Best Islamic Books To Read. Reading books gives you an incomparable pleasure by keeping us occupied in a good perspective. For most of the people it is the significant source of happiness. It also has strong positive effects on our brain. Books impart knowledge and increase the depth of our knowledge, as they have been written for centuries. Reading Islamic books is very important as they give you a closeness to Islam. Below is a list of best Islamic books that every Muslim should intend to read in their life.
The Meaning of the Glorious Qur’an
Marmaduke Pickthall was a western Islamic scholar famous for his English translation of Quran in 1930. He took almost two years to complete the translation of the meaning of Quran. It was the first translation by a Muslim whose native English speaker. This book is among the most popular translations.
The Sealed Nectar: Ar-Raheeq- ul-Makhtum
Whoever wants to study the whole life of Muhammad PBUH then It is a complete authoritative book on the life of Prophet Muhammad PBUH written by Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarikpuri. The book was published in 1976 and was awarded first prize by World Muslim League.
Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources
Published in 1983 this book is a biography of Hazrat Muhammad PBUH by Martin Lings. The Book revolves around old Arab sources that go back to the 9th century, and some of the chapters are translated for the first time. So the book offers new insights and details. The biography contain 85 chapters and is translated into many languages.
Tafsir Ibne Kathir
The book is the comprehensive interpretation of the Noble Quran by Umar Ibn Kathir. The book has deepest explanation and comprehension, the most correct knowledge, and the most righteous works.
No God but God ,The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam
The book is written by Iranian American Muslim Scholar Reza Islam. The book is about the history of islam and argues for the liberty of the religion. The book comprises 310 pages has received a notable response in the Muslim World. The different chapters in the book cover the issues of Jihad. Author mainly focuses on the early practices of Islam and also discusses life within the Abbasid Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and in the modern Muslim World.
The Road to Mecca
This book is the autobiography of Muhammad Asad who is an intellectual Muslim scholar, political theorist and spiritual writer. Published in 1954, Muhammad Asad tells about his initial rejection of all religions, how he entered into Taoism then his fascinating travel as a diplomat, and finally his Islam embracement. The book is a combination of adventure and scenic beauty of travel.
After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam
Authored by Lesley Hazleton in 2009, it is the story about two rivals between Sunni and Shia in Islam. This book is a pure historical description of what happened after the death of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. In the whole narration Sunni Shia split revolves around Muhammad PBUH, Ali R.A and Hussein R.A. Lesley Hazleton beautifully explored the psychology of Ayesha wife of Muhammad PBUH and gave an excellent insight into her controversial actions. When you read the book, you feel you are standing in the middle of each event of Islam.
The Great Theft, Wrestling Islam from the Extremists
Khaled Abou El Fadl is one of the powerful Islamic scholars, narrates that Islam is passing through a transformation phase like the movements that swept through Europe Reformation. This book is in defensive favor of Islam against the extremists power. As an accomplished Islamic jurist, Abou El Fadl make a vital vision for a moderate Islam from the role of women in Islam to the jihad nature, from human rights and democracy to terrorism and warfare.
The Meadows of the Righteous, Riyadh as-Salihin
Written by Imam Nawawi, the book is a compilation of 1900 Hadiths divided into 344 chapters introduced by the verses of Quran.
Tales of the Prophets,Qisas Al-Anbiya
Composed by Muhammad al-Kisai, the book is collection of stories of Prophets from Quran. Following the stories of Adam A.S the stories of Prophets Idris, Noah, Shem, Hud, Salih, Abraham, Ismaiel, Lot, Isaac, Jacob and Esau, Joseph, Shuayb, Moses, Aaron, Khidr, Joshua, Josephus, Eleazar, Elijah, Samuel, Saul, David, Solomon, Jonah and Jesus.
The Declaration of Faith
Authored by Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan, the subject of discussion in the book is the great declaration of ‘laa ilaaha illallaah’ that no one has the right to be worshipped except Allah, its status in the life of Muslims; its excellence, its virtues, its meaning and requirements, how it benefits the one who declares it and when it does not, its effects upon the individual.
Written by Ekram Beshir and Rida Beshir the book provides the guidelines to achieve successful marriage from the Quranic perspective.
The book written in 1377 by historian Ibn Khaldun tells the universal history. The book deals with historiography, Islamic theology, Darwinism, the philosophy of history, political theory, and the natural sciences of chemistry and biology.
The book is collection sermons, letters and narrations of Hazrat Ali R.A. The material was collected by Sharif Razi a Shia scholar famous for his eloquent content of literature in Shia Islam.
Loving our Parents
The book is a collection of stories from the people’s regarding treating our parents with respect and honor. Abdul Malik Mujahid details our duties and obligations to our parents in the light of Sunnah who have sacrificed to raise and educate us.