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Book Reviews


Name of Book: Al-Hizbul A’zam (Abridged Version)

Author: Hazrat Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya [RA]

Edited By: Soofi Muhammad Iqbal

Publisher: Darun – Nashar Rahmaniyyah

Edition: 1988

Pages: 89

Al Hizbul A’zam is the compilation of Duas, supplications and recitals from authentic sources. An abridged version records the more comprehensive and brief duas of the original script. A Muslim needs to make Duas and therefore, apart from the popular daily duas, e.g. Dua when awakening from sleep, a Muslim is encouraged to learn as many of the other Masnoon duas which Rasulullah [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam] read.

The book is well presented with clear Arabic text for one to read and also to learn the Duas. Each Dua is translated and the benefit of reading these supplications is additional information, which is entitled as ‘Benefit’ under each Dua.

This book is a must for the car, handbag and at bedside table.



Name of Book: Inspiration from the Heart

Author: Mahdie Kriel and Ayesha Kriel

Publisher: Iqra Publishers

Edition: 2003

Pages: 129

The book is a compilation of moral values such as humility, dignity, respect, intellect, honesty, integrity, sincerity, trust, friendship, love, honor, virtue, piety, justice, wisdom, kindness, peace, etc. With its fourteen chapters, it peeps into a whole study of virtues through an Islamic perspective.

The selected stories and narrations emphasize Islamic morals and principles with the intention to raise consciousness of belief and for enlightenment. Readers will enjoy the great spiritualism and intellectualism in the moral stories from the classical tales of wise philosophers and Sufis.





Name of Book: The City of Giants

Author: Muhammad Yasin Owadally

Publisher: Adam Publishers

Edition: 2000

Pages: 38

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, but very interesting. Readers will be kept entertained by the simple script and interesting historical facts.



Name of Book: Discourses of Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi [RA]

Author: Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi [RA]

Translator: Madrasah Saalihaat Mayfair

Publisher: Islamic Promotions

Edition: 2005

Pages: 53

The words of our pious predecessors are all based and founded on the Noble Quraan and the Sunnah of Nabi [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam]. Their lives were literally a mirror of the life of Nabi [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam] and the Sahaba [Radiyallahu Anhum].

About 160 pieces of advice have been recorded in this book. Each group of advice is captioned by a heading, and features a variety of pertinent and important topics.

It is an excellent book to read before retiring to bed. The reader will never get bored since an added feature is the short and concise advice.




Name of Book: Shariah Compliant Inheritance and Its Stressed Importance

Author: Moulana Abdul Hamid Ishaq

Publisher: Akhtari Publication

Edition: 2008

Pages: 96

Learning and acquiring knowledge about inheritance laws according to the Shariah is compulsory [wajib].

The book through the writings of the respected author is simplified and inclusive of all the necessary components of the subject matter. What makes the book interesting are the practical examples given throughout the book.

Making a Will is compulsory on every adult, male and female; and therefore the book is a must for all and not only for the executors and administrators. 

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