Book Talk: Accepted Whispers

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Dua is such a beautiful experience. Yet I find myself not giving it it’s true due. Sometimes I’m at a loss for words, and sometimes I cease to reflect on it’s true essence and realize that it’s far more than just a few spoken words.

Sometime last year, I came across this tweet from Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan.

The tweet

The tweet

I already had “Fortress of the Muslim” so, naturally my attention went on to search what “Accepted Whispers” was about and where I could get it.

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Alhamdullilah, after getting my hands on it- I couldn’t be more grateful. It’s an absolute must-have for any one looking to ‘upgrade’ their dua so to speak. It has the most beautiful duas. Ones that you hear the Imams of Makkah make during Ramadan. If you have ever listened to those duas and thought “Sigh, I wish I could make dua like that”- look no further. Words are not enough to describe the beauty and blessing of this book.

The duas are organised into daily readings as per the days of a week which makes it incredibly user-friendly and ensures a complete reading thereby not missing a single dua. The translation and commentary is also one of the definite highlights of the book as it enables the seeker to dive into the wisdom and essence of the words spoken.

The first two sections of the book (“Introduction”, “Prayer and It’s Etiquettes”) introduced me to the concept of dua in such a succinct yet thorough way that it made me feel as though I’ve been making dua the wrong way my whole life.

I love this book and am so grateful to Allah that He introduced me to it. I’ve been meaning to share this with my Muslim readers and am so glad that I finally am able to do so.

Here are all the relevant links for you:

Buy the book: Amazon, AlBalagh, MeccaBooks

PDF online: http://bit.ly/VSON6G

(Note: This is an older version of the book- without the introductory and commentary sections I believe. Regardless, it should be of benefit inshaAllah ❤ )

Preview: http://bit.ly/TWW5F0

Ustadh Nouman’s tweet: https://twitter.com/noumanbayyinah/status/349353009383350272

Feel free to comment below if there is anything I can assist with inshaAllah!

Take care and have a blessed day.

With peace,

Kausar

Book Talk: Muhammad As If You Can See Him (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam)

Book Talk: Muhammad As If You Can See Him (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam)

The Prophet didn’t withhold his cheerfulness from anyone.

The humanness of the Prophet ﷺ was an elevating, radiant humanness.

Read Prophetic description (shama’il) before his biography (sira).

If we understand the Prophetic description (shamail), we can understand his life events (sira).

The Prophet: you don’t know him. If you knew him, you would love him–and your hearts would be full of this love.

The Prophet (peace be upon him): it is enough to realize that he is the Beloved of Allah.

Be beautiful people: live the Beauty of the Prophet ﷺ

Habib Ali al-Jifri

Looking for a concise reading on the shamail of the Beloved of Allah, Sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam? Then this book by Dr. Aid Al Qarni might be just what you are looking for.

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In spirit of sister Naima Roberts’ following Facebook status, I have decided to re-post this piece of writing here at LP&G which was previously produced as a guest post for Dynamic Muslim Bloggers.

My prophet (sallAllahu alaihi wasallam) was born this month, alhamdulillah. A mercy, blessing and guide for mankind. Instead of debating the Mawlid, I ask myself: am I upholding his blessed Sunnah, am I doing justice to his legacy, am I seeking to know and love him as I should, every day of the year? May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him. ❤

– Naima Robert

There’s a big difference between talking about love and experiencing love.

I don’t want to hear talk of love of the Prophet ﷺ. I want to see lovers walking and living that love.

– Shaykh Ahmad Saad

I came across this wonderful reading when we had to read a book on the Seerah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alahi wa sallam) for our book club meeting. I had initially decided to read the biography written by Martin Lings but due to time constraints I decided to go ahead in search of a comprehensive but succinct description on the life of our Prophet.

I couldn’t be happier for happening to stumble upon this specific one. The book is entitled “Muhammad As If You Can See Him” and written by the well known Dr. Aid Al-Qarni. He is also author of the ever so popular and one of my favourite books ever- “Don’t Be Sad”.

The book consists of only about 171 pages, which forms the main content of the book.

Dr. Al-Qarni uses simple, but beautiful and powerful ways to describe the various qualities of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) in this work. He starts by briefly going over the story of Prophet hood. After that, each section of the book pertains to describing one quality (among many) of the Prophet. The various qualities include his patience, his truthfulness, his generosity, his Zuhd, bravery, humbleness, mercy, laughter, and so on. For someone who wants to know how the Prophet was in a certain aspect, they can look it up in the contents and go straight to that particular section, making the organisation of the book very user-friendly and also very helpful for any second or third reads in the same manner.

This book is now one of my favourite books I have ever read. I wished it could go on more, to learn more new things about the Prophet that I had never known before, and work on increasing my love for him. For, whatever Rasul Allah (Sallalahu alaihi wasallam) has done for us, we can never repay him. Except by loving and emulating him in all aspects of our lives. Even that would be less, for it would only contribute to our own well-being and in our relationship with Allah subhanahu wa taala.

I loved it because it truly made me know my Prophet “as if I can see him”. You can feel the Dr.’s love of the Prophet himself which aids the reader in loving the Prophet as well (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam).

I learned so many new things about the beautiful and perfect character of the Prophet. Reading each quality makes one feel so intimate to the Prophet, and long to be with him more than ever. Although each and every quality is to be loved and learned from, one of the qualities which stunned me to an amazing manner was his generosity. Perhaps it impacted me so immensely because it is something deficient in myself which I need to work on.

The entire book seems like a mirror to check myself with. To emulate the Prophet, his tremendous character and perfect example with.

This book will give a wonderful insight into the life of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) for all the Muslims. After reading this, one’s desire to learn more about him increases to a degree higher than ever before.

I wish to share so much more about my thoughts on the book, but there is only so much I can write here in one post. Reading the book itself alone can truly make one feel the beauty of its contents.

May Allah subhanahu wa taala bless us with the Sunnah in all its inward and outward dimensions, and may He increase the love for the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) in our hearts more than all of mankind. Ameen.

Book Talk: When Wings Expand

when wings expand bookAmong the books I read last year was When Wings Expand by Mehded Maryam Sinclair.

When Wings Expand is written in a ‘diary entry style’ (epistolary) which makes it very reader friendly. Here is the book blurb:

Winner of the Unpublished Muslim Writer’s Award 2011.

She wrapped her arms around me and said, “Nur! I know. I don’t want to go. But all I can do is keep trusting in Allah. Nur, I will always be with you! My love and advice will always be with you to guide you in the right direction.” She patted my heart. “They are forever sealed inside this little place.”

Writing on the pages of her journal, Nur, a teenage girl in Canada, charts the onset and advance of her mother’s cancer. Nur watches her mother’s body begin to shrink and her mood begin to darken. And when family and friends begin to encroach, Nur must face the prospect of her mother’s looming death.

Nur bears the crushing loss and finds her adolescent life more demanding and complex. But with the legacy of her mother’s love, her family’s support, and the guidance of her faith, she manages to overcome the searing pain and use her newfound strength to bring joy to the lives of others, showing them that after death wings can expand.

It is quite an amazing book. Definitely kept me hooked from the beginning and I would look forward to reading it everyday!

It is full of beautiful lessons- something that readers of all ages and people of all backgrounds can benefit from. It sort of brings you back home, on what it means to be a true Muslim. What being a servant of Allah Almighty is all about.

The author’s writing and storytelling makes all of it feel so real. If you’re feeling lost and are looking for a renovation in your perspective on life- give this book a read.

Something I couldn’t help thinking while reading this book… Allah subhanahu wa taala has truly blessed the author to be able to write something so aesthetically beautiful and to convey the essence of Islam in this manner.

I hope Sister Maryam writes more books, especially for the older age group. I can only imagine the kind of wonderful content she may come up with for that demographic. Even with a book like When Wings Expand, which may be seen primarily as centered for children and perhaps teens- she did a wonderful job nonetheless as it has come to be a piece all ages can benefit from.

MashaaAllah TabarakAllah La hawla wa la quwwata illah billah.

One of my favourite quotes from the book that I’d like to share:

May Allah always make you straight and true in all that you do. I have great faith that Allah is guiding you for some special purpose, my dear, and that everything that happens in your life, including something so dire as your mother dying, will be for your benefit. You must never forget that in the days ahead, when the wretched devil will want you to forget and will whisper to you to rebel and complain against what Allah has destined for you. He can convince us of all kinds of things and when we listen to him we can become angry and resentful and full of self-pity, all of which dissolves our gratitude. So may your Guardian Lord Allah guide your every step and protect you from the wiles of the devil.

Have you read this book? Feel free to share your thoughts below! 🙂

My Favourite Reading Apps

My Favourite Reading Apps

I love reading. Paperbacks are lovely, but so are eReaders. I know, I know! Most avid readers will be shocked to see me profess this but hey- just, hear me out.

To me, it doesn’t matter what medium you use- what matters is that you read. And if eReaders are an option for you to increase your daily reading, then why not! 😀

I, too, was a skeptic when it came to eReaders once upon a time. But now- I pretty much love them! I love how reading on my iPad has enabled me to read books which were otherwise hard to get locally. Also, the reasonable rates at which I can get some books is unbeatable. Especially when it comes to books I’m not sure I will end up loving.

I also love how I can read in the dark without worrying about a book lamp 😉

What’s more? Free books. You definitely can’t beat that.

So, here I am sharing my love for my absolute favourite reading apps, in no particular order whatsoever:

1- iBooks [iPad/iPhone/iPod]

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This was my first real eReading experience. I loved it instantly.

The screen brightness adjustment, bookshelf style view (which, unfortunately is not a there in the new iOS update- boo!),  “flip-able” pages, the feature to highlight and add notes, the multiple bookmark feature- l loved it all. Highly recommend to all book readers! Only drawback is that it is available only for certain devices. But don’t worry- the next app I am going to mention is definitely just as good!

2- KOBO [Desktop/eReaders/Tablets/Android/iPhone]

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This app, you guys– it’s awesome! Extremely well designed and packed with features. My favourite has to be the Social Reading feature. It is pretty cool and very engaging. I am currently reading “A Christmas Carol” on this app (which is available for free, by the way) and it has been absolutely delightful so far. Best part? This app is available across multiple platforms so you can get your reading fix no matter which device you are on!

3- Adobe Reader 

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I actually began to enjoy Adobe Reader when I installed the app on my iPad. Sure, it is your standard PDF viewer and for most of us common folk it doesn’t have more value than that. But what I love about the iPad app is that I don’t only use it for reading my PDF files, I also find myself using it very often to edit them if need be. When it comes to PDF files, you can’t go wrong with this app.

4- Scribd

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This is a newer app for me that I have yet to discover all features of. But that aside, what makes me love it already is the fact that I can now read my files from Scribd offline on my iPad! It’s a score in my book 🙂

So, these are all my favourite apps for reading! What are yours? 🙂