“Let us be Muslims”
Author: Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi
Publisher: The Islamic Foundation (UK)
Availability: Marif-e-Islami Bookstore, F. B. Area, Karachi
How often do we read through the information on the five pillars of Islam? We study it as part of our curriculum during various stages of our education. Sometimes, we take up a certain aspect of one of the pillars that interests us and delve deep into it. However, this particular piece of work stands out from the rest of the books on this theme by its unique approach to all the pillars of Islam: Shahadah (testimony of Iman), Salah, Saum, Zakah and Hajj. In addition, Islam and Jihad have also been discussed in detail.
Each chapter deals with the particular set of instructions specific to that pillar. It also goes beyond that and divulges how that pillar should bring about a change in one’s life – and collectively, a change in the society comprising practicing Muslims. So, for instance, one can learn the reasons behind the uniqueness of the Kalimah, blessings of congregational prayer, etiquette of giving Zakah, and the ways of how Hajj can renew one’s self and society.
Originally written in Urdu by Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi and titled “Khutbaat”, the text has been rendered into English and edited by Khurram Murad. – By Hafsa Ahsan
“Enjoy Your Life”
Author: Dr. Muhammad Abd Al-Rahman Al-Arifi
Availability: Darussalam bookshops
Today, the shelves of bookshops offer overabundance of books by famous authors on self-improvement and building of excellent interpersonal skills. However, the mostly western authors of such books focus only on attaining the worldly happiness. “Enjoy Your Life” will give you much more than that – besides instructions for establishing successful worldly relationships, Dr. Muhammad Abd Al-Rahman Al-Arifi offers advice which will benefit you in the hereafter also. This book, a result of twenty years of serious study, is packed with excellent examples from the Prophet’s (sa) life, stories from Islamic history and thought provoking anecdotes from the author’s life. – By Laila Brence