Prayers of the Pious ~ Giveaway!

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This Ramadan we’ve got 10 signed copies of ‘Prayers of the Pious’ By Imam Omar Suleiman to give out! Click on the photo below below for your chance to receive a copy.

 

About Prayers of the Pious

Thirty short prayers taken from the Prophet Muhammad and his pious predecessors, brought together by an American Muslim making a difference, Omar Suleiman. Few people call out to Allah anymore. We have forgotten what it is to have a personal conversation with God, and how simple it is. Allah doesn’t care if it rhymes, or how it sounds, or even in what language you call out to Him. What’s important is how sincere it is. Imam Ahmad was once asked, what is the distance between us and the throne of God?

A pious prayer from a pure heart, was his reply, that’s how we connect to Allah. Through reading the personal prayers of the Companions of the Prophet, this book will remind you how to speak with Allah in the same way they did. How to call upon the Creator the same way they called upon Him. And by using the dua journal you can start a conversation with Allah, following in the footsteps of the pious predecessors.

100% of royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Yaqeen Institute (non-profit) to support their research and activities for the global Muslim community.


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Prayers of the Pious By Omar Suleiman

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Praise for the Book

“In this concise work, Sh. Omar Suleiman has collected many precious gems from the du`as of the righteous. The reader cannot help but get swept away in the spiritual earnestness that these beseechers felt. Animated by these timeless invocations, I pray that all of us can not only use these classical prayers ourselves, but be inspired to produce our own, from the depths of our hearts, so that our du`as, too, can be heard by the Almighty.”  Yasir Qadhi

The series impacted me more than I can explain, it was transformational, because it made me think about the level of attachment I have with my conversation with Allah.

Duas are very private, very special and very much needed – but for the first time I started to think about how much focus I had to put on my choice of words and not just my actual plea. The need was/will always be there, for Allah to grant me more and more, but the way I ask can change, depending on how I ask HimGilded Dunya

“beautifully designed..compilation of duas and reminders by Imam Omar Suleiman” ReciteReflect

“With 30 prayers this will be ideal for Ramadan and something that In Sha Allah will be readable. The plan is to focus on one prayer a day and reflect on it…and get the eldest involved too! The book is also a handy size to read on the go!” Muslim Mummy

 

About Prayers of the Pious

Thirty short prayers taken from the Prophet Muhammad and his pious predecessors, brought together by an American Muslim making a difference, Omar Suleiman. Few people call out to Allah anymore. We have forgotten what it is to have a personal conversation with God, and how simple it is. Allah doesn’t care if it rhymes, or how it sounds, or even in what language you call out to Him. What’s important is how sincere it is. Imam Ahmad was once asked, what is the distance between us and the throne of God?

A pious prayer from a pure heart, was his reply, that’s how we connect to Allah. Through reading the personal prayers of the Companions of the Prophet, this book will remind you how to speak with Allah in the same way they did. How to call upon the Creator the same way they called upon Him. And by using the dua journal you can start a conversation with Allah, following in the footsteps of the pious predecessors.

100% of royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to Yaqeen Institute (non-profit) to support their research and activities for the global Muslim community.

 

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About the Author

Imam Omar Suleiman is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and Professor of Islamic studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, USA.

 

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Prayers of the Pious by Imam Omar Suleiman

ISBN: 9781847741295 ~ Hardback ~ £6.99

Ramadan 2019

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Ramadan is approaching, is already here or has passed (depending on when you’re reading this!) Our blog post below helps you to make the most out of Ramadan with some key tips for preparation and productivity.

It seems like Ramadan is coming closer every year; preparation is key for making the most out of Ramadan. The articles below offer some great tips on setting achievable goals, gaining Taqwa and preparing your body and soul for this blessed month.

 

Pre-Ramadan:

The best way to ensure you have a fruitful and beneficial Ramadan is to prepare for the holy month well in advance. These articles help you with some different ways to prepare:

 

Reading in Ramadan:

Reading is a typical goal for many during Ramadan. For some guidance and inspiration on what to read this month, why not take a look at our carefully curated reading lists?

 

Productivity:

Ramadan comes with numerous blessings, but it can also be a little overwhelming. Here is some advice on how to spend your time productively in Ramadan.

 

Spirituality:

The month of Ramadan has both physical and spiritual importance. These articles provide some enlightenment on the spiritual beauty of Ramadan.

 

Qur’an

A goal for many of us is to get closer to the Qur’an during Ramadan. For those of you seeking guidance on reading more Qur’an and developing a closer relationship to the Qur’an during this spiritual month, take a look at the links below:

If you’re after tafsir (Commentary) we’ve got you covered! Click here to take a look at our Qur’ans.

 

Decorations

If you’re looking for decorations for Ramadan, take a look at our sister site where we have all sorts of banners, balloons and bunting!

A’ishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) used to strive more in worship during Ramadan than he strove in any other time of the year; and he would devote himself more (in the worship of Allah) in the last ten nights of Ramadan than he did in earlier part of the month. (Muslim)

If you’d like to see our full range of books and any upcoming publications, take a look at our catalogue here.

Ramadan Reading List 2019

Written by R on . Posted in From Kube Shelves, News and events, Read in Ramadan

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!

#ReadInRamadan – 2018

Written by R on . Posted in Read in Ramadan

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Ramadan is approaching or is already here or has past (depending on when you’re reading this) and here at Kube we would like to continue to encourage more people to read as well as share what you’re reading during this blessed month.

The #ReadInRamadan is used to encourage people, businesses and other publishers to share and talk about which books are inspiring them and to give more books as gifts during Ramadan or for Eid. As our communities strive to seek knowledge and reflect on the wisdom of Islam, we want to celebrate the increasing number of books available on Islam and the Muslim experience, and what better way to do this than by giving a book as a gift.

Reading can aid reflection, broaden understanding and ultimately enhance your experience of this holy month. By carefully choosing some books to read alongside the Qur’an, you can also make Ramadan a transformational time to uplift your spirit and strengthen your belief. Books are also a great way of introducing Ramadan to your children, as they provide the perfect platform for shared discussion and contemplation in an enjoyable and engaging way.

We want you to use the hashtag #ReadInRamadan and tell us what is on your reading or gift list!

Got a Kube book on your wishlist? You can WIN one for free! We’ve got giveaways to announce throughout the month of Ramadan on social media.

Come and join the discussion on: Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to join in with the discussion and find out what others are reading too!

Useful resources:

Pre-Ramadan Reading List

Top 10 Reads for Ramadan!

Top 5 for under 5s!

Best Books for Muslim Teens

 

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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.

Amazon 

Kindle edition

Read a sample

 

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.

Available here – Read a sample

Sana Munshey: The Importance of Reading

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Over the last few weeks Kube has been thinking about how we will use Ramadan to read more in order to enhance our understanding and experience of this holy month. Books are also a great way of introducing Ramadan to your children, as they provide the perfect platform for shared discussion and contemplation in an enjoyable and engaging way.

As part of our Read in Ramadan campaign, we have asked some of our authors to discuss how they have used books to inspire themselves and others. We spoke to author Sana Munshey about writing, reading and inspiring children to do the same!

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Kube: We have been thinking about ways we can encourage others to read more and, in particular, how to inspire a younger generation to engage with books. As an author, do you feel this is part of your own thinking when it comes to writing for children?

Sana Munshey: Yes, definitely! We live in a world where children are presented with too many distractions. It is easier to get a child to busy themselves with electronic devices than it is to get them to read chapter books. Their attention span needs attention; if a book does not catch and keep their interest from the beginning, children are likely to leave it altogether.

This is especially true with Islamic books. Children are likely to choose other books over the available Islamic literature, because it simply does not keep their attention. Over the past few years, however, many new exciting titles have emerged in the world of Islamic Books for the youth. The key, I believe, is to portray Islamic values for children so that they can relate them back to their own lives.

K: In We’re Off to Make ‘Umrah, you take the reader on a journey to Makkah when perhaps they will not experience this themselves for many years. Were you conscious of this when writing the book?

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SM: Yes. I think picture books are a good way to introduce children to a reality they will later come to know, inshAllah. Nurturing the love of the Ka’bah, I feel, is especially important for the hearts of young believers. Located in Makkah, the birthplace of the Prophet (S), the Ka’bah is not only important because we make Umrah and Hajj there. Rather, it is the symbol of Islamic unity, the direction of the prayer for Muslims all over the world. It also connects the Muslim nation with the Prophet Abraham (PBUH), as it was he and his son, Ismail, who built the Ka’bah much before the coming of Muhammad (S). Thus, the Ka’bah stands in history as the very first house of worship built on Earth.

K: What inspires you to read, and how have you been encouraged to read (particularly when you were younger) in the past?

SM: I have always followed my interests! If I like a subject matter, I seek to read more about it. Similarly, I try to read to my children according to their interests. That way I know their minds will be engaged. They will not be passive listeners, rather, in my experience, they listen with intent, ask very intelligent questions, and keep asking for more.

K: As an author and a mother, what advice would you give other parents who would like to encourage their children to read more?

SM: It’s not always easy to get a child to become a reader. Some children have a natural liking to read; others may go through a “I hate reading” phase; they may find it difficult to read, or may need to find the kinds of books that interest them. It’s a struggle sometimes to find what works best for the child’s individual needs. My suggestion would be to continue to offer different genres, authors, and styles of writing; sooner or later something will click. It’s important not to be too pushy. Every child is different and may require a different approach. As parents we have to remind them the importance of reading. For Muslims the importance of reading originates from revelation. The first word of the Quran revealed upon our Prophet (S) was: “Read!”

K: Thank you for talking to us, Sana.

SM: Thank you!


Sana Munshey is the author of We’re Off to Make ‘Umrah, available from Kube.
Her new title We’re Off to Pray is an upcoming release from Kube.

We’re Off to Make ‘Umrah

http://www.kubepublishing.com/authors/sana-munshey/

 

What Will You Read? VOTE NOW

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You can now vote for what you will Read In Ramadan!

Reading can aid reflection, broaden understanding and ultimately enhance your experience of this holy month. By carefully choosing some books to read alongside the Qur’an, you can also make Ramadan a transformational time to uplift your spirit and strengthen your belief.

Tell us what you will be reading to see the overall results:

What will you Read In Ramadan (alongside the Quran)?

J. Samia Mair: Write, and Keep Writing

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While we are thinking about the importance of reading and engaging with books, we have asked some of our authors to explore how they have used their writing to inspire themselves and others.

Author J. Samia Mair talks about losing herself in her writing, the role of her working environment and how everyone has a story to tell…


The other day I was listening to a Shaykh who said that after knowing who God is the next questions to ask oneself are: “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” He mentioned that one way to help discover if your activities are in line with your higher self is if you lose track of time when engaged in that activity. Apparently Einstein wouldn’t eat for days at times when engrossed in some scientific pursuits. It made me wonder. Is there anything I do where I lose track of time? One of the answers that came back was writing.

I can write for hours and hours and not even notice what time it is; it is usually the adhan calling from my computer that reminds me that time has passed. My family even joke about it—if I am writing a book, for instance, they usually just leave me alone, knowing that I am in the “zone”. Sometimes, they can be in my same little basement office room trying to talk to me, and I don’t even know they are here until one of my daughters calls me by my first name.

My office, which is exceedingly small, becomes my world for long periods of time— when I’m lucky. It is functional at best. It still needs to be painted in an inspirational color yet to be decided. I have a photo of the Green Dome and a minaret from the Prophet’s, blessings and peace be upon him, masjid that I have taped to the once white, now marked up wall. It inspires me, along with some drawings my daughters drew when they were younger and a few other muses. Our two cats drop in from time to time to look out the window, get a quick pet, or sleep on top of my bookshelf. There are scattered papers everywhere, books, homeschool supplies, office supplies, a hodgepodge of used furniture and storage containers, and other clutter too insignificant to mention—and of course my computer. I remember—and this dates me—when I would write by hand on a yellow notebook. Initially, I thought typing into a computer would hamper my creativity—that typing into a keyboard was somehow too many steps between ideas forming in the brain and being documented. I’m sure that is nearly impossible to understand for those who were born after computers. I get it. I could never go back to writing by hand on paper now, but I do remember my reluctance to give up the pen and paper.

9780860375814I think I lose myself in my writing because I lose myself in my characters and stories. I ruminate over a plot for months, even years, before I actually put it to paper—oh, I forgot, to screen. That’s why I love the idea of sequels, as I am not quite ready to let my characters go. Right now I am working on a sequel to Zak and His Good Intentions, and I have the plot nearly complete for a sequel to The Great Race to Sycamore Street. I am also working on a historical novel, which I have been wanting to write for years—and this might actually be the year to start it, insha’Allaah.

People often tell me that they have a great idea for a book but haven’t written it. I firmly believe anyone can write a book if they want to. We all have a story to tell and our own unique voice to tell it. So, if you love to write, write…and keep writing.


J. Samia Mair is the author of Zak and His Good Intentions, The Great Race to Sycamore Street, The Perfect Gift and Amira’s Totally Chocolate World. All are available from Kube:

Zak and His Good Intentions
The Great Race to Sycamore Street
The Perfect Gift
Amira’s Totally Chocolate World

http://www.kubepublishing.com/authors/j-samia-mair/

Farah Morley: Travel the World and Unlock Your Potential

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As we are encouraging you to read more, we have asked some of our authors to discuss how they have used books to inspire themselves and others.

Author Farah Morley talks about travelling far and wide through a summer of reading, and the opportunity books give both children and adults to discover new worlds and explore different cultures.


 

I would always look forward to the long summer holidays as a kid. It was really all about the chance to go travelling and have adventures. Don’t get me wrong, we were not one of those families that went camping or had flights booked to sandy shores. We didn’t do holidays, unless it was to go see family…not quite the same.

However, that did not limit the potential of each summer for me. Weeks in advance I would earmark a selection of library books, usually with some theme or element that would tie the prose together in my mind. Each volume would be squirrelled away in secret corners of the reference section to be retrieved at the just the perfect time. The day before term ended, the time when the rules of library lending were broken, and the 3 book limit was shunned for being the tyrannical enemy of all book lovers. This was the time, when I would finally haul the gargantuan stack to the counter, glowing with pride at the success of my cunning plan. Indeed it felt like the spoils of war and I the victor. The librarian, tight lipped and knowing, would give me a secret smile in acknowledgement of our shared addiction.

Then the summer would begin. I would travel to India and hear the she wolf fight off a tiger to protect a man cub. I journeyed to Canada where I met a young orphan called Anne who went to live at a cottage called Green Gables. Sometimes, I stumbled in time and space meeting people who had shaped my world, like William Wilberforce or Uri Gagarin. Then to other worlds where luggage ran on many legs and wizards taught at an Unseen University. Oh what a wonderful time I had, and the friends I met along the way each imparted to me a little of themselves. I felt as if I had lived a hundred lives.

Books are the greatest gift that anyone can share, allowing us to glimpse lives and places as yet unknown. When I wrote the Spider and the Doves, I was keenly aware of how our concept of the Hijra is much like the Spider’s, a journey experienced as a story. We get to be part of that narrative only in words and imaginings, and yet it shapes our moral landscape.

When I grew up, and began travelling as an adult, I started to experience books as navigation tools to other cultures. Unifying treads that bind all human experiences in a complex and diverse world. It allowed me to feel less alienated as a traveller so that each place we visited became almost another room in our own home, the planet. I would encourage all who have the gift of being literate and the luxury of obtaining books to use them as keys to unlock our potential to wonder and marvel, and maybe, just maybe if we are lucky, pick up a little wisdom as a keepsake to remember the trip by.

 


Farah Morley is the author of The Spider and the Doves and Hurayrah the Cat: The Snake Catcher. Both are available from Kube:

The Spider and the Doves
Hurayrah the Cat: The Snake Catcher

http://www.kubepublishing.com/authors/farah-morley/

#ReadInRamadan

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Ramadan is only 3 weeks away and here at Kube we want to encourage more people to read and share books during this blessed time. That is why we are launching #ReadInRamadan to get people reading, sharing and talking about which books are inspiring them and to give more books as gifts this Eid! We want to celebrate the increasing number of books available on Islam and Muslim experience, and what better way to do this than by giving a book as a gift.

Reading can aid reflection, broaden understanding and ultimately enhance your experience of this holy month. By carefully choosing some books to read alongside the Qur’an, you can also make Ramadan a transformational time to uplift your spirit and strengthen your belief. Books are also a great way of introducing Ramadan to your children, as they provide the perfect platform for shared discussion and contemplation in an enjoyable and engaging way.

We want you to use the hashtag #ReadInRamadan and tell us what is on your reading or gift list!

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Got a Kube book on your wishlist? You can WIN one for free! We will announce 1 person each week throughout June and the lucky winner will be able to choose a book from our catalogue!

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