Name of Book: The Mysteries of Purity
Author: Al-Ghazzali [RA]
Translator: Nabih Amin Faris
Publishers: Kitab Bhavan
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
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
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.
Name of Book: Key to the Treasures of Jannah
Author: Dr Yunus Moosa
Publisher: Al-Islaah Publisher
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.
Name of Book: A Geographical History of the Quran
Author: Syed Muzaffarud Deen Nadvi
Publisher: Taj Company
Number of Pages: 143
The book has a rich historical and geographical background of the Noble Quran. The author has gone to great lengths attempting to ascertain the period (time), and identification of names in understanding their proper origin and nationality. He also focuses on the issue of language – every nation has some peculiar way of naming individuals, places, etc.
The author has extensively quoted western historians and writers in his long introduction to ancient history and then moving more to modern exploration. Some tribes mentioned in the Noble Quran have also been discussed.
The book may be boring to those uninterested in history, so therefore be prepared to read into history before sitting up to read the book. However, the book is filled with rich information in understanding the stories of the Noble Quran.
Name of Book: The Views of the Ummah on Qaadiyanism
Author and Publishers: International Khatme Nubuwwat Movement
The book was distributed at the behest of the International Khatme Nubuwwat Conference in Cape Town at the end of September 2008. Qadiyanism and its illegitimate movement celebrated the 100th anniversary of the death of the apostate and accursed, Mirza Goolam Ahmed Qadiyani.
The book gives a broad overview of some of the most absurd beliefs of the Qadiyani movement. The facts and information on the Fatwas declaring the Qadiyanis as kafirs, their political agendas against the Muslim Ummah and the numerous court appearances further enlighten the reader and lays bare the treacherous and conceited views of this baatil group.
It is highly recommended that the book be read by every Muslim. It is easier to identify a Jew, Christian, etc. than a Qadiyani, simply because a Qadiyani will identify himself/herself with a “Muslim” name and will not openly declare his/her Qadiyanism.
Name of Book: Mishkat -Al - Masabih
Author: Ml. Dr Yunoos Osman
The Mishkaat is a well known Hadith book which is widely taught as a text book at Islamic institutions of higher learning internationally. This acclaimed discourse on Hadith is divided into twenty-nine parts (kutubs or books); and each Kitab is divided into several chapters (Baabs); and furthermore, each Baab is divided into three sections (Fasl). In total there are three hundred and twenty seven chapters.
The book is ideal for students studying at Islamic institutions in particular and for the Muslim public who wish to enrich their Islamic knowledge.
Name of Book: Women and Clothing
Author: Moulana Muhammad Aqil
Translator: Moulana Muhammad Kadwa
Publisher: Madrasah Arabia Islamia
Number of Pages: 44
The advice contained in this short booklet is that of the wife of Hazrat Moulana Zakariyyah Khandalwi [RA]. Popularly known as Amma Jee, women young and old regularly visited her and benefited tremendously from her discourses and company.
The book is basically compiled on approximately forty Ahadeeth, criticising fashionable clothing and encouraging a dress code that conforms to the Sunnah and the Shariah.
An excellent reader, a must for every Muslim woman. The book cover is appealing as much as the contents of the book. Highly recommended for the young women readers.
N.B. The book is also entitled “The Virtues of Clothing”.