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Book Reviews

Name of book: Islam the only way

Author: Mufti Afzal Hoossen Elias

Publishers: Zam Zam publishers

Edition: 2003

Pages: 159


Islam is a way of life based on the teaching of the Noble Qura'an and the life of Nabi [Sallalahu alayhi wasallam]. The book is equipped to teach basic Islam to a revert as well as introduce Islam to a non-Muslim.

The author has simplified the teachings of Islam under a long list of headings. An added feature is the Islamic rulings of the different topics under discussion.

The book may prove to be a valuable madrassah textbook for secondary level learners. Perhaps, it is an ideal choice for beginner classes and where a proper syllabus is not in place. It will also be useful for dawah purposes.



NAME OF BOOK: Ma'arif-e-Mathnavi

AUTHOR: Moulana Jalaluddin Rumi (RA)

COMMENTARY BY: Hakim Muhammed Akhtar Saheb [D.B]

PUBLISHER: Majlise Isha'atul Haq


PAGES: 267


Ma'arif-e-Mathnavi is a commentary of selected chapters of the great and famous Moulana Jalaludin Rumi [R.A], from his masterpiece entitled Mathnavi-e-Rumi. Hakim Akhtar Saheb [D.B] undertook a gigantic task to compile this book, having selected some of the 28,000 verses of poetry. It was no easy task to simplify the writings of Moulana Rumi [RA] as it was originally written in the Persian language.

It is an excellent presentation, which is divided into various topics. Each one is a subject in itself, and in this manner themes have been aptly connected. Many of the verses of poetry expand on the different topics of Tassawuf. The book is illustrated with excellent stories followed by a "lesson" that elucidates the story, which is indeed thought provoking and a means of attaining virtues for the heart and soul.

There is no doubt that the book will Insha-Allah engross the reader deeply into the inspirational values of the content matter. Indeed the book offers a wealth of knowledge injected by the carefully selected stories from which the reader derives solace and a multitude of blessings.    


NAME OF BOOK: Muhammad Rasoolullah

AUTHOR: Moulana Sayyid Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi

TRANSLATOR: Mohiuddin Ahmed

PUBLISHER: Haji Arfeen Academy


PAGES: 484

The author is a prolific writer who has many books to his credit and therefore needs no introduction. Many an author has written on the life of our Beloved Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). However few have written combining historical objectivity with a scientific blend that makes reading interesting.

The author’s attempt to include a holistic approach on the life of Rasoolullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) from every possible manner has not only benefited the Muslim but also the non-Muslim reader. This book will suffice to capture the many events in the biography of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). The charming aspect about this book is the simple format and the simple language adopted. The book is sure to keep you glued to it until the end!






PAGES: 180

We are well aware of the AIDS pandemic that has cost the lives of thousands of people in South Africa. This work has been the 1st Muslim response to this HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa.

The book is divided into 2 parts: the 1st part deals with the origin and transmission of HIV/AIDS, its impact and the South African government's plan of action to combat the ever- increasing pandemic. The 2nd part deals with the initiatives undertaken by the major religions in South Africa fighting the spread of this killer disease.

The book in general is an overview of the impact HIV/AIDS has on the family, household resources, labour force and the ethical problems faced by the adherents of all religious traditions.

Name of Book: The Path of Sunnat

Author: Moulana Sarfaraz Khan Sardar

Translator: Mufti Afzal Hoosen Elias

Publisher: Zam Zam Publishers

Edition: 2007

Pages: 303

Customs and traditions of certain communities from time immemorial have taken precedence and enjoy status among communities. However, for a Muslim, precedence of the Sunnah of our Nabi (Sallallahu Alaiyhi Wa Sallam) is foremost.

This book dispels the practices of innovations (bidah) detailing the Shar'i definition and different types of bidah, and cites many examples of bidah practices. The book is packed with information and appropriate references.

This book will create a proper and correct understanding of the Deen. The Deen of Allah Ta'ala is pure, unadulterated, uncontaminated by any additions and subtractions and Insha-Allah this book will benefit the reader tremendously.

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