Books by Muslim Authors, Diverse Books, Muslim Shelf Space, Non Fiction Books, Ramadan Readathon

Allah Loves by Omar Suleiman – Book Review

Thank you to Kube Publishing for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved this book. It was such a spiritually uplifting book which I read during Ramadan.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Synopsis:

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 ever-lasting 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.

This book was adapted from his Ramadan series and honestly I am so happy to have it in a book form. I love watching his online classes and talks and having it in a book is so great to be able to refer back to. If you enjoy his classes then I highly recommend picking up his books.

This is the type of book you can come back to again and again and continue to benefit from it. It’s a short book but full of important lessons and reminders that Allah’s love is infinite and that small everyday deeds can bring us close to him. We often think we need to be perfect but that isn’t the case. 

Each chapter begins with a specific quality that Allah loves; piety, justice, patience, gentleness and so much more. Then we learn about why Allah loves this quality with Quran and hadith. I loved how each quality was spoken about and we learnt that it isn’t big grand gestures but the small everyday acts that Allah loves most. To incorporate these qualities in our lives and be consistent in them.

This is such a heartfelt book and I loved reading through it. It is written in such a easy to read way and understand. I know I will come back to this book time and time again. It is full of beautiful gems and words of wisdom. It will help us to re-evaluate our lives and work to improve ourselves and build good habits.

I highly recommend this book for everyone to read and I also recommend reading his first book, Prayers of the Pious.

Book Tag, Muslim Shelf Space, Ramadan Readathon

Once Upon A Ramadan Book Tag

This year Ramadan Readathon is themed around a wonderful anthology, Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslims. So YA Book Corner has created a wonderful book tag inspired by the anthology!

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I had the opportunity to read an arc of the anthology and it is full of the most beautiful joyful stories which encompass so many traditions and cultures and how Eid can be so different for each of us all over the world. You should all read this book!

You can read their post here 
Also make sure to use #RamadanReadathon and tag @muslimreadathon on twitter

 

Culture – Name a character that identifies with one or more cultures.

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The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad is full of different cultures and Nafiza completely immerses us in them from food references to clothes and more.

Tradition – Name a book where the character(s) have a tradition.

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Yes No Maybe So by Aisha Saeed & Becky Albertalli is set during Ramadan.

Generosity – Name a character that is generous.

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Ayesha from Ayesha Dean and the Istanbul Intrigue by Melati Lum is a wonderful character who is kind and generous and I really loved her.

Community – Name a book where community plays an important role.

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The Muslim community in All American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney played an important role in helping Allie to discover her faith.

Faith – Name a character who has a strong sense of faith.

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Alizayd al-Qahtani from The City of Brass is a character who’s nuanced Muslim rep I will forever be thankful for. He seeks refuge in prayer and has a strong sense of social justice and Shannon showed through him that practicing your faith doesn’t automatically make you a radical.

Gratitude – Name a book you are thankful for.

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I will forever by thankful for Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali because this book reminded me of how I met my husband and I am so happy to see a love story with Muslim characters and that they still hold on to their faith too.

Sacrifice – Name a character that makes a sacrifice for another.

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An Ember in the Ashes quartet by Sabaa Tahir is full of characters who make sacrifices for each other.

Light – Name a book with light in the title.

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The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah came to mind instantly!

Hope – Name a book or share a quote about hope.

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Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed is full of inspiring and hopeful quotes and reminders.

“This world cannot break you—unless you give it permission. And it cannot own you unless you hand it the keys—unless you give it your heart. And so, if you have handed those keys to dunya for a while—take them back. This isn’t the End. You don’t have to die here. Reclaim your heart and place it with its rightful owner: God.”

Love – Name a book with an epic love story.

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Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin! I absolutely loved the romance and misunderstandings and it was just perfect!

Forgiveness – Name a character who is the forgiving type.

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A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby is a story about forgiveness and coming to terms with their grief.

Memories – Name a book that holds special memories for you.

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Yes, I’m Hot in This by Huda Fahmy is a book that my husband gifted to me on behalf of my cat, Sherlock. He had Sherlock ‘give’ it to me and everything.

Belonging – Name a book or character that struggled with belonging.

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One of the main characters in Mirage by Somaiya Daud struggles with finding her place as she comes from two different cultures and doesn’t fit into either.

Family – Name a book that features strong family bonds.

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We Hunt the Flame has a great found family and I love the family bonds between Zafira, Yasmine and Deen.

Joy – Name a book that brought you joy.

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That Can be Arranged by Huda Fahmy had me grinning and laughing the whole way through the book and I have already read it multiple times.

I hope you enjoyed the tag! I tried to use books my Muslim authors and I highly recommend checking out their books!

Everyone is welcome to do the tag!

Book Recommendations, Muslim Shelf Space, Ramadan Readathon

Books To Give You A Spiritual Boost in Ramadan

Growing up I didn’t have much access to attending classes for Islamic studies past learning to read the Quran as a kid so the main way I learnt about Islam was through reading and over the years I have read a lot of books that helped me to learn about Islam.

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While I have been attending Islamic classes for about 10 years now I still love reading these books and learn so much and they have helped me get through some really difficult times. So I thought I would share these books and I hope you all benefit from them too!

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Spiritual Boosting Books

Prayers of the Pious by Omar Suleiman
Allah Loves by Omar Suleiman
Patience and Gratitude by Ibn al-Qayyim
The Eternal Challenge: A Journey Through the Miraculous Quran by Abu Zakariya
Love and Happiness byYasmin Mogahed
Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed
Signs of the Day of Judgement by Ibn Kathir
Diseases of the Heart and their Cures by Ibn Taymiyyah
The Heart of the Quran by Asim Khan
Al-Ubudiyyah: Being a True Slave of Allah Ibn Taymiyyah
Weakness of Iman – It’s Signs of Weakness, Causes and Cures by Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid
Revive Your Heart by Nouman Ali Khan
Morals and Manners in Islam: A Guide to Islamic Adab by Marwan Ibrahim al-Kaysi
The Abandoned Prayers by Adanan Aali Uroor
Light Upon Light by Nur Fadhilah Wahid
The Relief From Distress by Ibn Taymiyyah
Dua: The Weapon of the Believer by Yasir Qadhi
Lesson from Surah Kahf by Yasir Qadhi
Muhammad: How He Can Make You Extraordinary by Hesham al-Awadi
Children Around the Prophet by Hesham al-Awadi

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History Books

Lost Islamic History by Firas Al-Khateeb
Muhammad The Last Prophet by Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi
Misquoting Muhammad by Jonathan A.C. Brown
Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary
Stories of the Prophets by Ibn Kathir
Muslim Girls Rise by Saira Mir
Ibn Battuta: The Journey of a Medieval Muslim by Eduardo Albert
Child Companions Around the Prophet by Sameh Strauch
Sala ad-din and the crusades by Qaiser M. Talib
The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf
When the Moon Split by Safi-ur-Rahman Mubarakpuri

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Books About Women

The Forgotten Queens of Islam by Fatima Mernissi
Al-Muhaddithaat: Women Scholars in Islam by Akram Nadwi
Beyond the Veil by Fatima Mernissi
Women in Islam: Challenging Narratives by Ismail Adam Patel
Islam: The Empowering of Women by Aisha Bewley
Muslim Women: A Biographical Dictionary by Aisha Bewley
It’s Noy About the Burqa edited by Mariam Khan
Women in the Quran by Asma Lamrabet
The Veil and the Male Elite by Fatima Mernissi
Golden Stories of Sayyida Khadijah by Abdul Malik Mujahid
A History of Islam in 21 Women by Hossein Kamaly
Believing Women in Islam by Asma Barlas
Gendered Morality by Zahra Ayubi

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Other

Secrets to a Successful Marriage by Afshan Khan
Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet by Abdul-Matin
The Unchallengeable Miracles of the Quran by Yusuf Al-hajj Ahmad
Slavery and Islam by Jonathan A.C. Brown
Hadith: The Foundations of Islam by Jonathan A.C. Brown
Islamic Medicine: Key to a Better Life by Yusuf Al-Hajj Ahmad
Worship During Menses by Muhammad al-Jibaly
The Quest for Love and Mercy by Muhammad al-Jibaly
Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet by Ibn Qayyim
The Productive Muslim by Mohammad Faris
Scents and Flavors by Charles Perry

I hope you’re able to find something you want to read and I am always happy to answer any questions or give you other book recommendations if you’re looking for something specific!

This isn’t all the books I own but ones I definitely recommend!

Book Recommendations, Muslim Shelf Space, Ramadan Readathon

Muslim Shelf Space Books Available on Scribd

So as it’s Ramadan and I’m currently taking part in Ramadan Readathon I thought I would share some of the many books by Muslim authors that are available as either ebooks or audiobooks on scribd. I know we can’t all buy every book we want to read so if you have a scribd subscription you can find these books and more on there to read!

PS. If you would like to try scribd you can use my referral link to get access for 60 days for free!

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Fiction EBooks

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
The Weight of our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
The Marriage Clock by Zara Raheem
She Wore Red Trainers by Naima B Robert
Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
No Sex in the City by Randa Abdel Fattah
That Can Be Arranged by Huda Fahmy
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
When Wings Expand by Mehmed Mariam Sinclair
Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani
The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Non Fiction EBooks

Allah Loves by Omar Suleiman
Misquoting Muhammad by Jonathon AC Brown
Prayer of the Pious by Omar Suleiman
Believing Women in Islam by Asma Barlas
Great Muslims of the West Mohammad Mojlam Khan
Revive Your Heart by Nouman Ali Khan
Signs on the Earth: Islam, Modernity and the Climate Crisis by Fazlun Khalid
A History of Islam in 21 Women by Hossein Kamaly

Fiction Audiobooks

Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali
The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
More to the Story by Hena Khan
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
All American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney
The Map of Salt and Stars by Zayn Joukhadar
The Lines we Cross by Randa Abdel Fattah

Non Fiction Audiobooks

Misquoting Muhammad by Jonathan AC Brown
Muslim Girls Rise by Saira Mir
Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed
The Sealed Nectar by Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

I hope you all find something that you want to read in this list! I have read a lot of these and definitely recommend them!

Lifestyle, Ramadan Readathon

Eid Gift Guide

Ramadan is almost here and then it will be Eid! I always try to make it special for my little cousins so that they grow up loving Eid and not think, as I did when I was a kid, that it is boring. So I wanted to put together a gift guide which will hopefully help you in finding Eid gifts and inspiration for a wonderful fun Eid!

I always like to get my Eid shopping done before Ramadan so I can focus on my ibadah and being my perfectionist self I just cannot leave it too late to buy Eid gifts!

Okay so before I share some of the wonderful small businesses that have some great gifts and even Ramadan décor I just want to share my own shop which has a set of Islamic quotes bookmarks and lots of others. I also sell painted books which are perfect gifts for the bookworm in your life!

My etsy shop is The Tsundoku Chronicles

So here are some of the wonderful shops that I have found!

Ibraheem Toy House – They have such great toys and gadgets for kids!

Anafiya – They also sell really great toys, books and even decorations!

Salam Occasions – I love the home items and cute clothes in their shop!

Noorah Gifts – They have some great gifts for both kids and adults. I love their frames and mugs!

Sahih Gifts – They have wonderful gifts for everyone in your family!

Every Cloud Silver Lining – I love their beautiful range of home décor and kids items

Start With Bismillah– They have such beautiful prints to decorate your house with and make wonderful gifts

Oh Panda Eyes – Beautiful bookish jewellery for the booknerd in your life

Your Muslim Gift – I love their décor items both for Eid and Ramadan!

Habibi Arabic Shop – I love their items so much! Some really great and unique items!

Kube Publishing – My one stop shop for all of my Islamic books both for adults and kids!

So here are a few of the wonderful shops that have some wonderful unique items that will make great gifts for all your family and friends. I hope you can find some great gifts!

PS. Don’t forget to treat yourself!

If you know any other great small businesses, then do share!