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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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.

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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Winner of the Unpublished Muslim Writer’s Award 2011.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.

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