Back again with the Islamic bookclub! I’ll post a summary of each chapter of an Islamic book I’m reading, so you get the rundown without ever picking it up!
This is all about the books to read…
Being Muslim: A Practical Guide by Asad Tarsin
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“A short book that introduces Islam by focusing on the tenets of faith, practice, and an introduction to Muslim life.”
“A great introduction to Islam that clearly elucidates the four dimensions of the religion.”
“More in-depth than Submission, Faith & Beauty, this book explores the fundamental beliefs of Islam, covering practice, faith, spirituality, and the Islamic view of history. It interweaves teachings from the Quran, the sayings of the Prophet ﷺ, and great authorities of Islam.”
“Of the many Islamic creedal texts, The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi is the simplest, most effective, and least controversial. It avoids complex theological points and systematically presents a clear foundational dogmatic theology. Historically, this text has seen a wide degree of acceptance by Muslim scholars across the centuries.”
“This primer covers basic creed in addition to basic Hanafi jurisprudence. It covers all five pillars of Islam, as well as the topics of slaughtering, ritual sacrifice, and hunting. It also contains well-researched explanatory notes.”
“A very good medium-size handbook available in English for teaching the basic Shafi’i devotional law. It includes supplemental notes and three essays that are helpful in understanding various developments in Islamic scholarship.”
“A book of moderate length and detail, this is an internationally acclaimed comprehensive and authoritative account of the life of the Prophet ﷺ. It is based on eighth- and ninth-century Arabic biographies that recount numerous events in the Prophet’s life, and it contains original English translations of many important passages.”
“This translation of the Quran, by a classically trained scholar, is written in contemporary language that is easy to read and follow. It places the separate passages into paragraphs, instead of verses, in order to help a reader grasp the main themes.”
“Another translation into clear and contemporary language which has been appreciated by many scholars and readers.”
“This book, which focuses on the earlier Meccan chapters, includes an introduction to the Quran, commentaries on the chapters, and a glossary of technical terms related to the study of the Quran.”
“Written by one of the greatest scholars in Islamic history, this classic is a guide for those who wish to engage with the Quran. It covers topics related to ritual cleanliness, the best times for recitation, the etiquette of students with their teachers, and other topics related to study of the Quran.”
“Tafsir al-Jalalayn, meaning ‘The Commentary of the Two Jalals,’ named after its two authors, is considered one of the best short and simple, complete commentaries on the Quran.”
A Treasury of Hadith: A Commentary on Nawawi’s Selection of Prophetic Traditions
“This collection of forty-two narrations by one of the most famous compilers of hadith is generally regarded as the most popular anthology. It is a collection of hadiths that summarizes the spirit and vision of the entire religion. This book includes a commentary on the hadiths by the great 14th century master Ibn Daqiq al-‘Id.”
The Content of Character: Ethical Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad
“This is a remarkable collection of sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. It illustrates the concise, yet comprehensive, wisdom contained in his speech. The content of the hadiths focuses on character-building, morals, good manners, and ethics. A very accurate and accessible translation brings the hadiths to life. It is also greatly enhanced by scholarly appendices on the hadith sciences.”
Purification of the Heart: Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Diseases of the Heart
“This modern classic of Islamic spirituality examines the spiritual and psychological diseases of the heart. A work that everyone can benefit from, this book offers an analysis of the root causes of, and treatments for, all human problems.”
The Beginning of Guidance
“This work, by one of the greatest scholars in Islamic history, is a widely studied introduction to the fundamentals of Muslim piety and etiquette.”
The Book of Assistance
“This short classic manual presents some of the essential aspects of religious development in thirty-two chapters, each essential to developing spiritually.”
Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance
“This book includes a translation, notes, and commentary on Imam al-Muhasibi’s famous text. It is intended to serve as a layman’s guide to Islamic spirituality.”
Which one should we read next?
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