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Characteristics of the Hypocrites€10.99
Hypocrisy is a deep-rooted and all-pervading spiritual disease. A person’s heart could be overflowing with it yet be oblivious of it due to its hidden and subtle nature; frequently it leads a person to think they are acting rightly when in reality he is spreading corruption. It is of two types: major and minor; majority hypocrisy leads to eternal punishment in the lowest depths of Hell; it is to outwardly display faith in Allah, His Angles, His Books, His Messengers, and the last Day whereas inwardly one is devoid of such belief, indeed disbelieving in it. They do not believe that Allah spoke to a man amongst men whom He appointed to be Messenger: guiding them by His permission and warning them of His punishments. In the Qur’an, Allah has revealed the intrigues of the hypocrites, He has unveiled their belief, 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 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. By Allah! How many strongholds of Islam have they destroyed; how many fortresses have they rendered to ruin; how many signposts of Islam have they effected; how many raised flags have they lowered; and how many seeds of doubt have they attempted to sow in order to uproot the religion! The author, Imam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (d. 751H), was one of the most prolific scholars of Islam. He studied under Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah for sixteen years and accompanied him up and till his death; learning a great deal of knowledge from him. He authored over sixty works, covering a multitude of Islamic sciences; his writings are characterised by their touching address to the heart and soul. He was deeply religious and very pious.
My Enemies, I Thank You By Dr. Salman Al-Oadah€11.99Fostering enmity is the meanest of all human activities. Unfortunately, creating enmity between people requires nothing more than a good helping of stupidity served up with poor judgment and a disregard for people’s feelings. With these ingredients, you can soon find yourself surrounded by a host of people wrangling, cursing, and hating each other.Experience has taught me the wisdom of exercising patience with those who argue with me, showing them courtesy and applying the remedy prescribed in the Qur’an: to respond with what is better.“Repel (evil) with what is best. Then the person between whom and you there had been enmity will become as if he were a dear friend.” – [Surah Fussilat: 34]I have also learned from experience not to begrudge those who have resolved themselves to hate me. Such people are a part of life. In Allah’s wisdom, they are the price one has to pay for success and for engaging in any productive activity in this world.But I say: My enemies, I thank you.It is you who have taught me how to listen to criticism – even hurtful criticism – without becoming embarrassed. You have taught me how to go forward without hesitation, even after hearing the most degrading of insults and discouragements.This is an extremely important lesson in life that cannot be learned from a book. It can only be learned through the experiences Allah causes us to endure. At first, it stings bitterly, but a person must learn to deal with it.My enemies, I thank you.You have made me more self-reliant. You have taught me not to be taken in by flattery. You have put both praise and censure into perspective and given me a balanced view. Because of you, I do not fall victim to the excessive praise of flatterers, or become vain due to the over-eagerness of those who see in me more than my true merit and cannot see my faults. Such people are your opposite, since you only see my faults and regard even my good qualities as bad.About The AuthorSalman bin Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Oadah or Salman al-Oadah (born 1955 or 1956) is a Saudi cleric or Sheikh and Muslim scholar. Al-Ouda is a member of the International Union for Muslim Scholars and on its Board of Trustees. He is a director of the Arabic edition of the website Islam Today appears on a number of TV shows and authors newspaper articles. He completed a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Islamic jurisprudence at Imam Muhammad bin Sa’ud University. Incarcerated for five years for inciting opposition to the Saudi government, al-Ouda emerged again “rehabilitated” in 1999 to become one of the kingdom’s most prominent religious spokespersons. Salman al-Oadah was imprisoned for anti-government activities in 1994. He was against US-led coalition war against Iraq.He committed to memory a number of short treatises on various subjects. Among these were:– Al-`Usûl al-Thalâthah, al-Qawâ`id al-Arba`ah, Kitâb al-Tawhîd, and al-`Aqîdah al-Wâsitiyyah, all of which pertain to Islamic beliefs– Matn al-Ajurrûmiyyah in Arabic grammar, which he memorized and then taught to his young pupils in the mosque.Among the roughly fifty books that he has published are:
- The First Strangers,
- Characteristics of the Strangers,
- Withdrawing from Society and Participating in It’,
- A Discussion with Sheikh Muhammad al-Ghazâlî,
- Who has the Right to Engage in Independent Juristic Reasoning?
- Guidelines for Studying Islamic Law.
Allah Loves… By Omar Suleman (Who & What Allah Loves)€13.50
30 Short and Spiritually Enriching Chapters
Reminders Throughout Our Lives
About The Book
In Allah Loves… Omar Suleiman explores who and what Allah loves so that we may become one of those who are beloved to Him.
The Prophet Muhammad said that one of the supplications of Prophet Dawud was, “O Allah I ask You for Your love and the love of those that love You and all of those actions that would bring me closer to being loved by you.”
Looking at our actions, characteristics, and beliefs, this book will help us become better people, citizens, and believers that are deserving of Allah’s endless, infinite and everlasting love.
Made up of 30 short and spiritually enriching chapters, this book is a reminder that throughout our lives, the Creator’s love is always there, increasing through everyday actions such as showing generosity or remaining consistent with unnoticeable good deeds.
- Angelic praise
- Sincere supplication
- Those who are trying
- Tears and traces
- The beneficial people
- Healthy pride
- Humility without disgrace
- Forbearance and Deliberation
- Due Diligence
- Punctual Prayers
- The mosque
- Your mother
- The unnoticed
- Generosity in Trade
- Those who follow the prophet
- Acceptance of his gifts
About The Author
Shaykh Omar Suleiman is the young evergreen scholar with a big smile. Born and raised in Louisiana, he has a unique way of relating to a western audience through his character and has gained the love of people of all ages and backgrounds.
He is the Founder and President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research, and an Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at SMU (Southern Methodist University). He is also the Resident Scholar at Valley Ranch Islamic Center and Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square. He holds a Bachelors in Accounting, a Bachelors’ in Islamic Law, a Masters in Islamic Finance, a Masters in Political History, and is currently pursuing a PhD. in Islamic Thought and Civilization from the International Islamic University of Malaysia.
Don’t Be Sad By Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni (HB)€24.50
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).
About The Author
Dr. shaykh Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni (also spelt al-Qarnee), born in Saudi Arabia. He is an Islamic Scholar and respected author and activist.
He is most well known for his self-help book ‘Don’t Be Sad’ which is seen as the number one in its field within Islamic literature and although written by a Muslim for Muslims it is praised as being ideal for non-Muslims alike.
Enjoy Your Life€23.50
Enjoy Your Life: The Art of Interpersonal Relations as Exemplified in The Prophet’s Biography is a comprehensive guide towards improving interpersonal skills and hence, enjoying life. The author, Dr Muhammad ‘Abdur-Rahmân al-‘Areefi (Al Arifi), writes: An enjoyable life entails learning and practising multiple skills; the few who truly apply them savour the success that comes with it. Of course, atop the list of the successful is the chief of humanity, Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him). His entire life was an ocean of pearls that I have scattered throughout the pages of this book. Enjoy Your Life! is not the product of an effort of a month or a year. Rather, it has resulted from the research that I devoted myself to for twenty years. I inscribed it with my tears, pouring my soul and squeezing my memories into it. I penned down various incidents involving the joy of our eyes – our first teacher, Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him). I highlighted his exceptional talents; his skills in dealing with people and enjoying his life. Enjoy Your Life! contains personal memories, real-life experiences, and incidents that I have publicised for the first time – praying that Allah, the Exalted, makes them a source of benefit for you. Enjoy Your Life! contains words that are straight from my heart, hoping to find a place in yours. It is the dearest and most beloved of my books. I ask Allah, the Exalted, to benefit others with it, make this effort solely for His sake, and amply reward all those who have contributed to spreading it. This book was translated into English for our readers by Mohammad Elshinawy
Pearls of Luqman€6.50
This book is a comprehensive commentary of Surah Luqman, written beautifully by Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islām. It offers the reader with an enquiring mind, abundance of advice, guidance, counselling and wisdom. The reader will be enlightened by many wonderful topics and anecdotes mentioned in this book, which will create a greater understanding of the Holy Qur’an and its wisdom. The book highlights some of the wise sayings and words of advice Luqman gave to his son.
Sharing Eden: Green Teachings From Jews, Christians And Muslims€6.99
Sharing Eden sets out to show how respect for the environment is at the heart of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths. Today’s environmental concerns can trace their heritage through scriptures, teachings and actions known to generations across the centuries. The millions of followers of the Abrahamic faiths have the potential to turn their common environmental awareness into a worldwide force for the future of the planet they share with all people of faith and of none. Combining a lightness of touch with some of the most beautiful and enlightening texts from the Abrahamic scriptures, Sharing Eden is just a beginning.”Finding common ground between Christianity, Islam and Judaism is a critical priority for the whole world and nowhere is that common ground more evident or inspiring than on environmental issues.” Jonathon Porritt. Harfiyah Haleem is the editor of a collection of essays on Islam and the Environment, co-editor of The Muslim Green Guide to Reducing Climate Change and treasurer to the trustees of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES). She works with people of all ages, giving talks and workshops to schools, universities and young peoples groups, contributing to sustainability projects and is currently working on How Green is Your Deen? an Islam TV Channel series for teenagers. Natan Levy is the Rabbi of Shenley United Jewish Community. He is the Rabbinical Expert for the London School of Jewish Studies’ Responsibility Unit and in 2009 was appointed as the Environmental Liaison to the Chief Rabbis Office. Born and educated in America, he is passionately concerned with issues of environmental justice and global morality.
David Shreeve is the Director of The Conservation Foundation which he co-founded in 1982. He is also the Environmental Adviser to the Archbishop’s Council of the Church of England and co-author of How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change a Christian? and Don’t Stop at the Lights. He was awarded a Lambeth Degree in 2003 in recognition of his influence in helping the Church’s understanding of environmental issues.