Asalaamu Alaykum.  In this post I will be pointing you in the direction of some books on women’s issues. While generally men and women have the same obligations when it comes to ibaadah, worship in Islam; there are many issues which specifically affect women and that we need to know about. A lot of cultures and even some so-called ‘Islamic sects’ look down upon women and do not encourage their women to learn their rights and obligations with Islam; and unfortunately some reverts do get sucked into this SubhanAllaah. With all the good material that is out there; we really do have no excuse to be ignorant.  I have not recommended any specific books on the women’s dress in Islam; as I feel it is covered in the below books; but if it is something you need to look into further get in touch and I can advise some books for you InshaAllaah.  Also I have not recommended any books on marriage in general and seeking a marriage partner; I feel that is a very important and seperate issue InshaAllaah.

The first book I will recommend is written by one of the female scholars of Yemen, Umm Abdillaah Al-Waadi’iyyah.  Do bear in mind that this book was written for women in Yemen who due to societal reasons there, tend to be less educated in both ‘secular’ and Islamic matters than in the west, so it is written in quite a basic terminology and tone; which is not intended to be patronising.

My Advice to The Women

My Advice to The Women

The second book MashaAllaah is quite difficult to get hold of but I would really advise getting it if you can; again it is written by a knowledgeable Muslim sister; and is very beneficial.

Supporting The Rights of The Believing Women

Supporting The Rights of The Believing Women

Next a book on a topic that is a big stumbling block for many women who embrace Islam subhanAllaah, and that is polygyny or marrying more than one wife. If you have the correct understanding of this topic; InshaAllaah it will no longer be such a stumbling block. I find that those who cannot accept this sunnah, even for others, or have incorrect thoughts about it or those who participate in it; usually are simply lacking knowledge of how it is practiced in Islam.  InshaAllaah this book will be a wonderful eye-opener if you have any questions about this practice.  It is written by two Muslim sisters; so really comes from the female perspective MashaAllaah.

From Monogamy to Polygyny A Way Through

From Monogamy to Polygyny A Way Through

Next a really nice book MashaAllaah on the early women of Islam who were given the glad tidings of paradise; including the wives of Prophet Muhammad Salalaahu Alaihi Was Sallam. Although this book is well written it does contain a few typos.  Do try to ignore these; and don’t lose focus on the rest of the book as it is very nice and easy to read mashaAllaah.

Great Women of Islam

Great Women of Islam

Finally a couple of books on issues relating to raising children. I find many sisters come to the deen with young children mashaAllaah; and as such they are in need of guidance as to their upbringing in their new faith. InshaAllaah these two books are really helpful in this regard.

Raising Children in Light of the Qur'an and Sunnah

Raising Children in Light of the Qur'an and Sunnah

Islamic Fatawa Regarding The Muslim Child

Islamic Fatawa Regarding The Muslim Child


I am writing here to recommend books on topics around the pillars of Islam in practice; I could have recommended you hundreds of books but I think it is important not to ‘bog you down’ too much when the other books I have recommended offer some fairly lenghty reading experiences! The actual physical practices in Islaam come under a banner known as ‘fiqh’ or jurisprudence; which is a science that covers all the legal aspects of Islaamic law and practice of the faith and that has been derived from authentic evidences from The Qur’an and Hadiths; scholarly consensus and certain types of reasoning based on previous precedents derived from the texts.

I believe; Allaahu Alim that the first pillar of Islam; Shahadah or Declaration of Faith; has been covered in quite some detail by the previous books I have recommended as well as in some of the articles I have written and posted here.

With regard to the second pillar; the Salah, or the prayers, there is a huge plethora of books on the topic. Here I will be focusing mainly on those books which teach you how to pray, teach you the conditions and pre-requestites of the salah and that focus on any issues that may arise in the salah such as what to do if you miss something out.  I will also be posting a couple of titles about prayers that are not completely obligatory but very highly recommended such as witr, the night prayers in Ramadan, and the ‘Eid prayer.  The inner dimensions of the prayer; peripheral issues and the minutae of the salah I will perhaps be posting about on another occasion; but for now I will focus on the books that focus on these core issues.

First up is a very concise book on the conditions of the prayer. It is incredibly easy to read and I can highly recommend it.  It is taken from the works of Muhammed Ibn Abdul-Wahhab but the great thing with this book is, it is really two books in one as it has the original translated work with commentary by two scholars MashaAllaah; and as such they have chosen to comment on different issues, so you are really getting a multi-dimensional insight here.

An Explanation of the Conditions, Pillars and Requirements of The Prayer

An Explanation of the Conditions, Pillars and Requirements of The Prayer

The next book is about special prayers in Ramadan although they can be prayed all year round, it is from the works of Shaykh Al-Albaani but translated by Muhammed Al-Jibaali.

The Night Prayers Qiyam and Tarawih

The Night Prayers Qiyam and Tarawih

And another really good one on the sunnah prayers; that are prayed regularly at the times of the compulsory five daily prayers by Shaykh Muhammed Umar Bazmool.

A Description of The Regular Sunnah Prayers

A Description of The Regular Sunnah Prayers

The next pillar in Islaam is fasting in the month of Ramadan, or Sawm in Arabic. There are many opportunities for voluntary fasts in Islaam as well; but for now we will focus on the books that the issues around fasting in Ramadan and problems that may occur such as illness or pregnancy and how to deal with fasting around these issues.  The second one is written by various major scholars; it sometimes comes with a slightly different cover but the same font and heading is used.

Treatises on Zakat and Fasting

Treatises on Zakat and Fasting

Ramadhaan Fataawa

Ramadhaan Fataawa

After this pillar comes the pillar of Zakah (which is covered somewhat in the book above by Shaykh Bin Baaz) commonly translated as ‘alms-giving’ ; there are two types of Zakah; the first one known as zakah-ul-fitr is required to be given by, or on behalf of every Muslim after the end of Ramadan so that poorer Muslims can enjoy the festivities of Eid-ul-Fitr; the second form, the general Zakah is required to be given once a year mainly on certain amounts of money or jewellery made from precious metals, and certain types of crops and livestock. Although it is commonly said to be 2.5% of your income; the criteria and minimum income before you start being liable to pay Zakah is actually somewhat more complex and even the percentage to be given can vary on certain items so it is important to read up on the issue InshaAllaah and if in doubt to ask a qualified scholar.

The final pillar is Hajj, or pilgrimage to Makkah; it is only required once in a lifetime and has some very important pre-requisities; without which one is not required to go. I have heard the following book is very good MashaAllaah and it also covers the minor pilgrimage known as Umrah as well.

Hajj and Umrah from A-Z

Hajj and Umrah from A-Z

InshaAllaah this concludes this post; there are as I have said, many books on these topics out there but these are really an excellent introduction mashaAllaah…

Now after a long break without posting; my recommended books on the remaining five pillars of Imaan (aside from belief in Allaah) InshaAllaah. There is a series I’d really like to recommend here; it is designed for children and young adults but is very easy to understand and read with illustrations (within the bounds of the rulings on picture making) plus it tests you on what you have learnt; at the end. This is the 2nd book in the series but there are 6 titles. It is widely available; and some branches of dar-us-salam do sell the full set; at a discount.

Knowing The Angels-Part 2 in Eemaan Made Easy Series

Next another wonderful series; more designed for older readers. It is somewhat more expensive; and also quite advanced with several extra volumes available; but if you really want full and in-depth knowledge on the topic; it is ideal InshaAllaah.

Belief in Allaah part of Islamic creed series

Finally two books that condense the above topics; into one volume. The first is very simple and concise; the second is more in depth but still easy to understand.

Islamic Creed Based on Qur\'an and Sunnah

Asalaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullaah akhawaat [sisters]

I apologise for not putting up any new posts in the past week; I do have some new ones outlined; continuing the recommended books theme and also one on recommended audio. I will also be posting some items in the ‘resources’ section of the site; for general reference. Then InshaAllaah i will be moving onto practical issues; such as marriage, hijab and so on and the rights and responsibilities of a Muslim woman in particular. I have a couple of important events this weekend InshaAllaah; then its back to the drawing board, er wordpress interface InshaAllaah!

Umm Abdullaah

Asalaamu Alaykum

after getting hold of the bare basics; I’d really advise reading some basic books on the Names and Attributes of Allaah ta’ala and tawheed; and then the other aspects of aqeedah; but we will cover this most important pillar first; as there are many beneficial works that will give you an excellent basis to start off with. I am aware that those new to the deen are often faced with financial constraints; therefore I have chosen books that are inexpensive and widely available InshaAllaah.

The first book I will recommend is Kitab at-tauhid; there are many versions of this book; most others having commentary. I am recommending the one without commentary; as it is quite self-explanatory anyway InshaAllaah but feel free to get one with if you feel it will help you.

Kitab at-tauhid



Next up; is a very nice book MashaAllaah that I recently purchased for a young girl interested in Islam. It is a pocket-size version of the book ‘usool ul-thalaata’ or ‘The Three Fundamental Principles.’




Next up is a beautiful book by Shaykh Ibn Baaz; very simple and easy to read. Make sure you get the ‘Second Edition’ because it has more references; and also some corrections from the first edition MashaAllaah.




Next is a book about the categories of Tawheed. Very simple and short; but helps to clarify them very well and also refutes some of those who have invented new categories of tawheed.




Next is an absolute ‘must-have’! Very eloquently written and easy to read; with each chapter only being a page or so. It summarises all the important issues of belief; into one short volume.



Finally in this section; a really lovely book about The Names and Attributes of Allaah; very clear and concise; and also has information about the beliefs that some of the deviated sects held in the past with regard to The Names and Attributes of our Rabb [Lord].



InshaAllaah in this post I will be writing about Recommended books-the very essentials.  A seperate page will detail good places to buy InshaAllaah. As a new Muslimah it can sometimes be hard to work through which books are authentic, which are not and which contain relevant knowledge and those which consist of knowledge which is relevant and interesting; but not essential to know. Now this post is entirely subjective to my personal experiences; and no scholar has said these are the books you must read (well with the exception of The Qur’an!) and in this order! Also this list is not exhaustive by any means and I will continue to add to it. The first books I will recommend are published by dar-us-salam; this publisher publishes many of the main books we need as Muslims; such as the most authentic and authorised versions of The Qur’an, Hadith collections and Tafsir. They also publish many other authentic books MashaAllaah. I would urge caution though as not all the books they publish are known to be sound; and also their bookshops and websites sell books that are not published by them as well; so proceed with care and if you ever have doubt about the authenticity of a book then don’t buy it!

First book is the Noble Qur’an; I have chosen a pocket size one as that is the easiest one to take around with you without losing any important details or information; however there are various other sizes available; including a 9-volume set with more in-depth commentary. Also you can buy the Qur’an commentary on its own; and this will be covered in another post InshaAllaah. The Noble Qur’an is also available online at Salafi publications and I’d recommend it highly; but you cannot really take that one around with you!

Noble Qur’an pocket

The second book I’d recommend; is the Summarised Sahih Al-Bukhari; again it is available online at Salafi publications; in its entirety whereas this is just a summary. But again if you want something to take around with you; this is essential.

Sahih Bukhari Summarised




Next is the summarised Sahih Muslim; again this is online at Salafi publications; I believe in its entirety. But for me personally I find it easier to search for hadiths in a real book as opposed to online; it depends on your preferences.

Sahih Muslim



Next an excellent book by Shaykh Ibn Baaz Rahimahullaah that is a work on Qur’an and its commentary, Hadith, Creed and Belief, Manners, Lifestyle; just everything really all in one book. I only got this book recently myself and was wondering why I didn’t get it before! I cannot reccommend it enough; and all the authentic stores and sites sell it so you can’t go wrong with this one!

Explanation of important lessons



Finally; in my essentials list I’d advise this book; it contains all the supplications a Muslim needs to know; and it also has the transliteration although be advised this is not a replacement for learning the Arabic script and language; but it can help.

fortress of the muslim



The final part of this article will InshaAllaah, cover the pillars of Imaan as detailed in the hadith. Please note this article is NOT a replacement for seeking knowledge on your own; rather I intend for it to act as a catalyst for you seeking your own knowledge InshaAllaah. As believers in Islam; there are three levels of belief; Islam, Imaan, and Ihsan. Islam is just knowing; and practicing the bare minimum obligatory matters, while having the belief in the heart and upon the tongue. Imaan is a higher level of faith; in which a person tries to perform acts that are not obligatory but highly recommended, in the aim of seeking the pleasure of Allaah, and seeks to perfect that which is obligatory; as well as increasing their knowledge in all matters. Ihsan is the highest level, which we should all seek to achieve InshaAllaah. From the aforementioned hadith of Jibreel….

He [Jibreel] said: ” Then tell me about Ihsan.” He [Muhammad] said: “It is to worship Allah as though you are seeing Him, and while you see Him not yet truly He sees you”

Again from the hadith we find Imaan has pillars; and these are:

”It is to believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day, and to believe in destiny [qadar], both the good and the evil thereof.”

Firstly to believe in Allaah; to truly believe in Him one must have a good knowledge of his Names and Attributes (for fear of leaving out any important ones or writing in a way that may be misunderstood; I won’t go into them here but instead will advise further reading), and believe in them without delving into their meanings, twisting their meanings or resembling them to the creation; but at the same time one must not deny their meanings or claim they mean other as is intended. One must also believe the Qur’an is the speech of Allaah; and is NOT created. Also we must know the categories of Tawheed; which by consensus are…

  • ‘Tawheed ar-ruboobiyah’ This category entails that the believer singles out Allaah the Exalted with (the actions of) creation, providing sustenance, giving life, causing death, and all of the types of regulation and administration of the dominion of the heavens and earth, and (also) singling Him out, the Exalted, with (the right to) judgement and legislation and sending of the Messengers and revealing of Books. Allaah the Exalted said, “Verily, to Him belongs the creation and the comman, blessed be Allaah, the Lord of the worlds” (al-A`raaf 7:54). Ruboobiyah essentially translates as ‘Lordship’.
  • ‘Tawheed al-Uloohiyyah’ is singling out Allaah with worship so that none besides Him is worshipped, so that none besides Him is called upon, so that no one is sought for rescue, or aid except Him. So that no one is sacrificed to or slaughtered for, or made an oath for, except Him. Allaah the Exalted said, “Say: My prayer, my sacrifice, my life and my death are for Allaah, the Lord of the worlds. He has no partner. This is what I have been commanded with and I am the first of those who submit (to him with Islaam and Tawheed)” (al-An’aam 6:162), and He said, “Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (to Him only)” (al-Kawthar 108:2). This category of tawheed is essentially; accepting that only Allaah is worthy of worship; and no-one besides Him.
  • ‘Tawheed al-Asmaa was-Sifaat’ is describing Allaah the Most High and naming Him with whatever He described and named Himself with, and with whatever His Messenger (sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam) described and named Him with in the authentic narrations – and to affirm that for Allaah without resemblance (to the creation) or likening (to the creation), and without (false) interpretation (of any of that) or negation (of any of that). There is nothing like Him and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer. And may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and his companions. This bulletted section adapted from Fataawaa al-Lajnah ad-Daa’imah, Vol 1 page 20-21, Fatwa No. 8943, compiled by Shaykh Ahmad ad-Duwaish and featuring fatawa from the likes of Shaykh Ibn Baaz and Shaykh Uthaymeen.

The second pillar of Imaan is belief in The Angels [Malaa’ikah]. The Angels are one of Allaah’s creations, which he created to worship Him and to carry out His commands; they are a creation from the Unseen [Al-Ghayb]; which we have been instructed to believe in with a firm belief. The Angels are created from light. There is a misconception some Muslims have adopted; based on Christian belief, that Satan [Shaytaan or Iblis] was a fallen Angel; however this is very clearly refuted by the Qur’an itself.

And (remember) when We said to the angels; “Prostrate to Adam.” So they prostrated except Iblîs (Satan). He was one of the jinns; he disobeyed the Command of his Lord. Will you then take him (Iblîs) and his offspring as protectors and helpers rather than Me while they are enemies to you? What an evil is the exchange for the Zâlimûn (polytheists, and wrong-doers, etc). (Al-Kahf 18:50)

For more information about the Angels, their roles, names and attributes please refer to the following Article. ‘Belief in the Angels and its effect on The Life of The Ummah’- from Al-Ibaanah

The next thing we must believe in, is Allaah’s books. As Muslims we must believe that Allaah revealed books to his Prophets and Messengers in order to call to the right of Allaah upon his servants; which is ultimately that we worship Him alone. We must also believe that the books mentioned by Allah by name; At-Tawraat [Torah], Az-Zabur [Psalms of David], Al-Injeel [The Gospels] and Al-Qur’an [The Qur’an] were revealed by Allaah to His Messengers, without being created, and without human interpretation. However after they were revealed; all of the books with the exception of the Qur’an have been altered. The Qur’an was revealed to the final Messenger Muhammad; as a guidance and a warning for not only the Arabs; but mankind and Jinn in their entirety. Even non-Muslim historians admit the Qur’an has not been altered; and there are many very early Qur’ans still in existence to testify to this fact. In the time of the sahabah; dots were added to the Arabic letters to make them easy to read for non-native speakers as the Arabic alphabet at that time was very basic and the vowels and even dots idenitifying some letters from others; were not included. This is something that has remained ever since and is now a part of the language itself; but this did not alter the reading of the text in any way.

The fourth matter one with Imaan must believe in; and know about; is the belief In the Messengers of Allaah. As detailed before; this includes belief in ALL the Messengers and Prophets and not just Muhammad Salalahu Alaihi Was Sallam; although we must believe He was the final Messenger; and there will be no other after him. All The Prophets mentioned in the Qur’an or the Sunnah; we must believe in Them; and believe that what is mentioned of them in Qur’an and Sunnah is true. As for that which comes from other sources; such as the previously revealed books as they stand today; if it agrees with what is found in Islam and corroborates that; then it is accepted. If it cannot be found in Islamic sources but is not contradictory to them; then we neither reject nor accept that statement; we reserve judgement as Allaah knows best. If it is something that is clearly contradictory to the Islamic sources; then it is rejected; and Allaah knows best.

The fifth pillar of imaan, is belief in The Last Day; or The Day of Judgement which has many names in Arabic. It entails believing in everything that the Qur’an and Hadith say will happen on that day; as it is described; without claiming it to be metaphorical, or a parable and the like. This pillar includes belief in questioning by the angels after the soul is taken from the body, where a person will be asked ‘who is your Lord?’, ‘who is your Messenger?’ and ‘What is your religion?’. It also entails belief in the punishment or reward in the grave; as well as the day of judgement and the ressurection of all the souls. Also it includes everything which will happen on this day such as the gathering of all the souls to be called to account, the placing of the bridge [siraat] over hell, the placing of the balance [mizaan] on which ones deeds will be weighed, and the books of the believers being given to them in their hands in order to call them to account. There will be those who are righteous who will recieve their book in their right hand; and those who are sinful who will recieve it in their left hand or from behind their backs. There will be no injustice on that day and everyone will be treated with the justice they deserve. All of these events will physically come to pass in reality; and are not metaphorical or allegorical desciptions of something else. Believing in this pillar also entails in believing in the Fountain or Basin [Hawd] which will be given to The Prophet Muhammad and the believers will be able to drink from; that everyone will be placed in either the paradise or the hellfire after being called to account, and that the believers will see Allaah at least once; and He will talk to them, in the hereafter. Also this belief entails believing in the intercession of Prophet Muhammad Salalahu Alaihi Was Sallam; for the believers.

The final pillar of Imaan is to believe in destiny [qadar] , also translated as ‘pre-decree’. Belief in this pillar includes belief in the following.

  • That Allaah already knows what has happened and also that which will happen in the future. Also that Allaah knows in every detail the condition of all his creation, their provision, their life-spans, their deeds and everything to do with their lives.

‘Verily Allaah is knowledgeable of everything’ (Noble Qur’an. Surah Al-Mujaadilah 58: 7)


‘That you may know Allaah has Power over all things; and that Allaah encompasses everything with His Knowledge’ (Noble Qur’an. Surah At-Talaq 65:12)

  • Secondly; That Allaah has also recorded everything that has happened and that he has ordained will happen in the future, in a preserved tablet [Al-Lawh ul-Mahfuz]

‘Know you Not that Allaah knows all that is in the heavens and the earth? Verily it is all in the preserved tablet. Verily! That is easy for Allaah.’ (Noble Qur’an Surah Al-Hajj. 22:70)

  • Thirdly, believing what Allaah Wills; will be carried out and come to occur; and what Allaah does not will to happen; will not occur.Basically nothing can happen without the Will of Allaah; and nothing that He has willed to happen; will not happen.

‘Verily Allaah does what He Wills’ (Noble Qur’an Surah Al-Hajj 22:18 )

  • Fourthly, believing that Allaah created everything; and he has complete power over all His creation.

‘Allah is the Creator of Everything and He is The Guardian of all Affairs’ (Noble Qur’an Surah Az-Zumar 39:62)

What also falls into the overall category of Imaan is the belief that Imaan is belief; speech and action; and that it increases with good deeds; and decreases with sins. Also with the exception of cases of clear Kufr, Shirk; and in the view of some ulema the complete abandonment of the Salah (as opposed to occasionally missing prayers, or praying late); one must believe it is not permissible to declare a Muslim a non-believer on the basis of a major sin they committed; ie fornication, stealing, dealing in interest or lying; provided the individual did not believe that sin to be permissible.

‘Verily Allaah does not forgive that partners be ascribed to Him; but he forgives what is less than that to whom He wills.’ (Surah An-Nisaa 4:116)

Also it is mentioned in several authentic hadith that anyone who has an atoms weight of faith in their heart; will be removed from the hellfire and will not dwell therein forever as the non-believers will. However this is a matter known only to Allaah; and the severity of the punishment of the hellfire is so severe; that no believer in Allaah would want to end up there even for less than a second. Faith in Allaah also entails loving and allegience for the believers for the sake of Allaah and hating and emnity against the unbelievers for the sake of Allaah [Al-Wala Wa’al Bara]. It also entails love, without going to excess (such as giving them attributes of The Prophet; or even worse, Allaah), of the Companions [sahaba] and wives and family of The Prophet Salalaahu Alaihi Was Sallam , those that came immediately after them [tabi’een] and the righteous from the next 300 years after that; known as the Salaf-us-Saalih. It also entails believing that the best in rank amongst the Companions was Abu Bakr, then Umar, then Uthman and then Ali. It also entails not entering into disputes about the Prophet’s Family and Companions and their character or any disagreements they may have had, or calling them names or belittling their faults. I have used this article as a reference for this one, ‘The Correct Belief and what Opposes It’; may Allaah bless its Author Shaykh Bin Baaz Rahimahullaah; I highly recommend reading it seperately as it contains many more references; and also information upon what takes a person outside Islam; that I was not able to include here for the sake of brevity. All good in this article is from Allaah; and all bad is from myself; and please make du’a for me that this article is a cause of my burden being lessened on the day of Judgement InshaAllaah.

Subhaanaka Allaahumma wa bihamdika ash-hadu an la ilaaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atoobu ilayk. [How Perfect you are, O Allaah, and all praise is due to You. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except You. I seek Your Forgiveness and turn to you in repentance].