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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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Light Upon Light by Fadhilah Wahid ~ #LightUponLightByFW

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Praise for the book

“I cannot put this book down! I might just finish reading it within hours. Yet again, sister Fadhilah Wahid’s writing never fails to inspire. Everyone needs to read this book!” keeperoftheearth

“Light Upon Light is a beautiful collection of thoughts and musings by Fadhilah Wahid- which touches upon life, contentment, growing in faith and much more. A refreshing read which you can relate to as a modern day Muslimah in a western world. ” Reading In Between the lines

“Mostly written while the author was travelling, living and studying in Malaysia, South Africa and Yemen, the essays are really vehicles for her reflections on life lived in awareness of and gratitude to Allah SWT. Heartfelt, sincere, and with touches of self-deprecating humour, this collection is as much welcomed for its candour about the challenges of a modern-day Muslimah as for the rarity of this glimpse of life that the essayist has documented with both grace and wit.” Wardah Books

“You capture the beauty of Islam and the journey to Allah so wonderfully. I love your book so much, and I am not even done yet, but I love it Alhamdulillah. Thank you for writing pure love. I can tell you write from the heart and each word enters mine. Your book is so amazing, and I say it cos I mean it. The language is also easy to understand. I believe it can help uplift a lot of people out there, too.” Sarinaiskandar

“This book was easy to read and it was like reading the author’s reflections. I am amazed at how mindful the author is of her surroundings…this book is filled with so many little gems and takeaways, it is impossible for me to include it all here. I had a hard lesson on correcting my intentions this year. I had to rethink my purpose in doing things and it forces me to reflect on what I truly want for myself and the future.” Drizzling Happiness 

About the book

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 traveling, 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.

Rest. Read. Reflect.

What is He trying to tell you?

#LightUponLightByFW

About the Author

Fadhilah Wahid made hijrah at twenty, where she then uprooted her life from secular Singapore and embarked on a ten year journey to find herself and God. She graduated with an honours in Mass Communication from the International Islamic University of Malaysia with a specialisation in Journalism. She is currently back in Singapore, writing and sharing about the beautiful people she met and experiences she had in those travels.

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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

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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!

Striking a balance between during Ramadan..

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3. Striking the balance between the objectives of worship and keeping things easy

Scholars have different views about whether a traveller in Ramadan should fast or not. There are Hadiths which appear superficially contradictory, as they state that on certain occasions God’s messenger (peace be upon him) observed the fast when travelling but he did not fast on other occasions. Muslim enters in his Ṣaḥīḥ a narration by Ibn ‘Abbās saying: ‘Do not criticise anyone who fasts or anyone who does not. God’s Messenger fasted on some journeys and did not fast on others.’32 Muslim also relates in his Ṣaḥīḥ a Hadith narrated by Ibn ‘Abbās saying: ‘God’s Messenger started his journey during the Year of the Conquest in Ramadan.

He fasted until he reached al-Kudayd, but he did not fast after that.’ Commenting on this Hadith, Ibn Shihāb al-Zuhrī holds– as Muslim reports – that the ruling that permits fasting during travel is ‘abrogated’, because the narration stating that the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not fast on this journey was the later practice. It was in the year that Makkah fell to Islam. Ibn Shihāb said: ‘Not fasting was the last practice, and we take the Prophet’s latest action… His Companions used always to follow the latest, considering it to be definitive and abrogating any earlier ruling.’ However, Muslim also includes a Hadith which combines the two options in a better way than keeping the choice open as Ibn ‘Abbās’s narration suggests. Abū Sa‘īd al-Khudrī reports: ‘We used to go on expeditions in Ramaḍān with God’s Messenger (peace be upon him). Some of us would be fasting and some would not. None who fasted blamed any who did not fast, and those who were not fasting did not blame those who fasted. They all considered that the one who felt himself strong enough to fast did well and the one who did not fast, feeling his lack of strength, did well.’

This view links worship to the status of the individual. For the one who feels himself strong keeping up the worship is better, while the easier option of not fasting is better for the one who felt himself not strong enough. Striking the balance between the two objectives of attending to worship and opting for what is easy is an essential feature of Islamic law. When hard acts of worship become too hard for a person, a concession is always given, within the framework of Islamic law.

This excerpt is from ‘A Critique of the Theory of Abrogation’ by Jasser Auda

Available here.

What are the sources of the Shariah?

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The Sources of the Shariah

Usually, books on Islamic law mention four sources of the Shariah: the Qur’an, the Sunnah (practice) of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), ijma’ (Scholarly Consensus) and ijtihad (Independent Juristic Reasoning). However, ijma’ takes place as a result of the ijtihad of the Companions or, later on, other jurists. So, in fact, there are only three sources of the Shariah. These terms are briefly explained below:
The Qur’an
The Qur’an is Allah’s speech sent down to the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) through the Archangel Jibril (Gabriel). It is inimitable, unique and protected from corruption by Allah. The Qur’an is a Book of Guidance. Its purpose is to provide guidance for human beings so that they can fulfil their role of vicegerency and stewardship on earth in order to live a life of moral excellence here and attain salvation in the Hereafter. Thus, the Qur’an covers a vast number of subjects: moral, social, economic, political and legal, as well as matters relating to creed and metaphysics.
The Sunnah
While the Qur’an gives basic principles regarding how life on earth is to be lived, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) demonstrated through his practice how these principles were to be implemented. He was the model that the believers are required to follow. During his prophetic ministry, he reformed men, changed society, organised a community and established a state inspired by the guidance provided in the Qur’an. In this way, the Sunnah is the second source of the
Shariah. The authority of the Sunnah is based on the explicit statements recorded in the Qur’an to this effect.The Sunnah is preserved by the ummah’s continuous consensus from the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) about his practical example. It is also recorded in the books of Hadith, which are collections of the Prophet’s sayings, actions and tacit approval.
Ijtihad/ Ijma’ (Independent Juristic Reasoning)
This is an Islamic legal term which refers to the use of reason and judgement to determine Shariah rulings. This comes into operation when both the Qur’an and the Sunnah are silent on a particular issue. This can only be undertaken by thoroughly competent scholars. They can arrive at their opinion (ra’y) by using analogy (qiyas), juristic preference or equity or public good. Ijtihad provides a mechanism to derive guidance with regard to new issues and problems faced by the community.
The consensus or agreement reached on a specific issue through independent juristic reasoning during the time of the first four Rightly-guided Caliphs and the Prophet’s Companions is called Ijma’ Al-Sahabah (the consensus of the Prophetic Companions).
This is accepted as binding. Later scholarly consensus by qualified Muslim jurists may be followed, but it can be changed subsequently by other scholarly consensuses. Today, it is possible that jurists living in a particular country arrive at a consensus on a particular issue. But this consensus will be acceptable elsewhere, or globally, only when an assembly of world renowned jurists and scholars endorse it. Ijma’ provides a good mechanism for maintaining the unity of the community in the face of changing situations. Thus, ijtihad is a vital tool which ensures the Shariah’s dynamism and enables the ummah (the faith-community of Islam) to face new challenges as and when they arise.

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.

 

New Islamic Activity Books

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This year we’ve released a new activity book series based on the Prophets of Islam.

Each book is filled with colourful illustrations, fun filled activities and a Hadith or verse of the Qur’an to reflect on.

 

Authored by Saadah Taib

Illustrated by Shazana Rosli

 

 

Prophet Muhammad and The Crying Camel

9780860376347 – Paperback

 

Prophet Adam and The Wicked Iblis

9780860376392 – Paperback

A Look Back At 2018..

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Take a look at our Books Launched in 2018. Carry on reading to find out about all the books we’ve released this year. Thank you and Jazak’Allah Khair for all your support this year!


Zak and His Little Lies by J. Samia Mair

Our first book for 2018 was Zak and His Little Lies. Zak is back, this time to learn a lesson about lying, which makes it a great opportunity for discussions with your little ones. Considered as a gorgeously illustrated book full of warmth and faith.

Available here

£4.99 Hardback

ISBN: 9780860376279

Read a review by MuslimMummies


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

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

“I really love Yan’s Hajj! I cried so much after I read it!”
Ahliana, Little Tree Library.

“I really cannot remember the last time I read an Islamic picture book that was this thoughtfully structured….I’m so glad to have this book to share with all the little ones in my life in the upcoming hajj season and all year round” MuslimReads

“A children’s story book that has me in tears each time I read it to my children.” Waldorfish

Available here

£3.99 Paperback

ISBN: 9780860376231

Take a look inside here or Read a review by Our Amanahs Our Futures


Shariah: A Dive Code of Life by Abdur Rashid Siddiqui

This simple and concise guide to the Shariah (Islamic law) explains its meaning, scope and operation, as well as helping readers understand and appreciate its value and importance in the believer’s life.

Available here

£5.99 Paperback

ISBN: 9780860376248


Communicating with Allah: Rediscovering Prayer by Dr Bassam Saeh

Learn to let go of your worldly worries during your prayers (salah) and be more mindful before God. A perfect book to read over Ramadan, especially in our modern world of constant distraction! How are we to achieve the communion with the Divine that prayer is supposed to be? Rediscover prayer, with this book filled with short reminders containing practical examples to help readers attain a deeper sense of devotion to Allah.

Available here

£4.99 Paperback

ISBN: 9780860377153

“Unique and powerful, this book breathes new life into an action that Muslims repeat constantly. If you are looking to worship smarter, a little bit of consistency in improving the quality of your five daily prayers will go a long way.”

Read the full review here


Sleeping Beauty: An Islamic Tale by Fawzia Gilani

A faithful retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story that is set in ancient Egypt. Featuring an aqiqah to celebrate the Princess Mariam’s birth, four wise sages, a poisoned hijab pin, an unbreakable sleep, a wicked Count and a charming prince, this story will awaken a love for this classic tale in a whole new community’s heart. Look inside here.

Available here

£5.95 Hardback

Kindle edition

ISBN: 9780860375975

 

An intriguing, fun story” Read the full review by Happy Muslim Mama


Allah Made Everything: The Song Book by Zain Bhika

Our song book is based on the well-loved children’s song by renowned nasheed artist Zain Bhikha.

Available here. Sing-a-long here and don’t forget to watch the review!

£4.99 Hardback

ISBN: 9780860377702

The kids are really enjoying the colourful illustrations and how catchy and simple it is to remember.” StepInsideMyhandBag

“A new favourite by Zain Bhikha, based on the song lyrics of his well-loved children’s song!!” EasternToybox

“We explore the world through children’s eyes and on that journey we are reminded that we are all creations of Allah….The story is brought to life by the mesmerising illustrations that certainly caught my child’s attention.” BritDeshi Mummy

 


The Rohingya Crisis: A People Facing Extinction by Dr Abdul Bari
The book is a concise, well researched, easily readable and passioned book
on the history and plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar.
Available here
Kindle edition 
£4.99 Paperback
ISBN: 9781847741011
“The book is a concise, well researched, easily readable and passionate book on the history and plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar.” The Muslim News

A Long Jihad: My Quest for the Middle Way by Dr Abdul Bari
In an era of fanaticism and polarisation, Dr Bari’s life is an example of a prominent Western Muslim rejecting extremes and finding balance. In this memoir, Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari asks us to look beyond the extremism and violence that all too often defines the Muslim community toward those, like himself, navigating a middle-way life. A path defined in Islam as the “natural way”. Read a sample here.
Available here
Kindle edition 
£9.99 Paperback
ISBN:9781847741172
“Dr Bari’s contributions to institution building, inter-faith work and improving community relations are exemplary. His insights on building family, faith and community relations should be should be considered carefully. This book offers an interesting reflection of British Muslim engagement at the highest levels of public life and should be read widely by policymakers, media professionals, community work practitioners and activists within Muslim communities and beyond.” Dr Sadek Hamid, The New Arab
Read the full review here.

Towards Understanding the Qur’an Vol.13 by Mawdudi
Continuing our Tafsir series, Volume XIII of Towards Understanding the Qur’an (Tafhim al-Qur’an) includes Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi’s commentary on Surah 66: At-Tahrim to Surah 77: Al-Mursalat
Available here
£10.95 Paperback
£17.95 Hardback
ISBN: 9780860376590

Finding Peace in the Holy Lands: A British Muslim Memoir by Lauren Booth

After her early faith is shattered by a mysterious fire, Lauren paddles the shallows of celebrity life, where her political opinions pit her against the views of her brother-in-law, who just happens to be Prime Minister Tony Blair. This rare and relevant memoir is told with brisk honesty and sharp humour.  It tracks the singular journey of a one-time party girl and part-time Christian to the quiet, teetotal life of a devout believer in the teachings of the Arabian Prophet
Lauren Booth has presented radio and TV series for amongst others; BBC Radio London, British Muslim TV, Press TV and the Islam Channel.
Available here
£9.99 Paperback
£19.99 Hardback
ISBN: 9781847741202
Find out more here. Read the review from About Islam
‘One of the most fascinating Muslim personalities of our time.’ Imam Zaid Shakir
‘For many, this book will be the closest that they ever come to truly understanding why a western woman, steeped in the consumerist values of.. living amidst the glamour and giddy hedonism of life in the celebrity spotlight, might choose to turn to Islam.’ AboutIslam.net
‘This book is a beautiful reminder of how Allah leads people to Islam in different ways. Booth spent a considerable part of her life feeling conflicted about her materialistic lifestyle at home and struggling to advance humanitarian causes abroad. She found herself drawn to Palestine again and again. And it is there, during the month of Ramadan, that the generosity of a Palestinian woman is what finally opens her heart to Islam.’ MuslimReads

The Qur’an and its Study
A contemporary exploration of Qur’anic studies, analysing the various approaches to the Qur’an taken by leading scholars through the centuries.  In the course of five rich sections, Prof Adnan Zarzour considers an incredible range of topics including the nature of Qur’anic revelation, the history of the Qur’an’s compilation, an exploration of the Qur’an’s language, style and the nature of its stylistic inimitability and artistic features. Take a look inside here
Available here
£19.99 Paperback
£39.99 Hardback
ISBN: 9780860377801

A Race to Prayer: Sulaiman’s Rewarding Day by Aliya Vaughan
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Something always stops Sulaiman from having fun. First it’s Duhr prayer, then it’s the rain and then the car breaks down just as he is leaving to watch the quad bike races. He eventually gets to the races but then Asr prayer time comes around. Find out how Sulaiman soon realises the blessings of a perfectly-timed prayer.
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ISBN: 9780860376538
“It makes you satisfied that your child is learning Hadiths through stories and gaining Islamic knowledge rather than knowledge of things we may not like for them.” Read the full review here

Ibn Battuta: A Concise Life by Edoardo Albert
Journey through the medieval Muslim world and beyond with Ibn Battuta, the greatest traveller of his time.
 
In this short biography you will discover how Ibn Battuta’s travels took him to nearly every part of the Muslim world at the time. Between 1325 CE when he set off from Morocco and 1354 CE when he finally returned home, he had visited about forty modern countries and travelled roughly 75,000 miles, going on foot, camel, horse, wagon, boat and even sled.
Written in a simple style, with explanations, illustrations and images aplenty, this short book brilliantly narrates the life and times of Ibn Battuta. Take a look inside here.
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Sahih Muslim Vol 1 with Commentary by Imam Nawawi and Translated by Adil Salahi
After the Qur’an, the prophetic traditions (Hadith) are the most recognised source of wisdom in Islam. These traditions offer readers down the ages a glimpse of Prophet Muhammad’s sayings and actions. Amongst the Hadith literature, Sahih Muslim is second only to the collection of Imam Bukhari, and is recognised by scholars of history and religion for its reliability.
The hadith collection of Imam Muslim (d. 261CE/875AH), like that of Bukhari, has been the object of innumerable commentaries since its compilation. However, there is no doubt that one commentary stands out as the most authoritative—namely that of the great Damascene scholar and prolific author Imam al-Nawawi (d. 676CE/1277AH).
Imam al-Nawawi’s commentary on Sahih Muslim is one of the most highly regarded works in Islamic thought and literature, and often referred to as a super-commentary. Accepted by every sunni school of thought, this text available for the first time in English, alongside the original Arabic text and translation of all the hadiths, is famed throughout the Muslim world. Available here and take a look inside here.
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ISBN: 9780860377962

Signs on the Earth; Islam, Modernity and the Climate Crisis by Fazlun Khalid
Our final publication for 2018 is by one of the world’s leading Muslim environmentalists, exploring what is perhaps the greatest threat humanity faces today, namely climate change.
Fazlun Khalid has a worldwide reputation as an advocate of environmental protection rooted in religious traditions and is now recognised as one of fifteen leading eco-theologians in the world. He appeared on the Independent on Sunday list of the top 100 environmentalists in the UK in 2008 and is also listed amongst the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan.
He founded the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES) which is now established as the world’s leading Islamic environmental NGO.
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ISBN: 9781847740755
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The Fantasy of Growth – Signs of the Earth

Written by R on . Posted in From Kube Shelves

The Fantasy of Growth

The ‘Holy Grail’ Everything that comes into existence grows, matures, flourishes, perishes and finally decays. Then, if the conditions are right there is renewal. These are unalterable universal laws; growth is the flip-side of development. The maturing and flourishing dimensions are the developmental aspects of growth. In another sense the terms ‘development’ and ‘growth’ are interchangeable, but in economics they have specific meanings, like in the sentence: ‘Development is dependent on growth.’ But we can have development without growth. That is, improving our state of well being without economic growth; without the accumulation of material possessions that, in their increasing manufacture and use contribute to a degraded planet. We need to differentiate between quality and quantity and ask if possessions can improve the quality of life. Up to a point, perhaps, when they can relieve us of our daily drudgery. But beyond that we succumb to greed, euphemistically described today as consumerism; a state by which we measure our self-worth through the things we possess, capitulating to advertising techniques designed to leave us addicted to wanting more stuff.

This is the consequence of denying ourselves the secret we call contentment, an essential ingredient for happiness. The extreme example of the desire to possess is the millions the rich spend on works of art. Somehow the possession and display of these artefacts give their owners a sense of power and importance, and perhaps happiness. Growth has become the holy grail of the nation state in these times; it is the driver that provides the raison d’être of the modern world. One never ceases to hear about economic growth, as if this was the universal remedy that would deliver to the human race the good life it seeks. Politicians are sold on the growth agenda because this is how they can make their contribution to improving the living standards of their people. This is, after all, what they were elected to do and if they succeed they remain in power. The project is to enhance their appeal to the electorate, and this is the underlying reason why it has been difficult to reach agreement on climate change discussions.

Reducing carbon footprints means curbing growth rates, and who is going to be the first to do that? This is why the United States did not ratify the Kyoto protocol in 2005, and Trump provides us with a textbook example of how this is done: tell people the lie they want to hear and scupper international agreements ostensibly in the national interest.

International agencies like the World Trade Organisation (WTO) constantly promote growth. As Roberto Azevêdo, the Director-General of WTO, declares in his concerns for the environment, the fact cannot be ignored that the principle concern of his organisation is economic growth. Economists always promote growth because it is part of their belief system, and in their reckoning the environment is relegated to second place. As we move into unexplored territory a new jargon appears: the ‘ecology of investment’, and in this idea investors sensitive to climate change look for growth opportunities in the development and application of renewable energy.

The media, which with a few exceptions is part of big business, supports the growth agenda to the hilt. One only has to look at the financial pages in the newspapers. The following headline appeared in the Telegraph of 30 September 2014: ‘IMF: Infrastructure spending spree last chance to revive growth – International Monetary Fund describes public infrastructure spending as “one of the few remaining policy levers available to support growth”’.

This is an organisation in which its chief officer has declared her grave concerns regarding climate change. To bring this up to date, the latest IMF assessment published in October 2017 makes this observation in its Executive Summary: ‘For 2018, the upward revision (a reference to its foregoing analysis) mainly reflects an expectation that the authorities will maintain a sufficiently expansionary policy mix … to meet their target of doubling real GDP between 2010 and 2020.’

The full title of this report is World Economic Outlook, October 2017: Seeking Sustainable Growth (Short-Term Recovery, Long-Term Challenges). It would be pertinent to ask here if sustainable growth is the same as sustainable development? It quite clearly is not and this raises another question. Is the IMF paying heed to the idea of sustainability that UNDP is taking so
much pain to advocate? These are mixed messages coming from reputable international agencies and only confirms my two-world theory: conservationist versus expansionist.
If we draw a line starting with Adam Smith, the father of modern economics (late eighteenth century) and work our way through John Stuart Mill, economic theorist and moral philosopher (early nineteenth century), and Alfred Marshall, whose Principles of Economics was taught in universities till the 1920s, we discover that economic growth per se didn’t receive any serious mention until the middle of the twentieth century, when economic historian Walt Whitman Rostow made a serious study of this subject in its own right.

He saw the rate of growth as a ‘function of changes in two enormously complex variables’: Output, that is scale and productivity of the workforce; and, capital, which he describes as ‘land, other natural resources as well as scientific, technical and organisational knowledge’. He also describes growth as ‘the art of interrelating economic, social and political factors over time.’ Growth today is expressed as the amount of goods and services produced per head of the population over a period of time.

 

 

The late 1940s and the early 1950s were a period of great hope. Seventy years ago, the American atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki had done their work and they provided the illusion that war was outmoded. Postwar reconstruction was reaching a climax, full employment was an aspiration treasured by all politicians, and the welfare state was being put together as a fulfilment of the hopes of war-weary people. Environmental issues were on the horizon, but few people saw them coming. For the first time ever an elected government was able to promise its people a good life by quoting a magic figure. This feat was achieved by RA Butler, Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) of the British government, in 1953: ‘He told the British people that their standard of life, with a 3 per cent growth rate, would double in 25 years.’

Over sixty years later this idea has now taken a grip on the world as a measure of economic progress. The ‘UK Economic Outlook, March 2018’ projects that ‘households will spend over 30% of their budget on housing and utilities by 2030, up from around 27% in 2017.’ The culture is to view this as good news, and why not? Promises of the good life lie behind such statements. At the other end of the growth spectrum are China, who have at times achieved double digit growth rates, and India who follow close behind. And again, why not? The people of these populous nations have a right to a higher standard of living and to be able to go shopping, illusory though this may be. The economic growth agenda that the international order has designed for itself has taxed ecosystems to such an extent that the process of global decay is now well underway. The potent mix of factors, not least of which is climate change, have been simmering for a while and are now coming to the boil.

The planet will recover in its own time, once we have done our mischief and are gone, but in the meantime we are in trouble. I have been around for nearly four-score years and ten and I have yet to see signs that the earth is growing. As far as I am aware, and people keep reminding me, if not stopped in time only cancer and the money supply can keep on growing forever. These two strange bedfellows also have another thing in common, in that if allowed to grow unchecked they will destroy their hosts. However, the growth of the former can be stopped by surgical incision but the latter, which in effect feeds the growth agenda, will need a different kind of surgery to stop it from killing its obese host. There is no Plimsoll line – a point at which we can all see that we are overloading the planet by these very processes.

Here is a perspective on growth from the New Economics Foundation: The most recent data on human use of bio-capacity sends a number of unfortunate signals for believers in the possibility of unrestrained growth. Our global ecological footprint is growing, further overshooting what the biosphere can provide and absorb, and in the process, like two trains heading in opposite directions, we appear to be actually shrinking the available bio capacity on which we depend.

This excerpt is from ‘Signs of the Earth – Islam, Modernity and the Climate Crisis’ by Fazlun Khalid

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