Boys Adrift

13 boys adriftNotice how most boys today prefer exercising their thumbs playing virtual sports rather than exercising their bodies through real life contact sports? How girls regularly bag top positions in school examinations though our boys are marked as “having potential”? Moreover boys in particular are labelling school as boring as they grow beyond their nursery class ages. Many parents assure themselves that this simply is the way boys are, and “it’s just a phase”, but step back and observe the young men of today.

An increasing number of young men cannot dedicate themselves to a single job. They are easily demotivated by workplace stress, and are unwilling to be productive members within their family circles. Is there a connection between the two? According to Dr Leonard Sax, in his book Boys Adrift, there is not only a connection but the situation is a growing epidemic.

Dr Leonard Sax, a family physician and psychologist, addresses educators and parents alike, as his book highlights five key factors negatively effecting boys today. One of them is video games; it’s not only the violent ones which are leaving a negative impact on impressionable boys’ minds. His book explains how sports games are also contributing to demotivating boys. Another factor is environmental toxins; Dr. Sax outlines the connection between the reason your bottled water tastes funny when left out in the sun, and the endocrine disrupters which are causing male fish to produce eggs like their female counterparts.

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Review: “Muslim Parents and Cyberculture”


The ever expanding cyberworld is a reality we have to learn to live with. If a couple decades ago, the World Wide Web was a welcome guest in our homes, then today we have come to realize that it can easily turn into an unwelcome intruder. Just as we educate our children about their roles and responsibilities in society, we, as Muslim parents, have to ensure that they also know the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of the internet.

The new generation was born into the world of flourishing computer technology. Today, children learn typing as easily as they learning walking and talking. Often, they quickly surpass their parents in the knowledge of computer use and the internet. Although parents may feel helpless in their attempts to protect children from the dangers of the cyberworld, there are some real and manageable steps they can take for helping their children stay safe.

“Muslim Parents and Cyberculture” offers to parents and children Islamically sound guidance for interacting with the World Wide Web. Bringing the importance of Tarbiyyah to the forefront, the book offers plenty of practical advice and discusses the oblivious dangers of the internet, interaction with various age groups, internet addiction and online privacy. Parents are recommended to set up an internet use policy for their entire family as well as work through the difficult situations, when something has gone wrong already. The concluding chapter of the book presents a brief summary of the guidelines for both parents and children, which can be used as a quick reference.

The authors of the book pray and hope that this publication will fill the void on the subject of cyberculture among the books on traditional Islamic upbringing and will contribute towards building a strong next generation of our Muslim Ummah.

(Reviewed by: Laila Brence, Senior Editor of “Hiba”)

The “Fundamentals” of Entertainment – Book Reviews


Title: The Islamic Ruling on Music and Singing

Author: Abu Bilal Mustafa Al-Kanadi

Publisher: Dar Abul-Qasim

Pages: 80

Availability: Da’wah Books, DHA, Karachi

Full book online:

Without doubt, music is one of the most controversial issues in Islam. The numerous Fatwahs on this matter only add to the confusion, as their rulings vary from allowing certain types of music to saying it is completely Haram. Abu Bilal Mustafa Al-Kanadi’s thorough research into the topic of music in Islam offers clear and well-grounded answers, based on authentic sources.

In examining the topic of music, the author analyzes the Quranic texts and commentaries, the Hadeeth literature and the consensus of the companions, Tabi’een, Imams and other Fuqaha. He then discusses the wisdom behind the prohibition of music by the Shariah and the exceptions to the rule of the prohibition, as indicated by authentic Sunnah. Lastly, he offers a synopsis of the discussed Shariah texts with conclusions drawn from them.

Although many present day Fatwahs exist on the topic of music, the book presents the rulings of the early scholars, which must certainly be taken into account by anyone concerned with this issue. If you are struggling to find the answers, this book is a definite must read.

Title: Having Fun the Halal Way

Author: Ismail Kamdar

Publisher: International Islamic Publishing House (IIPH)

Pages: 109

Availability: Da’wah Books, Khadda Market, DHA Phase 5, Karachi / IIPH Online Store (

The ever-increasing globalization and technological advancements have brought to us a multitude of entertainment, which were unavailable before. Many Muslims find themselves balancing on the border of Halal and Haram, lacking appropriate knowledge about the permissibility of certain forms of entertainment. In this book, author Ismail Kamdar provides well-researched Quran and Sunnah based information on the Islamic teachings regarding entertainment.

The seven chapters of the book discuss the following topics: basic principles of Fiqh, the Western and Islamic concepts of entertainment, prohibited and recommended forms of entertainment as well as technology related issues and some misunderstood concepts. In the appendix of the book, the author offers a list of certain avenues of Halal entertainment.

Whether you are a parent, uncertain of what to allow your children and what not to, or are at a loss yourself regarding the permissibility of certain entertainments, this book will offer you the answers you are looking for. Ismail Kamdar not only presents a detailed and balanced analysis of the topic and explains the detriments of the current entertainment industry, but also provides the reader with alternatives for enjoying the time with friends and family.

– By Laila Brence

Hope after 9/11 – Book Reviews


Title: The Prophet’s Methods of Correcting People’s Mistakes

Author: Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid

Publisher: International Islamic Publishing House (IIPH)

Pages: 150

Availability: Da’wah Books, Khadda Market, DHA Phase 5, Karachi / (Online Store)

Correcting others’ mistakes is the duty of every Muslim, as this is closely linked with the basic Islamic concept of enjoining good and forbidding evil. In his book, “The Prophet’s Methods of Correcting People’s Mistakes”, Sheikh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid offers much needed advice for carrying out this quite daunting task. In the age, when advices on behavioural issues are rampantly streaming from the Western authors, this book is a much needed addition to the bookshelf of every Muslim home.

Sheikh’s Al-Munajjid’s name needs no introduction, as his work always contains only most authentic Islamic information. In this book, the Sheikh has collected many methods of the Prophet (sa) for teaching people and correcting their mistakes. In the first part of the book, Sheikh discusses the various types of mistakes people make, while in the second part, he offers thirty-eight advices, based on the Ahadeeth, on correcting various types of mistakes. Indeed, in the example of the Prophet (sa), we have the best guidance for our daily dealings.

Title: The Freedom of Opinion in Islam

Author: Abdus-Salam Al-Basuni

Publisher: International Islamic Publishing House (IIPH)

Pages: 100

Availability: Da’wah Books / (Online Store)

This book is based upon Sheikh’s Abdus-Salam Al-Basuni’s major work “Hal bi Al-Islam Hurriyah li ar-Ra’y”, which was originally published in Arabic in 1994 to address the Western media assault on Islam, accusing it for being the cause of ‘backwardness’.

In his work, Sheikh addresses the ongoing debate about freedom of expression. He discusses a range of issues related to freedom of opinion in Islam, draws comparisons between secular and Islamic systems, and arrives at the conclusion that man-made constitutions are often nothing more than ‘ink on paper’. He exposes the reality behind the claims of Western democracies about the freedom of opinion, and the actual consequences of unrestricted freedom of expression.

When discussing freedom of opinion in Islam, the Sheikh emphasizes that it is every Muslim’s basic right, which is protected by the Islamic law. He discusses the limitations Islam places on freedom of opinion and shows how these limitations help to protect the rights of individuals, their privacy and honour, as well as the security of society.

Worthy Clicks for Parents


By Ruhaifa Samir – Freelance journalist and staff blogger at and and

Age: 4- 10 years

Genre: Islamic games

Both sites have a range of games to teach children basic Islamic concepts as well as Arabic. Crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, quizzes, stories, colouring pages and printables are some of the other features of the websites.

Age: Grade 1-8

Genre: math, science, reading, grammar and general knowledge provides parents the opportunity to test their child according to their grade levels to see where they stand. There are many online worksheets as well to give children practice in areas, where they need extra help.

Age: 6 onwards

Genre: Explanation of the Quran

“Using toys to make learning fun” is the motto of this very interesting site, where “Lego” blocks are used to help explain to children what the Quran says. Selected verses and Surahs have been covered with more on the way.

Age: for the whole family

Genre: Islamic social awareness

This YouTube channel has short animated stick-figure videos to drive home important messages to today’s Muslims. From small children to grown-ups, all can benefit from reminders on how to be productive Muslims!

Ways to Maximize Halal Rizq – Reviews


Title: The Historic Judgement on Interest – Delivered in the Supreme Court in Pakistan

Author: Justice Maulana Muhammad Taqi Usmani

Publisher: Maktaba Maariful Quran

No. of pages: 247

Available at: Darul-Ishaat, Karachi

For anyone involved in dealing with the financial sector (that pretty much covers everybody!) knowledge of the status of Riba/Sood/interest in Islam is critical. Unfortunately, this is an area of which even scholars are unaware as it requires a good foundation in economics/financial theory.
The best book to read to understand this is called “The Historic Judgement on Interest – Delivered in the Supreme Court in Pakistan” by Justice (retd.) Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani. What makes this book especially unique is that you often find books which put forward Islam’s view on Riba but this publication actually addresses all the ‘responses’ people give to justify the interest we see today as not being Riba. Plus, the book has been written in very easy to understand language and so would not be difficult to comprehend.
The book is published by Maktaba Maariful Quran in Karachi, and is fairly easily available in the market at a very economical price. I use this book as required reading for my Islamic Banking and Finance class at a local business school in Karachi and have felt it provides invaluable knowledge to the students. This was both my assessment as
well as the feedback from the students. – By Azeem Pirani

Audio Lecture: Maximizing Rizq

Delivered by: Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed

Available from:

This is an inspiring talk in English on the subject of maximizing Rizq and how one needs to improve one’s quality of relationship with Allah (swt) and His creation on a quest to increase one’s provisions. It is a ninety-minute talk, which will broaden your horizons on the subject and enable you to perceive the subject of ‘Rizq’ in a whole new light, Insha’Allah. – Umm Ibrahim

Book Reviews (Leadership)


Title: Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq

Author: Dr. Ali Muhammad as-Sallabi

Translator: Faisal Shafeeq

Publisher: Darussalam

No. of pages: 784

Available at: All Darussalam outlets

The life of Abu Bakr (rta) is indeed a role model for all the leaders as well as leaders to-be. Abu Bakr was the first Caliph of the Muslims. He had to take extremely critical decisions during his caliphate. This book sheds light on his life and times, along with the leadership qualities that he manifested time and again.

Title: Umar Ibn Al-Khattab: His Life and Times

Author: Dr. Ali Muhammad as-Sallabi

Translator: Nasiruddin Al-Khattab

Publisher: International Islamic Publishing House

No. of pages: 1024

Available at: Dawah Books, Khadda Market, DHA, Karachi

This extensive two-volume, well-researched book on Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (rta) is a must-read for all those, who aspire to be leaders in their respective fields. These books shed deep insight into the life and times of the second rightly-guided caliph. Starting from his opposition and reversion to Islam, going on to the education he received from the Prophet (sa) and finally culminating into the different aspects of his leadership, these books contain many interesting incidents. All incidents have been well-referenced. This is also a must-have for every family library.

Title: Uthman Ibn Affan – Dhun-Noorayn

Author: Dr. Ali Muhammad as-Sallabi

Translator: Nasiruddin Al-Khattab

Publisher: Darussalam

No. of pages: 623

Available at: All Darussalam outlets

The third book in the series of the rightly-guided caliphate takes a look at the life and times of Uthman Ibn Affan (rta). Uthman (rta) became the Caliph after the martyrdom of Umar (rta), as a result of the extremely rigorous selection procedure implemented by the latter. The period of Uthman was one of turmoil, with a lot of friction between the Muslims themselves. The book clears many misconceptions regarding that turbulent period, and is a must-read for all those who wish to acquire deeper insight into the Islamic history.

Book Reviews (Youth Issue)


Title: “Gems and Jewels”
Author: Abdul 

Malik Mujahid

Publisher: Darussalam Publishers and Distributors
Available at: Darussalam outlets

Do you want to peruse an interesting book that is dotted with captivating incidents in the form of short stories? Are you tired of books written in heavy language? If that is the case, “Gems and Jewels” is the book for you. It contains loads of stories that are short, to the point and extremely light to read. Reflecting the life of the Prophet (sa), his companions and their noble predecessors, these incidents will hold your interest from the first to the last page. This is an ideal book to read while travelling or before bedtime. An audio DVD is available for the younger readers as well. If you want to opt for the Urdu version, the title is “Sunehray Awraaq”.

Title: “Women Around the Messenger”
Author: Muhammad Ali Qutb
Publisher: International Islamic Publishing House
Available at: Dawah Books, DHA, Karachi

This book details the life and times of the various female family members of the Prophet (sa) as well as the female companions around him. The different sections in this book include the mothers, the wives and the daughters. It is significant to note that the author has beautifully presented all the personality traits as well as the incidents. This book is a delight to read, because it not only provides knowledge about our history, but also presents some inspiring female role models for us to emulate.

Title: “The Youth in Islam”
Author: Dr. Wahba Zahaili
Publisher: Darul-Ishaat
Available at: Darul-Ishaat, Urdu Bazaar, Karachi

It is quite unfortunate that very few books are written to address the youth. This book is one of the very few, which sheds light on the importance and role of the youth in the betterment of society. The first section deals with how parents need to set the right stage for youth through proper upbringing from childhood. The second section deals with the youth itself. The second segment deals with the importance of youth and specific Islamic commands for the youth. This is a brief, yet very enlightening read.

By Hafsa Ahsan


Book Reviews (Dajjal Issue)

Apr 11 - reviews

“Let us be Muslims”

Author: Sayyid Abul Ala Mawdudi

Publisher: The Islamic Foundation (UK)

Availability: Marif-e-Islami Bookstore, F. B. Area, Karachi

Pages: 311

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.

“Enjoy Your Life”

Author: Dr. Muhammad Abd Al-Rahman Al-Arifi

Publisher: Darussalam

Availability: Darussalam bookshops 

Pages: 592

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.  

Book Reviews (Family)


Nurturing Eeman in Children

Author: Dr. Aisha Hamdan

Pages: 223

Publisher: International Islamic Publishing House

Availability: Dawah Books, Phase 5, DHA, Karachi

One of the greatest gifts Allah (swt) has bestowed on us is our children. Along with the joys of parenthood, Allah (swt) has also placed on us the responsibility of raising our offspring as righteous Muslims and good human beings. In today’s world, where the family structure is falling apart, technology is stealing the time spent on human interaction, and morals and values are declining, the task of parenting is more challenging than ever before.

“Nurturing Eeman in Children” stands apart from the mainstream literature of parenting with its unique approach to parenting – above all the other aspects of religion, it emphasizes the importance of instilling in children a strong connection to their Creator (swt) and a love for the religion that He (swt) has chosen for them.

The book consists of three main parts: 1) The Foundation of Nurturing Eeman in Children, 2) Connecting Children to the Pillars of Eeman, 3) Developing an Islamic Personality and 4) Environmental Factors. Every part is subdivided into several chapters, which investigate each topic in greater detail, covering all the major aspects of Islam. So for instance, in part one we learn about Aqeedah, Eeman and Ihsan, the responsibility and basics of parenting, knowledge and education in Islam, and Fitrah (the innate nature of children). Part four focuses on the different factors of home, peer and community environments.

Dr. Hamdan describes the purpose of her book in the following way: “This is a call to teach our children how to be genuine believers rather than simply Muslims by name.” – By Laila Brence


“Aazad Bachay Aazad Waldain”

(Independent Children Independent Parents)

Author: Zahoor-uddin Khan

Pages: 304

Publisher: Islamic Research Academy, Karachi

Availability: Maarif-e-Islami, Federal B. Area, Karachi

Parenting is one subject on which most of the books, which are available, are highly theoretical in nature, with no practical advice as to how these theories can actually be implemented. This particular book has the distinction of going beyond impractical sermons to illustrate the art of conversing with children, so as to enable them to become independent and responsible.

The book begins with the dilemma of a mother of three, who cannot figure out why she is getting into daily fights with her eldest son, why her daughter is getting more insecure by the day, and why her youngest son seems to be clinging to her all the time.

Then, she receives an invitation to a lecture by a child psychologist. Impressed with the initial lectures, the attending parents invite the psychologist and her husband to start a regular workshop for parents. At these workshops, the parents realize the common errors they were making while conversing with their children, and how they can improve.

The book is divided into two main segments: “Children are only humans” and “Parents are human, too.” Some of the problems which are explained include: labeling children, judging children too easily, the right way to praise them and a foolproof way of correcting their mistakes. The format of the book (i.e., fiction) makes it a very interesting and lively read.

– By Hafsa Ahsan

Book Reviews


“The Embattled Innocence: Reflections of a Muslim Relief Worker”

Author: Suleman Ahmer

Publisher: Presslenders, 2009

Available at: Timelenders (

“The Embattled Innocence” covers the time period when Suleman Ahmer was involved in Muslim relief work. The book consists of three parts – the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Central Asia – and each contains stories from the areas he visited.

The Balkans section begins with a story about a nine-year-old Bosnian girl Aida, whom the relief workers saw each time they visited Mostar. The story of Aida was the first one Suleman Ahmer wrote. Since the story drew responses from people he had never met, he decided to start a series of stories. Later, these stories were combined into a single book. The subsequent stories are as full of sincere emotions and vivid experiences as the one about Aida. We meet Kamila, a passionate young Muslimah from England, who, moved by the sufferings of Bosnians, had resigned her secretarial job to come to the war afflicted areas to help her Muslim brothers and sisters. We also meet Basheer, who gave up his engineering studies in Algeria to help out in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion and then joined the struggle of the Tajiks. At the age of 34, Basheer embraced martyrdom after he was shot seven times in the chest and the head.

These first-hand experiences of war sufferings draw tears to eyes and bring into heart gratitude that Allah (swt) has blessed us with peace and freedom to practice our religion, which many of our Muslims brothers and sisters died for.

– By Laila Brence

“Guess the Prophets”

“Animal Kingdom in the Quran”

“Excellent Examples”

Publisher: Flowers of Islam

Availability: Dawah Books

“Flowers of Islam” have successfully accomplished the three Es in the stunning flashcards they have created. These flashcards promise to entice, educate and enchant your young ones with their unique approach. If your children are between the ages of seven and eleven, then these flashcards are truly meant for them.

The main objective of “Guess the Prophets” flash cards is to teach about the Prophets in a fun and interactive way. These stories can help young minds get an insight into the lives of the blessed Prophets of Allah (swt) and inspire them to assimilate their teachings in their daily lives.

“Animal Kingdom in the Quran” uses riddles to teach children about the various animal stories mentioned in the Quran. In this manner, the young believers can learn about the diverse animal facts and incidents.

“Excellent Examples” uses a myriad of examples and interesting similitudes to help the young believers understand such concepts as Iman and Mumin. The goal is for the young minds to explore, question and attain a better understanding of the true meaning and purpose of a believer’s role in this world.

The cards can be used as a learning tool in schools or as an educational toy at home, since they simultaneously educate and entertain.

– By Uzma Javed

Worthy Reads

QURAT1001By S. Hamza Asad and Ofaira Ateeq Hussain

From the many books published on the Quran, the following two, no doubt, are some of the leading ones.

“Atlas of the Quran”

Compiled by: Dr. Shawqi Abu Khalil

Publisher: Darussalam

Number of pages: 392

Available at: Darussalam outlets (Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad)

Muslims, young and old, have always loved to read the stories of all the prophets mentioned in the Quran – Islamic stories always leave their impact on our imagination. But to capture the pictures in our mind, for the first time an untouched subject has emerged in the form of “Atlas of the Quran”.

“Atlas of the Quran” is an authentic compilation of the Quranic stories and information regarding the prophecies and the places where different prophets lived, ruled and died. The book contains tables, pictures, regions, routes and maps of all those places which are discussed in the Quran. It also embellishes the beauty of some of the major divine events with reference to their scientific facts and innovative historical and modern sources such as the flood during the times of Prophet Noah (as). Apart from this, almost all the stories and incidents of the twenty five prophets, mentioned in the Quran by name, are discussed in this book.

Compiled by Dr. Shawqi Abu Khalil, “Atlas of the Quran” is one of the greatest attempts ever to adumbrate the Islamic facts and the author of this book surely seems to have burnt the midnight oil to undertake such extensive research.

“Quran par Amal”

Written by: Summaiyah Ramadan

Translated by: Zaheer-ud-Deen Bhatti

Publisher: Manshurat

Number of pages: 157

Available at:

The book “Quran par Amal” is a translation of workshops conducted in Arabic by sister Summaiyah Ramadan in Kuwait. It has been translated into Urdu by Zaheer-ud-Deen Bhatti and the foreword is by Muslim Sajjad. Both the brothers have appreciated the fact that women are playing a very active role in the revival of our Deen.

The book is divided into four sections. The first section explores and explains how the Quran is a book of guidance, and how it should be applied to our daily lives. The second section deals with the prerequisites for bringing about personal change through the Quran. Eight prerequisites have been defined and explained.

The third section is the most interesting one. It contains the experiences of the ladies attending sister Summaiyah’s workshops. These workshops were not just a series of lectures. In each class, an Ayah of the Quran was selected, and ways of applying that particular Ayah in the daily lives of the women attending were discussed. The ladies would read and re-read the Ayah, memorize it and try to practice it in their homes for at least one week. Then they would come back and share their experiences. If they felt that, Alhumdulillah, they were able to bring about a change in themselves or their environment, they would select another Ayah for the next week. Otherwise, the same Ayah would continue for another week, until some results became visible.

The experiences related under fourteen topics are amazing and inspiring. They are classic examples of the Barakah and benefits of practicing the Quran. The problems are as simple as waking up for Fajr prayers to as complicated as distribution of inheritance.

All in all, this book is a very inspiring read for those who want to practice the teachings of the Quran in their daily lives.

Book Reviews

Don't be sadDon’t be Sad

(476 pages)

You can be the Happiest Woman in the World: A Treasure Chest of Reminders

(270 pages)

Aiadh Ibn Abdullah Al-Qarni

International Islamic Publishing House

Availability: “Don’t be Sad” Rs.800/- Darussalam, Tariq Road

“Be happy, at peace and joyful; and don’t be sad.”

A heavy load of responsibilities and increasingly less time for ourselves often leave us worn out and spiritually exhausted. Allah (swt) did not promise us a smooth and easy travel through life, for the life of this world is but a test through which we can prove ourselves worthy of the eternal abode with our Lord. However, Allah (swt) has given us excellent scholars, who can help us make our travel through life most pleasant and beneficent with their wisdom and great insights into the Quran and the Prophetic traditions. Al-Qarni is one such scholar, having the beautiful gift of being able to inspire people and fill their souls with the special radiance that comes from keeping eyes focused on the guidance of Allah (swt).

Aiadh Ibn Abdullah Al-Qarni was born in 1397 AH. In 1422 AH, he obtained his Doctor’s degree from Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University. Al-Qarni has written on Hadeeth, Tafsir, Fiqh, Arabic literature, Sirah and biography as well as recorded more than 800 audiocassettes of Khutbahs, lessons, lectures and soirees. Originally written in Arabic, “Don’t be Sad” and “You can be the Happiest Woman in the World” are two of his books, which are now available also for the English readers.

In his introduction to “Don’t be Sad”, Al-Qarni says: “I wrote this book for anyone who is living through pain and grief or who has been afflicted with a hardship, a hardship that results in sadness and restless nights. For the cure, I have filled the pages of this book with dosages taken from various sources – the Quran, the Sunnah, poetry, poignant anecdotes, parables and true stories.” Although based on the true religion of Allah (swt), Al-Qarni’s “Don’t be Sad” speaks to both Muslims and non-Muslims, since the nature of sorrow and despair crosses the boundaries of faiths. It might be objectionable to some that along with the Quran and the Sunnah the author quotes also Eastern and Western thinkers, but he does so claiming that “wisdom is the goal of every believer, wherever he finds it.”

As the title suggests, “You can be the Happiest Woman in the World” is written for women – Muslim women in particular. “My sister,” Al-Qarni addresses his Muslim reader, “read this book to help you cleanse your mind of the clutter of illusions and devilish whispers and show you the way to a sense of tranquility, faith, joy and happiness. (…) I have presented this book as a treasure chest filled with beautiful ideas, with which you may adorn your life.” Happiness is a treasure every woman strives to find and hold onto when it is achieved. Al-Qarni’s recommendations in this book are designed to encourage the Muslim woman to rejoice in her religion and in the graces that Allah (swt) has bestowed upon her. Words of wisdom and practical advice from real life situations guide the readers of the book to the path of becoming the happiest women on earth.

Both Al-Qarni’s books are presented in an easy-to-grasp arrangement of chapters, each not longer than a page or two, which make a pleasant read. If at any time of the day you are looking for a dosage of inspiration or some soothing words of wisdom for your soul, take a cup of tea and relax for some minutes as you are reading through a chapter of “Don’t be Sad” or “You can be the Happiest Woman in the World.”

Wedding Websites

By Hafsa Ahsan

Many people mistakenly assume that the wedding is the most important part of the marriage. Of course, no one can deny the importance of the wedding, but the fact remains that the marriage is above everything else. This website has quite a few enlightening articles, which reiterate the purpose of marriage and the ideal age for marriage. There are also some audio lectures for those of you, whose Internet connections can support them.

This is an extremely interesting website, which features loads of articles pertaining to different aspects of an Islamic wedding. You will find tips on how to arrange your wedding, how to avoid the last minute jitters and, most importantly, how to stay within your budget. There are also some words of wisdom – advice to the couple tying the knot as to their roles, rights and responsibilities from their big day forth.

An article that exclusively takes a look at the extravagance during marriage ceremonies and the reasons for avoiding it. Everything here is explained from an Islamic perspective. Dowries taken from the family of the bride are also discussed. Apart from this article, the website contains also other articles discussing various aspects of marriage.

Islamic Products for Kids

By Uzma Jawed

Are you looking for good Islamic products for children? “Goodword Kids Publishers” has the answer for you. They offer a wide range of products, which guarantee that children will be able to explore their creativity by enjoying educational tools based on sound Quranic teachings.

 “Quran Story Puzzles”

(2 – 6 years)

A collection of six puzzles in a single box. The bright colors of these puzzles will appeal to small children. Puzzles will keep them interested and will trigger their curiosity. The back of the main box shows the reach pictures for puzzles along with the narrations of the stories from the Quran.

 “Quran Challenge Game: A Fun Way to Learn About the Quran”

(8 years and older)

This game is a rare find for challenging the mind. As a dynamic and highly effective learning tool, this game provides an ingenious way for students of all ages to learn about the Quran. The questions of the game come directly from the Quran and, hence, offer to the participants the opportunity to attain Quranic knowledge through an entertaining learning process.

 “Tell Me About …” series

(8 years and older)

“Tell Me About…” series are a great way to learn about the Islamic world. They contain lots of interesting facts on such Islamic topics as the creation, Islamic history, Hajj and the lives of prophets. The books in these series are written by different authors; however, all the authors convey the diverse Islamic aspects in a simple, informative style with wonderful illustrations.

 “Islamic Fun Book” series

(7 – 10 years)

The interactive “Islamic Fun Book” series books are successful in appealing to young children. The books contain creative activities that can help convey Islamic beliefs and practices in an effective and playful manner. Ramadan, Hajj, Salah, Quran and the Holy Prophet (sa) are some of the covered topics.

 “Children’s Stories from the Quran: Coloring Books”

(2 – 6 years)

These unique coloring books contain fascinating Quranic stories. This resourceful tool is a perfect way for communicating Islamic messages to young children – they learn the Quranic stories even without realizing it! The books feature simple read-aloud text, which is easy to follow and understand, along with lucid and engaging pictures.

The “Goodword Kids” products are available at “Liberty” bookstore as well as other bookstores around the country. They can also be purchased online:

 “A Guide for Mankind”

Noor-e-Quran CDs:

Complete recitation of the Holy Quran with Urdu translation

A resourceful tool, which makes the Quran easy to understand and follow. The Noor-e-Quran audio CDs consist of Arabic recitation from Traweeh prayers by Imam-e-Kabaa Sheikh Abdul-Rehman-Al-Sudais, Al-Sheikh-Saud-Al-Sareem. The Urdu translation has been done by Maulana Fateh Muhammad Jalendhari and is in Shamshad Ali Khan’s voice.

This 30-CD set is intended to help listeners go through the Quran at a clear and measured pace. It is ideal for those, who want to improve their recitation of the Quran, as well as those, who do not speak Arabic, but want to take it a step further for actually understanding, what the Quran is trying to communicate. The voices of the Imams of Masjid Al-Haram make you feel as if you are in Makkah – the listening experience becomes more sacred, and the listener draws closer to Allah (swt).

Presented by: “Sonic Enterprises” (Karachi, Pakistan)

Phone: 2441883-6

Fax: 2434350

Manufactured by: Amin Sona (Karachi, Pakistan)