Name of Book: Muslim Parents: Their Rights and Duties
Author: Akhlaq Husain
Publisher: Adam Publishers and Distributors
Number of Pages: 125
Parents often say: ‘Our children are our life’. Equally our children should say: ‘Our parents are our life’. The family is the basic social structure of society and parents are the foremost in building this structure.
The book contains largely the comprehensive principles and teachings of Islam with practical examples of Nabi [Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam] and his companions (RA). A great portion of the book is dedicated to bringing up of one’s children, from the basics of loving them right up to marriage.
An interesting book recommended for all fathers and mothers. Perhaps a reprint and re-editing would improve the quality of the present edition.
Name of Book: Tafseer Ibn Kathir [Summarized]
Commentary By: Imaam Al Hafiz Abul Rida bin Kathir Ad Dimishqi
Translator: Habib Badr
Number of Pages: 167
The voluminous and acclaimed commentary of the Noble Quran by the respected Imaam occupies the shelf of most libraries of the world. The author, Imamuddin Ismail bin Umar bin Kathir [RA], was a great historian and specialised in the sciences of Hadith, with further interest in Fiqh [Islamic Jurisprudence].
Tafsir Ibn Kathir [summarized] is an abridged version of the 30th para. He has used the Holy Quran to explain the Quran in the first instance and then the authority of Nabi [Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam], who explained the meanings of much of what is in the Quran, either expressly to his Companions, or implicitly by his actions. On the third level, Ibn Kathir [RA] used the understanding of the Sahaba (RA) as an authority for his commentary.
Publications of this kind give us no excuse not to understand the Noble Quran in its meaning, especially the smaller Surahs which are often read in our Salaah. The book is well-presented with high quality paper and legibility is excellent. A highly recommended book.
Name of Book: The Islamic Law of Succession
Author: M.S Omar
Publisher: Butterworth Publishers
The laws of succession and the distribution of wealth are fundamentally important and form an integral part of our Shariah.
The author has made an academic presentation of the Islamic Shariah laws on inheritance together with its application in terms of the South African law. The book is basically divided into two parts. Part one deals with the scope and application of the Islamic Law of Succession with the South African legal system; and part two deals with the substantive rules of the Islamic Law of Succession. The examples are well illustrated by means of diagrams.
It is an excellent book with a deep understanding of the subject matter - a scholarly work ideal for students of Deen as well as readers interested on the topic.
Name of Book: Sata'at
Author: Shah Waliyullah Muhaddis Dehlawi
Translator: G N Jalbani
Publisher: Kitab Bhavan
Shah Waliyullah (RA) was one of the great giants of the Indian Continent. Among his famous works is Sata'at – a short book on mystical philosophy.
The book deals with the life after death and the system of Divine manifestations working in the universe. Shah Saheb essentially believed in the doctrine of “Unity of being” which is the central focus of his writings.
The book is no ordinary one. The terms and theme have an intellectual dimension. The book is richly quoted with Ayaats of the Noble Quran which support the author's arguments. Researchers should find the book interesting.
Name of Book: Kitaabun Nikah
Compiler : Moulana Muhammed Ebrahim Palanpuri
Translator: Moulana Zaheer Ragie
Publisher: Idara Isha'at-e-Diniyat
Number of Pages: 96
First Edition: 2003
Nikah is a great Ibadat in Islam. Nabie (SAW) has referred to it as half of one's Imaan.
Allah Ta'ala Says in the Holy Quraan:
و من ايته ان خلق اكم من انفسكم ازواجا لتسكنوا اليها و جعل بينكم مودة و رحمة
“and of his signs is that he created for you from yourselves partners to find solace in them and he made between them love and mercy”
If at the time of Nikah, the Sunah of Nabie (SAW) is followed then this marriage will be the most successful marriage and if the commands of Allah Ta'ala are trampled upon in these time then most of the time these marriages last for a few years or months and even sometimes a few days.
This book teaches a person the dos and don'ts of marriage. The book also deals with matters that afflict a person from puberty up to the upbringing of his own children in the light of the Quran and Sunah.
It also covers some contemporary laws e.g. birth control, abortion, etc.
A thought for those who say: “I don't need to get married.”
“Adam (A.S) was in Janah and he was in need of a partner so Allah Ta'ala gave him Hawa (as)”
THIS BOOK IS A MUST FOR ALL THOSE WHO WISH TO MARRY AND ALSO FOR THOSE WHO ARE MARRIED.
Name of Book: The City of Giants
Author: Muhammad Yasin Owadally
Publisher: Adam Publishers
Events of the past are important to all of us as the Noble Quran has mentioned many such Qisas/stories. The author of this book dedicated it to the story of Oudj – a giant human being. Oudj was the greatest giant created by Allah Ta’ala. His height reached the sky and he lived during the time of Hazrat Musa [Alaihis Salaam].
A short historical storybook, and indeed very interesting. Readers will be kept entertained by the simple script and interesting historical facts.
Title: An Introduction to Islamic Finance
Author: Muft Muhammad Taqi Usmani
Publisher: Idara Isha'at-e-Diniyat
Islam does not deny the market forces and market economy. Even the profit motive is acceptable to a reasonable extent, Private ownership is not totally negated, Yet, the basic difference between the capitalist and Islamic economy is that in secular capitalism, the profit motive or private ownership is given unbridled power to make economic decisions. Their liberty is not controlled by any divine injunctions. If there some restrictions, they are imposed by human beings and are always subject to change through democratic legislation, which accepts no authority of any super-human power. This attitude has allowed a number of practices which cause imbalances in the society.
The evils emanating from this attitude can never be curbed unless humanity submits to the divine Authority and obeys its commands in any case and at every price. This is exactly what Islam does. After recognizing private ownership, profit motive and market forces. Islam has put certain divine restrictions on these activities. These restrictions being imposed by Allah, Whose knowledge has no limits and cannot be removed by any human authority. All these prohibitions combined have a cumulative effect of maintaining balance, distributive justice and equality of opportunities.
Name of Book: Good Character
Author: Dr. Ismail Mangera
Published by: Young Men's Muslim Association
Number of Pages: 84
In the introduction, the author aptly states, "Good character is desired by everyone."
The entire life of our beloved Nabi [Sallallahu Alaiyhi Wa Sallam] is entrenched and firmly rooted in the teachings of good character. Allah Ta'ala reiterates the position of Nabi [Sallallahu Alaiyhi Wa Sallam] in the most majestic words: "Indeed he is exalted in character."
This book is divided into four sections: the first three relate to character and the fourth section introduces one to the discourse on Tariqat under the guidance of a pious person.
The book enjoys a distinctive feature, which is rarely seen in other publications – each of the characters discussed is explained under the following headings: definition, danger and consequence, prevention and treatment. This simplifies understanding each chapter and makes reading much easier.
Name of Book: The Salaah of Women
Author: Madrassah Arabia Islamia
Publisher: A. H. Barkhurdana Trust
In chapter one, the detailed method of Salaah has been outlined. One who is only looking for the method of performing Salaah without going into any detailed proof will find this chapter very helpful. Chapter two discusses some of the differences in the laws of Islam between males and females. In chapter three, the detailed proof from the Ahadeeth regarding certain postures that are adopted by females have been mentioned. Chapter four is devoted to statements of the Jurists regarding the different postures of females in Salaah, and chapter five discusses the issue of women attending the Salaah in the Masjid.
Women need to know about the performance of Salaah as do men. Therefore, every Muslim woman is encouraged to read this book. It must be placed with the recipe books for easy and lifelong reference.