Updated 11/09/2009

LibraryThing updated 10/26/2009

I’ve started to catelogue my Islam related book collection over at LibraryThing.  I still plan to highlight my favorites here, but inshaAllah I’ll be reviewing everything over there.  There’s a drop down menu in the top left hand corner.  From there, you can see my entire book collection, or limit it to just my islam related books, my star wars novel collection or my cookbooks.

My favorite books:

Muhammad Asad’s Message of the Qur’an

My favorite translation of the Qur’an and every book lover’s dream.  This volume is not only beautiful to look at, it is beautiful to read.  Lush arabic calligraphy is spread throughout the volume, and each verse is presented in english, arabic, and transliterated arabic.  Each page is bursting with Asad’s thoughtful footnotes, which draw extensively on the great quranic commentators of the past.

By the Book Foundation, and is well worth the investment

Reflection of Pearls

My favorite dua book, with the arabic dua, english translation and transliteration.  Has everyday supplications, as well as those found in the Qur’an and hadith, descriptions of prayers, the names of Allah (swt), salawat on the Prophet (saws) and virtues of portions of the Qur’an.

Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship

Words can’t describe how much I love this book.  I’ve read the chapters on salat more times than I can count, and every time, I learn something new.  A must have for anyone seeking to deepen their obligatory actos of worship.

The Accepted Whispers

Absolutely fabulous dua book.  Contains 200+ duas – 40-ish from the Qur’an, the rest from ahadith.  Cites sources and often gives an interesting little backstory describing the dua.  Provides an english translation, arabic transliteration and straight up arabic.  Divided into 7 sections, meant to be read throughout the week.

Agenda to Change our Condition

If you feel like a rudderless boat in a storm, this is the book for you.  Not only does it lay out an easy understanding of taqwa, it provides a concrete action plan for you to take to improve yourself and work to reach Allah (swt)


8 thoughts on “books

  1. I wonder if you have come accross a book that explains exactly how and what to say for the prayers, maybe with pictures :) My idea is to be able to pray without my husband when he is gone and I need to memorize what to say and when. Something I could keep right next to me to reference when I pray? I tried to make flash cards once but they didn’t turn out very good

    thank you for your time

  2. I’m going to go check out your list on LibraryThing and may answer my question there but what do you suggest as a “first” book on The Prophet (peace & blessings be upon him)? Of all the books I have been collecting, I have strictly been purchasing Qur’anic titles and books of supplication/dua. I want to start working on getting bios.

    I am also planning on cataloging my own collection of books (mainly because sometimes when one is suggested , I can’t remember immediately if I actually have it or have just heard the title!). I have had Inner Dimensions of Islamic Worship in my shopping cart at Amazon for months and now, based on your review, am going to get it shipped today, insha’Allah!

  3. Assalamu Alaikum,

    I can never recommend just one book, lol. What kind of style do you like? Yahiya Emerick’s book tells a good story and is easy to read, but it seems kind of apologetic and a wee bit fluffy. Martin Ling’s is the gold standard in english, but his style is kind of hard to get into. I really like Tariq Ramadan’s in the Footsteps of the Prophet (saws), but that doesn’t really tell the whole story.

    I’d say either Yahiya Emericks or Martin Lings.

    And yaaay of the Inner Dimensions book. It truly is amazing and is in the top 5 for my favorite books ever.

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