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Tips, Links and Suggestions: Islamic Book reading of this Month.

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I’m a fan of reading books compared to reading digital publications . Books not only sketch the right knowledge into our minds but they provide distraction free and calm platform to our enthusiast mind. The reason we should make books as our companion is because we need to incorporate reading into our busy, social media infected, scarcely scheduled daily life. There are just so many distractions,so many satanic traps,so much of idle gossips in the internet, that are powerfully operating to drive us away from the beneficial ilm that it has become an immediate necessity to adopt and promote good reading habit .In sha Allah having a book in hand will greatly help to reap full benefit of the knowledge we want to gain .

As you know that we have started the “#Iqra (Read atleast one Book a Month Recommendation list” ) , Here I present you the best pick for the Month of March 2019 :

 

But before I present you the list and before you run away from here I would like to advice one thing- Habits needs to be developed .If you  do not like to read , If you just someone whose crave of knowledge is fulfilled by watching dramatic you tube videos believe me you will get confused and one day your interest will totally die off . Books are the legacy of Scholars and People who have squeezed all their knowledge and experience in few pages of their book  .They tell you what you want to know and they ensure that you can come back to them for reference and revision in future.

One tip to develop the Book reading habit is to make it a part of daily routine .If you have a busy Schedule ,book your Weekend. Set an alarm if you have to and allocate a time to it .Switch off your wifi /internet .If you need sit with a cup of coffee ,do enjoy your coffee .Remember , lucky are the one whom Allah choose for the study of deen. Ilm is the biggest blessing and We do need time to time motivation to keep us going .

In Interest of readers , I have included some books for Personal development and Developing Leadership (Strategies of Prophet Muhammad SAW  and Biography of Abu bakr Siddique RA) , a book to learn about the Black Muslims as we recently witnessed the  black history month  (Muslim Cool)   , A book recommended  for Children and School Students (The Meaning of the Holy Quran for School children)  and our very own Blessings of Allah Coloring book available as pdf .This is a good coloring book for junior students in which they reflect the blessings of Allah swt and color the accompanying pages .

Links to the books are :

  1. Strategies of Prophet Muhammad by Omar Khayyám, Darussalam

  2. Biography of Abu bakr Siddique RA, Darussalam
  3. Muslim Cool, Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States by Su’ad Abdul Khabeer :Amazon

  4. The Meaning of the Holy Quran for School children,(Read Review)

  5. Blessings of Allah Coloring book

Strategies of Prophet Muhammad by Omar Khayyám, Darussalam : Many demographers calculate that Islam will become’s the world’s largest religion by 2050. This amazing growth trajectory owes a great deal to the strategies pursued by Rasul Allah SAW . Not only did Rasul Allah SAW change the world-view of a society, he practically moulded a nation out of a disparate group of warring tribes such that today, after 1400 years, more than 1.6 billion Muslims now live all over the world and try to follow in his foot-steps in their daily routines.This book is a great read to learn leadership lesson from the life of our dear Prophet SAW.

Biography of Abu bakr Siddique RA, Darussalam From the day he embraced Islam until the day he died, Abu Bakr As-Siddique (Radhi Allahu Anhu – May Allah be Pleased with Him) was the ideal Muslim, surpassing all other Companions in every sphere of life.  Throughout the brief period of his caliphate (about 2 years), Abu Bakr As-Siddiq (R) faced both internal and external challenges; the former mainly involved quelling the apostate factions of Arabia and establishing justice and peace among the citizens of the Muslim nation; and the latter mainly involved expanding the borders of the Muslim nation by spreading the message of Islam to foreign nations and conquering those nations that stood in the way of the propagation of Islam.

Muslim Cool, Race, Religion, and Hip Hop in the United States by Su’ad Abdul Khabeer :Amazon Muslim Cool brilliantly spotlights how Black Muslim youth construct and perform identities that embody indigenous forms of Black cultural production. Equally important, the text shows how these constructions are used to reimagine, reshape, and resist hegemonic and often anti-Black conceptions of Muslim identity. With masterful ethnographic detail, Abdul Khabeer offers a subtle and rich analysis of the complex relationships between race, religion, and state power. This book is a desperately needed intervention within Anthropology, Africana Studies, and Islamic Studies. The central argument of this book is that Muslim Americans cannot escape Black Islam and the interaction between Muslimness and Blackness challenges and reconfigures U.S. racial hierarchies.

The Meaning of the Holy Quran for School children The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an for School Children is a 828 Page Kids Quran which explains the Chapters of Holy quran in a very easy format.Or we can say that it teaches the Kids the Moral of the Chapter. The entire Qur’an is translated into a child’s language level, with pictures and introductions to each surah, and explanations in sidebars of important concepts. Not just the stories of a few prophets, or just a chapter, but the entire Qur’an, 800 plus pages, translated into a child’s level. See some Sample Pages here

Blessings of Allah Coloring bookToday the education system is so degraded that all sort of wrong stuffs is fed into the mind of young kids .A friend of mine showed my the school books of some western country where they had a picture of two Men .One was labelled father and the other Mother . If the children  learn things like this through School ,television and Social media very soon it will become a matter of great concern . If we don’t  teach our children the art of thinking islamically , how we expect them to learn ?For this Reason , I used some Quranic Verses from Surah Rahman and Surah Nahl and made this activity worksheet.   Let your Child fall into remembrance every time he looks at the blessings of Allah around him .You can get this Worksheet as instant download here.

What Books are you Reading ? Feel free to share the books you are reading now .Let us Promote Book reading .Use the hashtag #iqra |Read .Learn. Share|

Abu Mas’ud ‘Uqbah bin’ Amr Al-Ansari Al-Badri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Who guides someone to virtue will be rewarded equivalent to him who practices that good action”. [Muslim] .

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Pakistani Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi,ex aetheist to quit acting for Allah and to Spread Islam.


In a video shared by him on Twitter, Hamza Ali Abbasi spoke about his journey – how he became an atheist when he was 14-15 years old and how science “brought him back” being a theist when he went to the US.

“I want to spend the rest of my life talking about God,” Abbasi said in the video-sharing that his decision is based on 10 years research.

Abbasi, who recently married Naimal Khawar, said that now he will try to shape his life in accordance with Islam and will try to spread across the message through various platforms.

“Being an ‘ex-atheist’, I want to share the answers I have received about God with people. I don’t want to debate or convince people, I just want to share,” he said and added that if he will make any movie or show, then it will be about Islam.

Read –What Allah says to the disbelievers


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Man involved in Babri Masjid demolition now builds mosques to wash away guilt


Do you know that Kar sevak from Haryana who was part of Babri Masjid demolition, now preaches Islam, builds masjids ?He has built 90 Mosque so far.

Aamir, a former Shiv Sena leader from Panipat, Haryana often recalls the fateful day of December 6, 1992, that marked the demolition of Babri Masjid.

Aamir said that along with his friend Mohammed Umar, formerly Yogendra Pal, he had vowed to construct the Sri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya demolishing the masjid. Today, the two are fulfilling their pledge to renovate 100 mosques, in an attempt to purge themselves of their sins.

On December 1, 1992, Aamir reached Ayodhya to join thousands of kar sevaks coming from across the country. On December 6 that year, according to Aamir, he was the first man to climb the middle dome.

“We feared that the army might have been deployed in large number. But on ground there was hardly any security, that gave us a boost and we were mentally prepared to demolish the masjid that day,” said Mohammed Aamir.

Aamir along with many other kar sevaks from Sonipat and Panipat demolished the dome with spades and pickaxes.

“When I reached my home town Panipat after that I was given a hero’s welcome by the people,” Aamir said.

“But at home, my family’s reaction shocked me. My secular family denounced my actions. I had participated in the kar seva because I felt strongly about it, but I realized later that I was wrong.”

Mohammed Aamir, born a Rajput, said, “I realized that I had taken law in my hands and violated the constitution of India. Guilty, I embraced Islam.”

Ref :India Today.


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#Hijabisanidentity- Hijab walk to Stop the discrimination and marginalization of Muslim women and girls.


Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right in the Ghanaian legal system. To be specific Article 21 (c) of the 1992 Constitution states: “All persons shall have the right to freedom to practice any religion and to manifest such practice.”

Unfortunately, most Muslim women and girls living in Ghana have dealt with individuals who exert their biases and bigotry into institutional cultures. Thus, making it impossible for Muslim women to wear the hijab as part of their religious freedoms stipulated in the 1992 constitution.

The #Hijabisanidentity campaign pushes for the right of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab to be free to do so without intimidation from any individual or institution.

Why do Muslim Woman Wear Hijab.

Recently, an invigilator of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) asked a candidate to remove her hijab before sitting her exams. This latest move sparked a recent social media campaign by Islam advocates dubbed: #Hijabisanidentity

They believe the successful campaign which culminated in a massive demonstration in some regions – North, Ashanti and Accra – will help shake up some traditionally-held cultural misconceptions about the female Muslim identity. On Saturday October 12, Ghanaian Muslim women marched for their right to wear the hijab. The #Hijabisanidentity campaign is still on.

Stop policing Women’s bodies!

My hijab, my CHOICE My choice, my right


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Sinéad O’Connor Performs in Hijab.Says : ‘I have been a Muslim all my life and I didn’t realise it’


Dublin: Singer Sinead O’Connor stepped out in a traditional hijab with her son after converting to Islam in October.

The 52-year-old wore a bright red abaya and matching hijab when she appeared on “The Late Late Show” in Dublin on Friday night, reports ” the sun”

Earlier in the day, she arrived at the studio with her son, 15-year-old Shane Lunny, who looks exactly like his mom.

Sinead was dressed more casually in blue trousers, a matching belted shirt, and a navy cardigan. She complete the look with a dark blue headscarf. Shane carried his mother’s red abaya to the venue.

Shane apart, Sinead is also mother to 32-year-old Jake, 23-year-old Roisin and 12-year-old Yeshua.

In October last year, Sinead announced that she had converted to Islam, changing her name to Shuhada Davitt.

Sinéad O’Connor has described how she felt “at home” after reading the Koran and subsequently embracing the Muslim religion.

The singer, who has returned following a five-year hiatus from touring, announced her decision to “revert” to Islam almost a year ago and says she often wears the hijab as a means of signalling her new-found beliefs.

The word ‘revert’ refers to the idea that if you were to study the Koran you would realise that you were a Muslim all your life and you didn’t realise it. That’s what happened to me,” she said on Friday night’s Late Late Show.

“I am 52. I grew up in a very different Ireland to the one that exists now and it was a very oppressed country religiously speaking. And everybody was miserable; nobody was getting any joy in God.

”The singer, who has long captivated audiences with her views on Irish life, spoke about reading the scriptures as a child and later exploring other religious texts “trying to find the truth about God”. She left Islam until last because she held her own prejudices about the religion, she said.

Ref :”The Sun”


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Archeologists finds the World’s Oldest Rural Mosque in Israel


 Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of one of the world’s oldest rural mosques, built around the time Islam arrived in the holy land,

world's oldest rural mosque

The Israel Antiquities Authority estimates that the mosque, uncovered ahead of new construction in the Bedouin town of Rahat in the Negev desert, dates back to the 7th to 8th centuries.

There are large mosques known to be from that period in Jerusalem and in Makkah but it is rare to find a house of prayer so ancient whose congregation is likely to have been local farmers, the antiquities authority said.

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Excavated at the site were the remains of an open-air mosque — a rectangular building, about the size of a single-car garage, with a prayer niche facing south toward Makkah.

“This is one of the earliest mosques known from the beginning of the arrival of Islam in Israel, after the Arab conquest of 636 C.E.,” said Gideon Avni of the antiquities authority.

“The discovery of the village and the mosque in its vicinity are a significant contribution to the study of the history of the country during this turbulent period.”

Source : Arab news


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