And say, Lord increase my knowledge. (Qur’an 20:114)
by Ahmad Mubarak and Dawud Walid
“Blackness is a term which has been understood differently based upon time and geography. The authors of this book explore how the term was understood by Arabs during the era surrounding the first three generations of Muslims and how such context can better inform understanding who from among them would today be considered Black Muslims in the West. This is very important in light of the effects of colonialism and scientific racism theories such as eugenics etc., have forced the idea of species level taxonomies which are in reality social constructs upon the psyche of laymen across the globe. By examining texts of antiquity and centering them in the modern discourse, it is hoped that the nuance and breadth of the human experience can be appreciated. Moving beyond providing generic descriptive terminology, they elucidate in detail particulars based upon semantics of the Arabic language. Authors then give biographical information on a series of early Muslims from African and Arab lineage who would be considered Black in the post modern era.”
Being a black Muslimah, I’d love to educate myself more on the history of black Muslims! I feel like they aren’t represented enough in the community and I feel like we need to know more about them!
by Tamam Kahn
“Untold demystifies the most influential women at the dawn of Islam: Prophet Muhammad’s wives. They are presented in all their variety, among them, Khadija, a successful merchant and his only wife for twenty-five years; Umm Salama, who helped forge an important peace treaty; Rayhana and Safiyya, two Jewish captives; and there are others. This unusual book combines short biographies with meticulous research. The reader enters seventh century Arab culture and the first moments of what came to be a new religion. This book is powerful women’s storytelling.”
I would LOVE to read this. It’s all about how each wife helped turn Islam into what it is!
by Resit Haylamaz
“Exploring the birth period of Islam, this biography focuses on one of the most prominent and respected Muslim women in history, Khadija, the wife of the Prophet Muhammad. Addressing both her devotion and her leadership roles in Mecca, this book shines light on a figure who is an inspiration to women, both Muslim and non-Muslim alike.”
Khadija was the first woman of Islam. I believe it’s very important to learn about her, as all the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) later wives strive to be like her.
by Yasmine Mogahed
“Reclaim Your Heart is not just a self-help book. It is a manual about the journey of the heart in and out of the ocean of this life. It is a book about how to keep your heart from sinking to the depths of that ocean, and what to do when it does. It is a book about redemption, about hope, about renewal. Every heart can heal, and each moment is created to bring us closer to that transformative return. Reclaim Your Heart is about finding that moment when everything stops and suddenly looks different. It is about finding your own awakening. And then returning to the better, truer, and freer version of yourself. Many of us live our lives, entrapped by the same repeated patterns of heartbreak and disappointment. Many of us have no idea why this happens. Reclaim Your Heart is about freeing the heart from this slavery. It is about the journey in an out of life’s most deceptive traps. This book was written to awaken the heart and provide a new perspective on love, loss, happiness, and pain. Providing a manual of sorts, Reclaim Your Heart will teach readers how to live in this life without allowing life to own you. It is a manual of how to protect your most prized possession: the heart.”
This self-help book has a very high rank within the Muslim community. I’d love to read it because you can’t do too much to help your heart!
by Carla Power
“If the Oceans Were Ink is Carla Power’s eye-opening story of how she and her longtime friend Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi found a way to confront ugly stereotypes and persistent misperceptions that were cleaving their communities. Their friendship-between a secular American and a madrasa-trained sheikh-had always seemed unlikely, but now they were frustrated and bewildered by the battles being fought in their names. Both knew that a close look at the Quran would reveal a faith that preached peace and not mass murder; respect for women and not oppression. And so they embarked on a yearlong journey through the controversial text.
A journalist who grew up in the Midwest and the Middle East, Power offers her unique vantage point on the Quran’s most provocative verses as she debates with Akram at cafes, family gatherings, and packed lecture halls, conversations filled with both good humor and powerful insights. Their story takes them to madrasas in India and pilgrimage sites in Mecca, as they encounter politicians and jihadis, feminist activists and conservative scholars. Armed with a new understanding of each other’s worldviews, Power and Akram offer eye-opening perspectives, destroy long-held myths, and reveal startling connections between worlds that have seemed hopelessly divided for far too long.”
I’m just gonna leave this review here… (cause that’s why you should read it!)
“Unique, masterful, and deeply engaging. Carla Power takes the reader on an extraordinary journey in interfaith understanding as she debates and discovers the Quran’s message, meaning, and values on peace and violence, gender and veiling, religious pluralism and tolerance.”
―John L. Esposito, University Professor and Professor of Islamic Studies, Georgetown University, and author of The Future of Islam
by Shaykh Azhar Nasser
“The most prominent attribute of God in the Holy Quran is His infinite mercy. Of His ninety-nine names, He selected ‘The Compassionate’ and ‘The Merciful’ to introduce Himself to His creation. These attributes are not manifested to their fullest extent in the temporal world due to the limitations that characterize this earthly life; however, the Quranic descriptions paint a vivid picture of the paradisal abode that awaits the righteous. It is these descriptions that have been collected and analyzed throughout this book. The Grand Tour: Quranic Descriptions of Paradise offers the reader a glimpse into a wondrous world that represents the epitome of Divine mercy. Whether it is the splendid palaces, the opulent garments, or the company of the immaculate prophets, this book will walk the reader through each material and spiritual blessing reserved for the believers, as promised by God Almighty Himself.”
Honestly this book just sounds amazing. There is a chapter on how to get into paradise as well, just in case the book inspires you too much and you forgot and panic that you won’t get in!
“Ramadan and fasting in Ramadan are one of the VERY beloved acts of worship (and Ibadah) in the eyes of Allah!
This book provides Allah’s commands, prophet guidance and scholarly advice and interpretation on a great Islamic month – Ramadan. It also covers the virtues of fasting – rewards that no one can comprehend.”
It’s never too late/early to study up on fasting during Ramadan and fasting for the sunnah.
“Rumi’s Little Book of Life is a beautiful collection of 196 poems by Rumi, previously unavailable in English. Translated by native Persian speakers, Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin, this collection will appeal to Rumi lovers everywhere.
This collection of mystical poetry focuses on one of life’s core issues: coming to grips with the inner life. During the course of life, each of us is engaged on an inner journey. Rumi’s Little Book of Life is a guidebook for that journey. The poetry is a companion for those who consciously enter the inner world to explore the gardens within–out of the everyday “world of dust”–through an ascending hierarchy that restores one’s soul to the heart; the heart of the spirit; and in finding spirit, transcending all.”
You can never go wrong with a Rumi book.
by Charles Le Gai Eaton
“Drawn from the Miskkat al Masabih, this collection of the Prophet Muhammed’s sayings includes both the English and Arabic text and provides an intelligent introduction to Islam. Among the included topics are purification, prayer, remembering death, pilgrimage, jihad, clothing, visions, and words that soften the heart.”
Everyone should own a book of hadith, and there are a ton out there!
by Laleh Bakhtiar
“The Quranic Sunnah consists of four parts: Part 1. Quranic Signs Addressed to the Prophet Specifically (2nd person singular) in Chronological Order; Part 2. Quranic Commands Addressed Directly to the Prophet (2nd person singular) in Chronological Order to Say ; Part 3. Other Quranic Commands Addressed Directly to the Prophet (2nd person singular) in Chronological Order; and Part 4. Other Quranic Commands Addressed through the Prophet to Humanity (2nd person plural) in Chronological Order. This work is to help those who wish to study the life of Prophet Muhammad s Quranic Sunnah with a new approach that may answer questions such as: Does this approach teach us new details of the life of Prophet Muhammad that have heretofore remained unknown? Are there lessons to be learned for the Quranic method of interaction with customs practiced by non-Muslim majority societies?”
Just like before…. YOU NEED TO KNOW THE SUNNAH.
That is all 🙂