What are the sources of the Shariah?

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The Sources of the Shariah

Usually, books on Islamic law mention four sources of the Shariah: the Qur’an, the Sunnah (practice) of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), ijma’ (Scholarly Consensus) and ijtihad (Independent Juristic Reasoning). However, ijma’ takes place as a result of the ijtihad of the Companions or, later on, other jurists. So, in fact, there are only three sources of the Shariah. These terms are briefly explained below:

 

The Qur’an
The Qur’an is Allah’s speech sent down to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) through the Archangel Jibril (Gabriel). It is inimitable, unique and protected from corruption by Allah. The Qur’an is a Book of Guidance. Its purpose is to provide guidance for human beings so that they can fulfil their role of vicegerency and stewardship on earth in order to live a life of moral excellence here and attain salvation in the Hereafter. Thus, the Qur’an covers a vast number of subjects: moral, social, economic, political and legal, as well as matters relating to creed and metaphysics.
The Sunnah
While the Qur’an gives basic principles regarding how life on earth is to be lived, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) demonstrated through his practice how these principles were to be implemented. He was the model that the believers are required to follow. During his prophetic ministry, he reformed men, changed society, organised a community and established a state inspired by the guidance provided in the Qur’an. In this way, the Sunnah is the second source of the
Shariah. The authority of the Sunnah is based on the explicit statements recorded in the Qur’an to this effect.The Sunnah is preserved by the ummah’s continuous consensus from the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) about his practical example. It is also recorded in the books of Hadith, which are collections of the Prophet’s sayings, actions and tacit approval.

Ijtihad/ Ijma’ (Independent Juristic Reasoning)
This is an Islamic legal term which refers to the use of reason and judgement to determine Shariah rulings. This comes into operation when both the Qur’an and the Sunnah are silent on a particular issue. This can only be undertaken by thoroughly competent scholars. They can arrive at their opinion (ra’y) by using analogy (qiyas), juristic preference or equity or public good. Ijtihad provides a mechanism to derive guidance with regard to new issues and problems faced by the community.
The consensus or agreement reached on a specific issue through independent juristic reasoning during the time of the first four Rightly-guided Caliphs and the Prophet’s Companions is called Ijma’ Al-Sahabah (the consensus of the Prophetic Companions). This is accepted as binding. Later scholarly consensus by qualified Muslim jurists may be followed, but it can be changed subsequently by other scholarly consensuses. Today, it is possible that jurists living in a particular country arrive at a consensus on a particular issue. But this consensus will be acceptable elsewhere, or globally, only when an assembly of world renowned jurists and scholars endorse it. Ijma’ provides a good mechanism for maintaining the unity of the community in the face of changing situations. Thus, ijtihad is a vital tool which ensures the Shariah’s dynamism and enables the ummah (the faith-community of Islam) to face new challenges as and when they arise.

Author Evening: ‘Great Muslims of the West – Makers of Western Islam’ with Muhammad Mojlum Khan

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FREE ENTRY & Refreshments provided!

WHEN: Thursday, 8 February 2018 from 6pm –
WHERE: IHRC Bookshop, 202 Preston Road, Wembley HA9 8PA (nearest station: Preston Road)
Click here to book your space!

ABOUT THE BOOK

The book will be available to purchase during the event!

The contributions of some extraordinary Muslims of the West in recent history is surprising, revealing and, most importantly, worth celebrating.

“[A] work of great synthesis. . . . [It] argues that the ‘makers of Western Islam’ have not only enriched Islam, but also humanity in general. This book is an important and timely contribution.”—Dr. Enes Karic, Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Sarajevo, and former Minister of Education, Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina

“[An] unusually informative, inspiring and timely contribution. Essential reading for Muslims and non-Muslims, Easterners and Westerners alike.”—Dr. Syed Mahmudul Hasan, F.R.A.S. historian, author, and formerly Professor of Islamic History and Culture at the University of Dhaka

Muslims have lived in the “West” for hundreds of years, yet the lives of all but a few are little knownIn this illuminating work, Muhammad Mojlum Khan sets out to change this by revealing the lives and impact of over fifty significant Muslims, from the founder of Muslim Spain in the eighth century to Muhammad Ali of yesteryear.

This extraordinary book features biographies on the enslaved African Prince Ayuba Sulaiman Diallo, who was put to work in the tobacco fields of Maryland; Abdullah Quilliam, the Victorian Shaykh of the British Isles; Alexander Russell Webb, the voice of Muslims in Victorian America; and W.D. Muhammad, Elijah Muhammad’s son, who mentored Malcolm X and transformed the Nation of Islam.

Read a sample: http://bit.ly/2htNV5s

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Muhammad Mojlum Khan is an award-winning British writer, literary critic and research scholar. He has published more than 200 essays and articles worldwide and his writings have been translated into several languages. He is the author of the bestselling The Muslim 100 (2008) and The Muslim Heritage of Bengal (2013). He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Director of the Bengal Muslim Research Institute UK.

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Manners and Morality in Islam

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Al-Adab al-Mufrad, an anthology of 1329 hadiths (recorded actions and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad), is a treasured work in Muslim history by one of its most respected scholars, Imam Bukhari (809-870), whose role in presenting the most trust-worthy teachings of the Prophet Muhammad place him head and shoulders above all others in this area.

In preparing this selection of hadiths Imam Bukhari aimed to set out a guide for moral conduct, based on the Prophetic example, and that of Muhammad’s closest companions. All of the hadiths are directly related to the standards of manners and morality Islam wants to prevail, and Muslims throughout the world have been guided by it since its preparation over a millennium ago.

What distinguishes the present work is that it includes a contemporary commentary on each topical collection of hadiths, clearly emphasising the relevance of the Prophet’s teachings in our modern and complex societies. This pioneering addition marks it out as perhaps the first English work commenting on and explaining a full anthology of hadiths.

The translator and author of the commentaries, Adil Salahi, has a long history of research in the Seerah and Hadith, and he has written extensively on both.

Read a sample below!

 

About the Author

Adil Salahi’s writings include the acclaimed Muhammad: Man and Prophet and Pioneers of Islamic Scholarship, and the English translation of the 18-volume In the Shade of the Qur’an. His main career has been in radio and print journalism, and for over 30 years he was editor of ‘Islam in Perspective’, a twice-weekly full-page column in the Arab News, a Saudi daily newspaper.

For more information on the book click here.

Hard back edition

Al-Adab al-Mufrad with Full Commentary

A Perfect Code of Manners and Morality By Imam Bukhari Translated and commentaries by Adil Salahi

A complete, newly translated edition of al-Adab al-Mufrad, the most famous collection of Prophetic traditions on manners and morals, with a pioneering commentary by Adil Salahi.

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Heavenly Bites Review!

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Heavenly Bites

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Food glorious food! I just want to show you guys how awesome this new book I have is!

This is a collaboration post with the author of the book Heavenly Bites. Karimah Bint Dawoud. If you haven’t heard of her, well now you have. The award-winning Karimah is a qualified nutritionist. Her book, Heavenly Bites, won the Gormund award in Paris (so you’ll know this book is pretty darn good if it has won an award.)
More about the lady herself, she’s a trustee of a charity called Karimah’s Cuisina. It’s a non-profit organisation where she cooks and feeds homeless people in central London. It also promotes faith-based wellbeing.

After she had co-produced and presented a successful cooking show, she was invited to make a book with the healthy versions of traditional Islamic food. It was then that she started to realise nutrition was the way forward. That’s when she went into a clinical nutrition course with the hope of combining nutrition with Islam.

Her most recent project is working on writing a new book. This one though will be more about the Islamic way of cooking and eating. In the book, she’s also exploring having a consciousness about the environment and animal welfare which right now, in the world that we live in, is such an important topic. (By the way that’s only a snippet of what this talented lady has been up to.) Head over to her blog to find out more about how to use Nutritional Sunnah foods >>> Karimahs Cuisina

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In this post, I wanted to specifically show you all her book Heavenly Bites. It’s a cookbook about some of the best recipes from around the world. She takes traditional recipes from different parts of the world and shows you how to make them. It’s very clear and easy to understand.

It’s split into six different sections, each section has several types of recipes in its particular category. The sections are:

  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Snacks
  • Smoothies
  • Main Courses
  • Marinades
  • Sweets

These are great categories as you’ll be able to cook a full 3-course meal with all the sides and extras as the book provides you with all of it. I love how it even has a marinades section. That’s actually really helpful especially if you’re unsure as to how to make one and whether it will taste nice or not.

The book is fairly short, so don’t expect it to be thick and filled with pages and pages of recipes. Remember, it’s a book about the BEST recipes from around the world, not all of the recipes. These are a select few favourites that you can use again and again, knowing that people will actually like and enjoy them.
The recipes are also simple to make, so for a person that isn’t so great with cooking, learning from the book is pretty straight forward. Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed making recipes from this book and eagerly look forward to using more of it.
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So, since receiving the book, you can clearly see I got a little busy with using it. From the pictures, you’ll see I used a couple of recipes, one from the soups section and one from the main course section. I chose to make the Bengal Dhal Soup and the Faith Roast Chicken, well because they are classic favourites for me as it is.

Now, the soup was fairly straight forward. This is one of my favourite soups so it was definitely a must-make. Also, I really wanted to try her particular recipe which turned out to be just delicious!

Let’s get onto the Faith Roast Chicken. (And boy, did I have faith when I sunk my teeth into this chicken!) It’s really unlike any roast chicken I have made before. I think the fact that it required poaching beforehand had something to do with it.

Then the prunes added into the roast just made the flavour of the roast a whole lot juicier. The crunch of the nuts as a dressing was just the icing on the cake. Look at it this way, I never thought a sweet roast could ever taste this good!

That’s just only two of the delicious recipes imagine all of the other goodness it has to offer! Another recipe I had tried was the Ajwa Shake. I tried this one particularly because I’m planning on drinking it during Ramadan. Well, I am actually planning to use most of these recipes in Ramadan as they are both healthy and tasty, which is just the perfect mix!

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Heavenly bites cookbook

This wonderful blog post was derived from @stepinsidemyhandbag you can check her blog here. Don’t forget you can catch up on the author Karimah (@theislamicnutritionist) on this blog!

For more information about this book, Heavenly Bites click here.

[Recipe]: Sunnah Shake – Heavenly Bites

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Sunnah shake

[Bukhari Volume 007, Book 065, Hadith Number 356. Narated By Sad : Allah’s Apostle said, “He who eats seven ‘Ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.“]

This shake is a great and simple way to start your fast in a completely Sunnah way using ingredients recommended in the Qur’an and Sunnah. a recipe perfect for Ramadan as well!

Ingredients

  • 7 dates soaked in water over night (each ajwa date has 40 calories x 7 =280 calories)
  • 237ml/ 8oz / 1 cup of organic  milk (75 calories) or home made nut milk (120 calories)
  • Pinch of cinnamon or ginger optional
  • Add bananas for more calories, each medium size banana has 105 calories and is great for strengthening the stomach

Method

I usually take the stones out of the dates and put the dates into a cup of water with a lid and leave it in the fridge to soak overnight.

In the morning take the dates out of the water and blend the dates, milk and bananas in a blender or a smoothie maker. The water the dates were soaked in is also deliciously chilled and full of natural sugar to give you that much needed energy, to help you get through the day. Alhamdulillah for the blessing that Allah has given us, ameen.

For more amazing recipes on the best of Muslim Cooking, check out Heavenly Bites the award winning cookbook.

You can also follow Karimah Bint Dawood on her Blog, Facebook or Instagram!

Revive Your Heart – Reviews (part 1)

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As Salaam Alaykum,

Alhamdulillah we’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback on ‘Revive Your Heart‘ and we wanted to share what other people have been saying about this title.

 

“Nouman Ali Khan uses his expertise in the Arabic language to help readers to understand the deepest meaning of the Quran, a process which is supported through the use of relevant examples and analogies that can be easily understood and relatable to everyday experiences and situations.

This thought-provoking book challenges the reader to revise their beliefs and actions, encouraging transformation from within and externally. It serves as a wake-up call to reflect and to rectify a modern Muslim’s relationship and interaction with Allah through du’a (prayers) and His book. It also helps to realign their perspective in that life in this world is temporary and that Jannah (Paradise) is the final destination.

This book is also an excellent resource for people who want to learn the actual message and the essence of Islam in the sense that what people see in a Muslim individual and Muslim communities may not reflect the beauty and simplicity of the religion.

Quake Magnitude: 8.5

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“While it is hugely important that we publish Islamic books, it is even more important to publish the right type of books – it simply isn’t enough to put something out there that isn’t reaching the masses, isn’t moving them in any way; urging, encouraging, inspiring. I’ve read many Islamic books that simply bind together facts and followings with nothing else – no guidance, no additions, no nothing. Revive Your Heart features commentary from Nouman Ali Khan, with his brilliant teachings and perspectives – whereby he raises questions, ponders them – and answers them, all within the realm of Islam with substantial quotes and hadiths that he doesn’t just slap on, but actually takes the time to speak to you, as the reader, and help you move forward with it… Each quote is carefully selected, includes context and also widens the net as to how this can be used in our modern society and what we should hope to take away from it.

I personally found that each chapter of the book is hugely relevant in this day and age and looks at key hurdles we’re facing in our faith, ways to overcome it and use it to strengthen us. ”

Reading in between the lines

“An Instant Connection! Can I just say that it felt almost as if Nouman Ali Khan was talking to me as I read the book. I feel like it’s written in a conversational way where it’s almost like he’s having a conversation with you. Personally, I think that captured my attention. Maybe it could just be me because I have heard a lot of his lectures so it sounded like a familiar voice.

The book basically discusses the problems modern Muslims face today. From being able to keep a spiritual connection with Allah, to how to deal with negativity about our religion in the media. It is truly a beneficial book and one that we can all gain from in sha’Allah.”

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“A great book should be a guide and leave a lasting impression on the minds and hearts of readers. If one can gain lessons after reading it and apply them in one’s everyday life, it’s all the more great—and this is precisely one such book!…In this book, Khan deals with a range of issues, from the highly personal to the global, with great finesse and in a wonderfully easy conversational style, appealing to us to rethink what we are doing with our lives. Consider these pearls of wisdom, for instance:

“The world today is abuzz with unrelenting activity. The developments in the world of politics, economics, social media, entertainment, technology… all vying for our attention. But more importantly, they are vying to distract our hearts. In line with the ideology of unfettered free markets, we are constantly being ‘exhorted’ to consume.”

Khan hearkens us to rethink the hedonistic lifestyle that reduces human beings into atomised consumers and that can even make one’s religious life commodified into a form of entertainment. He points out the crisis of religious identity that Muslims are faced with today, with their global image being sought to be hijacked by violent groups misusing the name of Islam. These groups draw young Muslims, ignorant of their religion, into their ranks, through their domination of the headlines with shocking acts of violence.

Khan urges us that the only way for Muslims to come out of the morass that they find themselves in today is to connect with God. This is related to the need to put life in perspective, reminding ourselves not to forget the true nature of reality—including the fact that our lives here are temporary.

Revive Your Heart-Putting Life in Perspective will tug at your heart-strings. It is an inspiring call to live life the way God wants you to, not the way you might want! It is hoped that this book will contribute to inspiring modern Muslims to become sources of light in our world through re-orienting their outlook towards greater God-consciousness, greater compassion and greater social responsibility.”

Islamic Voice

To see what the book’s about have a look here.

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 here.

 

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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!

Authors Share What They Will Read in Ramadan!

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As part of our campaign to encourage more people to Read in Ramadan, we have asked some prominent authors of Muslim literature to share what is on their reading list!

We hope it inspires you to read, share and give more books this Ramadan and Eid. Join the discussion using the hashtag #ReadInRamadan and celebrate the growing number of books available on Islam and Muslim experience.

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Sufiya Ahmed:

This ramadhan is very special to me because I am going to be spending it with my little nephew. I’ve already decided that he and I are going to read nasheeds together that will raise the spiritual levels of our holy month for him. The two favourite nasheed books that I have selected are Colours of Islam by Dawud Wharnsby and Muslim Nursery Rhymes. Of course for myself I will be re-reading the Quran in English as ramadhan is a time of reflection.

Sufiya Ahmed is author of Secrets of a Henna Girlavailable from GoodReads.

 

J. Samia Mair:

When talking books, I like to talk categories. Outside of Ramadan, I am reading a lot of different types of books at a time: Qur’an, translation of the Qur’an, tafsir, seerah, fiqh, hadith, something spiritual, du’as, Islamic history, and one or two others. Some of the books I try to read a little bit each day; others, I read as much as I can at a sitting. But Ramadan is different. Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an, so I put aside all other books except the Qur’an, a translation of the Qur’an, and tafsir. I find focusing on the Qur’an connects me to this blessed month better than when I continue to read from my usual reading list.

J. Samia Mair is the author of Amira’s Totally Chocolate World, The Perfect Gift, The Great Race to Sycamore Street and Zak and His Good Intentions. She writes in several genres, including children’s fiction, short stories, essays, book reviews, scientific articles, and poetry.

 

Abdur Raheem Kidwai:

Ramadan is an excellent time for soul-searching and self-development. Reading good titles may help in attaining this. I would love to read the following titles by Kube Publishing during Ramadan. 1) A Treasury of Hadith: A Commentary on Imam Nawawi’s Selection of the Prophet’s Traditions. Imam Nawawi is an authoritative commentator on the Prophet’s authentic ahadith. Its study will help grasp better the Islamic worldview and contribute to self-purgation.  2) Reclaiming Jihad: A Quranic Critique of Terrorism. This title facilitates our understanding of the burning issues of the day confronted by Muslims everywhere— the true concept of Jihad and how it is abused for the mindless acts of violence by degrading the lofty and noble concept of Jihad. 3) Prophet Muhammed as the Role Model for Muslim Minorities by Yasin Mazhar Siddiqui. This valuable publication by the Islamic Foundation guides Muslims in the West how to lead life in a non-Muslim society, as instructed by the Prophet (PBUH). It illustrates how to attain the ideals of peaceful coexistence and cordial social relations with the adherents of other faiths while maintaining our commitment to Islam.

Abdur Raheem Kidwai is the author of the Daily Wisdom series and The Quran: Essential Teaching. He is Professor of English at the Aligarh Muslim University, India and Visiting Fellow, School of English, University of Leicester, UK.

 

Sana Munshey:

Much of the importance of Ramadan comes from the fact that it is the month of the Quran.  So, first and foremost, I would encourage parents and children of all ages to read, recite, listen to and reflect over the message of the Quran during the month of Ramadan.  After that, I would suggest choosing age appropriate books that talk about fasting, and the lessons learned from fasting; the virtues of Ramadan and the story of the revelation of the Quran (which began in Ramadan); and of course books about Eid! Children anxiously look forward to all the festivities of Eid al Fitr, making it a popular topic to read about during the month of Ramadan. Some books I hope to read with my kids this Ramadan, which I have not read as of yet are: A Party in Ramadan, Under the Ramadan Moon, Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, My First Ramadan, The Best Eid Ever, Laila’s Lunchbox, Ameena’s Ramadan Diary, and Hamza’s First Fast.

Sana Munshey is the author of We’re Off to Make ‘Umrah. Her new title We’re Off to Pray is an upcoming release from Kube. Mother of four, Sana is currently residing in Qatar, but home is still Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.

 

Jamal Orme:

I’m afraid books are my weakness, so perhaps I need to show a bit of Ramadan discipline and read a little less this year! Still, I’ll share what’s on my menu for Ramadan 2015, inshallah.

Having enjoyed his previous seerah tome, I’ll try to pace myself through Adil Salahi’s latest biography of Untitledthe Prophet, peace be upon him, Muhammad: His Character and Conduct. Alongside that, I’m hoping to put my nose in a book or two on QiGong (and hoping even more that I can figure out how to do the moves…) – definitely good for keeping the energy up in Ramadan!

My children and I will be finishing off The 7 Professors of the Far North, a riveting adventure book by John Fardell. Otherwise, my sons are currently devouring all books on football, so we might investigate whether Theo Walcott’s writing is as impressive as his recent goal scoring.

A Blessed Ramadan to all!

Jamal Orme is author of The Victory Boys and The Victory Boys: Team Spirit. Educational roles have taken him to the UAE and Saudi Arabia, where daily he encourages his children to become Derby County fans like himself.

 

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