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Here are summaries of some books that I have read over the years. Feel free to send your feedback. If you have other books that you would like to share with others please email your summaries, review or comments to themuslimfamily@yahoo.com

 

Hadith Methodology And Literature

This is one of a very few books on hadith available in English. Written by Azami from University of Riyadh. The author intended that this work will eliminate most of the doubts which have been created, deliberately or out of ignorance, by Orientalists and others and would provide basic knowledge of the subject. One would not gain the capacity to criticize the Hadith through reading this book. Part one of this book deals with the subject of Hadith Methodology and in part two deals with the literatures of Hadith. Very valuable work!


The Fundamentals of Tawheed


Written by Bilal Philips, this book is a very easy reading without compromising the clarity and importance of the subject. Topics discussed include; categories of Tawheed, categories of Shirk, Allah's covenant with Adam, Charms and Omens, Fortune telling, Astrology, Magic, Transcendency, Seeing Allah, Saint Worship and Grave Worship. No doubt this is a very important book for all Muslim to read.


Islamic Fatawa Regarding Women


This book is a useful reference book for women especially those who do not have easy access to scholars or knowledgeable people in their area. It mainly contains fatawa from Saudi Arabia's scholars.


'Ulum Al-Qur'an
 
 

An introduction to the Sciences of the Qur'an by Ahmad Von Denffer. I consider this as one of the basic knowledge that is important for all Muslim. Not to become master in it but to just have an idea what the sciences of the Qur'an is all about. The topics covered include; The Qur'an and Revelation, Transmission of the Qur'anic Revelation, The Qur'an in Manuscript and Print, Form, Language and Style, Understanding the Text, Interpreting the Text and Reading and Studying the Qur'an.


Realities of Faith


This book is by Umm Muhammad. A very concise but useful work. The content includes awakening (at-tanbeeh), taking account of the self (al-muhasabah), repentance (at-tawbah), patience (as-sabr), the feeling of alienation (al-ghurbah), supplication (ad-dua) and death (al-maut). A book that you want to read when feeling down.


Raising Children According to the Qur'an and Sunnah


This book is by Faramarz bin Muhammad Rahbar. The content includes; the education of parents first, ideological and intellectual education, psychological education, social and ethical education and sexual & physical education. Even though short this book is full of very useful advise. Useful as guideline for Muslim parents. 


The Noble Qur'an

If you are looking for the best interpretation of the meanings of the Qur'an in English language this is probably it. The original form comes in nine volumes. It includes interpretation by At-Tabari, Al-Qurtubi, and Ibn Kathir whose work in Tafseer are widely acknowledge in the Islamic world. Comments from Sahih Bukhari are also included. Unless you need to do reference the summarized version should be suffice for daily reading. This work was done by Dr. Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din Al-Hilali and Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan from Islamic University, Al-Madina Al-Munawwara.


Sahih Al-Bukhari

The summarized version is a must in your home library. It excludes all repeated hadith that occur in the long version of this hadith collection. This makes reading much easier. In all of hadith collection work this is the only summarized version available. Very valuable for those who seek to know the sunnah of the Prophet. Translation of Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, and Imam Malik's Muwatta are now available online.


Al-Raheeq Al-Makhtum

The Sealed Nectar is  the newest, full of authentic references of the biography of Rasulullah (saw). This is an excellent work. You would not want to miss one word. 


Riyad-us-Saliheen

Garden of the Righteous was compiled by Imam An-Nawawi is a collection of hadith that is a must read for all Muslim. It is an all time reference that can and should be use by the entire family. It is an excellent guidance for the true practice of Rasulullah's (saw) sunnah.


Forty Hadith

Also compiled by Imam An-Nawawi (ra) consists of forty hadith that are very important to the correct understanding of the faith and practices of Islam. This is also a must read for all Muslim and should be in your home library. Jamaal Zarabozo has come up with a book that explain each of these hadith in greater detail. I have not have the chance to read this book but judging from his previous work this could be an excellent book if one want to truly understand the 40 hadith.


Forty Hadith Qudsi

Hadith Qudsi are actual Word of Allah that were transmitted to Rasulullah (saw) but are not part of the Qur'an. You wouldn't want to miss these book of Imam An-Nawawi. It contains some very nice hadith which helps one to understand some important aspects of Islam.


All of the books below by Shaikh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid are available online. If you would like to submit question to Sheikh Munajjid or read answers to others questions, please click on his name.

The Muslim Home - 40 recommendations

Dealing with Worries and Stress 

33 Ways of Developing Khushu' in Salah

The Prophet's Method for Correcting People's Mistakes

Prohibitions that are taken too lightly

Weakness of Faith

Disallowed Matters

Means of Steadfastness: Standing Firm in Islam

I Want to Repent but......

Problems and Solutions

What You Should Do in the Following Situations

70 Matters Related to Fasting

 

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