Here are some books that we have found to be inspirational, educational and full of wisdom. Some books can be downloaded free of charge – for those, we have included the link to download the eBook.
We hope you will derive benefit from them inshallah.
Mukhtasar Minhaj al-Qasideen: Towards The Hereafter, by Ibn Qudama Al-Maqdisi
This book is a summarized and authenticated version of the masterpiece of Imam Al-Ghazali, ‘Ihya Ulum Al-Din’, by two renowned classical scholars: first Ibn Al-Jawzi and then Ibn Qudamah Al-Maqdisi. The work has taken the important points and objectives from ‘Minhaj Al-Qasidin’ of Ibn Al-Jawzi which is a summary of the Magnus Opus of Imam Al-Ghazali ‘Ihya Ulum Al-Din’. The Four Chapters of this Book are: 1) Acts of Worship, 2) Customs, 3) Destructive Flaws, and 4) Means of Salvation.
You can download the eBook, Muktasar Minhaj Al-Qasidin: Towards the Hereafter, here.
Purification of the Heart: Signs, Symptoms and Cures of the Spiritual Disease of the Heart, by Hamza Yusuf
This exploration of Islamic spirituality delves into the psychological diseases and cures of the heart. Diseases examined include miserliness, envy, hatred, treachery, rancor, malice, ostentation, arrogance, covetousness, lust, and other afflictions that assail people and often control them. The causes and practical cures of these diseases are discussed, offering a penetrating glimpse into how Islam deals with spiritual and psychological problems and demonstrating how all people can benefit from these teachings.
You can download the eBook, Purification of the Heart, here.
Western Muslims and the Future of Islam, by Professor Tariq Ramadan
As the number of Muslims living in the West grows, the question of what it means to be a Western Muslim becomes increasingly important to the futures of both Islam and the West. While the media are focused on radical Islam, Ramadan claims, a silent revolution is sweeping Islamic communities in the West, as Muslims actively seek ways to live in harmony with their faith within a Western context. French, English, German, and American Muslims–women as well as men–are reshaping their religion into one that is faithful to the principles of Islam, dressed in European and American cultures, and definitively rooted in Western societies.
You can download the eBook, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam, here.
Dua: The Weapon of The Believer, by Abu Ammar
In this book, the author elaborates on the status, importance and etiquette of dua’ in Islam. In the most comprehensive work yet to be written in English on the topic, the author discusses, amongst other matters: the excellence and benefits of du’a; the types of du’a; the pre-conditions that are needed in order for a du’a to be accepted; the recommended etiquette of performing du’a; the timings and situations in which a du’a is more likely to be answered; the various factors that aid or prevent a du’a from being accepted; the relationship of du’a with the Divine Decree (qadr); the wisdom behind a delayed response, and many other relevant topics.
You can download the eBook, Dua: The Weapon of the Believer, here.
Enjoy Your Life, by Dr. Muhammad Adb Al-Rahman Al-Arifi
This is an exquisite collection of incidents from the life of the Prophet (S), stories from our Islamic Heritage, and thought-provoking anecdotes from the life of the author. The aim of the book is to train the reader to enjoy living his life by practicing various self-development and inter-personal skills. What is so compelling and inspiring about this book is that, in order to highlight the benefit of using social skills, the author draws from the lives of the Prophet (S) and his Companions. This book is both a practical systematic guide to self-improvement and a treasure trove of historical incidents. It increases self-awareness, whilst nurturing the soul and strengthening the spirit. The book’s author is a prominent figure in the field of Islamic Da’wah and has authored more than twenty published works.
You can download the eBook, Enjoy Your life, here.
Don’t Be Sad, by Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni
At a time in which the Muslims are beset with trials from every periphery and within, comes this heartening book rooted in the commandments of Allah (swt), the Sunnah and the excellent guidance and examples of the Muslims that have come before us. Don’t Be Sad is an absolute must-read for all people. It is full of practical advice on how to replace sadness with a pragmatic and ultimately satisfying Islamic outlook on life. It exposes to the modern reader how Islam teaches us to deal with the tests and tribulations of this world.
So, take heart and hold firmly onto the rope of Allah (swt).
You can download the eBook, Don’t Be Sad, here.
The Spiritual Cure, prepared and translated by Abu-Rumaysah
This book is an explanation to surah Al Fatihah and contains a summary of numerous classical commentaries of the Quran. The underlying theme of Al Fatihah is one of contemplation and serenity; pondering the Names and Attributes of Allah, pondering the creation and acknowledging that He alone deserves praise and worship, that He alone should be asked for help, that He alone should be feared and hoped in that He alone should be invoked that there is indeed a Day of Judgement and that guidance has come to us and we are required to follow it. It calls us to carefully scrutinise our relationship with our Lord: are we living according to the dictates of ‘none has the right to be worshiped save of Allah’ or not? This opening chapter, despite its brevity, calls man to fulfill the rights of Tawhid, the right that Allah has over us to worship Him alone without any partners, in thirty places. This chapter summarises succinctly the message of the whole Quran.
You can download the eBook, The Spiritual Cure, here.
Milestones, by Sayyid Qutb
Few thinkers have had such an influence on the contemporary Islamic thought as ash-shaheed Sayyid Qutb. Since his execution in 1964 in Cairo, his death became the perfect illustration of one of the processes through which a human being becomes part of the revolutionary movement aimed at changing the world and bringing in a new ethical moral order based on freedom, brotherhood, and justice for all.
Islam stands for change. It seeks to change the individual and the society. This change covers every aspect of human life: form personal morality to business economics and politics. It is only natural that Islam should be fought by those who want to keep the status quo. This is the way it has always been throughout history: Adam to Nuh, Ibrahrim, Musa, Isa, and Muahmmad (peace be upon them). It will happen to anyone who wants to stand up and proclaim the true message of Islam to the world.
You can download the eBook, Milestones: Special Edition, here.
Fortress of the Muslim (Hisnul-Muslim), by Said bin Ali bin Wahaf Al-Qahtani
This is a very beautiful booklet consisting of many authentic Dua’s (supplications) for a Muslim to supplicate on a daily basis and on special occasions. This book is an abridgment of the author’s earlier work entitled, Adh-Dhikr wad-Du’a wal-‘llaj bir-Ruqyah mina’-Kitab was-Sunnah. In order to make it small and easily portable, the author chose only the section on words of remembrance for this abridgment. To achieve this, the author only mentioned the text of the words of remembrance instead of the entire Hadith. Whoever would like to know about the Companion who related a particular Hadith, or more information about where it is recorded, should refer to the original work (mentioned above).
You can download the eBook, Hisn Ul Muslim, here.
Dealing with Lust and Greed, by Abd al-Hamid Kishk
According to the teachings of Al-Islam, the desires and appetites play a vital part in the makeup of every human being; they cannot be ignored. The children of Adam, unlike the angels, face the challenge in this life of mastering these forces within us. If we fail to do so, then we become the servants of our appetites and thus fall below the level of the animal kingdom. This book discusses lust and greed and how to overcome our base desires.
You can download the eBook, Dealing with Lust and Greed, here.
Characteristics of the Hypocrites, by Ibn Qayyim
In the Qur’an, Allah has revealed the machinations of the hypocrites, He has unveiled their beliefs, their qualities, and made their goals clear so that the believers can be aware of them. He divided mankind into three groups in the beginning of Surah al-Baqarah: the believer, the disbeliever, and the hypocrite. He mentioned four verses concerning the believers, two verses concerning the disbelievers, and thirteen verses concerning the hypocrites due to their plenitude and the great harm and tribulation they bring to Islam and the Muslims. The harm they cause to Islam is truly severe for they claim to be Muslims, they claim to aid and support Islam, whereas in reality they are its enemies seeking to destroy it from within, covertly spreading their corruption and ignorance such that the unwary thinks that what they are upon is knowledge and right action.
You can download the eBook, Characteristics of the Hypocrites, here.
Ibn Seerin’s Dictionary of Dreams According to Islamic Inner Traditions, by Muhammad M. AL-Akili
The dream dictionary presented here is based on the work of Muhammad Ibn Sirin, a specialist in the field of dream interpretation in regards to the traditions of Islam. Muhammad Ibn Sirin was born in 654 and died at the age of 77. He was a very pious Muslim. He belonged to the tabighins, formed by the kufit school. However, in today’s world, he is more know for his expertise in giving the meaning of dreams.
You can download the eBook, Ibn Seerin’s Dictionary of Dreams, here.
The Messenger: The Meanings of the Life of Muhammad, by Tariq Ramadan
The Messenger, by Tariq Ramadan, is a great book. It is a biography of the Prophet Muhammad PBUH but he draws out key lessons and principles from the different situations and tribulations the Prophet PBUH went though.
You can buy the book via Amazon.
The Grave: Punishments and Blessings, by Husayn al-Awayishah
Question abound about what happens after death. In western societies, in particular, there is a great deal of speculation on these matters. Muslims, however, have answers to these questions. Islam tells us what we can expect when we have finally made our exit from this world; we are also given ample guidance as to how we may best prepare ourselves and earn the rewards of Paradise in the Hereafter. In this book the author outlines the Islamic teaching on death and the grave. Essential reading for any Muslim who wants to know more about the topic from the authentic sources of Islam.
You can download the eBook, Grave: Punishment and Blessings, here.
Allah’s Miracles in the Quran, by Harun Yahya
The Qur’an-which was revealed at a time when people knew very little about astronomy, physics, or biology, and contains key facts on a variety of subjects all of which point to the fact that it is revealed by Allah. Some of the subjects explained and dealt with in the Qur’an are: the creation of the universe, the creation and miraculous development of the human being from miniscule embryo to grown adult, the structure of the atmosphere in which we live and the delicate balances that make life on Earth possible. In order to understand some of these points more fully, Harun Yahya looks at some of these scientific miracles revealed in the Qur’an.
You can download the eBook, Allah’s Miracles in the Quran, here.
The Etiquette of a Muslim on Friday, by Abu Ibrahim Majid Ali Hasan
Many people are unaware of what the etiquette of a Muslim on Friday should be and most are unaware of its significance. Most do not consider the Friday Prayer as obligatory, hence they miss it intentionally. Many people do not realize the significance of the Friday Prayer and its sermon, and they come to the mosque according to their own wishes and desire. Most of them are unaware of what is required from a Muslim before or after the Friday Prayer. This book addresses how a Muslim should behave before, during and after the Friday Prayer according to the Sunnah and Quran.
You can download the eBook, The Etiquette of a Muslim on Friday, here.