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!

Top 5 for under 5s!

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Top 5 for under 5s!

Here are some great books for children under 5 published by us!

1. My First Book About the Qur’an by Sara Khan

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“The perfect book to introduce children to the teachings in the Qur’an”

“The writer has done an outstanding job. Simple and captivating..The way the illustrator has captured the essence of the text and expressed it through illustrations is truly amazing.” Saniyasnain Khan, Director of Goodword Books

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My First Book About the Qur’an: Teachings for Toddlers and Young Children

Available here

Take a look inside!

Read a review

2. 5 pillars (board book) by Anwar Cara

Written in simple, rhyming language and accompanied with bold, colourful illustrations this book is perfect to introduce young children to the most important acts in Islam: the Five Pillars. Each spread features one of the Five Pillars: believing in Allah and His Messenger, praying, fasting, giving charity and performing Hajj.

5 Pillars Board Book

Available here

3. Allah Made Everything by Zain Bhikha

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Allah Made Everything, the song book, is based on the lyrics of the well loved children’s song by renowned singer and songwriter Zain Bhikha. The song was first released in 2015, and together with the hit video, has become one of the most popular children’s songs across the world.

“May this delightful book bring as much joy to your home as the song, ‘Allah Made Everything’, and may you enjoy many precious hours discussing the world through the eyes of your child as you share the knowledge that we are all Allah’s beautiful creation.” Zain Bhikha (2018)

 

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Take a look inside!

Listen to the nasheed!

4. I can… series (board book)

This set of colourfully illustrated board books introduces basic concepts of Islamic practice to young children while helping to strengthen their confidence and identities as Muslims.

I can series books

Available here

5. Allah gave me series

Delightful accounts of sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, encouraging children to give thanks to the Creator.

Allah Made Everything Bundle

Available in the series:

-Allah Gave Me Two Eyes to See by Fatima D’Oyen
-Allah Gave Me a Tongue to Taste by Ayesha Jones
-Allah Gave Me a Nose to Smell by Rizwana Qamaruddin
-Allah Gave Me Two Hands and Feet by Raana Bokhari
-Allah Gave Me Two Ears to Hear by Amrana Arif

Available here

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The language of the Quran, a masculine language?

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WHEN THE QURAN SPEAKS TO WOMEN  Blue Hijab

The language of the Qur’an, a masculine language?

We’ve seen how the Qur’an speaks about women, through the examples of illustrious female characters, depicted with great subtleness, beauty and eloquence.

Here, the Divine word comes to counter what social prejudice continues to support in the name of a universally accepted sacrality; that of the discrimination against women, structurally weaker beings, destined to subordination.

Through these Qur’anic stories about women, one perceives a constant desire to recognise and appreciate this consistently assailed feminine identity. Women as vectors of faith, which was a new conception of femininity and in particular the anticipated announcement of a project of liberation, replete with meaning, for the climate of the time.

Sister reflecting at the river

It is especially important to bear in mind the framework of revelation, that of an intransigent patriarchal context where women were all but a human being worthy of dignity. It is at the heart of this Bedouin society with its very harsh mores, its implacably misogynistic ancestral customs and which ignores the feminine being, that the Qur’an reveals its feminine models of Muslim women, believing, intelligent. Qur’anic image of sovereign enlightened women, of saints, educators, scholars, resistors, passionate figures as we discover them through Balkis, Maryam, Asiah and all the others.
Beside this Divine speech talking about women, there is that which speaks to women, directly, personally and solemnly … .It is true that the Qur’an is the Divine word destined for all human beings regardless of their gender, their ethnicity or their colour, a speech which addresses human beings in what is most noble in their soul: their reason and their intellect.

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Muslim scholars more or less agree that the masculine language expressed in the Qur’an systemically includes the feminine gender and that Divine words in general speak to both women and men, without any distinction. The masculine gender in the Qur’an is used as a neutral gender and the formalisation of masculine language implies human universality. The term ‘men’ or, rijal in Arabic is polysemous and also signifies an elite of men and women. This linguistic characteristic is moreover not exclusive to the Arabic language as it is used in the Qur’an. All the other universal languages use masculine as a neutral gender. Does the term ‘men’ in English not also encompass human beings in general? This formalisation of the word man as a universal category is actually being questioned today. This is the case when it comes to the terminology used in the universal charter of Human Rights which many are currently seeking to reform.
Nonetheless, the Qur’anic text uses the feminine gender in very precise circumstances and employs a strictly feminine language in this case, where the discourse involves calling on women specifically to respond to quests emanating from a given context or right an injustice committed against them. It is a Divine word which descends from the high Heavens specifically for them as if to better free them, better emancipate them from outdated customs, give them a new breath … as if to better love them also.

 

This excerpt is from page 91, Women In The Qur’an – An Emancipatory Reading by Asma Lamrabet translation by Myriam Francois-Carrah

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  • ISBN: 9780993516610
  • Pages: 212
  • Paperback and Hardback
  • Published: 2016

 

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Living with the Qur’an

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Living and obeying the Qur’an

Reading the Qur’an will be of little benefit to you, it may even bring misery and harm, unless you, from the first moment, begin to change and reconstruct your life in total surrender to God who has given you the Qur’an. Without the will and striving to act, neither the states of heart and enraptures of the soul, nor the ecstasies of mood, nor intellectual enrichment will be of any use to you. If the Qur’an does not have any impact upon your actions and if you do not obey what it enjoins and avoid what it prohibits, then you are not getting nearer to it.

On every page of the Qur’an is an invitation to surrender and submit, to act and change. At every step the reader is confronted – to decide and commit himself. Those who do not submit to it are declared to be Kafir, zalim (wrongdoer) and fasiq (iniquitous) ( al-Maidah 5:44-7). Those who are given the Book of God but do not understand it nor act upon it are described as ‘asses which carry loads’, but neither know nor benefit from what they carry’ ( al-Jumuah 65:5). They are those against whom the Prophet, blessings and peace be on him, will plead on the Day of Judgement:

O my Lord! Behold, [some of] my people have taken this Qur’an as a thing to be shunned (al-Furqan 25:30).

Way to the Quran

To shun the Qur’an, to leave it, and to put it aside, means not to read it, not to understand it, not to live by it, to consider it a ‘thing of the past’, which has ceased to be relevant.

The Prophet, blessings and peace be on him, is no less emphatic in stressing the necessity of obeying the Qur’an:

Many of the hypocrites in my Ummah will be from among the readers of the Qur’an (Ahmad).

He is not a true believer in the Qur’an who treats as halal (permissible) what it has made haram (prohibited) (Tirmidhi).

Read the Qur’an so that it enables you to desist (from what it prohibits]. If it does not enable you to desist you have not really read it (Tabarani).

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For the Companions of the Prophet, to learn the Qur’an amounted to reading it, pondering over it, and acting by it. It is narrated that :

Those who were engaged in reading the Qur’an told that people like ‘Uthman Ibn ‘Affan and Abdullah Ibn Masud, once they had learnt ten verses from the Prophet, blessings and peace be on him, did not go any further unless they had really ‘learnt’ whatever these verses contained by way of knowledge and practice [understood them and acted upon them]. They used to say that they learnt the Qur’an and knowledge together. That is how they sometimes spent years in learning only one Surah (al-Itqan fi ‘Ulum al-Qur’an, Suyuti).

Al-Hasan al-Basri said : ‘ You have taken the night to be a camel that you ride on to you to pass through various stages of the Qur’an. Those before you considered it as messages from their Lord; they pondered over them at night and lived by them by day’ (Ihya).

Reading the Qur’an should induce faith inside your heart; that faith should shape your lives. It is not gradual, piecemeal process, by which you first spend years reading the Qur’an, then understanding it and strengthening your faith, you only then act upon it. The whole is one unified process, all things take place simultaneously. As you hear or receive the words, they kindle faith inside you; as you have faith inside you, your life begins to change.

What you must remember is that to live by the Qur’an requires a major decision on your part: you have to completely alter the course of your life, irrespective of what may be the dominant thought-patterns around you, of what your society may be dictating, or what others may be doing. This decision requires major sacrifices. But unless you, as believers in the Qur’an being the word of God, are prepared to take the plunge, not much good will come out of the time you spend with the Qur’an.

From the very first moment, at the first step, it is made abundantly clear that the Qur’an is a guidance for those who are prepared to act to save themselves from the harm that comes from living against God’s will, from earning His displeasure, and who fear the consequences – they are the al-muttaqin (al Baqarah 2: 1-5). The Qur’an does not recognize any polarity between knowledge and action, between faith (Iman) and righteous deeds (al-amal al-salih).

This excerpt was taken from ‘Way To The Qur’an’ by Khurram Murad

 

Pre-Ramadan Reading List

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Ramadan is coming up, or has already passed (depending on when you’re reading this!), here’s a reading list to help you prepare for the holy month.

The first book we primarily recommend and suggest is of course, The Holy Qur’an. Whether you’ve maintained your connection to the holy book from the previous Ramadan or are struggling, now is a time to start, maintain or improve your current connection. Whether it’s a few verses or few pages it’s important to get into the habit before Ramadan arrives.

Pre-Ramadan Reading List!

 

Tazkiyah – The Islamic Path Of Self-Development

Tazkiyah (Purification) There is hardly any book in English that covers self-development from an authentic Islamic perspective. Yet, tazkiyah, self-development, lies at the core of Islamic life and there is need for a practical manual to assist those who want to achieve self-development by purifying their souls and actions. A perfect spiritual yet practical guide, to help you ease into Ramadan or to work on self purification.

 

Al-Adab Al-Mufrad (with full commentary) – Adil Salahi

“I have only been sent to perfect good moral character.” Prophet Muhammad (sws)

The Perfect Code of Manners and Morality By Imam Bukhari – A must have for understanding the importance of character and for those on the road who want to perfect it.

This anthology of 1329 hadiths is a treasured work in Muslim history by one of its most respected scholars, Imam Bukhari. All of the hadith 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.

This edition 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.

Read a sample – More info  – Available here – Amazon

 

In The Early Hours – Khurram Murad

In the Early Hours is a collection of inspirational advice by Ustadh Khurram Murad on the subject of spiritual and self development. In it he sets out the goal of the Believer – the single-minded desire to seek the good pleasure of God. He then outlines the methods and instruments which must be used in the attainment of that ultimate goal. A great book to read after Fajr… in the early hours!

Available here – Kindle edition 

 

Revive Your Heart – Nouman Ali Khan

Revive Your Heart is a call for spiritual renewal and an invitation to have a conversation with one of the world’s most recognisable voices on Islam, Nouman Ali Khan. This collection of essays is disarmingly simple, yet it challenges us to change— to revise our actions, our assumptions, and our beliefs so we can be transformed from within, as well as externally. It aims to help modern Muslims maintain a spiritual connection with Allah and to address the challenges facing believers today.

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Inner Dimensions Of Islamic Worship – Al-Ghazali

This book covers the Islamic rituals of worship; Prayer, Alms-giving, Fasting, Pilgrimage, etc. which are essential to the fulfilment of inner quality. A very helpful and inspiring reminder from Al-Ghazali to countless young men and women of our times, who are rapidly growing their commitment to Islam.

Available here – Kindle edition

 

 

 

A Treasury Of Hadith –  A Commentary on Nawawi’s Selection of Prophetic Traditions

Imam Nawawi’s collection of 42 hadith brings together some of the most important and pivotal Prophetic traditions. Each tradition encapsulates a great rule of the religion of Islam, described by Islamic religious scholars as an ‘axis’ in Islam.

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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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A Look back at 2017…

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Books Launched in 2017! Read our blog post to find out about all the books we’ve released this year. Thank you and Jazak’Allah Khair for all your support.


Vibrant Soul -Roszeen Afsar

Our first book for 2017 was our colouring book ‘Vibrant Soul’ this inspirational adult colouring book will take you on a spiritual journey to a world of swirling darvesh, majestic minarets, intricate floral patterns and wondrous birds.

Thought-provoking and uplifting quotes included inside are inspired by the eastern master poet, Jalal al-Din Rumi.

Available here

Find out how author Roszeen incorporates Islam into her creative outlet.

£3.99 Paperback

ISBN: 9781847741158


Revive Your Heart – Nouman Ali Khan

“Revive Your Heart is a call for spiritual renewal and an invitation to have a conversation with one of the world’s most recognisable voices on Islam, Nouman Ali Khan.”

Available here

Kindle edition

£7.99 Paperback

£17.99 Hardback

ISBN:  9781847741011

Find out more here. Read a review by book blogger ‘Pardon My Writings’


Islam the faith of love and happiness – Haidar Bagir

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

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

An eye-opening guide that shows us how to create meaning in our daily lives and become intimates of God.

Through touching stories, humorous anecdotes, and profound insights into the spiritual realm that draw on sacred Islamic teachings, Dr Bagir shines a brilliant light into the darkness that all too often overwhelms us.

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

“…offers an antidote […] by presenting the heart of Islam.” – John L. Esposito, Professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Available here

Kindle edition

£7.99 Paperback

ISBN: 9781847741103

Read a sample of the book here


Hassan and Aneesa Celebrate Eid – Yasmeen Rahim

Our first children’s book came just in time for Eid! ‘Hassan and Aneesa Celebrate Eid’ shares the excitement Hassan and Aneesa feel now that Eid al-Fitr has arrived, from decorating to getting ready to go the masjid.

Available here

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£2.50 Paperback

ISBN: 9780860376989

For more ideas for Children’s Books for Eid click here.


A Treasury of Ibn Taymiyyah – His Timeless Thought and Wisdom – Mustapha Sheikh

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (d. 728/1328) is one of the most fascinating scholars from medieval Islamic civilization, acknowledged for his intellectual brilliance by both his admirers and his detractors. His readiness to present his own scholarly interpretations of scripture, and his instinctive rejection of much of the received wisdom of his day, mark him out as one of the most original thinkers of Islam, and indeed, one of the most incisive minds in human history.

This collection, a commentary on a brief sampling of Ibn Taymiyyah’s writings, represents a drop in the ocean of his multifaceted scholarly legacy. The reader is given a taste of this scholar’s views on theology, worship, spirituality, law, reason, revelation, and much else that is sure to enrich the reader’s understanding of Islam.

Available here

Kindle edition

£7.99 Hardback

ISBN: 9781847741035

“refreshingly accurate… highly engaging, with elegant commentary, and adorned with footnotes referencing materials for further study.” – Yasir Qadhi, Al Maghrib Institute


A Treasury of Ghazali – Mustafa Abu Sway

This beautiful edition comprises forty gems from Ghazali’s inexhaustible treasury of writings with accompanying commentaries.

Al-Ghazālī  has been described by some scholars as the greatest Muslim in Islamic history. His prolific works, written over the duration of his relatively short lifetime, have deeply influenced Islamic thought for nearly a thousand years. Al-Ghazālī was a polymath who had mastered every discipline known to the scholars of his time. In many ways, his corpus of writings on law, theology, philosophy, and Islamic spirituality, represent the most influential understanding of the Islamic religion ever articulated.

This short volume, written by one of the world’s leading experts on al-Ghazālī, comprises forty gems from al-Ghazālī’s inexhaustible treasury of writings, that give the modern reader insights into both the richness of al-Ghazālī’s thought, and how they can better help us understand Islam today.

Available here

Read a sample here

£7.99 Hardback

ISBN: 9781847740816

Read a review by Gilded Dunya over here.


My First Book About the Qur’an – Sara Khan

My First Book About the Qur’an – Teachings for toddlers and young children is considered as “The perfect book to introduce children to the teachings in the Qur’an..”

Inside this board book toddlers and young children will find out about the Qur’an’s beautiful teachings: to care for all creation; to respect the books of the Prophet and God; to be good to one another; and to believe in Allah, the Creator.

Author Sara Khan shares her thoughts on her book, “Starting with My First Book About the Qur’an, I hope to capture young children’s attention through simple language and colourful illustrations in a board book format that is suitable for their age group and presents them with the fundamental teachings of the most important book in Islam. I hope it becomes a treasured introduction to the Qur’an and Islam and that it will be accessible to every young child and parent who values their child’s Islamic education or would like to raise their awareness and understanding with regards to a religion or way of life that may be different from their own.”

Read the sample here.

More info here.

Read a review here.

£4.99 Board book

ISBN:9780860376187


I wonder About the Qur’an – Ozkan Oze

Fourth in the I wonder series, focuses the Holy Qur’an.

Have you ever wondered why the Qur’an is in Arabic, why it was revealed over 23 years or how people can be so sure it has never been changed? These questions, and many more, are explored inside.

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

Perfect fodder for inquisitive young minds…” — Jamal Orme, author of The Victory Boys

£4.99 Paperback

Available here

ISBN: 9780860375135


Great Muslims of the West – Makers of Western Islam

Muslims have lived in the “West” for hundreds of years, yet the lives of all but a few are little known. In 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.

Including the contributions of great philosophers, scientists and theologians, alongside the achievements of musicians, sportspeople and writers, this work shows just how diverse, original and positive the Muslim influence on the West has been, and continues to be.

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. Scroll below to see the full list!

Read a sample: http://bit.ly/2htNV5s
Available here: http://bit.ly/2zKq2AM
ISBN: 9780860376187

by Muhammad Mojlum Khan 


Our final title for the year is..

Al-Adab al-Mufrad A Perfect Code of Manners and Morality By Imam Bukhari

This anthology of 1329 hadiths is a treasured work in Muslim history by one of its most respected scholars, Imam Bukhari. All of the hadith 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.

This edition 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.

 

“I have only been sent to perfect good moral character.” – Prophet Muhammad (sws)

Available here

ISBN – 9780860376095

Translated and commentaries by Adil Salahi

Thank you and Jazak’Allah Khair for all the support this year! We hope and aim to continue publishing relevant and engaging books in 2018 and beyond – In Sha Allah.

Amazing Ways Reading Can Change Your Life For The Better!

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The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study found that only 26 percent of students in England enjoy reading. That’s a really sad statistic. If you can’t remember when last you picked up an intriguing book and lost yourself in a story, it’s time to read more and do so with your children, too. There is a rich legacy of libraries in Muslim lands, which highlight the need for more reading, especially in our modern time where we are distracted by technology that prevents us from engaging with our imagination and the world around us. Here is why reading is so important for you and your family.

Reading Prevents Cognitive Decline

When you read, you decrease your risk of mental diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Protein that accumulates in the brain is directly linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers have found that there are lower levels of these proteins in people who read, write, or play games. While you’re reading, you’re firing up your brain, learning lots of new things that keep your brain sharp.

 

Reading Decreases Depression

If you’re feeling down about life, reach for a book. Research from the University of Liverpool found that people who read are 21 percent less likely to say they feel depressed and 10 percent more likely to have positive self-esteem. Books transport you to other worlds and can help to distract you from what’s bothering you.

Reading Is Relaxing

A study by the University of Sussex found reading is an activity that eliminates stress. Researchers monitored people’s muscle tension and heart rates, finding that it takes just six minutes of reading for people to relax. In order to combat stress, Muslims can do well to turn to the Qur’an which offers a lot of comfort in the face of stress and trauma. There are also great books about understanding the Qur’an and daily wisdom to apply to your life that can prove highly valuable.

Reading Can Boost Your Sleep Quality

Studies have shown that poor quality of sleep is tied to electronic use before bed, such as using tablets or smartphones. These electronics emit a blue light that stimulates the brain, and can therefore make you battle to fall asleep. Avoiding screens is important. Reading with a book, in a dimly lit room, is a healthier way to encourage relaxation and sleep before bedtime, and is especially useful if your children are too energetic before bed.

Reading To Children Improves Their Vocabulary And Knowledge

Read wonderful books to your children to increase their vocabulary and knowledge. Benefits of regular reading time with children include getting them ready for school, teaching them to focus and concentrate on a task, teaching them new words that will enrich their language, and boosting their imagination which can make them more creative. Studies have found that children who are read to from when they’re really young have better language development and higher language scores in school. Reading with toddlers in which you let them hold the book and turn its pages can also develop their motor skills.

Reading Makes You Empathetic

Essex Libraries has tackled the question: what makes a book encourage empathy in readers? Something they found is that well-rounded characters that the reader can believe in are important, as well as characters who make it easy for the reader to feel they would do the same thing if they were in the characters’ shoes. Reading books to children can help them to imagine what it would be like to be in those characters in the stories, helping them take the empathy and understanding of others learned from books and use these skills in real life.

Reading is one of the most powerful ways you can enrich your life and help your children grow. By dedicating to daily reading, you can boost your brain function and gain better skills, such as empathy, that will make you a better person.

 

Jane Sandwood – Freelance Writer

Who Were The Makers Of Western Islam? – ‘Great Muslims of the West – Makers of Western Islam’ Muhammad Mojlum Khan

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Great Muslims of the West The Makers of Western Islam

By Muhammad Mojlum Khan

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 known. In 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.

Including the contributions of great philosophers, scientists and theologians, alongside the achievements of musicians, sportspeople and writers, this work shows just how diverse, original and positive the Muslim influence on the West has been, and continues to be.

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. Scroll below to see the full list!

About the Author

Muhammad Mojlum Khan was born in 1973 in Habiganj, Bangladesh and was brought up and educated in England. He 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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Contents

Introduction

Early Period

  1. Abd al-Rahman I
  2. Ziryab
  3. Ibn Firnas
  4. Abd al-Rahman III
  5. Abulcasis
  6. Almanzor
  7. Ibn Hazm
  8. Wallada al-Mustakfi
  9. Avenzoar
  10. Avempace
  11. Dreses
  12. Abubacer
  13. Averroes
  14. Ibn Jubayr
  15. Bitar
  16. Abu Ishaq al-Shatibi
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Islamic Manners – A Brief Reminder

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Islamic Manners

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah, may God be well pleased with him, who reported that the Messenger of God, may God’s blessings and peace be upon him, said: ‘Whoever believes in God and the Last Day let him say something good or else keep quiet. And whoever believes in God and the Last Day let him honour his neighbour. And whoever believes in God and the Last Day let him honour his guest.’
[Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim]


His saying (whoever believes in God and the Last Day) means whoever believes fully, with a complete faith that saves from God’s chastisement and leads to God’s good pleasure, let him (say something good or else keep quiet). This is because the person who truly believes in God fears His threats, hopes for His reward and strives to do what He commands and refrains from what He prohibits. The most important thing in this process is to control his limbs which are his subjects and, therefore, he is responsible for them, as God Most High said, the hearing, the sight, the heart – all of those shall be questioned of [al-Isra 17: 36], not a word he utters, but by him is an observer ready [Qaf 50: 18].

 

The defects of the tongue are numerous. This is why the Prophet, may God’s blessings and peace be upon him, said: ‘Are people thrown in the Fire on their nostrils except for that which their tongues have reaped?’ He also said, may God’s blessings and peace be upon him: ‘All the speech of the son of Adam will be against him except for the remembrance of God Most High, enjoining the good and forbidding the wrong.’ Whoever knows this and truly believes in it will fear God with regard to his tongue and will only utter that which is good or else keep silent. One scholar mentioned that all the proprieties of goodness are derived from four prophetic sayings and he mentioned among them the saying of the Prophet, may God’s blessings and peace be upon him: ‘Whoever believes in God and the Last Day let him say something good or else keep silent.’


Another scholar said: ‘When a person wants to speak, he should first think: if what he is going to say is definitely good and he is going to be rewarded for it, then he should speak. Otherwise he should refrain from speaking whether what he is going to say appears to be unlawful, offensive or permissible. Hence, he is commanded to refrain from permissible speech, for it is recommended to do so, out of fear that it may lead him to speech that is forbidden or offensive, and this may happen quite frequently. God Most High said: not a word he utters, but by him is an observer ready [Qaf 50: 18].

 

The scholars have different views about whether everything uttered by a person is recorded, even if it happens to be permissible, or whether only that in which there is re-ward or punishment is recorded. The latter view is the view of Ibn Abbas and some other eminent scholars. The noble verse [Qaf 50: 18] is therefore of particular applicability to the speech that involves a requital. His saying (let him honour his neighbour… let him honour his guest) points to the rights of the neighbour and guest and the necessity of being kind to them and of protecting one’s limbs. In His Book, God Most High has enjoined being kind towards neighbours. The Prophet, may God’s blessings and peace be upon him, said: ‘Gabriel, peace be upon him, kept on enjoining me to take care of the neighbour until I feared he was going to make him among one’s inheritors.’

 

Giving hospitality is part of Islam as well as being the characteristic of the prophets and righteous people. Some scholars declared it to be an obligation, but most scholars are of the opinion that it is of the noble character traits.The author of al-Ifsah wrote: ‘Among the things that one understands from this prophetic saying is that honouring the guest is an act of worship, which is neither diminished by hosting a rich person nor is it changed by giving one’s guest whatever little one has. To honour a guest consists of showing him a happy manner and engaging him in good conversation. But the heart of offering hospitality lies in providing food. One has to hasten therefore to provide whatever God has made available without any display of affectation.’

 

The same scholar went on to mention a few things about offering hospitality until he said: ‘As for his saying (let him say something good or else keep quiet), this indicates that the utterance of that which is good is better than keeping quiet, while silence is better than saying something bad. Included in the utterance of what is good is to convey from God and from His Messenger, may God’s blessings and peace be upon him, teaching the Muslims, enjoining the good with full knowledge of what one is doing and forbidding the wrong also with full knowledge, reconciling between people and saying fair things to them. The best speech is to utter a word of truth in front of someone who is feared or sought in matters of substantiation [of claims] and settlement [of disputes].’

 

This excerpt is from ‘A Treasury of Hadith – A Commentary of Nawawi’s Selection of Forty Prophetic Traditions’ which is available here.

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