|The Holy Qur’an – Interpretation & Commentary by Yusuf Ali. Presented here as a paperback edition. The latest edition of the world’s most popular English rendering of the Qur’an. This edition features revised translation commentary and a newly compiled comprehensive index, in addition to the full Arabic text of the Qur’an
|Islam: Religion of Life, by Abdul Wadod Shalabi (translated by T. J. Winter (Abdul-Hakim Murad). This book is written about Islam from within. It seeks to show something of the true nature of the faith, thereby challenging the accepted stereotypes which so badly compromise the present dialogue of civilizations. By explaining the significance of the formal practices and doctrines of the Islamic religion, it endeavors to build a bridge over what must be the deepest yet most irrational gulf ever to have cleaved apart two cultures.
|The Essential Koran: The Heart of Islam, by Thomas Cleary. These selections from the Quran are designed to help introduce the sacred text to non-Muslim Westerners so that they may be introduced to the sacred book and be better equipped to study it in its entirety. Central ideas of the Quran, such as knowledge of God and refutations of unbelievers’ arguments, sacrificing to help others and so forth, are shared through the selections.
|Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, by Martin Lings (Abu Bakr Siraj ad-Din). This book is primarily based on Sirat Rasul Allah by ibn Ishaq (recension by ibn Hisham) with supplemental information taken from the “six sahihs” hadith collections, the biographies of ibn Sa’d, and the history of Tabari. It is written in a wonderfully clear and engaging style.
|The Lives of Man, by Imam Abdallah Ibn ‘Alawi Al-Haddad (translated by Mostapha Badawi). This deeply spiritual text explains that every human being passes through a series of “lives”; before conception, life in the world, life in the grave, the resurrection, and finally the Garden or the Fire. A complete Muslim must be aware of each of these if he is to be sufficiently prepared for eternal life. This book addresses many relevant questions and answers them on the bases of the Qur’an and Hadith.
|Islam & the Destiny of Man, by Charles Le Gai Eaton. This remarkable book, written by a prominent European intellectual who converted to Islam in 1951,explores the essence of what it means to be a Muslim in today’s world. The author begins with an overview of the historic confrontation between Islam and Christendom and an analysis of the differences between the three monotheistic faiths. Then he examines the role that the Qur’an and the Prophet (pbuh) play in forming the Muslim view of man’s destiny. This book is concerned “not with the religion of Islam in isolation, but with the very nature of religious faith, its spiritual and intellectual foundations, and the light it casts upon the mysteries and paradoxes of the human condition.”
|The Inner Dimesions of Islamic Worship, by Imam al-Ghazali. These selections from his `Ihya `Ulum al-Din explain, in his characteristically powerful and inspiring way, how to reap the rich harvests of spiritual, moral and social upliftment that must be their reward. It is an especially important book for young men and women of today who are seeking the pleasure of God – a lifestyle impossible to maintain without an understanding of the inner resources which Islam offers.