Lauren Booth – London Book Tour 2018

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Finding Peace In The Holy Land – London Book Tour

Join Lauren Booth on her London book tour over the coming weeks!

Lauren Booth, outspoken writer and broadcaster explores faith, family, politics and life’s meaning in this timely and adventurous memoir. Her story shows the evolving relationship between culture and religion, and how to embrace the past whilst praying for a better future.

Upcoming Events

  • Friday 14th September 19:30 – 21:30
    Rumi’s Cave 
  • Friday 21st September 18:30 – 20:30
    London Central Mosque
  • Weds 26th Sept 18.30 – 20.30
    P21 Gallery
  • Thursday 4th Oct 18:30 – 20:30
    IHRC Bookstore
  • Friday 5th Oct 2018 16:30 -18:30
    Henley Literary Festival

Click here to sign up to any of the events.

Event Details

Lauren Booth, outspoken writer and broadcaster explores faith, family, politics and life’s meaning in this timely and adventurous memoir

Finding Peace in the Holy Land is a spiritual adventure story which begins in the quiet London suburb of Hampstead in the 1970s. Lauren’s father is a famous actor and political militant. Penniless and unable to pay the rent, he tells her that changing the world is the reason for living.

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 is a dramatic life story sweeping from the suburbs of North London to the olive groves of the Holy Land, from handball with Hamas to breaking a deadly siege by land and by sea.

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.

Above all, Finding Peace in the Holy Land is an odyssey which asks the universal question; What is this life really all about?

Lauren Booth has presented radio and TV series for amongst others; BBC Radio London, British Muslim TV, Press TV and the Islam Channel. She publishes articles across a wide platform and continues to tour internationally as a public speaker. Her talks focus on human rights, Islamophobia in the media, Palestinian justice and her own conversion to Islam.

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Read a sample of the book here

Abdul Bari Book launch 2018

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

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** FREE EVENT ** Book Launch **

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

on his

 Quest For The Middle Way

Finding The Balance In Islam

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

East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre

82-92 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1JQ

MY Quest for the middle way

About the Event

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

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

Refreshments will be provided!

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

About the Book

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

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

About the Speaker

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

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

Books on Hajj and Umrah

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Books on Hajj and Umrah – Kube Publishing

Hajj is an Islamic religious pilgrimage (journey). Going for Hajj is the fifth pillar of Islam, required for those Muslims who can afford it. The Hajj is a serious of rituals, beginning and ending with worship at the Ka’aba. The Ka’aba is a stone building covered in a black cloth, located in Mecca, Saudia Arabia. It is the holiest site for Muslims. No matter where they are in the world, Muslims face in the direction of the Ka’aba to pray. Muslim tradition has it that everything in the universe, including animals and inanimate objects worship God.*

 

We’re off to make Umrah by Sana Munshey (age range 3-7)

Salam, my dear friends, I hope you are all well. If you’ve time to listen, I’ve something to tell, About the first mosque, A beautiful sight, Which we face when we pray, Where the noor shines bright… Discover the joys of Umrah when a brother and sister travel with their parents to the city of Mecca and perform this sacred ritual for the very first time.

‘Masya Allah… I cried reading this book. Umrah from the perspective of a young child. May Allah grant us a chance to visit the Holy Land, Insya Allah‘ Zatika, Goodreads

Colourful illustrations. Includes a poster and paper dolls for children to enact performing Umrah.

£4.99 – Hardback – 9780860374589


 

Yan’s Hajj The Journey of a Lifetime by Fawzi Gilani (age range 4-8)

Yann’s trip to perform Hajj turns into a journey that lasts a lifetime. This heart-warming tale is a great reminder to help 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” Muslim Reads

£3.99 – Paperback – 9780860376231


 

A Little Tree Goes For Hajj – by Eman Salem (age range 3-7)

The little tree has always wanted to travel, especially to Mecca, to perform Hajj (an islamic religious pilgrimage). But how can he travel when his roots are in the ground?

Find out how his dream comes true, and he makes the journey of a lifetime.

A Little Tree Goes For Hajj is an ideal educational tool to introduce the Hajj to children who are learning about important rituals in different world religions; includes a glossary with short definitions and explanations for readers unfamiliar with Hajj.

£3.99 – Paperback – 9780986848117 –  Bilingual (English and Arabic text)


 

Makkah and Madina Activity book by Aysenur Gunes (age range 4-7)

Explore the wonders of Makkah and Madinah with this fun activity book. Features dot-to-dot drawings, colouring fun, puzzles to solve and 63 stickers to stick.

£2.99 – Paperback – 9780860375449


 

Handbook for Hajj and Umrah by Sarwar Alam Raz

This book aims to help prepare travellers for the sacred Pilgrimage itself. The rites of Hajj and Umrah are clearly explained, and relevant prayers and supplications are provided in both Arabic and English. However, A final chapter is provided detailing a visit to Madinah. Contains helpful charts, maps and diagrams in full colour.

£7.95 -Paperback – 9780860373407


 

My Little Prayer Mats

My Little Prayer Mats are perfect gifts to encourage children to pray. Padded for extra comfort, the mats feel soft and springy.

£15 each


*Introductory text is from ‘A Little Tree Goes To Hajj’

A New Volume In Our Tafsir Series!

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A lively and highly readable English rendering of Tafhim al-Quran. This Tafsir answers contemporary questions and makes the Quran fully relevant to the concerns of our day, yet it loses none of its timelessness nor sacrifices any of the traditional understanding. Each surah is prefaced by an account of the background and teachings.

Tafhim Vol 13 - HB
9780860376590 – Available in Paperback and Hardback

Volume XIII (v. 13) 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

Translated and Edited by Zafar Ishaq Ansari

Volumes 1–10 and Juz Amma are already available. The Islamic Foundation is aiming to complete this monumental work in the forthcoming years In Sha Allah.

Take a look at the rest of the Tafsir series here.

An abridged version of the translation with a selection of the commentary is available below:

A Long Jihad - Interview

A Long Jihad – My Quest For The Middle Way – Meeting Author Dr Bari

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Ian from East London Radio meets Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, an author with strong East London connections, to discuss his fascinating book of memoirs ‘A Long Jihad – My Quest for the Middle Way


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,”

ISBN: 9781847741172 – by Muhammad Abdul Bari – Available in paperback and hardback.

Read a sample of the book below!

Best Books for Children

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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/

Best Books for 8-13 year olds

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This week, we’ve put together a list of some of our best books for 8-13 year olds.  These books are an excellent way for our younger readers to enjoy stories that they can relate to and learn from.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of them!

 

I Wonder About The Prophet by Ozkan Oze

Have you ever wondered what the Prophet Muhammad believed before he became a prophet, why he is so important or why he is praised so often? You might wonder how he treated animals and children or if he performed miracles. All of these questions, and many more, are explored inside.

The I Wonder series give young readers answers to the BIG questions they have about Islam in brilliant little books. Written in a friendly and accessible style for today’s youth, these are essential companions for questioning young minds.

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/i-wonder-about-the-prophet-book-three/

 

The Hijab Boutique by Michelle Khan

Farah enjoyed her private girls school until the day an assignment to bring in something representing her mother to talk about for International Woman’s Day. Compared to her friends’ glamorous actress and tap-dancing mothers, what can her modest, humble mother have that is worth sharing with her classmates? To her surprise, her mother was quite a business woman!

The Hijab Boutique is a wonderful book that will appeal to young readers

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/the-hijab-boutique-2/

 

The Great Race to Sycamore Street by J. Samia Mair

This topsy-turvy adventure on Sycamore Street sees brother and sister Hude and Amani arrive in the country with one thought: it was going to be  long, boring summer. They couldn’t be more wrong. With Grandma Hana’s new neighbour planning to pull down her prized peach tree and a gang, led by archer Bobby, marshalling the local lake, Hude and Amani have a hard time getting any peace.

In this warm and comical story, find out how, under the watchful eyes of Grandma Hana, Hude and Amani plan to save the peach tree and beat Bobby at his own game before leaving Sycamore Street behind.

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/the-great-race-to-sycamore-street/

 

The Colour Blind Boy by Mohammed Yaseen

Abdullah has just moved to a new school. As a newcomer, he find himself victim of gang who starts bullying him. Help comes from an unexpected quarters, a new friendship is struck between Abdullah and his friend, together they confront the bullies and the friendship is developed in its true Islamic Meaning.

Available at https://www.islamic-foundation.com/shop/the-colour-blind-boy-2/

 

The Muslim All Stars: Helping the Polonskys by Khaleel Muhammad

Mr Polonsky, an angry old man, is desperate for help. His house is a mess and it needs cleaning before his wife returns home from a major operation. As a last resort he puts an advert in a local shop. A group of Muslim children come together to clean-up, but with time running out and a bigger mess than they had imagined … can they succeed?

Khaleel Muhammad is a well-known singer of nasheeds (Islamic songs). He has also written and produced his own successful audio adventure, The Adventures of Hakim. This is his first children’s book.    

Available at https://www.islamic-foundation.com/shop/the-muslim-all-stars-helping-the-polonsky39s-paperback-2/

 

The Quran in plain English: Part 30 with Surah al Fatihah

This newly revised, compact edition of the chapters of the Holy Quran that are most often memorized features an improved layout and font for easier reading, and is an ideal starter for children and teens. Rendered into contemporary, highly readable English with explanatory notes, glossary and a guide to further reading, it is highly recommended for homes, schools, libraries and madrasahs.

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/the-quran-in-plain-english-part-30-revised-edition-2009-2/

 

The Victory Boys: Team Spirit by Jamal Orme

As Shabab Al-Nasr prepare to defend their trophy, in walks Amir, a player good enough to win it on his own! But for all his stunning skills, is he ready to become one of the team? And with Ibrahim battling jealousy and low self-confidence, can the Victory Boys find that winning team spirit once more?

Visit the official book blog: thevictoryboys.com

Read a sample on Issuu.

Watch the book trailer on Youtube!

Available at https://www.islamic-foundation.com/shop/the-victory-boys-team-spirit/

 

Ibrahim Khan and the Mystery of the Haunted Lake by Farheen Khan

The second book in a series of adventures. Ibrahim and Zayn find themselves challenged by an unexpected mystery during a class vacation at the beautiful, remote Camp Chimo. How can they catch the culprit and prove that the ghost terrifying their classmates is a hoax?

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/ibrahim-khan-and-the-mystery-of-the-haunted-lake/

 

 

 

 

 

Book Excerpt – ‘Muhammad: His Character and Conduct’

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Ramadhan Mubarak!

To celebrate the beginning of this holy month, we share with you an excerpt from Adil Salahi’s Muhammad: His Character and Conduct, an excellent source that highlights the beautiful character and conduct of the Messenger of Allah.

 

Muhammad: the man

So, what sort of man was Muhammad? The answer is that he was an ordinary man who, until he received God’s message, led a very ordinary life. He went through a difficult childhood, which saw him losing his father before he was born, his mother at the age of six and his grandfather two years later.

Yet, with all these losses he was not short of loving carers who could see that the young boy could have a bright future. He profoundly appreciated the love he was given, particularly by his uncle, Abu Talib, and Abu Talib’s wife, Fatimah bint Asad.

When Makkah endured some difficult times during Muhammad’s adult life, he sought to reduce Abu Talib’s burden, suggesting to another uncle, al- Abbas, that each of them should take one of Abu Talib’s children to look after.

To Muhammad, this was merely a gesture expressing gratitude for a favour that he had never forgotten.

From his early years, Muhammad had a keen sense of right and, trusting to his natural instincts, he pursued what was right in every possible way. He never told a lie and was always fair. Perhaps being deprived of the care that only kind parents could provide helped him to realize what loss meant to other people.

This might have encouraged him to try to prevent unwarranted loss by anyone: hence, his desire to pursue right and to enforce it by any fair means. He was an example of goodness, and long before prophethood, his reputation for honesty and fairness was second to none. His treatment of a slave lad given to him as a gift by his good wife was so benevolent that the lad preferred to stay with him to being reunited with his parents and family. To soften the blow for the lad’s disappointed father, Muhammad adopted the lad as a son, with full rights of inheritance.

Such was Muhammad before becoming aware of the role God wanted to assign to him. God then entrusted him with His message, which aims to provide a way of life for all mankind in all generations. By definition, this message taps into every good thing in man and enhances it; neutralizing or countering every negative trait. Muhammad (peace be upon him) was to become the role model for all future generations of humanity. His life after he became God’s Prophet and Messenger shows that he lived up to that. He was the teacher of all goodness. He defines his role in these simple words:

“I have been sent to bring good manners to perfection.” (Related by Ahmad, al-Bukhari in Al-Adab al- Mufrad, al-Hakim and al-Bayhaqi.)

His wife, A’ishah, describes his manners as a “practical implementation of the Qur’an.” (Related by Ahmad and al-Bayhaqi.)

The best description of his character is that given by God Himself:

“Most certainly, yours is a sublime character.” (68: 4)

Several ahadith, by different reporters, highlight the fact that the Prophet never used foul language. Anas ibn Malik reports: “God’s Messenger was not given to the use of foul language, cursing or abusive names. When he expressed displeasure with someone, he would say, ‘What is wrong with him; may he have dust on his forehead.’” (Related by al-Bukhari.)

In answer to a question about the Prophet’s manners, A’ishah said: “He never used foul or obscene language. Nor was he quarrelsome in the market place. He did not repay a bad turn with a similarly bad one, but would rather forgive and forebear.” (Related by Ahmad, al-Tirmidhi, al-Tabarani and al-Bayhaqi.) Another hadith mentions that Ata’ ibnYasar asked Abdullah ibn Amr about the Prophet’s description in the Torah. He said:

‘He is described in the Torah in similar terms as his description in the Qur’an. It says: “You, Prophet! We have sent you as a witness, one who brings happy news and gives warnings. You are a guardian for the Arabs. You are My servant and Messenger. I have called you al-Mutawakkil [i.e. one who puts his trust in God]. You do not use foul or hard language and are not quarrelsome in the market place. You do not repay evil with evil, but forgive and forbear. [This Messenger] shall not be gathered to God until God has brought the distorted faith back to its right form so that people will declare that ‘there is no deity other than God, opening with it blind eyes, deaf ears and hardened hearts.’” (Related by al-Bukhari.)

“May he have dust on his forehead” was an often-used metaphorical expression of displeasure. Its meaning has nothing to do with the literal sense of its words. Some linguists say that it is a prayer that the person concerned will be a devout person who prays often.

Some people put on an appearance when they are out and meet others. The Prophet, however, did not put any appearance other than his real manners. For example: “Some of his Companions visited Umm Salamah, his wife. They said to her: “Mother of the believers, tell us what is God’s Messenger like in the privacy of his home.” She said: “He is always the same in public and in private.” She then regretted answering them, feeling that she told them something that he might not wish to reveal. She reports: “When he came home, I told him.” He said: “You have done well.” (Related by Ahmad and al-Tabarani.)

These ahadith together give us a picture of a person who turns away from whatever is unbecoming and to whom good conduct comes naturally; he realizes that whatever comes from God is good. He is the first to implement it, at home and in public. The Prophet was the same in public and with his own family: he never used abusive or insulting language, cursed or engaged in a verbal quarrel. He was aware of his task of “bringing good manners to perfection.”

He had a generous nature. When, within the space of a few years, his fortunes changed – from being driven out of his hometown, with a great prize on his head, to being the undisputed master of the whole of Arabia – the Prophet could have led a most luxurious life. However, he preferred to lead a simple life, free of all pretences of power, grandeur or material luxury. At times, he could have plenty in his hand, but he would give it all away within a very short period of time. Jabir reports: “God’s Messenger never said, ‘No’, to anything he was asked.” Even when he and his family were in need, he would give away whatever he had. He did not mind eating the simplest of food. Anas reports: I took to the Prophet some barley bread and a little fat that had already started to go bad. He even pawned his body armour with a Jewish pawnbroker to buy some barley for his family. I heard him saying: “Muhammad’s family do not have even a small amount of wheat or grains.” He had nine wives at the time. (Related by al-Bukhari.)

It appears that the Prophet wanted to lead a very simple life, so that he would not be distinguished from the poor in his community. This fits with the Islamic view of this present life as transitory: it is the life to come that is more important, because it is everlasting and people’s lots in it are determined by what they do during their present life on earth. Another report that illustrates his interaction with his community is given by Uthman, who says: “We accompanied God’s Messenger in travel and in town. He would visit the sick, attend our funerals and fight with us. He would lend us support with whatever he had.” (Related by Ahmad and al-Bazzar.)

Some people think that the harder they drive themselves in fulfilling religious duties, the higher the position they will achieve in God’s eyes. Yet Islam does not require people to overstrain themselves, as it steers a middle way. Indeed, it is referred to, in some religious text as “the middle way.” The Prophet’s practical example shows that he understood this and put it into practice. A’ishah reports:

Whenever the Prophet was given a choice between two options, he would choose the easier, unless it be sinful. If it was sinful, he would move furthest away from it. Never did he seek revenge for himself. However, if something God has prohibited was violated, he would seek to avenge that for God’s sake. (Related by al-Bukhari and Muslim.)

A similar hadith mentions that God’s Messenger never beat anyone with his hand: he never beat a woman or a servant. [He used his hand] only when he was in jihad for God’s cause. Never did he avenge himself for something done to him. Only when something God has prohibited was violated he would seek to avenge that for God’s sake. (Related by Muslim.)

The Prophet’s character shines as being that of a very modest man who never sought to press an advantage in anyway. At the same time, he was clearly dedicated to his message and would do everything in his power to ensure that people understood it clearly and could see how to put it into practice. He felt for others and would try hard to make it easy for them to understand God’s message and implement what He required of them. In his speech during the farewell pilgrimage, for example, he outlined the major principles of Islam. At the end of every point he stressed, he would ask his audience: “Have I delivered God’s message?” When they affirmed that he had done, he appealed to God to witness their acknowledgement.

The Prophet’s modesty was apparent in the way he treated his followers. He realized that his Companions would be emulated by later generations of Muslims. Hence, he made sure to explain how he should be treated by them and by all Muslims. Umar ibn al-Khattab quotes him as saying: “Do not overpraise me like the Christians overpraise Jesus, son of Mary. I am only a servant of God. [In reference to me] say: God’s servant and Messenger.” (Related by al-Bukhari and Ibn Hibban.) How did they react to this? Anas ibn Malik says: “No one was dearer to them than God’s Messenger. Yet when they saw him coming, they did not stand up because they knew he disliked that.” (Related by Ahmad and al- Tirmidhi.) He wanted to be seen as one of them.

The Prophet also impressed on his Companions that people distinguish themselves only by their manners and behaviour. In his address during his farewell pilgrimage, he said:

People, your Lord is one and your father is one. No Arab has an advantage over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab over an Arab; nor does a red skinned man over a black one, nor a black one over a red skinned one, except through God-fearing. (Related by Ahmad.)

What can we say in conclusion? Whatever praise we may say will always fall short of what Muhammad, God’s Messenger, deserves. He was the man who showed the way, and he taught goodness to humanity so that he would fulfil the aim of his mission that he expressed in his own words: “I have been sent so that I would bring good manners to perfection.”

Peace and God’s blessings be to Muhammad, God’s servant and Messenger.

 

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/muhammad-his-character-and-conduct/

#ReadInRamadan – 2018

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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

 

Best Books for Muslim Teenagers

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From the thrilling world of Ibn Sina to the fictional realm of Muslim romance, this list of books for Muslim teenagers has something for everyone! Read about the books below and find more information through following the links.

 

When Wings Expand by Mehded Maryam Sinclair

She wrapped her arms around me and said, “Nur! I know. I don’t want to go. But all I can do is keep trusting in Allah. Nur, I will always be with you! My love and advice will always be with you to guide you in the right direction.” She patted my heart. “They are forever sealed inside this little place.”

Writing on the pages of her journal, Nur, a teenage girl in Canada, charts the onset and advance of her mother’s cancer. Nur watches her mother’s body begin to shrink and her mood begin to darken. And when family and friends begin to encroach, Nur must face the prospect of her mother’s looming death. Nur bears the crushing loss and finds her adolescent life more demanding and complex. But with the legacy of her mother’s love, her family’s support, and the guidance of her faith, she manages to overcome the searing pain and use her newfound strength to bring joy to the lives of others, showing them that after death wings can expand.

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Ibn Sina: A Concise Life by Edoardo Albert

Ibn Sina, who is referred to as Avicenna in Latin, was a true polymath. Born in the tenth Century, his passion for knowledge was unbound, and he made lasting contributions to medicine, maths and philosophy.

He served under princes and kings (and fled from them too), wrote books of philosophy that are still argued over today and set down medical treatments that continue in use. As such, Ibn Sina is often referred to as the most brilliant Muslim thinker in Islam’s Golden Age.

With illustrations, photographs, and maps, the rich and diverse world that produced Ibn Sina is vividly brought alive.

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Tales from Rumi: Mathnawi Selections for Young Readers

A collection of stories from Rumi’s classic opus “The Mathnawi”, this astounding compilation of over 24,000 verses is carefully adapted for younger audiences. Best known for his spiritual poetry and the whirling dance of sufi practice he inspired, Rumi’s influence continues to spread around the world.

Available at https://www.islamic-foundation.com/shop/tales-from-rumi-mathnawi-selections-for-young-readers-2/

 

She Wore Red Trainers by Na’ima Robert

When Ali first meets Amirah, he notices everything about her – her hijab, her long eyelashes and her red trainers – in the time it takes to have one look, before lowering his gaze. And, although Ali is still coming to terms with the loss of his mother and exploring his identity as a Muslim, and although Amirah has sworn never to get married, they can’t stop thinking about each other.

Can Ali and Amirah ever have a halal ‘happily ever after’?

Written by an award-winning author, this unique romance explores the possibilities and passions young Muslims face when falling in love.

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The War within Our Hearts by Habeeb Quadri and Sa’ad Quadri

The War within Our Hearts is not just another book about Muslim young people. It is a book written for young Muslims addressing issues they can relate to and in a language that is their own. Covering the key issues for young Muslims in the west today including dating, music, internet, this is a book everyone should have. It also has an introduction by Imam Zaid Shakir.

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The Age of Bliss series

The Age of Bliss series contains biographies of luminous Muslims, from the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to Aisha bint Abu Bakr (RA) to Hasan and Husayn ibn Ali (RA). Explore the books in the series here: https://www.islamic-foundation.com/?post_type=product&s=age+of+bliss&post_type=product

 

 

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Top 10 Ramadan Reads

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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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