Ramadan Reading List 2019

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What will you #ReadInRamadan?

With Ramadan only around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of our top reads to give you some inspiration!

 

Prayers of the Pious by Omar Suleiman

This inspirational collection of prayers and reminders is the perfect companion for anyone who wishes to connect to the Divine. Prayers of the Pious provides spiritual gems that serve as valuable wisdom and practical advice for the soul.

Shaykh Omar Suleiman provides us with thirty short prayers taken from the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and the early generations, each with a short reminder to deepen the impact of the prayer in our lives.

Order here and take a look inside here!

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Light Upon Light by Nur Fadhilah Wahid

Rest. Read. Reflect.

What is He trying to tell you?

Light Upon Light is a heartfelt and sincere conversation, sprinkled with humour and self doubt, on the challenges of a modern-day Muslimah. Mostly written while she was travelling, living and studying in Malaysia, South Africa and Yemen, it combines her reflections on a life lived in the awareness of, and gratitude to, Allah

Order your copy here

Read inside here

 

Communicating with Allah: Rediscovering Prayer by Dr Bassem Saeh

Muslims are required to pray five times a day, but for too many of us these are little more than physical movements devoid of any spirit or divine connection In contrast, the Prophet (SAW) characterised prayer as “the spiritual ascent (mi’raj) of the believer”. In a modern world of constant distraction, how are we to achieve the communion with the Divine that prayer is supposed to be?

Find the book here: http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/communicating-with-allah-rediscovering-prayer/

 

 

 

Al-Adab al-Mufrad – A Perfect Code of Manners and Morality by Adil Salahi

Al-Adab al-Mufrad is the most famous collection of Prophetic traditions on manners and morals. The anthology of 1329 hadiths is a treasured work in Muslim history by one of its most respected scholars, Imam Bukhari.

This edition, newly translated by Adil Salahi, 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.

Find the book here: http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/al-adab-al-mufrad-a-perfect-code-of-manners-and-morality/

 

7 Steps to Spiritual Intelligence by Musharraf Hussain     

How do we develop a spiritual life? How do we change ourselves so that we can live by the universal spiritual values of Islam? 7 Steps to Spiritual Intelligence tells us how to come closer to God in seven steps: through genuine seeking of God, discipleship of a spiritual director, learning and understanding spiritual intelligence, simplicity and contentment, striving to practise, remembering God and praying to Him, and self-inspection and self-control.

Find the book here: http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/seven-steps-to-spiritual-intelligence/

A Treasury of Ghazali: A Companion for the Untethered Soul by Mustafa Abu Sway

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.

“I’m one of those people that loves a bit of wise philosophy – and when that is equipped with Islam – my heart just finds solace. This book offers guidance, practical tips and most importantly encourages one to think about themselves in a deep manner – that we often don’t get to do because of all our responsibilities. This book seeks to take the soul out of muddled-ness and give it direction.”  Gilded Dunya https://gildeddunya.com/2017/11/14/a-treasury-of-ghazali-book-review/

Read a sample of the book here.

 

 

In The Early Hours by Khurram Murad

In the Early Hours is a collection of inspirational advice by a dear and beloved teacher, Ustadh Khurram Murad, on the subject of spiritual and self development.  

Find the book here: http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/in-the-early-hours/

 

 

 

Revive Your Heart By Nouman Ali Khan (2017 Bestseller!)

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: the disunity in the Muslim community, terrorists acting in the name of Islam, and the disconnection with Allah.

These challenges and more are tackled by Nouman Ali Khan, with his profound engagement with the Qur’an, in his trademark voice that is sought out by millions of Muslims on a daily basis.

Find the book here: http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/revive-your-heart-nouman-ali-khan-hardback/

 

 

Daily Wisdom: Selections from the Holy Qur’an by Abdur Raheem Kidwai

An essential companion to the first book “Daily Wisdom: Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad”. This beautiful presentation of the Holy Quran engages the reader in a moment daily reflection. With 365 verses covering the whole year, this is a must for every home. Daily Wisdom Set - Kube Publishing - Islamic Books

Find the book here: http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/daily-wisdom-selections-from-the-holy-quran/                                                              

      

Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship by Al-Ghazali

Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship covers the dimensions of Islamic rituals of worship which are essential to the fulfilment of inner quality. This book will be of immense help to countless young men and women of our times, who are rapidly growing in their commitment to Islam.

Find the book here: http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/inner-dimensions-of-islamic-worship/

 

Tazkiyah: The Islamic Path of Self Development by Abdur Rashid Siddiqui

This anthology has been compiled to meet this need, by translating works that originally appeared in Urdu. It includes key contributions presented by well-known leaders of the Islamic Movement: Mawlana Mawdudi, Ustadh Khurram Murad and others.

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 in English to assist those who want to achieve self-development by purifying their souls and actions.

Find the book here: http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/tazkiyah-the-islamic-path-of-self-development-2/

Happy reading and don’t forget to tweet us with your #ReadInRamadan pictures!

Who is Omar Suleiman?

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Imam Omar Suleiman is an American Muslim scholar, civil rights activist and speaker. He’s the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University. He is also the Resident Scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center and the Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square. He has been dubbed “The Religious Leader Dallas Needs” by the D Magazine. As well as considered one of the most influential Muslims in America by CNN.

He holds a Bachelors in Accounting, a Bachelors in Islamic Law, a Masters in Islamic Finance, a Masters in Political History, and is currently pursuing a Phd. in Islamic Thought and Civilization.

Shaykh Omar has taught Islamic Studies at the university level since 2008. As a valued Al-Maghrib instructor, Shaykh Omar developed one of the most successful seminar’s “An In-Depth Study of the Spiritual Practices of the Best Generations”. He also is one of the main speakers at our various conferences and retreats across the globe.

With his charismatic sermons and message of inclusiveness, he’s gained a national following and with the media he’s one of the creators of the internationally acclaimed “Inspiration Series” which has reached millions of Muslims and Non Muslims through YouTube and Islamic Television stations worldwide. He’s also known for his series on Quran weekly as well as his contributions to Hadith of the Day.

 

In memory of Manzoor Khalid (1945–2018)

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Manzoor Khalid (1945–2018)

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

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

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

Masjid Khizra, Cheetham Hill, Manchester

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

Islamic Book Centre, Drummond Street, London (1999)

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

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

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

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

Islamic Foundation, Markfield

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

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

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

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

 

Haris Ahmad, Managing Director of Kube:

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

 

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

Abdul Bari Book launch 2018

Book Launch – My Quest For The Middle Way – Finding The Balance in Islam

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** FREE EVENT ** Book Launch **

Join us for a talk with Dr Abdul Bari author and community based activist,

on his

 Quest For The Middle Way

Finding The Balance In Islam

18:00–20:30pm, Friday 21 September, 2018

East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre

82-92 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1JQ

MY Quest for the middle way

About the Event

Join us for a talk and book launch with the activist and community figure, Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari discussing his memoir, his personal journey being at the forefront of the British Muslim community’s most pressing challenges whilst trying to find the middle path.

Following the talk Dr Bari will be signing copies of his book: A Long Jihad – My Quest for the Middle Way

Refreshments will be provided!

If you’re coming by tube, the nearest stop is: Whitechapel – Parking may be available but there are very limited spaces.

About the Book

As the leader of Britian’s largest Muslim organisation and mosque, since that fateful day Abdul Bari has been at the forefront of the British Muslim community’s most pressing challenges. In this memoir, he offers an insider’s perspective on the Muslim experience in modern Britian, presenting his blueprint for ‘The Middle Way’.

He offers Muslims and everybody else guidance on a path that rejects extremism and works for the common good of all: living a life of moderation that is, as the Qur’an says, “justly balanced”.

About the Speaker

Muhammad Abdul Bari MBE is an educationalist, community activist, parenting consultant and author. He has written for various newspapers, blogs and journals. Moreover, he’s the author of a number of books on marriage, family, parenting, identity and community issues from contemporary British Muslim perspectives.

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

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.

Click here to book your space!

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

Read a sample!

£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.

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

 

 

Muslim Bloggers

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

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

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

 

 

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

December Giveaway!

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

We are offering:

  • 1 x A Treasury of Hadith

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

  • 1 x Blessed Names and Attributes of Allah

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

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

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The Rich Legacy of Libraries in Muslim Lands

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

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

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

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

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

 

(In no particular order…)

 

  • Al-Qarawiyyin library – Fez, Morocco

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

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

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

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

 

  • Alexandria library – Alexandria, Egypt

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

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

 

  • Library of al-Hakam – Cordoba, Spain

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

  • Sufiya mosque library – Aleppo, Syria

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

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  • And many, many more

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

 

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

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

 

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