Book Launch: The Pursuit of Happiness in Islam- Free Event

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Join us for a talk with Dr Haidar Bagir, Indonesian author and spiritual guide,

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Love, Islam and The Pursuit of Happiness

6–7.30pm, Tuesday 14 March, 2017

Al-Manar Muslim Cultural Centre

244 Akham Road, W10 5YG

FREE EVENT (No booking required)

Doors open at 5:45pm

If you’re coming by tube, the nearest stop is: Westbourne Park

Parking is available but there are limited spaces!

Al Manar, The Muslim Cultural Centre – London W10 5YG

ABOUT THE EVENT

How can we gain true happiness in this life before the next?

What does Islam say about love and the pursuit of happiness?

How can we gain true happiness in this life before the next?

Find the answers in this eye-opening talk, that will show you how to create meaning in your daily life and become an intimate of God, by one of Indonesia’s most prominent living spiritual teachers.

Through touching stories, humorous anecdotes, and profound insights into the spiritual realm that draw on sacred Islamic teachings, Dr. Bagir shines a brilliant light on to the importance of happiness and love in Islam.

Following the talk Dr Bagir will be signing copies of his book: Islam, the Faith of Love and Happiness, published by Kube.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

The book will be available for the first time during the event for £7.99. It is an eye-opening guide that shows us how to create meaning in our daily lives and become intimates of God.

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

“This message is vitally important in our dangerously polarised world.” – Karen Armstrong

“Islam: The Faith of Love and Happiness offers an antidote […] by presenting the heart of Islam.” – John L. Esposito

“This practical book presents the inner depths of Sufi teachings.” – Prof Komaruddin Hidayat

 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

HAIDAR BAGIR is an influential Islamic scholar and spiritual master based in Indonesia. He earned his MA from Harvard University, and his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Indonesia. He has been listed among The 500 Most Influential Muslims by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre for several years in a row. He has written a number of popular books, his most recent being “Learning to Live from Rumi”.

 

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

 

 

Revive Your Heart with Nouman Ali Khan – New book by Bayyinah founder published by Kube

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Being a Muslim today isn’t easy. Pushed, pulled and prodded from every direction, life can be disheartening and difficult to understand.

Revive Your Heart – written by Nouman Ali Khan – is an indispensable book, offering guidance that is both bold and heartfelt to modern Muslims navigating their way through a life that is ever more destabilising.

Nouman Ali Khan is one of the world’s most recognisable Muslims. At home in America, educated in the West and spiritually trained in the East, he is uniquely able to connect with modern Muslims; understanding the challenges they face, internally and externally, on a daily basis in the 21st century, from the rise of the alternative right to the complexities of family life.

This book is the result of his experiences – at home, in his community, and as a teacher – that combine to show us how to fulfil our faith, build healthy communities, purify our finances and respond to the rise of terrorism in the name of Islam.The vital point that runs through the book however, is more holistic: how to orientate ourselves so that we may find peace, and preserve through the difficult times that lie ahead.A path that, properly navigated, will revive a heart, transform a life and lead to success in both this life and the hereafter

The Kube Editor hopes that in a world that is abuzz with “unrelenting activity constantly vying for our attention” this book can “inspire modern Muslims to become sources of light in our world through the revival of their hearts.”


BOOK CONTENTS

PART I Connecting to Allah Through Du’a

PART II Creating a Cohesive Muslim Community

PART III Our Financial Dealings

PART IV Some Contemporary Issues

PART V Focusing on the Akhirah

 

ABOUT NOUMAN ALI KHAN

Nouman Ali Khan is a Muslim speaker and the CEO and founder of Bayyinah Institute, an institute that is dedicated to the teaching of Arabic and Qur’anic studies with over 10,000 students worldwide.

One of the best known Islamic speakers in the English Language. With a combined social media following of 2.5 million and 21 million YouTube video views for his Bayyinah Institute, Nouman is one of the most influential young western speakers. Nouman Ali Khan has been named one of the most 500 most influential Muslims in the world by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordon.

Available in Paperback and Hardback.

 

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Al-Ghazali on perfecting the life in prayer

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Internal States Conducive to Perfecting the Life in Prayer

These qualities can be expressed in many ways, but they are well summed up in six words, namely: awareness; understanding; reverence; awe; hope; shame.

Awareness

By conscious awareness we mean that state in which one’s mind and feelings are in no way distracted from what one is doing and saying. Perception is united with action and speech. Thoughts do not wander. When the mind remains attentive to what one is doing, when one is wholeheartedly involved, and when nothing makes one heedless, that is when on has achieved conscious awareness.

Understanding

Understanding the meaning of one’s words is something that goes beyond awareness, for one may be conscious of making an utterance, yet not be aware of the meaning of that utterance. What we mean by understanding, therefore, is an awareness that also includes comprehension of the meaning of one’s utterance.

Reverence

As for reverence, this is something beyond both awareness and understanding. A man may address his servant in full awareness of his speech, and understanding the meaning of his words, yet without reverence, for reverence is an additional element.

Awe

As for awe, it is over and above reverence. In fact, it represents a kind of fear that grows out of the latter. Without experiencing fear, one will not stand in awe. There is an ordinary fear of things we find repugnant, like scorpions or bad temper, but this not called awe. What we call awe is the kind of fear we have of a mighty king. Awe is the kind of fear induced by a sense of majesty.

Hope

As for hope, this unquestionably something else again. There are many who revere some king or other, and who are in awe of him or afraid of his power, yet do not hope to be rewarded by him. In our Prayers, however, we must hope for the reward of God, Great and Glorious is He, just as we fear His punishment for our faults.

Shame

As for shame, it is something additional to all the rest, for it is based on the realisation of one’s deficiencies and the apprehension of sin. It is quite possible to conceive of reverence, fear and hope, without this element of shame.

Excerpt taken from: Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship, available here, for the eBook version click here.

Muslim Bloggers

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Here at Kube we have rounded up some blogs that we have collaborated with and we love keeping up with, please do check them out!
Book Reviews
If you’re looking for book reviews, opinions on children’s titles or general Islamic books, look no further!

Parenting
Here are some examples of blogs for Muslim parents looking for advice, counsel and tips, check their musings below.

Education and Islamic Studies
If you are interested in homeschooling or want to know more about Islamic educational resources, check out these blogs below:
 
Other interesting blogs
Not sure what type of blogs to follow or you like a variety of opinions then don’t forget to bookmark these bloggers.

 

 

 
Most of these bloggers also use social media to keep everyone updated with their posts, readings and reflections so make sure to follow them on social media too.
If you have any recommendations for any blogs or bloggers, leave a comment below!

December Giveaway!

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As it’s December we are offering a special end of year giveaway!

We are offering:

  • 1 x A Treasury of Hadith

  • 1 x A Treasury of Sacred Maxims (New title!)

  • 1 x Blessed Names and Attributes of Allah

  • 1 x Treasures of the Qur’an (Recent release)

Our giveaway is now closed! Join our mailing list and follow us on social media to enter future giveaways and read more about our new titles.

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Angels in Islam – by Razana Noor

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Angels in Islam

Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has created many different types of creatures and one type of these creatures are called Angels (or‘al-Malaikah’ in the Quran).

We cannot usually see them and they are made of pure LIGHT. They only do whatever Allah (SWT) tells them to do and they cannot ever disobey God because unlike us humans, they have no choice of their own – they have no ‘Free Will.’

They pray, worship and glorify Allah all the time.

Belief in the Angels is a big part of our faith as Muslims, like the belief in ONE God and the belief in many Prophets of God. There are some very special angels who are given extra special tasks by Allah. Some of them are mentioned below.

  • Jibrael(Gabriel): He is a very important angel. He is the angel of revelation and he revealed the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). He also communicated with all the Prophets and he is responsible for bringing down Allah’s blessings on Laylatul Qadr (The Night of Power) on one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan. He is responsible for bringing punishment to nations who do wrong. Jibrael (alayhis salaam) is mentioned in the Quran several times.

 

  • Mikael(Michael): Responsible for directing the rain and winds according to the will of Allah (SWT).

 

  • Israfeel: Responsible for blowing the trumpet that will signal the ‘End of Time’ on this earth.

 

  • Azrael: Also known as malak al-maut(Judeo-Christian, Azrael), is the angel of death. He is responsible for parting the soul from the body. He is only referred to as malak al-maut in the Quran, which means the angel of death.

 

  • Malik: The main guardian of hell.

 

  • Munkar and Nakeer:Stern angels who question humans upon death regarding their beliefs. They ask three questions: who is your God? Who is your Prophet? What is your Religion? They punish those in the grave who did not believe, or were bad and disobedient in their lives.

 

  • Haroot and Maroot:Two angels who came to earth and taught men some  ‘black magic’ such as breaking up family and marriage as a test.

 

  • Kirama Katibeen:These two angels sit on every person’s right and left shoulder to record his/her good and bad.sun-1383638_1920

 

What do Angels look like?

According to Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), we know these facts about angels:

  • They are made of pure LIGHT, whereas the Jinn are made from fire, and mankind is from a type of ‘clay.’
  • The angels are very large.
  • They have wings, sometimes in pairs of two, three or four.
  • They are extremely beautiful, with the exception of the Angel of Death.
  • They are neither male nor female.
  • They can take on the form of humans.
  • The angels do not eat.

Q & A

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What are Angels made of?

Light

Can they ever be bad?

No. They have no ‘free will’ They ALWAYS carry out their duties and are obedient to Allah.

Do they eat and drink?

No. They do not need to. They were made to constantly glorify and praise Allah as well as carry out tasks given to them by Allah.

How many are there?

Too many to count.

Do they have wings?

Yes. Some have 2, 4 or even 100’s of wings.

How big or small are they?

They are gigantic – bigger than mountains, but they can come in human form.

Are Angels male or female?

Neither.

When do Angels come to a home?

Whenever they hear Allah being mentioned or they hear the Quran being recited, they fly over and protect that home. They LOVE listening to the Quran.

Bad Jinns (or Shayteen), are very afraid of angels because they can ZAP them with a ball of light.

When does an Angel leave the home?

Angels are very sensitive to bad words so if there is swearing going on they immediately leave. They also do not like pictures of humans or animals displayed on the walls or dogs living inside the home.


Check out ‘My Special Angels’ a children’s title that introduces the Kiraman and Katabin, the two noble scribes! written by Razana Noor and illustrated Omar Burgess.

Razana Noor

About the author: Razana was born and raised in Surrey, UK. She has a degree in Law and a diploma in Quran & Islamic Studies. Writing fun, entertaining Islamic children’s books is her passion!

The Rich Legacy of Libraries in Muslim Lands

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The beginning of July saw the reopening of one of the world’s oldest libraries – the al-Qarawiyyin university library, located in Fez, Morocco.

This famous university – founded in the 9th century – recently underwent refurbishment and has now once again opened its doors to the public. The renovation has brought to light the unique and distinctive achievements of the library, which has recently caught the attention of the public.

But the concept of grand libraries, filled with precious manuscripts, scrolls and the works of many famous theologians and scholars is one that has long been synonymous with Islam. Libraries in Muslim lands – particularly during the ‘Golden Age’ – were once the envy of the world, and to this day, are associated with the place of Islam in history.

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However, despite this rich legacy, very little is really known about Muslim libraries in the present day.

Bearing this in mind, below we have compiled a list (not exhaustive!) of some sterling Islamic libraries, which deserve to be remembered for their luminous legacy around the world.

 

(In no particular order…)

 

  • Al-Qarawiyyin library – Fez, Morocco

Al-Qarawiyyin was founded in 859 AD, suggesting it has existed for over a millennium! This makes it one of the world’s oldest libraries.

The library was established by a woman by the name of Fatima al-Fihri, the daughter of a wealthy Tunisian merchant – and she actually attended the university herself.

Al-Qarawiyyin is part of one of the world’s oldest operating universities, and was the first degree-granting educational institute. It has approximately 4000 rare books and Arabic manuscripts, including Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah and a 9th century Qur’an written in Kufic calligraphy.

The revamp includes a new area in the library for members of the general public to visit, making it an unmissable stop on your next trip to Morocco!

 

  • Alexandria library – Alexandria, Egypt

Possibly the most famous of them all, the library of Alexandria was popularly recognised as a centre for learning in the ancient world. It is believed to have contained a staggering 500,000 documents in its prime. Soaring at its highest when Egypt was under Muslim rule, the Alexandria university was a major centre for knowledge and was also part of a research institute.

Sadly, this ancient library no longer exists, with the exact cause for its destruction remaining a mystery.

 

  • Library of al-Hakam – Cordoba, Spain

The grand library of al-Hakam was located in Cordoba, Spain. Cordoba was the capital of al-Andalus – a famous centre of Islam during the ‘Golden Age’ (7th-13th century). Understood to have housed over 400,000 books, the pursuit of knowledge was taken very seriously in al-Hakam library. The fields of medicine, mathematics, astronomy and botany were in particular focus, and knowledge was regularly exchanged and expanded through contact with other Muslim cities like Baghdad.

Cordoba was central to the success of Islam during the ‘Golden Era’. The spread of knowledge though al-Hakam library meant Cordoba led the way to enlightenment for the rest of Europe.

 

  • Bait al-Hikmah, House of Wisdom – Baghdad, Iraq

Founded in 830 CE, Bait al-Hikmah consisted of a library, research institute and translation bureau. It was an institute famous for research and education, attracting various well-known scholars who came to share their culture and ideas. During this period, Baghdad was at its most successful financially and intellectually, and the House of Wisdom played a chief role in this.

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Bait al-Hikmah contained thousands of Greek and Roman manuscripts, and scholars were specifically employed to translate foreign works into Arabic. The primary focus was on translating works from the Greek literary canon, including Aristotle, Ptolemy and Plato, into Arabic. Al-Kindi – the famous Muslim Arab philosopher – wrote a large number of books for the library.

Rumour has it that when the books of Bait al-Hikmah were destroyed in the Tigris River during the Mongol invasion, the water ran pitch black due to the excessive ink that had run from the scrolls.

 

  • Sufiya mosque library – Aleppo, Syria

The Sufiya library, located in the Grand Umayyad mosque in Aleppo, was one of the oldest mosque libraries. Prince Sayf al-Daula – a local prince – bequeathed a magnificent 10,000 books to the library himself! Great pride was taken in maintaining the library, so much so that only the best scholars were employed as librarians.

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  • And many, many more

From the Zaytuna in Tunis to the famous al-Azhar in Cairo, the number of libraries in the Muslim world has been – and is – widespread. Many a library that was once shining with the light of knowledge has been forgotten under the shadow of time, and for many libraries, there are not many reliable historical facts readily available.

 

One of the unique factors that allowed Muslim lands to soar to such an intellectual height was the use of paper. Paper was invented in China in the first century, but the western world did not access it until long after the Muslims. Muslim merchants were one of the first to gain access to paper, allowing them to record, copy and spread knowledge. This put them far in front of everybody else.

It is clear to see the central role that Islamic libraries played in the development and spread of knowledge around the world. At a time when the rest of the world was still taking baby steps, the knowledge spread in Muslim lands was increasing in leaps and bounds, light years ahead of everyone else.

 

Kube: Behind the Scenes – Illustrations

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Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when a book is being made?

It’s far too lengthy a process to be disclosed in one post… but today I’m going to share with you some exclusive behind-the-scenes material which explores (to some extent) how illustrations are developed for a book.

Meet Hassan and Aneesa.

 

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Women in the Qur’an: An Emancipatory Reading

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What the Text is About:
Women in the Qur’an begins by addressing two dominant interpretations of Muslim women. On the one hand, a Western, 9780993516610Islamophobic approach that assumes the Muslim woman is repressed, restrained and miserable due to the confines of her religion. On the other, a conservative Islamic approach which enforces a particular reading of the Qur’an, one which seems to encourage the oppression of Muslim women in the name of Islam.
Lamrabet offers an alternative reading of the Qur’an in an attempt to show that Islam does not condone the oppression of women, and that it is in fact a religion in which women’s freedom, their right to act and right to speak, is encouraged and rewarded by God.
The main body of the text is split into three main chapters, which are outlined below:

In the Very Beginning:
Lamrabet begins with the story of human creation, of the tale of Adam and Eve. She argues against the common interpretation that Eve was created from Adam’s rib, and was therefore created for him, woman created for man. She points out that the Qur’an uses non gender-specific language, and highlights passages that suggest that male and female were created at the same time, which shows that from the very beginning, man and woman were placed on a level playing field by God.

When the Qur’an Speaks of Women:
In this section, Lamrabet draws attention to specific examples in the Qur’an that show that Muslim women are so much more than merely mothers, sisters and wives. Examples include:
• Balkis, the Queen of Sheba – a democratic ruler, a woman concerned with the political principles of equity and justice.

• Sarah and Hagar – two emblems of monotheism. Hagar is especially praised for her piety, and the instance of her running between the Al-Safa and Al-Marwah hills to rescue her thirsty child continues to be remembered by Muslims when they perform hajj at Makkah.

• Umm Musa and Asiah – a story of free women who follow God and protect their son, Musa, whilst defying the Pharaoh’s rule.

• Maryam – God’s favourite. The mother of the Prophet, she is the embodiment of strength, faith and purity. The Prophet’s title, Isa ibn Maryam, serves as a reminder that the Messiah is the child of this exceptional woman.
Through these stories, Lamrabet shows that Muslim women have important narratives, stories of faith, endurance, resistance and strength, that ought not to be overlooked.

When the Qur’an Speaks to Women:
The Qur’an is a text that speaks to all, regardless of gender or ethnicity. The masculine language in the Qur’an is gender neutral and implies human universality. However, there are instances where the discourse calls on women directly, in response to particular contexts and/or injustices. Lamrabet presents examples of the Prophet’s respect for the rights of women to freedom of expression in the following subheadings:
• Responding to feminine demands
• Encourages women social preparation
• The Muhajirat, female political refugees
• The political participation of women
• When God listens to the secrets of a woman
Once again, Lamrabet draws attention to models of women who are often neglected. There is Umm Salama, who is so committed to the path of faith that she does not hesitate to ask the Creator for greater equality within Qur’anic discourse. There are several examples of the Muhajirat, women who were active participants in the story of exile, their activism promoted by the message of Islam. Lamrabet also talks about marriage, and how the Qur’an mentions taradi, meaning ‘common agreement’ several times. This demonstrates Islam’s respect for a woman’s right to choose her future spouse, and shows that the unconditional obedience of a wife is a patriarchal, not Islamic, concept.

And the other verses?
Lamrabet also discusses interpretations of the Qur’an that appear to justify the oppression of Muslim women. She focuses on the issues of polygamy, inheritance, and marital violence, arguing that when extracted, there are particular verses that do appear to encourage misogynistic and repressive treatment of women. However, when read within their contexts and the higher objective of the holistic Qur’anic message, they do not. Lamrabet once again reiterates how vital it is to make this distinction, as the former views are ultimately damaging to Islam.

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