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We hope and pray that your Ramadhan is going well so far inshAllah. Ramadhan is all about growth, whether that be in your knowledge, your strength or imaan. Reading is an amazing way to acquire knowledge, strengthen faith and keep you occupied whilst fasting.
Does it feel like it’s been a while since you picked up a good book? Is your heart looking for something meaty to read which will motivate you or perhaps you want to learn more about Islam. Ramadhan is a great time to pick up a book and reignite the habit of reading. The list of worthy reads is endless, but we’ve narrowed it down to our top five for this month.
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5 Motivational Reads You’ll Love This Ramadan
Secrets of Divine Love, A. Helwa
If you’re feeling a bit disconnected, this book is the perfect way to reconnect with Allah. The passages in this book essentially explore the Qur’an, poetry and stories of the Prophet in order to bring you closer to Allah through love. In this book, Helwa explores spirituality and the concept that every individual is loved deeply by the Divine. This book has won over so many hearts and will be winning them over for generations to come. Pick up your copy on amazon today
Show Up: A Motivational Message for Muslim Women by Na’ima B. Robert
This book is the perfect pick for you if you want a motivational story. Naima talks about her own life after the death of her husband and weaves in the Qur’an and Hadith. It had us in tears within the first few pages and it’s raw, honest words are eye opening. We won’t give too much away, but if you’re in a bind and you need some courage this is the book for you. Pick it up and you won’t regret it.
The Productive Muslim: Where Faith Meets Productivity, Mohammed Faris
Do you feel like you’re in a bit of a rut? Want to get more out of life? This is the book for you. Mohammed Faris is an expert in productivity and this book is a masterpiece when it comes to changing the way you think. It weaves in how Islam complements theories of productivity and provides simple and realistic ways to change your life. In addition, the final chapter on ‘Productivity After Death’ is an eye opener that we think every muslim should read! Get yours here
Islam in Victorian Britain: The Life and Times of Abdullah Quilliam, Ron Geaves
Ever wondered what it was like to be Muslim in Britain in the nineteenth century? This amazing story of Abdullah Quilliam, one of the most significant Muslim personalities in Britain at that time, is an easy read which is really thought provoking and interesting at the same time. This full biography talks through his trials and tribulations as a a successful solicitor fighting for the rights of the city’s poor whilst defendingnt the Ottoman caliphate and independent Muslim states. Inspiring beyond words, this is one for the history buffs.
50 Qur’anic Comforts for Mums, Nazmina Dhanji
A personal favourite of ours which we come back to time and time again. This beautifully written book picks out 50 verses of the Qur’an as starting points for conversations around parenting. These are personal anecdotes and reflections on these amazing verses and this is such a great way to connect with the Qur’an in this Holy month. It’s an easy way to incorporate some Qur’an into each day and actually reflect on your own life. Bonus – it doubles as a journal as the author encourages you to note down your own reflections by asking questions at the end of each chapter