= EXCELLENT: This book is sooo awesome, it changes how you live and think. It has the power to change minds, increase faith and make you a better Muslim just from the experience of reading it. Borrow, beg or stake out your local mosque, whatever the obstacles, get ahold of this book and read it! Highly recommended!
= GREAT: This is a realllly good book on Islam and is enjoyable to read. This book should be part of every Muslim's library. Recommended reading!
= GOOD: This is a good book on Islam that dwelves usually into a specific topic. Definitely worth the money!
= OK: This is a generally ok book on Islam, but it had some drawbacks. Should be a good reference but make sure you will be able to read it and use it if you buy it!
= EH: This is a book that was difficult/confusing to read. Sometimes the translations don't come across well.
0 stars = EW: This book isn't worth the money. Don't bother and buy something more worthwhile.

NEWLY Reviewed books appear here at the top. Inshallah we are working(reading) on more to come!!!

The Memory of Hands

By Reshma Baig

Shazia's Comment: There are writers, and there are writers. There are books written by people who are able to get their idea across, to describe an event or idea accurately. But then there are those writers who paint entire landscapes in your mind, whose words haunt you, whose characters make you reflect and and consider yourself from a completely different view point. Reshma Baig is one of the second type. Never once do we see a description of the author in this book, but she is within every page. The distinct voice of her writing is unmistakable.

The Memory of Hands is a collection of short stories about "the challenges faced by Muslim-Americans as they, too, begin to claim America as their new home". This is not a book you can read dispassionately. "Throughout the narrative, voices emerge from all corners of the Muslim-American experience to articulate struggles, remembrances, fears and dreams." Some books try (unsuccessfully) to relate to the problems and conflicting emotions of those who grew up Muslim in wing up in the United States. The Memory of Hands, definitely not a clinical study of American Muslims, nevertheless reflects our experience in the most accurate way I've seen yet. I don't think I've read a better collection of fiction about the Muslim experience in my life.

May Allah reward Reshma Baig for her book, and guide her in her pursuits, literary and otherwise.


Sunshine at Madinah

by Zakaria Bashier

Huma's Comment: Sequel to Makkan Crucible, this book covers the life of the prophet saw from the hijrah on. Did not enjoy it as much as the first book but still an excellent biography, well written and factual.


Journey to Makkah

By Murad Hoffman

Huma's Comment:This is a really interesting book about how Murad Hoffman, a German diplomat came to Islam and his life since. Good commentary of the state of Muslims around the world and problems endemic to the ummah. The only drawback was that I did not really like where he tried to dwelve into fiqh and make his own conclusions on some issues.


Patience and Gratitude

By Ibn Qayyim al-jawziyyah trans. Nasiruddin al-Khattab

Huma's Comment: Small book of information on the different aspects of patience; categories, definition, perspectives, degrees etc. Has alot of lists, categories, hadith and verses but not much narrative.


Khutab Al-Masjid

By By Ahmad H. Sakr

Huma's Comment: : Covers 35 different topics written as Khutbahs. This book is great for khatib's looking for good ideas or anyone interested in general reading. The calligraphy through the pages is a nice touch. If your msa has a jumah you need this.


Selected Guidance from the Qur'an

By Compiled by Dr. Mazhar U. Kazi

Huma's Comment: The author of the great "A Treasury of Hadith", however, this book is not as nicely printed. Has all the Quranic verses related to specific different topics like scientific marvels in the Quran, salah, death, tests and trials, marriage, the life of this world, etc.


Perished Nations

By Harun Yahya

Huma's Comment:An excellent, unique look at the different Nations of old described in the Quran. He tries to trace who they were in history and link them with nations that underwent what is described in the Quran. Nice photos and illustrations to bring the point home.

Shazia's Comment: Thought provoking, interesting in the way that he draws parallels between the destruction of certain people in the Qur'an and documented people of history. How the Qur'an describes the destruction of certain groups, and photographs and documented cases showing such destruction is cool. One thing I wasn't comfortable with, was some assumptions made by the author, for example how Ramses II was Fir'aun.



A Treasury of Ahadith

By Dr. Mazhar U. Kazi

Huma's Comment: One of the best compilations of beautiful authentic hadiths covering all different subjects. You'll use it as a favorite reference again and again. Also includes a brief introduction to ahadith and sunnah.


Salvation through Repentance (An Islamic View)

By Abu Ameenah Bilal Phillips

Huma's Comment: Good book on repentance. Includes special duas you can say.


Al-Jinn

By Ahmad H. Sakr

Huma's Comment: A great book discusssing the nature of Jinn and their world.

Shazia's Comment: Clarifies alot of misconceptions we have about Jinn.


Saviors of the Islamic Spirit (Vol. 1-4)

By Abu'l-Hassan `Ali Nadwi

Jawad's Comment: A history of tajdid (revival) in the ummah.


Al-Maqasid Imam Nawawi's Manual of Islam

Trans. Noah Ha Mim Keller

Huma's Comment: Good reference for basic things like the faraaid of wudu, etc.

Shazia's Comment: Not necessarily for general reading, but contains useful information.


Selected Prayers - A Collection of Dua' from the Quran and Sunnah

Compiled by Dr. Jamal A. Badawi

Jahid's Comment: Book on dua (supplications)

Huma's Comment: Good book on different dua for different occassions such as when seeking guidance, forgiveness or going to the mosque or entering a car., etc. Has transliteration as well as arabic of duas.


An Introductiion to The Principles of Tafseer

By Shaikh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah

Huma's Comment: Excellent classical book on how we should interpret the Quran. Too many ppl ignore these principles and take things out of context and make their own tafseer, etc. Should be read by everyone who reads the Quran as a translation.


Sincere Repentance

Imam Abu Hamid Ghazali, Imam Ibn Qaiyim Jawziya, Imam Ibn Rajab Hanbali, compiled by Abu Maryam Majdi Fathi Al-Syed

Huma's Comment: One of the waterfall books although there is no waterfall on the cover! Exploration of repentance its conditions and how to attain it.


Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum (The Sealed Nectar): Biography of the Noble Prophet (saw)

By Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

Huma's Comment: Considered the most authentic biogrophy of the prophet (saw) in English, this is a beautiful and well written book. Covers pre-Arabia and the entire life of the prophet (saw), specific instances when ayahs came down and analyzes some aspects of the seerah. Highly recommended.

Imaan's Comment: A wonderful insightful book on the biography of the Messeenger's (saas) Life. Has a lot of wonderful information and hours of insightful reading.


Source Methodology in Islamic Jurisprudence (Usul Al-Fiqh Al-Islami)

by Taha Jabir al 'Alwani

Jahid's Comment: Source Methodology in Islamic Jurisprudence

Huma's Comment: Great book that gives the principles of Islamic law and how the principles developed through history and the Muslim contributions towards its development.


 

Ash-Shifa

By Qadi Iyad , trans. Aisha Bewley

Jawad's Comment: The best book written concerning the Prophet of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace).


Stories of Great Muslims

By Kh. A. Haye

Huma's Comment: Historical sketches of great Muslims. Good because includes people outside the time of the sahabah and more modern ppl, but does not go into detail. Each is only on avg. 3 pages.


Companions of the Prophet Volumes 1 and 2

By Abdul Wahid Hamid

Jahid's Comment: Excellent: Brilliant book about some of the famous companions.

Huma's Comment : 2 great books of the stories of the companions. How they lived, their trials and tribulations and how they struggled for Islam and why they are known as the best generation of mankind.

Shazia's Comment: The best book to read on the companions of the prophet (peace be upon him) in english. The language is beautiful and the portrayal of the companions makes one love these people for their devotion, their strength and their struggle, makes one realize how the how the light of the prophet (peace be upon him) was reflected in his companions.


Stories of the Prophets

Ibn Kathir, trans. Sh. Muhammad Gemeiah

Huma's Comment: Very nice collection of all existing Quran and hadith about a particular prophet and their stories. Very detailed and interesting.


Death and Dying

By Ahmad H. Sakr, Ph.D.

Huma's Comment: A wonderful book covering all aspects of life, the process of death, life in the grave, resurrection and beyond. Has good guidelines for families, burials and how death was handled by past great Muslims.

 Shazia's Comment: Makes us more aware of how little we know about the Next Life. Teaches us about the tribulations we will face in the grave and on the Day of Judgement. A real and scary look into what's ahead of us. Some of the things we may have doubted or questioned are made very clear, supported by Quran and hadeeth.


Tafseer Soorah Al-Hujuraat: A commentary on the 49th Chapter of the Quran

By: Abu Ameenah Bilal Phillips

Huma's Comments: One of the best books ever on Islamic aspects. Author goes into the tafseer of the surah which deals mostly with social relations among Muslims. He also ties in alot of different current issues and ideas of differing groups, such as tassawuf and the difference between natural sunnahs and legal sunnahs.

Shazia's Comments: Makes one realize that there are levels of comprehension of the Qur'an - while we may understand it on one level, deep thought and reflection reveals a lot more. Beautiful and well written.


Defence Against Disaster

By Abu Bakr ibn al-`Arabi, trans. Aisha Bewley

Jawad's Comment: The single most authoritative text on fitnat al-kubra.


Tafsir Ibn Kathir

Abridged by Sh. Muhammad Nasib ar-Rifa'i

Huma's Comment: Considered to be the best tafsir on the Quran so far in English. Hard to just read continously, but definately a good reference.


Fate and Predestination

By Sh. Mohammad M. Al-Sha'rawi

Huma's Comment: Good book that helps answer alot of those questions on how to reconcile qadr with human choice and free will.


Taqwa: The Provision of Believers

Imam Ghazali Imam Ibn Qayyim Imam Ibn Rajab Hanbali, Compiled by Abu Maryam Majdi Fathi Al-Sayed

Huma's Comment: One of the cool waterfall books. Excellent short, but deep on Taqwa.


Fiqh us-Sunnah Vol. 1-5

by As-Sayyid Sabiq

Jahid's Comment: Excellent book in about 5 volumes, can be expensive.

Huma's Comment: Around $45 for the whole set is a good price. Details of alot of fiqh, but not recommended for laypeople who just want a ruling on something,. Better to have someone who knows how to evaluate the books.


The 3 Abandoned Prayers: Salaat ul Istikharaah, Salaat ul Taubah, Salaat Ul Tasbeeh

By Shaykh Adnaan Aali 'Uroor

Imaan's Comment: Informative book on the 3 important prayers that we sometimes fail to say. Great book with authentic sayigns of the Prophet saas. Well explaned of the 3 blessed prayers which are sometimes abandoned by Muslims except those whom Allaah shows Mercy towards. Recommended for any Muslim.


Forty Hadeeth On: The Islamic Personality

By Sh. 'Alee Hasan 'Alee 'Abdul Hameed

Huma's Comment: Hadiths on different chracteristics Muslims should possess. Constant use of "he" was annoying. There are Muslim women too?


The Bible the Quran and Science 'La Bible, le Coran et la Science'

By Maurice Bucaille

A westerner's perspective of what was once thought as only an Easterner's religion.


Freedom of Expression in Islam

by Muhammad Hashim Kamali.

Jawad's Comment: A very needed book that was dealt with by Kamali in a thorough and clear way.


The Book of Assistance

By Abdullah ibn Allawi al-Haddad, trans. Mostapha al-Badawi

Jawad's Comment: A classic work of one of the great scholars of Yemen on establishing ihsan in one's life.


Funeral Rites in Islaam

By Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Imaan's Comment: Another great book by Sheikh Bilal. Very informative and a must read for any Muslim since we will also be encountered by death. Read it and take notes. Excellently written with much daleel (proof) from the Noble Qur'aan and ahadith.


The Dilemma of Muslim Psychologists

By Malik B. Badri

Huma's Comment: A must for anyone studying psychology or plans to go into the psychology field. Authors viewpoint and advice to colleagues. An interesting look into the unislamic foundations of some psychological ideas.

Faisal's Comment: An interesting insight into the world of post-secular psychology. Reason has been reconciled with what was once thought to be blind faith.


Gender Equity in Islam Basic Principles

By Jamal Badawi, Ph.D.

Huma's Comment: Awesome book! Should be required reading for all brothers and sisters. Covers all aspects of women in Islam, spiritual, economic, social, political and ideal vs. reality. Excellent for Dawah as well and is very inexpensive.

Shazia's Comment: A must read. Seriously.


The Ethics of Disagreement in Islam

By Taha Jabir al 'Alwani

Jahid's Comment: Issue of difference of opinions by scholars of islam.

Huma's Comment: Excellent explanation of the how differences in Islam occur and how the methodology of how they are to be dealt with. Uses many examples from the sunnah and the sahabah. Can be hard to read because there is so much to absorb, just go slow!


Human Development As Described in the Qur'an and Sunnah: Correlation with Modern Embryology

Authors: Abdul-Majeed A. Zindani, E. Marshall Johnson, Gerald C. Goeringer, Joe Leigh Simpson, Keith L. Moore, Mustafa A. Ahmed, T.V.N Persaud

Huma's Comment: Very cool book on embrology with fascinating photos and illustrations. Great to read if you're pregnant!


The Evolution of Fiqh (Islamic Law & the Madh-habs)

By Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Huma's Comment: Covers the founding, flowering and consolidation of the Madhhabs, Islamic law and their aspects. Can be dense and hard to read if don't have any background or not interested in the subject.


Ibn Taymeeyahs Essay on The Jinn

Translated by Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Jahid's Comment: Good book about the Islamic understanding of the spirit world.

Huma's Comment: Clarifies alot of misconceptions about Jinn and mythical stories about them.


The Fundamentals of Tawheed (Islamic Monotheism)

by Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Huma's Comment: Excellent book. Used as the first book in many halaqa curriculums. Describes Tawheed, its 3 parts, what is not Tawheed and how many practices of Muslims and others today are falling into many kinds of Shirk. 

Imaan's Comments: A great book for anyone. Sheikh Bilal Philips clearly makes one understand the importance of Tawheed. Any book by Bilal Philips is great mashaa'Allaah.


In Pursuit of Virtue: the Moral Theology and Psychology of Ibn Hazm al-Andalusi

By M. Abu Laylah

Huma's Comment: A very detailed book on Ibn Hazm and others. Very scholarly treatment and may not be interesting to the general public.

Shazia's Comment: Slow. Takes awhile to get point across.


The Golden Book of Islamic Lists

By Ahmad H. Sakr, Ph. D.

Huma's Comment: Has alot of cool lists of things useful for reference, such as the prophets, names of Allah, branches of faith, noble ladies in Islam, names of Paradise, etc.

Shazia's Comment: Good for memorization and reference.


In the Shade of the Qur'an Vol.30

by Sayyid Qutb

Jahid's Comment: Commentary of the last chapter of the Qur'an.

Huma's Comment: Written mostly while Sayyid Qutb was in prison. Thoughtful insights on each verse. Should be a must to read while memorizing.

Faisal K's Comment: Qutbs examines the Quran and gives insight within the context of contemporary events.


The Grave Punishments and Blessings by Husayn Al-Awayishah, Paradise It's Blessings and How To Get there by Ali Hasan Abd Al-Hamid, True Repentance by Salim al Hilali.

(3 small books translated all by Sister Huda Khattab)

Imaan's Comment: These collection of books translated by Sister Huda Khattab is carefully chosen with sound Hadith and verses from the Quraan. Highly recommended since these books are small and are not too long to read. Many will find it very informative as well as learn more about the Grave, Jannah (Paradise) and Making sincere Repentance. You will be glad you read it!!!!!!


Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship

By Al-Ghazali, trans. From the Ihya' by Mukhtar Holland

Huma's Comment: Very deep, spiritual book. Helps you to look at regular daily worship and the five pillars in a different way.


The Hijab...Why?

By Dr. Muhammad Ismail, trans. Dr. Saleh As-Saleh

Huma's Comment: Lists virtues of hijab, the 'disgraces of displaying a woman's charm' and the obligatory conditions for hijab. While all correct information, could be put in a better, more inviting way for sisters. Contains the moving story of how a Japanese woman came to Islam and hijab.

Shazia's Comment: Not really encouraging, mostly warns about your fate if you do not wear hijab.


Islam and Secluarism

by Sayyid Muhammad Naquib al-Attas.

Jawad's Comment: An understanding of the contemporary Muslim dilemna and the path that we should take. One of the single best books on the subject.


The Ideal Muslim Husband

By B. Aisha Lemu

Jahid's Comment: A very small booklet but gives good advice on selecting a Husband.


Islam Basic Beliefs and Teachings

by Ghulam Sarwar

Jahid's Comment: Excellent book for adults and children cover a great number of basic knowledge.

Shazia's Comments: A really good book for those who don't know the basics.


The Islamic State

By Taqiuddin an-Nabahani, Hizb ut-Tahrir

Huma's Comment: Written by the founder of the Hizb ut-Tahrir khilafah party movement. A really excellent and interesting book covering the political aspect of Islam, its past and future. Despite the author, not polemic or biased.


Islam Faith and Practice

By Afzalur Rahman

Huma's Comment: Very very comprehensive book on Islam that covers almost every aspect. Written for teachers and students as a textbook with guidelines for age groups. Great reference for every topic including how to pray, make wudu, stories of some prophets, etc. nice illustrations throughout the book.


The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam (Halal wal Haram fil Islam)

by Yusuf al Qaradawi

Jahid's Comment: Good book on dos and donts in Islam.

Huma's Comment: Good book that gets alot of criticism from some for being too liberal 'halal wal halal'. However, some believe that everything is haram in Islam and need to make it difficult for the people. The first chapter on the principles of halal and haram are excellent and worth getting the book for alone.


Islam for Younger People

by Ghulam Sarwar

Huma's Comment: Awesome book for kids. Nice pictures and goes through the basic beliefs of Islam including stories of some prophets and stories with moral lessons.

 Shazia's Comment: Cute book for kids, better than Barney!


The Life of Muhammed

by Tahia Al-Ismail

Jahid's Comment: Has a few mistakes, nevertheless a good book.


Islam The Straight Path

By John L. Esposito

Huma's Comment: Used in almost every university Islam class to teach Islam, it is definately the viewpoint of an orientalist and should not be taken as anything else. Not recommended for dawah or learning about Islam.

The Life of Muhammed

by Muhammad Husayn Haykal, trans. Ismail al Faruqi, American Trust Publications

Jahid's Comment: A very in depth study of the Prophet (SAW)s life.

Huma's Comment: A very BIG book that sits on my shelves as of yet.

Shazia's Comment: Haykal disregards hadeeth that claim any miracles of Muhammad (peace be upon him) other than the Qur'an. Some fundamental differences from ar-Raheeq and other biographies. Good because it goes into detail, but should be read along with other books.


Islamic Awakening Between Rejection and Extremism

By Yusuf al Qaradawi

Jahid's Comment: Good book combating extremism.

Huma's Comment: Awesome, eye-opening look at our ummah. Sh. Qaradawi is considered by some to be the greatest contemporary Islamic intellectual. He examines the current activities of Muslims, including the misconceptions, side issues, lack of insight and dawah and outlines some steps to help Muslims reawaken to their deen.


The Major Sins Al-Kaba'r

By Muhammad bin 'Uthman Adh-Dhahabi, rendered into English Mohammad Moinuddin Siddiqui

Huma's Comment: An excellent book in Arabic and English side by side. Contains the 70 major sins, their descriptions and supporting Quran and Hadith. An important book to read and follow.

Shazia's Comment: Reference book, good to scare you into right action.


Islamic Belief

By Imam Abu Jafar at-Tahawi, trans. Iqbal A. Azami

Jahid's Comment: A must for all sunni Muslims, knowledge of creed.


The Makkan Crucible

By Zakaria Bashier

Huma's Comment: Excellent book. Part 1 of the seerah of the prophet (saw). Directed more towards nonmuslims and defending Islam, written very analytically. Looking forward to getting hold of part 2 'Sunshine at Medina.'

Shazia's Comment: Nice. Allows us to see the beauty of some things we sometimes overlook. Ex. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) 'meditating' in the cave of hira is so beautifully described it makes one love Rasulullah peace be upon him all the more.


Islamic Movement

by Fathi Yakan

Jahid's Comment: Excellent book, a must for all Muslims.


The Perfection of Faith

by Sh. Abdul-Haqq Dehlawi, trans. Yusuf Talal De Lorenzo

Jawad's Comment: An excellent matn of `aqeedah accoring to the people of sunnah and jama`ah.


Islamic Rules on Menstruation and Post-Natal Bleeding

By Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Huma's Comment: Good book, clears up alot of needed information. Also contains 58 interesting common and not so common questions on the subject ruled on by Shaikh Aal 'Uthaymeen.


The Prayer: It's Effect in Increasing Eemaan & Purifying the Soul

By: Husayn al-Awaayishah

Imaan's Comment: Insighful and well written book by Brother Husayn. If you like any of Sheikh Albaani's books you will like reading this one. Makes one reflect upon our Prayers and helps us to compare it with the Prayer of the Prophet (saas) and the Sahaba (radiyallaahu anhum). Makes one also true khushoo in salaah as well.

Shazia's Comment: Only aggravating thing is the explanation of hadeeth, and the hadeeth pretty much in the same language. I'm sure in arabic, this would be useful because the hadeeth would be in classical arabic and the book in modern. But in english, it just seems redundant.


Jesus Prophet of Islam

by Muhammad `Ata ur-Rahim.

Jawad's Comment: One of the best presentations of the Muslim understanding of sayyidina `Isa. It deals mainly with the history of theological arguments and not with the theology itself.


The Prophet's Prayer (saw) Described from the beginning to the end as though you see it.

By Shaikh Muhammad Naasir ud Deen Al-Albaani, trans. Usama ibn Suhaib Hasan

Imaan's Comment: Wonderful book with lots of authentic sayings of the Prophet Saws. A book you can rely on. Good for a new Muslim as well.


Journey Through Islam

by Alyasa Abdullah, Riza Mohammed and Asim Abdullah

Jahid's Comment: Excellent book, hard to get hold of but is worth it.


The Reliance of the Traveller

By Ahmed ibn Naqib al-Misri, trans. and edited Nuh Ha Mim Keller

Jawad's Comment: This is the single most comprehensive book of fiqh in the english language (Shafi`i fiqh).


Kitabun Nikah

by Moulana Zahier Ragie

Jahid's Comment: book on marriage, has some cultural bias, nevertheless, a good book.


The Seventy-Seven Branches of Faith

Imam Al-Bayhaqi, Translated by Abdal-Hakim Murad

Jahid's Comment: Good book on belief


Letter to a Muslim Student

By Hasan Al-Banna

Huma's Comment: Brief booklet including his letter. More interesting due to Hasan Al-Banna history and the brief introduction to him and Ikhwan, than the letter itself. The letter however is good advice to Muslim students everywhere, someone should put it up on www one day.

Shazia's Comment: Really nice. Some real advice, clear and ready to be taken to heart. It's like real life orientation.


The Signs Before the Day of Judgement

Ibn Kathir, Translated by Huda Khattab

Jahid's Comment: Famous work on the signs leading to the end of the world.

Huma's Comment: Cool book on the signs and explanation of coming events near the Day of J. Scary on how many are already here.

Shazia's Comment: A frightening book. Recognition of most of the signs in everyday life will scare the heck out of you.


Matrimonial Education in Islam

By Ahmad H. Sakr, Ph.D.

Huma's Comment: Well written book on an important topic. Goes over what is allowed and what is prohibited and answers questions on tough subjects like surrogate parenting and birth control.


The Soul's Journey After Death An abridgement of Ibn Al-Qayiim's Kitabur-Ruh

With Commentary by Layla Mabrouk

Jahid's Comment: Covers issue about death.

Huma's Comment: Fantastic short book on the journey of the soul. You feel out of this world when reading and kind of scared on your return.


Modesty and Chastity in Islam

by Muhammed Zafeer Uddin Nadvi

Jahid's Comment: A very good book on the issue of chastity, covers marriage too.


The Tafseer (Explanation) of Surat an-Naba The Great News

Compiled by Dr. Saleh As-Saleh

Huma's Comment: Short tafseer on the surah. More suitable for those who have memorized it or are in the process of.


Muhammad: Aspects of His biography

By Ziauddin Sardar, The Islamic Foundation

Huma's Comment: Book covering major events in the prophet's (saw) biography, ie the batttle of Badr, the Migration etc. Has some really good real pictures and maps.


The Wives of the Prophet(SAW)

by Ahmed Thompson

Jahid's Comment: Brief sketch of the lifes of the Prophet(SAW)s wives


Muslim Womens Handbook

by Huda Khattab

Jahid's Comment: An Excellent book for women, covering essential basic matters like hijab and cleanliness.

Huma's Comment: A comprehensive book for women on various issues including Taharah, Hijab, Social Life, Careers, Education, Marriage and Divorce. Although a nice summary of the issues does not always include all opinions and not really recommended as a book to be given as dawah. Definately a good book for sisters though.

Shazia's Comment: There are better books on the subject.I would suggest something by Jamal Badawi instead.


The Women of Madina

By Muhammad Ibn Sa'd

Huma's Comment: Brief biographies of many of the sahabiyaat, which overall give a new perspective and appreciation of the great women in our past.

Shazia's Comment: Brings understanding for the wives of the prophet (saw) and the other women of his time. An overview, not really detailed, but good.


Muslims Character

by Muhammed Al-Ghazali

Jahid's Comment: Good book for character building


 

The World of the Angels

By Sh. 'Abdu 'l-Hamid Kishk

Huma's Comment: A fascinating look at angels, their descriptions, types, jobs and everything about them.

Imaan's Comment: A Great book which the Sheikh deals with on every aspect of the Angels. He discusses eloquently the creation, form and nature of the angels to their many different types. A deep understanding of the world of angels. Great book to read.


Mysteries of the Soul Expounded

By Abu Bilal Mustafa al-Kanadi

Huma's Comment: A very well written book. Mostly an exposition of the soul, its nature and death and beyond. Does a good job evaluating different theories and evidence as well. Unfortunately no longer living (May Allah have Mercy on him).

Shazia's Comment: Interesting. Answers many questions.


Towards Understanding Islam

by Sayyid Abul A'La Mawdudi

Jahid's Comment: Sometimes spelt Maududi, generally about Islam.

Huma's Comment: Great introductory book on Islam, awesome to give for dawah.

Shazia's Comment: A given on the basic beliefs of Islam. A good match with Sarwars Basics.


Patience and Gratitude

By Ibn Qayyium Al Jawziyyah

Imaan's Comment: A great book on having Patience. Draws on practical advice from the Qur'aan and the Sunnah to address many of the problems of our age today. Quite insightful.


Woman in Islam

By B. Aisha Lemu & Fatima Heeren

Huma's Comment: A nice treatment of the subject, covering many of the aspects having to do with woman in Islam and family life in Islam.


Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence by

By Muhammad Hashim Kamali.

Jawad's Comment: The best presentation in the English language of usul al-fiqh.


Women Muslim Society and Islam

By Lamya' al Faruqi

Huma's Comment: Well written, much needed scholarly essays on women in Islam. Writes about Islamic traditions and the Feminist movement, women in a Quranic society, marriage in Islam and other topics.


Remembrance and Prayer: the Way of Prophet Muhammad

Muhammad Al Ghazali, trans. Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo

Huma's Comment: Beautiful, deep book that explores how the prophet (saw) used to make dua and worship. Includes many thoughtful insights on the Muslim world today.

Faisal K.'s Comment: Shiekh Gazali beautiful way in which the Prophet constantly communicated with Allah swt.


30 Signs of the Hypocrites

by Aa'id bin 'Abdullah al-Qarnee

Huma's Comment: Excellent book to use to evaluate yourself with. You'll be surprised how many we commit all the time without realizing. A good reminder.

Shazia's Comment: An alarming, eye opening book. Makes you more aware of things you need to work on within yourself.


Return of the Pharoah

by Zainab Al-Ghazali

Jahid's Comment: Biography of one womans committment and struggle for Islam.

Huma's Comment: Awesome, awesome story. You won't be able to put it down and won't be able to stop crying for days. This is the story of Zainab Al-Ghazali's struggle in her own words, from the time she was young, to her married days, her days as a worker in the ikhwan and her pain and torture in prison.

 Shazia's Comment: A glimpse into the life of one who devoted her life to struggling in the way of Allah. A heart wrenching, depressing, amazing, awesome book.

Faisal K.'s Comment: Hajja Zainab describes her horrific experience in the prison of Jamal Abdel Nasr. An amazing example of patience and sacrifice for the sake of Islam.


Riyaa: Hidden Shirk

By Abu Ammaar Yasir Al-Qathi Edited by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips

Imaan's Comment: This remarkable book examines the dangers of Showing off. It carefully illustrates with authentic sayings of the Prophet Saas why it's a hidden shirk. A highly recommended book for any Muslim because the topic is so important and significant. A Must read.


Riyadh-us-Saleheen Vol. 1 & 2

Imam Nawawi

Jahid's Comment: This is an essential book for all Muslim homes, contents are excellent. Book is in two volumes.

Huma's Comment: Great collections of hadiths under specific topics.


Road to Mecca

by Muhammad Asad

Faisal K.'s Comment: A masterpeice in terms of literary quality. Muhammad Asad describes his travels in the Muslims world and his eventual path to Islam. The book is filled with insight.

Huma's Comment: The fascinating life of Muhammad Asad, an Austrian journalist who reverted to Islam. Sitting in your room reading this you will forget everything and feel like you are in the desserts of Arabia in the early part of this century. This is an amazing autobiography of one man's experiences and thoughts and indeed his road to Mecca.

Shazia's Comment: Beautiful, amazing book. Brings his life into yours, as Huma said, you'll feel like you're in the sweeping deserts of arabia or meeting royalty along with him. An all around engaging book, that'll capture you in its adventures.


Al-Dhabh: Slaying Animals For Food The Islamic Way

Ghulam Mustafa Khan Publisher: Abul-Qasim Publications

Yahya's Comment: This thin little booklet (58pgs) outlines the Islamic method of slaying animals. The author explains how this procedure takes place and also outines which procedures which are being used now, especially in England. He also addresses the objections many anminal rights activists have against Al-Dhabh and then scientifically demonstrates that those objections are scientically unwarranted and that Al-Dabh is the most humane and hygenic method of slaughtering an animal. Also, the author discusses the issue of eating the animals slaughtered by the Ahl-al Khitab (people of the book which are Jews and Christians). This book is well written and will provide the reader with the scientific as well as the religious for Al-Dhabh. You may think twice about going to get a Bic Mac after reading this book. The book is a bit dated (1982) and some of the scientific information in it may need to be revised, but still well worth reading.


Blind Following of Madhhabs

by Muhammad Sultan Al-Masoome al- Khajnadee Publisher: Al-Hidaayah Publishing and Distribution

Yahya's Comment: What is the ultimate criteria of what is right and wrong in Islam? One might think that this is a straight forward question but the author points out that many Muslims throughout history have been confused over this issue. He highlights the sad decline of the Muslim ummah by showing how Muslims followed particular Madhabs (great religious teachers) to the point that they would leave off following the Quran and sunnah and pronounce takfeer (unbelief) on those who disagreed with them. The author exposes the fallicy of this thinking by showing how this contradicts the Quran, sunnah and the sayings of the Madhabs themselves. He shows with convinving proof that the only authentic and inffallible sources of Islam are found with the Quran, sunnah and the noble example of the companions of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh). This is a must read for those who may be confused by the many different scholarly opinions on a number of issues. I personally consider this book to be a commentary of sorts of the Quranic verse: "O ye who believe! Obey God, and obey the Apostle, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to God and His Apostle, if ye do believe in God and the Last Day: That is best, and most suitable for final determination." (Quran 4:59)


*Note: All reviews are strictly opinions of only the authors and not necessarily a review of the authenticity of Islamic content. Also, the links are only what we could find of the books on the web, but trust us, reading the real book is a much better experience!

May Allah reward all the reviewers:

Jahid Ahmed, Shazia, Faisal, Jawad Al-Qureshi, maan Ansary, Faisal Kamdar, Yahya Abdul Rahman

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