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Ramadan 2019

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

 

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!

Best Books for Children

Written by Humairaa on . Posted in Uncategorized

Assalamu’alaykum!

This week, we’ve compiled a list of books to keep your little ones entertained (and educated!). Enter the world of the Muslim Sleeping Beauty, learn about Ramadan with Hassan and Aneesa, and discover Hajj with Yan… there’s plenty to enjoy for young and old alike!

 

Hassan and Aneesa Love Ramadan by Yasmeen Rahim

It is the night before Ramadan and Hassan and Aneesa are excited for it to begin. In Ramadan they will read the Qur’an, give charity, share food with neighbours and try to fast.

Follow them on the first day of Ramadan and find out why Hassan and Aneesa love it when the holy month arrives.

 

The Hassan and Aneesa series is designed to introduce young children to a range of Muslim places. The books are colourfully designed and simply written and will guide children through a range of new experiences.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/hassan-and-aneesa-love-ramadan-2/

 

Sleeping Beauty: An Islamic Tale by Fawzia Gilani

After the wicked Count Lahab promises to crush the young princess Mariam at her aqiqah, she is hidden within the king’s castle. Under the watchful eyes of Lady Masarah Mariam is safe from wicked whispers, and becomes a pious young woman with strong faith and helpful manners.

But, beyond the castle walls a serpent waits patiently and upon the news of Mariam’s wedding, Count Lahab finds a way to deceive the castle and present her with a beautiful hijab pin, covered in poison, that leaves her in a deep, unbreakable sleep.

After potions and prayers have no affect her husband, Haris, is told to go on a perilous journey to Makkah to pray for her recovery and bring back Zamzam water for her to drink. But, faced by Count Lahab and his outlaws, what does his destiny hold.

 

A faithful retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, this story will awaken a love for this classic tale in a whole new community’s heart.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/sleeping-beauty-an-islamic-tale/

 

My Special Angels: The Two Noble Scribes by Razana Noor

Beside every person’s shoulder, there are two angels. Muslims know them as the Kiraman Katibin (the noble scribes). They write down every deed, good and bad, from a person’s first day to their last.

Inside this book you will find out all about them, and how to turn those bad deeds into good ones, with a lovable and cheeky young boy.

 

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/my-special-angels-the-two-noble-scribes/

 

Zak and his Good Intentions by J. Samia Mair

Zak and his sister Hana decide to see how many good deeds they can do in one day. However, everything is going wrong for Zak, and his plans only end in disappointment … and lots and lots of mess.

Zak soon realises, though, that it isn’t important what happens; it is his good intentions that count.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/zak-and-his-good-intentions/

 

Yan’s Hajj: The Journey of a Lifetime by Fawzia Gilani

Yan’s trip to perform Hajj turns into a journey that lasts a lifetime. A heart-warming tale about helping others.

Yan is a big-hearted young man determined to perform Hajj, the pilgrimage to Makkah. But first, he must work hard on his farm and fill up his money bag for the journey. Despite the trials he faces on each unsuccessful trip to the Kaaba, Yan’s helpful nature, compassion, and generosity enable him to succeed in the end.

Fawzia Gilani-Williams was born in England where she graduated as a teacher. She serves as an international educational consultant with a PhD in children’s literature and character development. She is a Global Representative for the International Positive Education Network and works for the Abu Dhabi Education Council in the UAE. Sophie Burrows is a children’s illustrator based in England.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/yans-hajj-the-journey-of-a-lifetime/

Top 10 Ramadan Reads

Written by Humairaa on . Posted in Uncategorized

What will you #ReadInRamadan?

With Ramadan only around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 reads to give you some inspiration!

 

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?

This short but valuable work casts a refreshing new perspective on prayer in the modern context. With practical examples, and in contemporary idiom, Dr Bassem Saeh charts a path for the seeker of God’s pleasure to attain a deeper sense of consciousness and devotion in prayer. The short chapters of this work are designed to be read and reread as constant reminders for us to renew our commitment to the Divine in our prayer.

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

Abū Ḥāmid 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.

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

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: 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/

 

Dying and Living for Allah: The Last Will of Khurram Murad

Dying and Living for Allah: The Last Will of Khurram Murad is essentially a wake up call, not just to his kith and kin, but to all Muslims. In accordance with the Qur’an and Sunnah, this Will is a nasihah – advising, commending and enjoining a life based on loyalty to Allah, striving for the Akhirah, being particular to one’s responsibilities towards others and sharing the divine message with all human beings.

Find the book here: http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/dying-and-living-for-allah-the-last-will-of-khurram-murad-ebook/

 

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

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. An essential companion to the first book “Daily Wisdom: Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad”.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

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. 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.

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!

Pre-Ramadan Reading List

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

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

Kube: Behind the Scenes – Illustrations

Written by Humairaa on . Posted in Children's Books

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when a book is being made?

It’s far too lengthy a process to be disclosed in one post… but today I’m going to share with you some exclusive behind-the-scenes material which explores (to some extent) how illustrations are developed for a book.

Meet Hassan and Aneesa.

 

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