For those of you that are interested in developing your understanding of Islam in the context of other world religions (hopefully that’s all of you), here are some recommendations for you:
- The Glorious Qur’an – we would be unable to mention any books ahead of the book of Allah. Whether you’re reading a translation or the Arabic, the book of Allah is essential to you becoming a more intellectual and effective Muslim without doubt. We highly recommend reading even a few pages every day.
The Messenger (ﷺ) said,
“Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah is the most regular and constant even if it were little.”
- The Sealed Nectar – A complete authoritative book on the life of Prophet Muhammad ( ﷺ) by Sheikh Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarkpuri. A prestigious and well-known biography through the Muslim world; this was honoured by the World Muslim League as the first prize winner book. If you’re looking to know of the complete life of the Prophet (ﷺ), this is a must read.
- The Forty Hadith of al-Imam an-Nawawi – for a beginner, this is highly useful. This includes a small collection of Hadith (expressions and sayings) of the Prophet ﷺ which covers valuable information and advice for any Muslim to be mindful of. Beginning with Hadith on purifying our intentions, the forty Hadith helps to simplify Islam (which Muslims can overcomplicate at times.)
- The Divine Reality – a thorough look at the absurdity of Atheism and the rationality of Islam, Greek Revert, Hamza Tzortzis does a fine job in this contemporary book. If you’re looking to rationally explain Islam and the belief for Theism, this is highly recommended.
- God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? – this may be a slightly trickier read but detailed at looking at how science leads to God, not taking you away from God. John Lennox covers many of the irrational views of the New Atheists and their deceptive ideas roaming the world today.
- Kalaam Cosmological Arguments – Mohammad Hijab covers many of the medieval and contemporary views from a variety of scholars, with some of the strongest arguments for God in history.
What other books are essential for a Muslim? Comment and let us know!