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"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 →

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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 →

My Reading List – Part 4a: Soe Hok Gie, Catatan Seorang Demonstran

This is not a novel, and not a biography. This book is a compilation of his diary entries which began on 4th March 1957, when he was 15, and ended with an entry dated 8th December 1969, just 8 days... Continue Reading →

The Roadside Booksellers of Jakarta

I did not go to Jakarta to shop, but I thought, if I were to buy anything, I would buy a few books by Hamka, Soe Hok Gie or Chairil Anwar. I absolutely love Hamka, I fell in love with... Continue Reading →

My Reading List – Part 3

1. Jakarta: 25 Excursions by Andrew Whitmarsh and Melanie Wood I found this book while planning for my weekend trip to Jakarta. I wanted to travel with my little sister, so we only have weekends free. I searched the net... Continue Reading →

My Reading List – Part 2

1. Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern This is a story about a beautiful yet mysterious young woman who lives alone in the hills near Cork, with a special talent of mimicry matching that of a lyrebird. The story moves with the... Continue Reading →

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