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Book Reviews


Name of Book: Muslim Parents: Their Rights and Duties

Author: Akhlaq Husain

Publisher: Adam Publishers and Distributors

Edition: 1994

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

Publisher: Darussalam

Edition: 1997

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.
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Name of Book: The Islamic Law of Succession

Author: M.S Omar

Publisher: Butterworth Publishers

Edition: 1998

Pages: 105

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.


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Name of Book: Sata'at

Author: Shah Waliyullah Muhaddis Dehlawi

Translator: G N Jalbani

Publisher: Kitab Bhavan

Edition: 1992

Pages: 54

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)”




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