World Book Day

Today is World Book Day! As I love books I always feel really excited about today and I thought I would share with you some of my favourite Islamic fiction and non-fiction books. Happy reading!

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1) She wore red trainers by Na’ima B Robert

So this fast became my favourite love story and the first halal love story I’ve read. I could completely relate to the characters throughput the book and what they were going through and seriously loved this story! Everyone needs to read this book! It’s cute, it’s funny, it’s heartbreaking, basically it has everything you need in a book. I read this in one sitting!

2) The Echoes series by Jamilah Kolocotronis (5 book series)

So this is the first series I read that was classed as Islamic fiction, before this I didn’t even know that this genre existed! This is a story about a brother who reverts to Islam and how his life and his family’s life changes. Each book you see the development of him and his family and friends and it’s a series that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There’s so many things brought up in this series and so amazingly woven into the story from racism to terrorism and everything else in between. Completely loved this series.

3) Normal Calm by Hend Hegazi

So this book I picked up because I read about it in sisters magazine and it really intrigued me because the story was about a young Muslim girl who is raped and how her journey through surviving progresses. It’s a heartbreaking story but one that needs to be told as its somethings that isn’t dealt with appropriately in our society. I did wish some parts had been given more depth but it’s still worth reading.

4) From my sisters lips by Na’ima B Robert

This book is nothing but inspiring, to read about how Islam empowered the women sister Na’ima talks about in her book and especially how much of an impact Islam had on her life. It shatters the stereotype that women are oppressed and we get to see a much more real image of what Muslim women are like.

5) Reclaim your heart by Yasmin Mogahed

This book needs no introduction, I’m sure many of you have heard of sister Yasmin and know about her book. This book got me through some difficult times and it’s a book you can read multiple times and gain new insights into your life everytime you read it. Absolutely love this book!

6) Duas of the superstars by Alima Ashfaq

This is a sister who I have done several online courses with through Islamic Online University and they have been amazing. Her book goes through the importance of having goals and making the best duas we can make. She uses examples from both historic and contemporary figures and gives us Quranic duas that will help us to reach our goals. I really really loved this book and regularly read the duas she spoke about.

7) Al-Muhaddithat: The women scholars in Islam by Mohammad Akram Nadwi

This is just the introductory book of a 40 volume book of women scholars in Islam. This is the only one that has been translated into English (the 40 volumes are in Arabic) but even reading this gives so much insight into the lives of Muslim women throughout Islamic history. It challenges the misconceptions about women in society today, some of which include that women shouldn’t study or work etc. This book can be a little confusing for those who don’t understand the way that people were named within Arab society but it’s well worth reading.

8) Muhammad: How he can make you extraordinary by Hesham Al Awadi

Having listened to several of his lecture series and loves them, I just had to buy his book, and I wasn’t disappointed. This book is not a typical seerah book but it takes you through all the different stages in the prophet (saw) life and gives practical examples of how we can implement his habits into our lives. Giving practical techniques in raising children, to having a harmonious marriage to how to deal with teenagers. Using examples from the seerah and explaining how the prophet (saw) did things and what impact it had in his life and those around him.

9) The productive Muslim by Mohammad Faris

I love the articles on the productive Muslim website and the book is even better. Going through step by step each chapter tackles a different aspect of your life and goes through examples and exercises for us to implement to become more productive I our lives. It’s not a book you read I one sitting but go through each section and try to implement that before moving on. This is a book I’m still reading and learning from.

So these are some of my favourite Islamic books, if anyone’s read any of these let me know what you think! I would definitely recommend everyone to read all these books. Happy world book day!

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Story Night Gems – Surah Taha

Last year I attended Story Night by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan, we went through Surah Taha to learn and study some of the life of Musa (as) and I came across these gems while looking through my notes, so thought i would share them here. Hope you all benefit from these inshaAllah.

Allah could have given us endless knowledge yet He gave us limited knowledge through the Quran. So how valuable must the knowledge given to us in the Quran be? Everything is so important for us.

Everyone who takes care of us eventually has to stop but Allah never stops taking care of our every need.

We can’t truly comprehend how great Allahs love is. The closest we can see this is through the relationship He made between Himself and the womb of a mother. The child causes the mother pain day by day but she still takes care of its every need. She still loves that child. Allahs love is even greater than that.

Let the Quran and Allahs words be a way of healing against misery.

In surah Taha Allah tells us the story of Musa (as) and in ayah 10 were told that Musa (as) saw a fire in the mountain and left his family in the dessert to go to this fire. We learn so much from this about how a family should be. The husband and wife need to trust and respect each other. They have to have good family support and balanced relationship. We, however, support each other where it serves us but not what won’t benefit us.

Musa (as) was shown a fire in the night as a fire in the night shows you the way an it protects you. In the same way the Quran shows you the way and protects you.

When Musa (as) stood before Allah he was told to take off his shoes. This is normally a sign of informality amd it shows how Allah, who is the greatest of kings, standard is completely different to all other kings

To this day when we take our shoes off to stand before Allah we are continuing the conversation that Musa (as) started.

In surah Taha, ayah 14 Musa (as) is having a direct conversation with Allah. When we meet someone famous we always remember it so we all know that Musa (as) will remember this but Allah tells him that to truly remember Him he must establish the salah. So through this we learn that we can only truly remember Allah through salah.

Establish prayer so you can remember me. Surah Taha, ayah 14.
We learn 3 things:
1. If you’re really praying you will stop getting ill thoughts about Allah
2. Allah will become a dominant discourse in our culture
3. If you want to grow spiritually then pray. You won’t  ever be closer to Allah than in salah.

When we establish salah we will constantly be checking for the hour, when is it fajr etc. In doing this it will create a sense of urgency in us to look for and prepare for the final hour.

Allah doesn’t tell us when the final hour will be so we dont lose motivation in searching and striving towards it.

Allah tells us in Surah Taha, ayah 16 that whoever among us doesn’t give importance to the aakhirah to not let them distract you. Don’t let them create a mountain between you and the aakhirah. Just like Musa (as) climbed the mountain to get to the remembrance of Allah we have to continue to climb mountains and if we follow those people we will also fall off the cliff.

It is Allahs sunnah to calm people down and not to always scare them. It should be balanced with hope and fear.

Allah tells Musa (as) to throw his stick and it becomes a huge, terrifying snake. Then Allah tells him to grab it and says dont be afraid. This is Allah training Musa (as) because he will be faced with a real snake, Firawn, and he must be calm and fearless when standing before him.

The dua that Musa (as) makes shows us that only Allah can make things easy for us no matter what we are trying to do we need to ask Allah to facilitate it for us.

When it comes to asking Allah we should be optimistic and have high hopes. Never be pessimistic.

For us to understand the full message in the Quran we have to read it all and not just parts of it. Otherwise we will only have parts of the message and not the whole picture. We wont be able to properly understand what Allah is telling us.

Allah warns us not to become lazy in remembering him. To do this we need to be moderate. If we over do it then we will burn out and go to the other extreme and not remember Allah at all. We have to maintain a balance.

Allah tells Musa (as) to speak softly and nicely to firawn. From this we learn that even when we engage the enemy and we speak to them about Allah we need to speak nicely. Is this how we speak to each other today? We need to ensure our tone of voice is calm even if the message isnt. Only Allah has the right to be angry.