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Book Reviews



Name of Book: The Mysteries of Purity

Author: Al-Ghazzali [RA]

Translator: Nabih Amin Faris

Publishers: Kitab Bhavan

Edition: 1992

Number of Pages: 80

Imam Ghazzali [RA], one of the greatest reformers of his time and indeed a great scholar, produced the masterpiece ‘Ihya ul-Uloom-ud-Deen’ from which the translator printed the first quarter of the section ‘Kitab Asrar al-Taharah’. The book discusses the cleanliness of the body relating to the external and outward things.

The author divided the book into three parts, viz. purification from impurities, purification from excrements and purification from bodily growths and discharges. The rulings are all based on the Shafiee Mazhab. The book is packed with information and indeed educational. The examples, quotations and sayings make reading enjoyable.



Name of Book: The Four Pillars of Islam

Author: Moulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi [RA]

Translator: Mohammed Asif Kidwai

Publisher: Academy of Islamic Research Publications

Edition: 1978

Number of Pages: 290

The respected, world-renowned scholar has done a splendid piece of work on the four pillars of Islam, viz. Salaat, Zakaat, Saum and Hajj. The author’s research on each of the four obligatory observances of Islam is indeed comprehensive and educational.

The author has adapted a distinctive approach in explaining the respective obligatory features and together with that, their logical advantages, significance and similarities, and differences in comparison with the modes of worship in other religions.

Undoubtedly the book is one of the author’s masterpieces. The subject matter is well covered and indeed educational. Very few, if not none, have excelled in the way Moulana has presented the material.



Name of Book: The Rights of Parents

Author: Muhammad Mueenud-Deen Ahmad

Publisher: Madrasah Arabia Islamia

Edition: 1993

Number of Pages: 38

Respect towards parents cannot be over-emphasized. The Shariah has laid great emphasis on respecting both parents by one’s children.

The book comprises of fourteen verses of the Noble Qur’aan related to the rights of parents. Each verse is translated and accompanied by a commentary, which offers a comprehensive explanation. Followed by that are forty Ahadeeth also related to respecting and honouring parents.

The book is an ideal read for our children. Indeed, it is an excellent and simple book. The youth will find it enjoyable, Insha Allah.



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Name of Book: Key to the Treasures of Jannah

Author: Dr Yunus Moosa

Publisher: Al-Islaah Publisher

Edition: 2000

Pages: 702

Essentially “Key to the Treasure of Jannah” is a handy-book for every Mu’min. It contains day-to-day and month-to-month recitals and supplications as well as daily surahs and duas which form an embodiment of every Muslim home.

The book has been well-presented identifying the essential reading material that potentially is required in our lives. It also serves as a convenient carry-around book - all in one.

The daily Azkar (supplications) and wazaifs (prescriptions) provide the reader with benefits in this world and the Hereafter.


"Appropriately titled, Slippery Stone deals with the topic of music in Islam in substantial detail clarifying all the issues on music in a lucid manner. Contemporary, convincing, comprehensive . . . this book is a must read for all who wish to learn about this subject." - Mufti Zubair Bayat

"Khalid Baig has discussed relevant issues surrounding the issue of music, singing, use of musical instruments, and popular music etc., and has explained clearly what is permissible and what is prohibited by Islam . . . The extensive list of original and secondary sources used indicate the author’s grasp of the subject." - Syed Salman Nadvi, Formerly Professor and Chairman, Department of Islamic Studies, University of Durban-Westville

What does Islam say about poetry, singing, musical instruments, musicians, and the business of music?

What is the truth about the much-publicized “music controversy” in Islam?

This book demystifies the issue of music in Islam. More than six hundred references and more than a hundred twenty biographical notes on the authorities quoted add to the value of a discussion that is comprehensive without being boring, and detailed without being confusing.

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