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My Reading List – Part 10: Lost Islamic History

This book was written by Firas Al Khateeb. This is a great book as an introduction to the history of Islamic expansion, empires and their fall later on. There are thousands of history books written on each of the subtopics... Continue Reading →

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My Reading List – Part 9: ‘Umar ibn Al Khattab, His Life & Times (Volume 1)

The most appropriate description for Saidina Umar Al Khattab RA is: phenomenal. From Sahih Al Bukhari: According to Sheikh Yasir Qadhi, the Arabic word 'abqary means phenomenal, extraordinary. As we learn more about this man, and compare to any other... Continue Reading →

My Reading List – Part 8: Revive Your Heart

I first saw this book on Dakwah Corner Bookstore's Facebook Page. Couldn't get my hands on it until a few months after that. I did not know what the book was about, but since it was by brother Nouman, I... Continue Reading →

My Reading List – Part 7: The Travels of Ibn Battutah

Wow. What shall I say? Number one - I wish I have read this in Arabic. No, I couldn't read Arabic yet. But if I could, I would. Because I don't think any translation is ever as good as the... Continue Reading →

People First

"How can I be concerned for the people if I do not suffer what they suffer?" said Umar Al Khattab RA. This is a book about Umar Al Khattab, one of Islam's greatest leader after the death of Prophet Muhammad... Continue Reading →

Responsible Opinion – An Excerpt from Umar Ibn Al Khattab: His Life and Times

"Umar learned from the Messenger of Allah (SAW) how to respect honest opposition; hence we see that during his caliphate he encouraged the Sahabah to voice sound opinions that served the public interest. Freedom of opinion is guaranteed in the... Continue Reading →

My Reading List – Part 6

1. The Zahir by Paulo CoelhoThis is the story of a man whose wife has disappeared. Her disappearance forced him to look back at their relationship and his relationship to others around him, to examine his past and his own... Continue Reading →

My Reading List – Part 5: Al Muhaddithat: The Women Scholars of Islam

This book is a simple summary of volumes upon volumes of books written about the female scholars in the first century after the hijrah of Prophet Muhammad SAW to Madinah. These scholars specialise on teaching the hadith of Prophet Muhammad... Continue Reading →

My Reading List – Part 4b: Lessons from Soe Hok Gie, Catatan Seorang Demonstran

These are amongst the lessons that I have learnt from Catatan Seorang Demonstran. Of course, these are basic teachings in Islam, but seeing the proofs would make us more driven to follow the teachings more closely and to call others... Continue Reading →

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