshi Mummy

 


The Rohingya Crisis: A People Facing Extinction by Dr Abdul Bari
The book is a concise, well researched, easily readable and passioned book
on the history and plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar.
Available here
Kindle edition 
£4.99 Paperback
ISBN: 9781847741011
“The book is a concise, well researched, easily readable and passionate book on the history and plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar.” The Muslim News

A Long Jihad: My Quest for the Middle Way by Dr Abdul Bari
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”. Read a sample here.
Available here
Kindle edition 
£9.99 Paperback
ISBN:9781847741172
“Dr Bari’s contributions to institution building, inter-faith work and improving community relations are exemplary. His insights on building family, faith and community relations should be should be considered carefully. This book offers an interesting reflection of British Muslim engagement at the highest levels of public life and should be read widely by policymakers, media professionals, community work practitioners and activists within Muslim communities and beyond.” Dr Sadek Hamid, The New Arab
Read the full review here.

Towards Understanding the Qur’an Vol.13 by Mawdudi
Continuing our Tafsir series, Volume XIII 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
Available here
£10.95 Paperback
£17.95 Hardback
ISBN: 9780860376590

Finding Peace in the Holy Lands: A British Muslim Memoir by Lauren Booth

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 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
Lauren Booth has presented radio and TV series for amongst others; BBC Radio London, British Muslim TV, Press TV and the Islam Channel.
Available here
£9.99 Paperback
£19.99 Hardback
ISBN: 9781847741202
Find out more here. Read the review from About Islam
‘One of the most fascinating Muslim personalities of our time.’ Imam Zaid Shakir
‘For many, this book will be the closest that they ever come to truly understanding why a western woman, steeped in the consumerist values of.. living amidst the glamour and giddy hedonism of life in the celebrity spotlight, might choose to turn to Islam.’ AboutIslam.net
‘This book is a beautiful reminder of how Allah leads people to Islam in different ways. Booth spent a considerable part of her life feeling conflicted about her materialistic lifestyle at home and struggling to advance humanitarian causes abroad. She found herself drawn to Palestine again and again. And it is there, during the month of Ramadan, that the generosity of a Palestinian woman is what finally opens her heart to Islam.’ MuslimReads

The Qur’an and its Study
A contemporary exploration of Qur’anic studies, analysing the various approaches to the Qur’an taken by leading scholars through the centuries.  In the course of five rich sections, Prof Adnan Zarzour considers an incredible range of topics including the nature of Qur’anic revelation, the history of the Qur’an’s compilation, an exploration of the Qur’an’s language, style and the nature of its stylistic inimitability and artistic features. Take a look inside here
Available here
£19.99 Paperback
£39.99 Hardback
ISBN: 9780860377801

A Race to Prayer: Sulaiman’s Rewarding Day by Aliya Vaughan
Race to Prayer Book Cover
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.
Available here
£3.00 Paperback
ISBN: 9780860376538
“It makes you satisfied that your child is learning Hadiths through stories and gaining Islamic knowledge rather than knowledge of things we may not like for them.” Read the full review here

Ibn Battuta: A Concise Life by Edoardo Albert
Journey through the medieval Muslim world and beyond with Ibn Battuta, the greatest traveller of his time.
 
In this short biography you will discover how Ibn Battuta’s travels took him to nearly every part of the Muslim world at the time. Between 1325 CE when he set off from Morocco and 1354 CE when he finally returned home, he had visited about forty modern countries and travelled roughly 75,000 miles, going on foot, camel, horse, wagon, boat and even sled.
Written in a simple style, with explanations, illustrations and images aplenty, this short book brilliantly narrates the life and times of Ibn Battuta. Take a look inside here.
Available here
£4.99 Paperback
ISBN: 9781847740472

Sahih Muslim Vol 1 with Commentary by Imam Nawawi and Translated by Adil Salahi
After the Qur’an, the prophetic traditions (Hadith) are the most recognised source of wisdom in Islam. These traditions offer readers down the ages a glimpse of Prophet Muhammad’s sayings and actions. Amongst the Hadith literature, Sahih Muslim is second only to the collection of Imam Bukhari, and is recognised by scholars of history and religion for its reliability.
The hadith collection of Imam Muslim (d. 261CE/875AH), like that of Bukhari, has been the object of innumerable commentaries since its compilation. However, there is no doubt that one commentary stands out as the most authoritative—namely that of the great Damascene scholar and prolific author Imam al-Nawawi (d. 676CE/1277AH).
Imam al-Nawawi’s commentary on Sahih Muslim is one of the most highly regarded works in Islamic thought and literature, and often referred to as a super-commentary. Accepted by every sunni school of thought, this text available for the first time in English, alongside the original Arabic text and translation of all the hadiths, is famed throughout the Muslim world. Available here and take a look inside here.
£13.99 Paperback
£26.99 Hardback
ISBN: 9780860377962

Signs on the Earth; Islam, Modernity and the Climate Crisis by Fazlun Khalid
Our final publication for 2018 is by one of the world’s leading Muslim environmentalists, exploring what is perhaps the greatest threat humanity faces today, namely climate change.
Fazlun Khalid has a worldwide reputation as an advocate of environmental protection rooted in religious traditions and is now recognised as one of fifteen leading eco-theologians in the world. He appeared on the Independent on Sunday list of the top 100 environmentalists in the UK in 2008 and is also listed amongst the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan.
He founded the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES) which is now established as the world’s leading Islamic environmental NGO.
Available here
£12.99 Paperback
£24.99 Hardback
ISBN: 9781847740755
Thank you and Jazak’Allah Khair to all the book lovers and to throse who strive to learn more about Islam. We are eternally grateful to our authors, bookshops and readers who continue to support us! In Sha Allah, We pray we can continue to bring out dynamic and engaging books for Muslims in 2019 and beyond!

The Fantasy of Growth – Signs of the Earth

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The Fantasy of Growth

The ‘Holy Grail’ Everything that comes into existence grows, matures, flourishes, perishes and finally decays. Then, if the conditions are right there is renewal. These are unalterable universal laws; growth is the flip-side of development. The maturing and flourishing dimensions are the developmental aspects of growth. In another sense the terms ‘development’ and ‘growth’ are interchangeable, but in economics they have specific meanings, like in the sentence: ‘Development is dependent on growth.’ But we can have development without growth. That is, improving our state of well being without economic growth; without the accumulation of material possessions that, in their increasing manufacture and use contribute to a degraded planet. We need to differentiate between quality and quantity and ask if possessions can improve the quality of life. Up to a point, perhaps, when they can relieve us of our daily drudgery. But beyond that we succumb to greed, euphemistically described today as consumerism; a state by which we measure our self-worth through the things we possess, capitulating to advertising techniques designed to leave us addicted to wanting more stuff.

This is the consequence of denying ourselves the secret we call contentment, an essential ingredient for happiness. The extreme example of the desire to possess is the millions the rich spend on works of art. Somehow the possession and display of these artefacts give their owners a sense of power and importance, and perhaps happiness. Growth has become the holy grail of the nation state in these times; it is the driver that provides the raison d’être of the modern world. One never ceases to hear about economic growth, as if this was the universal remedy that would deliver to the human race the good life it seeks. Politicians are sold on the growth agenda because this is how they can make their contribution to improving the living standards of their people. This is, after all, what they were elected to do and if they succeed they remain in power. The project is to enhance their appeal to the electorate, and this is the underlying reason why it has been difficult to reach agreement on climate change discussions.

Reducing carbon footprints means curbing growth rates, and who is going to be the first to do that? This is why the United States did not ratify the Kyoto protocol in 2005, and Trump provides us with a textbook example of how this is done: tell people the lie they want to hear and scupper international agreements ostensibly in the national interest.

International agencies like the World Trade Organisation (WTO) constantly promote growth. As Roberto Azevêdo, the Director-General of WTO, declares in his concerns for the environment, the fact cannot be ignored that the principle concern of his organisation is economic growth. Economists always promote growth because it is part of their belief system, and in their reckoning the environment is relegated to second place. As we move into unexplored territory a new jargon appears: the ‘ecology of investment’, and in this idea investors sensitive to climate change look for growth opportunities in the development and application of renewable energy.

The media, which with a few exceptions is part of big business, supports the growth agenda to the hilt. One only has to look at the financial pages in the newspapers. The following headline appeared in the Telegraph of 30 September 2014: ‘IMF: Infrastructure spending spree last chance to revive growth – International Monetary Fund describes public infrastructure spending as “one of the few remaining policy levers available to support growth”’.

This is an organisation in which its chief officer has declared her grave concerns regarding climate change. To bring this up to date, the latest IMF assessment published in October 2017 makes this observation in its Executive Summary: ‘For 2018, the upward revision (a reference to its foregoing analysis) mainly reflects an expectation that the authorities will maintain a sufficiently expansionary policy mix … to meet their target of doubling real GDP between 2010 and 2020.’

The full title of this report is World Economic Outlook, October 2017: Seeking Sustainable Growth (Short-Term Recovery, Long-Term Challenges). It would be pertinent to ask here if sustainable growth is the same as sustainable development? It quite clearly is not and this raises another question. Is the IMF paying heed to the idea of sustainability that UNDP is taking so
much pain to advocate? These are mixed messages coming from reputable international agencies and only confirms my two-world theory: conservationist versus expansionist.
If we draw a line starting with Adam Smith, the father of modern economics (late eighteenth century) and work our way through John Stuart Mill, economic theorist and moral philosopher (early nineteenth century), and Alfred Marshall, whose Principles of Economics was taught in universities till the 1920s, we discover that economic growth per se didn’t receive any serious mention until the middle of the twentieth century, when economic historian Walt Whitman Rostow made a serious study of this subject in its own right.

He saw the rate of growth as a ‘function of changes in two enormously complex variables’: Output, that is scale and productivity of the workforce; and, capital, which he describes as ‘land, other natural resources as well as scientific, technical and organisational knowledge’. He also describes growth as ‘the art of interrelating economic, social and political factors over time.’ Growth today is expressed as the amount of goods and services produced per head of the population over a period of time.

 

 

The late 1940s and the early 1950s were a period of great hope. Seventy years ago, the American atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had done their work and they provided the illusion that war was outmoded. Postwar reconstruction was reaching a climax, full employment was an aspiration treasured by all politicians, and the welfare state was being put together as a fulfilment of the hopes of war-weary people. Environmental issues were on the horizon, but few people saw them coming. For the first time ever an elected government was able to promise its people a good life by quoting a magic figure. This feat was achieved by RA Butler, Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) of the British government, in 1953: ‘He told the British people that their standard of life, with a 3 per cent growth rate, would double in 25 years.’

Over sixty years later this idea has now taken a grip on the world as a measure of economic progress. The ‘UK Economic Outlook, March 2018’ projects that ‘households will spend over 30% of their budget on housing and utilities by 2030, up from around 27% in 2017.’ The culture is to view this as good news, and why not? Promises of the good life lie behind such statements. At the other end of the growth spectrum are China, who have at times achieved double digit growth rates, and India who follow close behind. And again, why not? The people of these populous nations have a right to a higher standard of living and to be able to go shopping, illusory though this may be. The economic growth agenda that the international order has designed for itself has taxed ecosystems to such an extent that the process of global decay is now well underway. The potent mix of factors, not least of which is climate change, have been simmering for a while and are now coming to the boil.

The planet will recover in its own time, once we have done our mischief and are gone, but in the meantime we are in trouble. I have been around for nearly four-score years and ten and I have yet to see signs that the earth is growing. As far as I am aware, and people keep reminding me, if not stopped in time only cancer and the money supply can keep on growing forever. These two strange bedfellows also have another thing in common, in that if allowed to grow unchecked they will destroy their hosts. However, the growth of the former can be stopped by surgical incision but the latter, which in effect feeds the growth agenda, will need a different kind of surgery to stop it from killing its obese host. There is no Plimsoll line – a point at which we can all see that we are overloading the planet by these very processes.

Here is a perspective on growth from the New Economics Foundation: The most recent data on human use of bio-capacity sends a number of unfortunate signals for believers in the possibility of unrestrained growth. Our global ecological footprint is growing, further overshooting what the biosphere can provide and absorb, and in the process, like two trains heading in opposite directions, we appear to be actually shrinking the available bio capacity on which we depend.

This excerpt is from ‘Signs of the Earth – Islam, Modernity and the Climate Crisis’ by Fazlun Khalid

Report on Global Warming – Signs of the Earth

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Report on Global Warming – Signs of the Earth

 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has just issued a Special Report on Global Warming urging policy makers to limit global warming to 1.5°C. The scientists responsible for this report urged in its press release for “… rapid, far- reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society …”. Although the learned scientists make their appeal “… in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty …”, the medicine they prescribe maybe hard to swallow but in my view it is nowhere near strong enough if what we really want is to return Earth systems to a semblance of balance.

Witness what is happening in the Congo as a consequence of our rush to divest from fossil fuels and drive electric cars. The Congo is one of the few places on the Earth that can supply the Cobalt in the quantity that is needed to manufacture the batteries that propel the electric cars we all aspire to be driving in the not too distant future. But at what cost? The environmental and social impact to this country to keep us mobile are dire. This report is not going to stop the production of the millions of cars we will all be driving in the future and in order to do this Cobalt is not the only mineral that we will be scouring the Earth for. Even if we manage to meet our climate targets the human race will continue on its course of wanton destruction of the planet.

But I cannot repeat often enough that there is an inherent urgency in what we face given the predictions by scientists of global systems collapse. What Muslims, who form over one-fifth of the world’s population, can offer the rest to mitigate the collapse and how soon we do it will have a bearing on how the human race will survive in a changed world. Equally, how the rest relate to planet Earth will have a bearing on Muslims, and the times call for a sensitivity to these common challenges in a shared space. The Islamic template provides us with a model whereby we could lead reasonably satisfactory lifestyles that meet our needs based on the prophetic tradition, where caring and sharing takes precedence over selfishness, personal aggrandisement and greed.

I take a radical view of these issues in my book and argue that modernity has created a huge divide between the human race and the natural world and that our behaviour manifests a total dislocation from it. I prescribe some strong medicine which if not taken in appropriate measure will make all the predictions in the IPCC report come true.

By Fazlun Khalid

You can learn more about Fazlun Khalid’s latest book ‘Signs on the Earth Islam, Modernity and the Climate Crisis‘ here.

Paperback  |  ISBN: 9781847740755 

Hardback  |  ISBN: 9781847740762

About the Author

Fazlun M Khalid Since 1992, has devoted himself to raising environmental consciousness among Muslims. In 1994, he founded the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES) and over the years has been recognized through numerous awards and accolades as one of the world’s most important Islamic environmentalists. | http://www.ifees.org.uk/

In memory of Manzoor Khalid (1945–2018)

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Manzoor Khalid (1945–2018)

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Hafiz Manzoor Khalid, a lover of books who committed himself to promoting Islamic literature and sharing the Qur’an.

Khalid, as he was known by friends and family, was born in 1945 in Peshawar, Pakistan. At an early age he memorised the Qur’an, completing his hifz at 14 in Gujranwala, Pakistan.

In July 1967 Khalid moved to Blackburn, where he settled and soon married. In Blackburn Khalid worked for an engineering firm making Singer sewing machines and helped to establish a UK Islamic Mission (UKIM) centre where he led Taraweeh prayers. In 1974 he moved from Blackburn to Manchester and was involved in founding Masjid Khizra, before returning to Pakistan to care for his father in 1978.

Masjid Khizra, Cheetham Hill, Manchester

After deciding to move back to the UK in 1981, Khalid was asked to run the UKIM bookshop in Drummond Street, London, as its manager. A position he held for 17 years. And one that shaped the remainder of his life.

Islamic Book Centre, Drummond Street, London (1999)

Numerous people, from academics to community activists, recall the times they visited the shop during those years. Hafiz Khalid’s personal attention and guidance led to conversions, marriages and much shared knowledge. His gentle enthusiasm and admirable manners never forgotten.

In the 90s Khalid left the Drummond Street Book Centre to work alongside Afsar Siddiqui at TaHa Publishing before becoming a bus driver in London. A position away from his beloved books.

Fortunately, one of the regular customers to Drummond Street came calling. Farooq Murad, restructuring the Islamic Foundation Publications at the time, asked if he would leave London and join the Islamic Foundation in Leicester as Marketing Executive. A position he happily accepted, relocating his young family to the Midlands.

At home promoting Islamic literature, Hafiz Khalid performed his role with dedication and care. Helping to increase its distribution, and in 2007, playing a pioneering role in the successful creation of Kube Publishing.

Islamic Foundation, Markfield

Nineteen years later he retired from Kube Publishing, leaving a legacy in British Muslim books that few will match. During this time, his community activism never ceased: he completed a chaplaincy course at MIHE in the 2000s and went on to perform nikahs, Friday khutbahs and regularly attend UKIM events.

All of us blessed to know him will remember his gentle nature, endless enthusiasm for ‘fantastic books’, his compassion and restraint, and his love for the Qur’an.

Despite his constant smile, Khalid spent his final years living with an unknown condition. He was eventually diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, and left this world on the morning of 13th of October 2018. We pray that Allah forgives his shortcomings and raises him up to the highest rank in paradise.

Hafiz Manzoor Khalid leaves behind his wife, Shahida Khalid, three children, Suhaib, Uways and Nadiyah, and six grandchildren. May Allah grant them all strength, fortitude and patience.

 

Haris Ahmad, Managing Director of Kube:

‘Hafiz Khalid was a perfect gem. Apart from being a book lover he had impeccable people skills and everyone used to warm to him. Even after he retired, his customers used to often ask about him. Over the past year, although he had been unwell, he still offered to help in any way he could and kept thinking about ways to further the cause. His work at Kube/Islamic Foundation was a lot more than just a job. It was a part of his life that he cherished dearly and saw it as part of his route to pleasing Allah by spreading His word. May Allah accept Hafiz Khalid’s efforts and grant him the highest place in Jannah – Ameen. He will be deeply missed.’

 

If you would like to add a personal reflection about Hafiz Khalid please send it to info@kubepublishing.com.

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

 

If you have arranged a book club or a reading group, click on the link below for some useful questions for discussions:

Finding Peace – Reading Group Questions

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

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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.

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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!

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