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LEISURE GUIDE - Part 1 (Top Book Reviews)

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1. The Forty Ahaadeeth on Islamic Revival by Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick

As the new millennium dawns, Muslims are faced with ever increasing challenges. Islamic solutions based on original, authentic Islamic sources are sought after. He brings a fresh, progressive Islamic approach to the well-renowned 40 Hadith applying this to the context of the modern Muslim world. Sheikh Abdullah Hakim has studied at the Islamic University of Medina and  holds a PhD on the History of Islam in Africa at the University of Toronto, Canada. He has served as Imam, teacher and counsellor in the USA, Canada and the West Indies. He contributed to the religious page of Canada’s leading newspaper for three years. Currently, he is the Director of the Da’wah Department of the Muslim Judicial Council. He has written numerous articles and publications – more information can be accessed on http://www.hakimquick.com/biblio.htm.(Available from Discover Islam Centre, Lansdowne Road)

 

2. The Mosques of the Bo-Kaap by Dr Achmat Davids
Dr Achmat Davids makes a momentous contribution to the history of the Muslim minorities of the world through this book.  The unique social history of Islam is presented through the study of the mosques of the Bo-Kaap in the Cape in the 13th century of Islam. It has been projected by the author with exceptional insight, penetrating vision and decisive analytical judgment.  This book revives the blessed memories of the founders of Islamic culture and civilization in this country.
(Available from The Boorhaanol Centre, 26 Pentz Street, Bo-Kaap)

3. The History of the TANA BARU by Dr Achmat Davids

The Tana Baru Cemetery, situated at the top end of Longmarket Street, is probably the oldest existing Muslim Cemetery in South Africa.  It was already in use in 1772, long before religious freedom was allowed in this country.  Here lies buried the pioneers of Islam in this country.  Men and women who under severe conditions struggled to establish Islam in South Africa.  This book deals with some of their histories and also the social life of the Cape Muslims during the 19th Century.  The proceeds derived from this book will be used to restore the Tana Baru as a National Monument for the Muslims of South Africa.  The Committee for the Preservation of the Tana Baru, sincerely appreciates the magnanimous gesture of the author for ceding  royalties to this cause. (Available from the Boorhaanol Centre, 26 Pentz Street, Bo-Kaap)

4. Towards Understanding Islam by Sayyid Abul A’la Mawdudi
The Muslim World, after attaining political independence, is now engaged in an ideological effort to rediscover its cultural personality.  By drawing upon its own spiritual and historical sources it is trying to develop new attitudes and roles for restructuring its own society and for the establishment of a new world order.  This new resilience in the Muslim World symbolizes the revivalist movement of Islam.  Islam suggests that it is only through summoning mankind towards a new vision of man and society that its house can be set in order.  But the starting point must be the hearts and souls of men and women, their perception of reality and their own place and mission in life. Sayyid Abul A’la Mawdudi, was one of the chief architects of the contemporary Islamic resurgence and the most outstanding Islamic thinker and writer of his time.  He devoted his entire life to expounding the meaning and message of Islam.  In 1941, he founded the Jammat-e-Islaami.  He authored more than 100 works on Islam, both scholarly and popular, and his writings have been translated into more than 50 languages.  He died in 1979 after a lifetime of writing, struggling and working for Islam.  He was awarded world prestigious ”King Faisal Award” for outstanding services to Islam.
(Available at Islamic bookshops)

5. Good Muslim Bad Muslim by Mahmood Mamdani
Mahmood Mamdani a political scientist and anthropologist, who is Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University, looks at the rise of political Islam.  In his book titled Good Muslim, Bad Muslim he brings his expertise and insight on a question that has been asked since September 11, 2001: how did this happen?
(Available at Islamic bookshops)

6. I am a Muslim by Sheikh Abubaker Najaar
This book written by Sheikh Abubaker Najaar was originally published in two parts; the first part in 1962 and the second in 1978 culminating in a final combined edition in 1994. Over the years this has become a textbook in many Madaris all over the world.  The success of this text can be attributed to the comprehensive, unambiguous, logical presentation and illustration of basic Islamic principles. (Available at Islamic bookshops)

7. The Honour of Women in Islam by Prof Yusuf Da Costa
This book written by Prof Yusuf Da Costa candidly explains the status of women during the Pre-Islamic times in Arabia and during the era of Christianity.   It depicts the life of several remarkable female figures in Islamic History including Mary mother of Jesus and Hagar hand-maiden to Sarah.  When reading about their challenges, patience and perseverance in adversity - one is amazed at the piety and strength of these women. One feels extreme gratitude for the love, mercy and honour bestowed by Allah (swt) on humankind. (Available at An-Nisa and Top Boutique)

The Message – The Story of Islam

This is perhaps the single greatest motion picture ever made dealing with Islam.It is set in 7th century in Mecca, where powerful leaders are in conflict with the Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) who attacks their way of life and the injustice it produces. After seeing a vision of the Angel Gabriel, the Messenger calls the people of Mecca to cast aside the 300 idols of the Kaaba and worship only one God. Despite bitter opposition from the leaders of Mecca, the Prophet and his faithful followers meet secretly to listen to the revelations of the word of God. The leaders respond with persecution, forcing the Muslims to leave Mecca and take sanctuary in Medina. After a revelation from God, the Prophet agrees to take up arms against the pagans and battled until justice reigned. The idols of the Kaaba were destroyed and the holy place was dedicated to the worship of one God. The Message is a large-scale  epic of the old school – it took three years to make, and has a cast of thousands. In accordance with the precepts of Islam, there is no visual or audible representation of Mohammad. Akkad gets round this prohibition by subjective camera, or by having Mohammad just off screen, and using a narrator to fill some gaps in the storyline. This is a spectacular epic of Islam which is produced and directed by Moustapha Akkad. (Available at Top Boutique)

Lion of the Desert
Lion of the Desert is a movie depicting Omar Mukhtar, the leader of the Muslim resistance in North Africa in the 1920s and 30s, against the imperialism of Mussolini and the Italian army. The Muslims led by Mukhtar maintained their resistance and refused to be conquered. It is a true story about an Arab Muslim hero who fought against Italy’s occupation of Libya with great bravery and intelligence. This movie is the historically accurate story about the Libyan resistance leader, Omar Mukhtar, played by Anthony Quinn who led the Libyan resistance against the Italian oppressors from during the reign of Mussolini. This fine, lavish production spares with its immense caste and beautiful scenery spares no expense in portraying the authenticity of the period. The director Mr Akkad must once again be commended for this amazing achievement.

The Spiritual Dimension of Hajj by Sheikh Abduragmaan Alexander
This step by step guide to perform your Hajj is visually well conveyed in 6 parts.  Sheikh Abduragman has also created The Journey of Umrah, which is available in 1 part.

How to Perform Salaah
This is a basic guide for young Muslims and reverts. It could also serve as a refresher course for adults.  The presentation details the sequence of wudhu and its requirements, and includes a comprehensive demonstration of the postures, nieyahs and duahs for the sunnah and fard salaah.

If the Label Shows your Intent, Wear It
Dr. Zakir Naik, a medical doctor,  is renowned as a dynamic international orator on Islam and Comparative Religion.  The question and answer sessions are indeed laudable. He clarifies Islamic viewpoints and clears misconceptions about Islam, effortlessly quoting the Quran and authentic Hadith.  He knows every Surat and Ayat number from the Quran and Hadith. He has also memorized several Holy Books including the Bible, the Talmud and the Torah (the Jewish scriptures), the Mahabharata and the Bhagwat Gita (the Hindu holy books). His responses are always very convincing as they are supplied in conjunction with reason, logic and scientific facts. He has mastered hundred and thousands of pages from different books and has the knowledge of scientific and mathematical facts and theories at his fingertips.

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