All the small things

“In Egypt, I found something I believe brings many to Islam, namely, the mark of pure monotheism upon its followers, which struck me as more profound than anything I had previously encountered. I met many Muslims in Egypt, good and bad, but all influenced by the teachings of their Book to a greater extent than…

Qur’an Translation – Ali Unal

According to my teacher Shaykh Sjaad Hussain, this is the best translation of the Qur’an into English, surpassing even the one by Professor Abdel Halem. Its beautiful, contextual translation in meaningful English alongside a multitude of footnotes and comments to give the some of the depth of meaning the Qur’an can bring. Insha’allah I plan…

Islamic Texts for the Blind

A remarkable effort to make Islamic texts and knowledge available for the Blind. [http://www.kitaba.org/] An example of their work is below: —————————— As Ramadan approaches, Islamic Texts for the Blind is preparing to help all our supporters utilise and benefit as fully as possible from this blessed month. We have prepared an audio book on…

Dreams

A wonderful book recommended to me by Sh. Faraz Rabbani, describing how a person can find their purpose and passion in life. Here’s an interesting passage from the book on dreams and aspirations: “After one of their gigs, I told Charles how well I thought he’d played that night. Then I said that I’d live…

The Differences of the Imams

Would highly recommend this small book on “The differences of the four imams”. It clarifies a lot of important issues and walks you through the reasons for why difference of opinions exist. One of the most powerful illustrations comes right at the beginning where he lists various reasons for why there are different versions of…

The Beloved

As we enter Rabi’ Al-‘awal, the month of the prophet’s (saw) birth, I have decided to read a book recommended to me by so many: Muhammad (saw) by Martin Lings. Though there are some errors (a critique by Sheikh Gibril HaddadΒ can be found here:Β http://www.scribd.com/doc/52879411/Critical-Reading-of-Martin-Lings-GF-Haddad), what I have read so far has been so beautiful. Our…

Rat Race

One of the most profound moments I have ever experienced. It is literally speaking to me, telling me to wake up. As I sat on the tube on my way back home, I opened my book on a crowded carriage and read the following: ——– “The Prophet (saw) said: “The poor among the believers will…