Thank you to Kube Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love listening to Imam Omar Suleiman’s lectures and have attended some of his courses when he has come to London so I was really excited when I heard that Kube Publishing were releasing a book written by him! This book is developed from his Ramadan lecture series and I absolutely loved it!
Synopsis from Goodreads:
This inspirational collection of prayers and reminders is the perfect companion for anyone who wishes to connect to the Divine. Shaykh Omar Suleiman provides us with thirty short prayers taken from the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and the early generations, each with a short reminder to deepen the impact of the prayer in our lives.
Prayers of the Pious provides spiritual gems that serve as valuable wisdom and practical advice for the soul. By reading this short work with an attentive heart, the reader can cultivate love for God and His Messenger and live life with gratitude and contentment.
This book has thirty duas from both well known companions and those early generations of Muslims and some that I have never heard of before, I really loved the variety. It was so amazing to read about these people who had such a beautiful connection with Allah and how their duas have been forever remembered by so many people for over a thousand years.
The duas are written in Arabic, there is also the transliteration and the translation in English. I found this really helpful as although I can read Arabic I can’t understand what it says and the transliteration means I can make sure I read the duas correctly. This really helped me to engage with the duas and be able to even memorise them to be able to read them myself.
There are so many beautiful duas in this book that it’s hard to choose which is my favourite. Every single dua included is one to gain closeness to Allah and was perfect to read in Ramadan. Each dua is touching and thought provoking and you can tell it comes from a place of humility and sincerity, which makes the duas even more beautiful.
Omar Suleiman gives the context of each dua, when it was said and why each person made that dua. He then he explains the dua and how we can implement them in our lives. How we can benefit from them so he makes it really relatable to us. I love that he made it relatable as we often hear about these amazing Muslims and feel as though we can never achieve their greatness and it can make people feel as though they aren’t good enough and he shows us that we can be just like them.
Another thing I loved about this book is at the end there is a section where you can write your own duas and there are even prompts to help you write them.
This book is full of inspiring and uplifting gems. It’s a book that you can benefit from time and time again and I know that I will be coming back to these and reading them again. Just reading them gave me a sense of closeness to Allah and I highly recommend you all read this book.