Name of book: Islam the only way
Author: Mufti Afzal Hoossen Elias
Publishers: Zam Zam publishers
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
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
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!
NAME OF BOOK: RELIGION AND HIV /AIDS
AUTHOR: DR FAROUK AMOD
PUBLISHER: IMA OF SOUTH AFRICA
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
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.
NAME OF BOOK: VIRTUES OF HAJ
AUTHOR: SHAIKUL HADITH MOULANA
MUHAMMAD ZAKARIYYA KANDHELWI (RA)
PUBLISHER: WATERVAL ISLAMIC INSTITUTE
TRANSLATOR: MOULANA YOUSUF KARAAN
The author, a world renowned personality and prolific writer, has written some of the most remarkable books in Islam. Books such as “The Teachings of Islam” are well read and received throughout the world.
The book consists of 10 chapters; each chapter has been well- researched and thoroughly discussed. Sixty pieces of advice, virtues and information have been mentioned that are covered from chapter to chapter. This elucidates the deeper meaning of Haj and the highly acclaimed significance of this journey of a lifetime. In addition to this, forty stories on the experiences of Haj have been included as an inspiration for the reader. Towards the closing chapters of the book the author has mentioned seventy stories from the lives and Haj of the pious and righteous people. The purpose of these incidents is to imbibe the love for Allah Ta'ala and such stories form a source of spiritual medication.
“Virtues of Haj” is not only for those intending to perform Haj per se but is a wealth of knowledge for general Islamic information.
Author: Hakeemul Ummat Hazrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi [RA]
Publisher: Madrasah Arabia Islamia
Number of Pages: 66
This book was one of lectures delivered by Hazrat Thanwi [RA] on the day of Jumuah. It concerned a variety of important topics about one’s objective in this world and the Hereafter.
Among other matters, the following important points are made in the book: the importance of intention; the world and the Hereafter; quest for the Hereafter – the ultimate objective. In order to achieve this objective, the author has disclosed a few pathways leading to it, for example, the abstinence of sins.
It is books of this kind that draw people nearer to Allah Ta’ala. It has the strong potential to draw one closer to his Creator. Nowadays, people have become lazy readers; therefore this book would be ideal as it’s not voluminous but concise.
Name of Book: History of Muslims in South Africa. A Chronology.
Author: Ebrahim M. Mahida
Publisher: Arabic Study Circle
Number of Pages: 154
Over three centuries ago the first Muslim arrived in South Africa. Today, the Muslim population just about tops the million mark.
Although a minority, Muslims have contributed tremendously, economically and socially. Therefore their history over the years is significant and offers a rich background. In order to sustain our heritage and offer the generations to come a true identity of Muslim contribution in South Africa, the author has in fact done a favour to the Muslim Community in compiling some important historical data. It is probably the first of its kind about Muslims in South Africa. Every South African Muslim is encouraged to know something about their short history in the country they live.
The book gives a general overview of the Muslim community, institutions, personalities and events that helped to promote Islam on South African soil.
Name of Book: The Musalman
Author: Moulana S. Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi [RA]
Publisher: Academy of Islamic Research and Publications
Translator: Mohiuddin Ahmed
Number of Pages: 118
The Musalman is a very simple and informative book designed to portray the life of Muslims living mainly in India. Since Muslims and Hindus live side by side and participate in many social gatherings and share other matters, the author felt that there was a need to create a bond and understanding between them.
The simple and easy style adopted by the author is an advantage to the ordinary reader – after all the purpose is to reach as many people as possible. The book can also serve as a good book for reverts to Islam.
Ideally the book could be introduced to non-Muslims living in non-Muslim countries side by side with Muslim minorities as information about Muslims and Islam in general.