Al-Ghazali on Travelling

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The benefits that motivate travelling are either running away from something or seeking out something, for the traveller is either bothered about something where he is staying, without which he would not aim to travel, or he has an objective and purpose in doing so.

Running away takes place because of worldly issues that have adverse effects on him, such as the plague and epidemics when they appear in a country, or out of fear because of sedition, a dispute or a hike in prices. The reasons for travelling are either general, as mentioned, or particular such as being targeted with personal harm in a town so that one runs away.

The reason for travelling may also be for matters detrimental to one’s religion such as being tried with prominence, money and a host of other material causes that prevent one from dedicating one’s time for the sake of Allah, thus preferring the life of an unknown person or a stranger to avoid wealth and status. And it may be that one is coerced to subscribe to a blameworthy innovation in religion or invited to take a public office which is unlawful to assume, and hence one flees from it.

Al-Ghazali captures [in the above passage] the essence of travel. One travels to avoid danger or discomfort, to
look for better conditions for one’s final destination, or simply to seek some other good. There is nothing
more iconic than the image of refugees coming from different religious, ethnic and national backgrounds,
trying to cross the Mediterranean in overcrowded boats. They ran away from war and poverty. Their plight does not end simply by reaching their new destination. If they survive the waves of the sea, the tide of xenophobia is awaiting them.

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم sent two waves of early Muslims to Abyssinia to seek refuge because Muslims
were persecuted in Makkah. The Makkan idol worshippers were the first known Islamophobes. They tried unsuccessfully to poison the air between these Muslim refugees and the Negus of Ethiopia, their host.

Travelling, al-Ghazali adds, is sought either for worldly gains or for religious purposes. The latter can be divided into seeking knowledge or action. Knowledge covers personal practical ethics that can be acquired through travelling, but also the knowledge of geography which reflects the marvels of the earth.

As for action, it can be divided into acts of worship such as the formal Pilgrimage or the visitation of Makkah, Madinah and Jerusalem.

Today, People flock to Makkah and Madinah without hesitation, but not to Jerusalem because it is still under occupation. There is a strong scholarly argument encouraging Muslims to visit al-Aqsa Mosque because it is spiritually meritorious to do so. Imam Al-Shaf’i, founder of the legal school to which al-Ghazali belonged, said in one of his poems, extolling the merits of travelling: Travel, you will find recompense for what you leave behind And strive, for the pleasure of life is in working hard.

I have seen water stagnating when left still, Refreshing when flowing, if not it doesn’t taste well. Travelling may take place to avoid tribulations and unwanted personal roles that defy Allah’s plan for humanity. Al-Ghazali travelled to seek knowledge, but once he became the most famous scholar in the Muslim world, he left Baghdad in order to purify his heart from egotistic residues resulting from fame, money and power.

Something to ponder about if you are preparing a journey to Hajj, making Hijrah or if you are travelling abroad.

This excerpt is from our title ‘A Treasury of Ghazali – A Companion for the Untethered Soul

Read a sample of the book here!

Al-Ghazali on Seeking True Happiness

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Seek Felicity

The otherworldly felicity we are concerned with is
subsistence without end, pleasure without toil, happiness
without sadness, richness without impoverishment, perfection
without blemish and glory without humiliation.

In sum, it is everything that can [at the same time] be
conceived of as sought and seeking, desired and desirous,
eternally and forever, such that it is undiminished by the
passage of time and successions of generations.

Indeed, if the whole world was full of gems and a bird was to
pilfer one of them every one thousand years, then the
gems will be exhausted but everlasting eternity
would not be diminished a bit.

No matter how plentiful they are, the good and enjoyable things in this world are finite. In fact, even the bad things are finite. Worldly pleasures, often conflated with happiness, are dependable on finite components. Even when they are wholesome and there is nothing controversial about them, or about how they are acquired, they are always incomplete and lacking. Material fulfilment is temporary in its very nature and the physical pleasures cannot be maintained, even when wealth and good health are at one’s disposal. One cannot eat continuously, for example, because food is plentiful and tasty, even if one does not care about health issues. Eating continuously is not sustainable. Everything that one builds will inevitably wither away in time, and all those beloved to one will either leave one or one will leave them, just as every accumulated wealth, big or small, will one day be left behind.



It is foolish to prefer what is finite and perishable to everlasting life, perpetual happiness and infinite rewards, where no effort is required. An abode where there is no striving or toil, where all joys are eternal, without any negative associations as in this worldly life. It is important not to confuse wealth with the state of happiness. Material wealth does not translate necessarily into happiness, for there are many people who are comfortable financially yet lead a miserable life. Many of them end up committing suicide due to a lack of meaning in their lives. Yet, material wealth does not necessarily preclude happiness, nor could it be automatically considered antithetical to a fulfilling spiritual life. It all depends on what is going on in one’s heart, and not on what is available in one’s bank account. The heart may be obsessed with material wealth to the extent that this prevents one from tending to one’s spiritual needs.

Muslims are, for instance, enjoined to perform the Pilgrimage to Makkah and circumambulate the Kabah, the first house established for the worship of Allah. This pillar of Islam is required once in a Muslim’s lifetime if he or she is capable financially and physically. Yet, many choose to
circumambulate the malls and the marketplaces time and again, often buying unnecessary things, or simply walking around as if time is not the most precious ‘commodity’. What is life if not the sum of these moments, whether utilised properly or not. But leading a purposeless life is not about time, it is about the path one charters.

Not using time properly is an act of ingratitude towards Allah who has gifted one with life. Is death not an end to time in this life? Is wasting time not a kind of death of the wasted months and years? Why, then, does one lament and feel a deep sense of sorrow for the former form of death but not lament or feel a deep sense of sorrow for the latter form?

This excerpt is from our title ‘A Treasury of Ghazali – A Companion for the Untethered Soul

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Ibn Taymiyyah on Paradise

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‘In this world there is a paradise. Whoever does
not experience it, will not experience the Paradise
of the Hereafter.’

In Paradise there is only peace, prosperity and happiness. For some, the very thought of this will
contrast starkly with their experience of this world. Experience of the harsh reality of the world may even make any attempt to conceive such a state very difficult. And while the fundamental nature of the world and our perception of our own place within it, has surely evolved with the onset of modernity.

Many of us, despite possessing the means to sustain a largely comfortable existence, compare ourselves to others which can leave us feeling that we are not good enough, do not have enough, are not doing enough, and so on. Anxiety, panic and depression are too often the resultant conditions, and they are on the rise. It is now a fact that one in three of us will at some point in life suffer from one or another mental health issue. In light of this, the words of Ibn Taymiyyah take on a new hue of meaning; they are a reminder and encouragement to those of us experiencing a sense of dislocation in the world—and perhaps seeking an unhealthy sense of longing for another life—that paradise has a place in this world.

Ibn Taymiyyah goes further than this, of course, and says that it is only those of us who experience the paradise of this world who can experience the Paradise of the Hereafter. But do not be fooled into thinking that such a state is obtained simply by bowing and prostrating on a prayer mat; or indeed that those experiencing one form or another of melancholy are in a low state of iman. Human states, whether spiritual, psychological or emotional are too complex to be facetiously and superficially categorised in this way; there are no simple formulas for bringing about different states of mind and being. However, there is a point to take from the comparison of the Paradise of the Hereafter and the paradisical state which Ibn Taymiyyah believes can be achieved in the life of this world.

The Paradise of the Hereafter is a timeless place, in which there is no past and no future—therein only the present exists. It is quite possible, therefore, that the experience of peace, prosperity and happiness in the Paradise of the Hereafter is a consequence of living in and embracing the moment. In Paradise, there will be no place for anxiety over what has passed or anxiety of what is yet to pass. And for this very reason, there will be no disruption to the experience of peace, prosperity and happiness.

Now, although living in the present—in the here-and-now—is no doubt something that requires a certain degree of conscious effort, and probably impossible to sustain for long, it is surely a desideratum to be sought, however and whenever possible, if even to momentarily enjoy the taste of what is promised to us in the Paradise of the Hereafter. In the words of another sage: ‘Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift …  that is why it is called the present!’

And God knows best!

This excerpt was taken from ‘A Treasury of Ibn Taymiyyah’. If you liked this blog post and want to find out more, you can read more of Ibn Taymiyyah’s timeless thought and wisdom here.

Gratitude In Islam

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Gratitude lies at the core of man’s relationship with Allah. It may be expressed by the heart, tongue, through deeds, words and gestures. As to the gratitude flowing from the heart, it is the proper response for innumerable divine favours. A grateful person is always mindful of being indebted for Allah’s bounties, big and small, and articulates his feelings t every step to express gratitude.

This feeling of constant gratitude has a very significant bearing on man’s deeds, For he is pleased to do the deeds that please Allah, his benefactor. Conversely, he is averse to anything that amounts to ingratitude in response to a divine bounty. One who truly appreciates divine bounty. One who truly appreciates divine bounties can never reconcile himself to abusing them by acting against Allah’s will. If someone gives us a weapon that can help us to defend ourselves, only a wicked person would abuse that weapon to hurt the one who gave it. One who truly appreciates divine bounties is never ready to abuse them in the cause of Satan. Umm al-Mu’minin A’ishah made this point in her letter Amir Mu’awiyah; ‘A person blessed with some favour owes the minimum obligation of not abusing that favour against his benefactor.’

To develop a constant feeling of gratitude and a sound consciousness on this count, the first and foremost ask is to constantly acknowledge and declare the favours bestowed upon by Allah. It is a general human weakness that if someone is afflicted with some misfortune, he is continually mentioning it which he constantly enjoys. He disregards these as if these do not exist. Such a person is not likely to appreciate the favours done to him by his benefactor. To overcome this weakness, we should devote a little time every day to reflect on the bounties we enjoy and to study divine signs scattered around us. We should reflect too on what our state would be if he had not been blessed by Allah with the favours we are currently enjoying. If we had not been endowed with eyes,, ears, limbs and brain, we would not have been able to accomplish anything. We would have led a miserable life.

Another equally important point to remember is that Allah has granted us innumerable favours even though we have not deserved them. By definition, Allah is not obliged to do us these favours, and we can never repay Him in any measure for His bounties. While cannot repay Him, he can deprive us of His favours whenever He will, and there is no one to stop Him from doing so. A king may be reduced to a pauper; so he should not dismiss a lowly person, for Allah may degrade us to the same position, we should constantly praise Him for His favours to us.

Another help in encouraging gratitude is not to look at those who have been blessed with more than us, but at those who have been blessed with less. Those who fail to do this are always complaining of their difficulties and problems and are never blessed with satisfaction or contentment. Even when their lot improves, they do not experience true contentment . This is because it is impossible to be in a state that is in all respects better than that of everyone else. The only way to express our gratitude to Allah is to be constantly mindful that we are servants of Allah – some of His servants are not granted as much as we ave, and others are favoured with more than us.

The wisdom in that approach is well illustrated by an anecdote related by Shaikh Sa’di. While travelling he reached Damascus in a miserable condition. He did not have any money to buy new shoes to replace his old ones. It pained him that he was unable to buy a pair of new shoes. With these thoughts he entered the mosque where he observed a lame person, without feet. On seeing this, he immediately fell into prostration, thanking Allah profusely for having provided him with feet, if not with new shoes. This incident identifies the perspective in which we should look at things. Those with a feeling of gratitude observe numerous manifestations of Allah’s favours which then fill them with greater gratitude. However, there are others who are always complaining of what they do not have, and are therefore unable to thank Allah for the many blessings He has bestowed upon them.

Excerpt taken from:  Tazkiyah – The Islamic path of self-development available here, for the eBook version click here.

Heavenly Bites Review!

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Heavenly Bites

heavenlybites cook book

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


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.

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!

roast chicken, couscous, lentil soup
faith roast chicken heavenly bites
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!


  • 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


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 – More Reviews!

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As Salaam Alaykum,

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

“His writing style is conversational. You feel as if your older brother is sitting next to you having a heart to heart and offering some really sincere advice. If you enjoy his lectures, you will enjoy his writing style.

As Nouman is a student of knowledge and an Arabic teacher, much of what he discusses focuses on in his book are different translations and the roots, connotations, and synonyms of the Arabic used in the Quran”

“One thing I have always appreciated about Nouman Ali Khan is his honesty. You can tell when something seriously grieves him in his videos just from the way he talks or when something ridiculous cracks him up. It’s the same for Revive Your Heart. Revive Your Heart was written to suggest how Muslims can find peace in chaotic times. In a world that revolves around technology, social media and globalisation, it is easy to get distracted and disheartened by every day life. ”

Pardon My Writings
“This book reminds us not just about the temporary nature of this life, but how we should nurture our heart so it’s ready for the Hereafter. It also touches upon the pertinent issues and challenges affecting the Muslim communities such as the issue of leadership, disunity in the Muslim Ummah and the unacceptable attitudes some Muslim communities have towards women and daughters, despite the beautiful teaching of Islam that call us to honour them.

What we like the most about the book is how Khan makes enormous efforts to explain the meaning of important words or verses in the Qur’an so that the reader may actually understand and appreciate the message and beauty of their religion. Nowadays, the ongoing developments in technology and everything around us can easily distract us from our duties and purpose in life. It is as if our physical body is just going through the motions, and our hearts (and ruh (soul)) are dying.”

Productive Muslim

“In its essence, it’s a book that calls into question the importance of reviving your heart, to not get caught up in life to the point where you forget your spirituality and character-building. To at least form a habit of remembering God in our lives as the busy lifestyle we all may lead, can take us away from the bigger picture. To just having a moment of peace, reflection and a sit-down conversation with God.”


“His profound explanations of disarmingly simple words and phrases is by far the book’s greatest strength, as it opens up the world of the Qur’an in a way few other sermonic texts do. This book will no doubt prove popular as a devotional work for the faithful Muslim reader, and it might also benefit those who want to understand what it means to be Muslim beyond the headlines and in the midst of modern life.”

Publishers Weekly

To find out more about Revive Your Heart, click here!

P.S. The e-book version is available on Amazon 

Colouring in Islam – Vibrant Soul Colouring Inspired by Rumi

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The time when this spiritual adult colouring book was created was also parallel to the months in which I was expecting my first child. As you can imagine, it was a time of high emotions. My husband was studying to complete his degree and we were in the process of buying our first house. Needless to say, our stress levels were at peak!Though I had the idea for this project before all of this, many projects can lie to waste due to lack of action. However by the will of Allah this one came together and I think it is down to the fact that art helps to keep to me sane during difficult times.

I believe art, or any creative outlet for that matter, is necessary to calm us down and renew our focus in life. This is why colouring has been a long prescribed therapy by psychiatrists, helping their patients to manage their thoughts.

A favourite shaykh of mine, who is also a great admirer of Rumi, said;  “We are recognisers of beauty because we perceive order [in it] beyond this chaotic matter and know that everything is in Allah’s hands.” – [Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad]

Beauty has the power to bring calm to the soul, and for this reason art and creativity are very important in life. We all need time to reflect or wind down and art is a creative way to facilitate that process.

As a Muslim, my tradition has always had a place for these things, hence Islamic history being filled with the most incredible art and architecture in the world. Beauty was my inspiration and goal in the pages of Vibrant Soul. And just as much as I love creating art from my inspirations, I believe colouring is loved by many for that same reason of bringing order to the chaotic nature of our ephemeral lives in this world.

Beauty is a healer, as is evident in the impact of Rumi’s words, and I believe we can all gain some peace from it through colouring.

This blog post was writtten by the Roszeen Afsar.

You can check out her colouring book ‘Vibrant Soul – Colouring Inspired By Rumihere and follow her on Instagram to see what inky arts she’s been concocting!

Vibrant Soul – £3.99 – Paperback – ISBN: 9781847741158 – 44  pages

Allah the Lover: Is Islam a Religion of Love or Laws?

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When it comes to Islam as a Religion, many people especially Muslims focus on the rulings. What’s halal (permissible) or haram (forbidden), what are the Laws and rulings towards x, y and z? Though the rulings are significant to Muslims, the fixation on them may hinder our appreciation of the love and mercy of Allah and how encompassing His love truly is.

Here’s a brief excerpt to remind us of Allah’s mercy and passion.

Allah the Lover

A pious man is facing his reckoning in the presence of Allah. Realising that many of his family members have committed sins, the man decides to grant his reward for good deeds to the family members, up to the point that he runs of of his reward. God asks him; ‘Now, how are you going to survive My hisab (Reckoning)?’ The man replies, ‘I leave it to your mercy, O Lord.’ With that, God commands His angels to let the man enter Heaven.


At the beginning of every surah of the Qur’an, bar one, God refers to Himself as Rahman and Rahim – words that are generally translated as something like: the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful. However, the word rahmah in Arabic, from which these two words are derived, has a very comprehensive connotation consisting of love, mercy, blessings and many other similar meanings. It is in this principle of love that the whole Islamic belief and way of life are summarised.

And it is not without a profound significance that a Muslim is taught to recite the same verse – ‘In the name of God, The most Beneficent, The Most Merciful’ – every time they embark on any endeavour, whether it has to do with religion or not. In the original Arabic, the expression uses the word ‘Allah’ instead of just any word denoting God. ‘Allah’ is actually His All-Encompassing Name (al-ism al-jami) or His Greatest Name (al-ism al-a’zam) which both comprehends, and is the source of, all of His other names. In other words, notwithstanding the fact that His names comprise both attributes of beauty (jamal) and majesty (jalal), as one whole, the concept of God in Islam represents mercy and beneficence and nothing else.

In fact, love is the quintessential principle of God. He emphasises in the Qur’an that:

…surely my Lord is Ever Merciful, Most Loving. (Hud 11:90)

In another place in the Qur’an, Allah is characterised by wudd (enduring love) and ghufran (forgiveness) at the same time:

…and He is the Forgiving and the Loving (al-Buruj 85:14)

Whilse His Attribute as rahim (merciful) and wadud (loving) are mentioned together in this ayah:

Ask for pardon of your Lord and then turn unto Him (repentant). Lo! My Lord is Merciful, Loving. (Hud 11:90)

Further than that, in a hadith qudsi, God reveals unequivocally that: ‘My Mercy has overcome My Wrath.‘ What is of the utmost important is that all through the Qur’an Allah reveals Himself through these Most Beautiful Names (al-asma al-husna), those names denoting His beautiful Qualities (jamal) are found in five times as many verses as those that denote His Majestic Qualities (jalal). In the same vein, His Vengeance appears only once in the Holy Book, while the opposite quality- The Forgiving one, occurs about one hundred times. Indeed, nothing in His creation is deprived of His Mercy.

My Mercy encompasses everything. (al-A’raf 7:156)

The last verse categorically states that all occurrences, not excluding things that appear to be evils and suffering, are actually manifestations of His Mercy.

This excerpt is derived from Haidar Bagir’s book ‘Islam The Faith of Love and Happiness’ to find out more about his book, click here

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.”

Step inside my handbag

“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.

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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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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