Books, Videos, Lectures and More!

July 13, 2013

A friend sent me this link today and I checked it out to find a wonderfully simple site which a variety of information on Islamic teachings.  The best part were downloadable books and videos which cover a wide range of topics; some for the educated Muslim and some for beginners and new converts.  I hope that you will find this site beneficial and easy to use.

Kalamullah


Lessons of the Day #2

June 22, 2012

In the name of Allah the Compassionate, the Merciful

  

                   

                                       

 

Ayahs of the day:
Satan threatens you with poverty and compels you to indecencies, whereas God promises you divine forgiveness, and grace. And God is all-embracing, all-knowing. [2: 268]
Hadith of the day:
He whose heart contains as much as a mustard seed of arrogance will not enter Paradise. [Muslim]

Wise quote of the day:
All humans are dead except those who have knowledge, and all those who have knowledge are asleep except those who do good deeds, and all those who do good deeds are deceived except those who are sincere, and those who are sincere are always in a state of worry. [Imam al-Shafi’i]
Guidance of the day:
Strive for presence with God, reflect on the meanings of what you say, and do your best to acquire the behavior He likes and avoid that which He dislikes. Concentrate on your inward aspect. Confirm your words with your acts, your acts with your intentions and your sincerity, and your intentions and sincerity by purifying your inward and reforming your heart. For the heart is the essential thing upon which everything else depends. Therefore it is a duty to attend to it and concentrate on making it sound and upright. [Counsels of Religion by Imam al-Haddad]
Food for thought:
A room without books is like a body without a soul. The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all. Some books are to be tasted; others swallowed; and some to be chewed and digested. The one who does not read good books has no advantage over the one who can’t read them. Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. 

Books by Umm Zakiyyah

January 31, 2011

There is an American sister who reverted to Islam many years ago and she shares her writing talent  with her growing number of fans.  Umm Zakiyyah is known for several great reads such as: “If I Should Speak”, “A Voice” and “Footsteps” just to mention a few.  Summaries for these can be read at: http://islamicidentity.blogspot.com/2009/02/book-to-read-by-umm-zakiyyah.html.

This sister has such a great ability to create story lines which put the reader inside the story, create a sense of intense emotion, and to make dawa through the novel format.  If you are up to a great read, check one of these out from your local library (if its not available– request it!!) or order from online book resources.

Recently, some of her shorter writings have been published in Sauidlife, which is where I took the following excerpt.  If you like this, please go to the home site of Saudilife for more wonderful posts….

 

 

 

TEARS nearly filled my eyes as I read the e-mail. The words reminded me of all the converts to Islam that I had spoken to, coached, and counseled over the years. Some still held on to their faith. Some had returned to Islam after having stopped practicing for some time. Others simply let go and weren’t looking back…

Solace…

Yes, that’s what they needed.

Peace of mind. And tranquility…serenity

An open door where others have closed. An open heart where others have hardened. An open mind where others had no capacity to understand.

And open ears where others offered neither time nor sympathy for the spiritual storms erupting in their hearts…

For they, these remarkable pioneers of Islam, had—after realizing its veracity, its undeniable truth, and its offer of internal peace—turned to Islam, turned to Allah…

And embraced His Religion…

Yet…

They were turned away and scorned by non-Muslim family and friends…

And by insensitive Muslims….

 

 


Rememberance of Allah

January 28, 2009

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Life, with all of its daily struggles, often drains us of our energy and weakens emotions and faith.  To counteract these effects it is necessary for one to seek guidance and support from our Creator.  Who else is better to help than the one who understands and knows us so intemately?

It was once given as an example during a seminar, that the carpenter who built our table knows best how much weight it can stand, how it is best used, and what will damage it.  Allah is this way with us.  He knows all about us and what we need and when we need it.  It may not seem this way to us when we are wanting to gain sucess in this life, or to be able to purchase new things and can’t, or when we are suffering from an illness or other calamities.

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Many times we are so tied up with what goes on in our daily lives we forget to acknowledge all of the many, many blessings that Allah swt has bestowed upon us.  Do we see the death of a loved one as a tragedy or a reality, and possibly a cloud with a silver lining to it?  If our car is repossessed, we can see it as a hassle and big problem, or think that maybe that car was a lemon and could have caused a deadly accident and Allah in his wisdom is protecting us from that.  We cannot always  understand  the works of God or the way He directs our lives.

Is it not appropriate then that we turn to Him in remembrance, both thankful and with prayers to help guide us, keep us safe and to bless us with what is good?  There is something that we can do daily and that is thikr and supplications (du’a) .  For many of us using a small book called Husn al Muslim is both a reminder of the du’a that the Sahaba and the Prophet pbuh used to say, and a guide for us to memorize from.

For those who do not have access to purchasing the book from a store, here is a site which offers this book in pdf format.  Please visit it and see also what other links may be useful for your needs.

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Mother site: http://www.sultan.org/books/hisnalmuslim.pdf

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New Book out By Umm Zakiyyah

September 11, 2008

  In this novel, we become witnesses to the heart, mind, and life of Renee Morris, the narrator of this reflective tale. Told in three parts, Renee’s first person narrative tells of a stringent childhood in her father’s church and her ultimate submission to the religion of her nature in young adulthood. As Renee embraces Islam wholeheartedly, the spiritual tranquility of her initial conversion begins to wane as she faces the often painful realities of navigating the terrains of the Muslim experience itself.  At times humorous and at times painful, the story touches the reader’s deepest thoughts and incites the familiar questioning of the human soul. 

An Excerpt from 
Realities of Submission
Copyright (c) 2008 by Al-Walaa Publications.  
All Rights Reserved.

 
  

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He doesn’t know this, nor would it inspire in his heart any affinity for my decision, but it is my father who laid the foundation for my acceptance of Islam.  He is the one who taught me about God and the angels and the Day of Judgment.  He told me, us, about the universal message and spirituality of Christ.   And it was he, during his weekly sermons at his church and daily guidance in his home, who insisted that we were Christians in the purest sense of the word, and that it was only this pure, unadulterated understanding of Jesus’ message through which a person found salvation.  It was a dishonoring, a disrespect, he said, to relegate God’s religion to sects, to denominations, as if a person had a right to choose his method of submission, his extent of surrendering to God.

This made my childhood church, and upbringing, unique.  It bore no Baptist, Episcopalian, or Methodist affiliation, nor did it bear the empty Protestant label.  We were Christian, and in that term alone lay the essence of our belief, our existence.  My father’s church, like our religion, was not even Unitarian or non-denominational, nothing a person could fit easily into an ideological box or label.   Christian.  That was the only affiliation my father and his congregation ever used to differentiate themselves from the rest of the world, and from sectarian Christians.

It might be said, and certainly it has been, that my father’s Christianity was his own, of his own making.  Our church followed not only the injunctions of the Bible, but the injunctions of my father.  It wasn’t until years later, after I had already converted to Islam and married, that I came to realize that the rules with which I was brought up, the rules of our church, were not my father’s inventions at all.  They were, rather, a result of my father’s sincere eclectic selection of true righteousness, much of which was borrowed from a host of world religions that he had, most probably, come across during his obtaining his master’s and subsequent doctorate of theology and religious sciences at Harvard University.  Read the rest of this entry »


Book Reviews by Sunni Sisters

August 31, 2008

This site has several book reviews, two of which I have pasted here.  I also recommend these books, and especially find that If I Should Speak is a wonderful way of letting people know about Islam in an unpressured manner. Wonderful writing!

Please visit her website:  http://www.sunnisisters.com

Book: From My Sisters’ Lips by Na’ima B. Robert

Salaam ‘Alaikum

 

Alternate text link: From My Sisters’ Lips

See below for more purchase links.

Although I first read about this book in a newspaper article about a year and a half ago, I didn’t feel any compelling need to pick it up. “Another book about women converting to Islam?” I asked myself. Let’s face it, there are a few of these books out there already, and they often deal with the same matters over and over again. Actually, the last one I read was so negative towards the whole enterprise (the usual Arab and Shari’ah bashing) that I figured I was done with the genre.

Then a friend spoke warmly about this book and sent it to me. I figured since I haven’t reviewed anything in a while, and this is sort of up my alley, as far as the blog and my sites are concerned, I’d review it.

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