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.
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…
Yes, that’s what they needed.
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…
They were turned away and scorned by non-Muslim family and friends…
And by insensitive Muslims….
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.
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.
Mother site: http://www.sultan.org/books/hisnalmuslim.pdf
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
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.