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IMAM ABU HANIFAH: LIFE AND WORK

Shibli Nomani Translated by M. Hadi Hussain

396 pages, Paperback

Imam Abu Hanifah—commonly referred to as the Great Imam (al-Imam al-A‘zam)—occupies a commanding position in the history of Muslim Jurisprudence. Those who follow the school of Islamic Law associated with his name outnumber adherents of other schools. Iqbal in his Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam paid a high tribute to Imam Abu Hanifah’s “keen insight into the universal character of Islam” and, while dealing with the question of application of Islamic Law to modern conditions, expressed the view that “the school of Abu Hanifah ... possesses much greater power of creative adaptation than any other school of Mohammadan Law”.
This valuable book on Imam Abu Hanifah was originally written in Urdu under the title Sirat-i Nu’man by the celebrated historian and Islamic scholar Shibli Nomani, giving us his biography and an analysis of the salient characteristics of the Hanafi school of Law

 

 
 
 


THE COMPLAINT AND THE ANSWER
The Human Grievance and The Divine Response
Muhammad Iqbal
104 pages, Paperback

In these two poems, Iqbal discusses the fall of the Muslim ummah, probes into its causes, shows his bereavement and offers a solution along with a message of hope. In the first poem, Iqbal complains to God about the deplorable condition of the Muslim world and society and prays for divine help. In the second poem, which he wrote a few years later, he relays a response to the complaints on behalf of God. In elaborating the causes of the rise and fall of the Muslim ummah, Iqbal hoped that Muslims would use them as a springboard for reviving their former status of prestige and glory.

Iqbal’s poetry has such great variety that several anthologies of it could be compiled, each quite different from the other. The series aims at introducing Iqbal’s poetry to the English-speaking world. While scholars and students will benefit from the work, it is hoped that general readers, both Muslim and non-Muslim, will find this series useful and interesting.

 
 
 


IHYA' 'ULUM AL-DIN: VOLUME II
Al-Ghazali, translated by Fazlul Karim
340 pages, Paperback

The book is a comprehensive encyclopaedia for all of a Muslim’s religious affairs, including beliefs, acts of worship, dealings and character, as well as for individual and societal welfare. Al-Ghazali’s style is that of one who practices what he knows, one who is determined to rise from the dry, ordinary manner of teaching to one which encourages action. Volume two focuses on the norms of daily conduct and consists of eleven books covering ‘The Rules of Eating and Drinking’, ‘The Secrets of Marriage’, ‘Earning a livelihood’, ‘The Lawful and the Unlawful’, ‘Love and Brotherhood’, ‘Duties to Muslims, Neighbours, Relatives, Slaves and Servants’, ‘The Rules of Living in Seclusion’ and ‘The Rules and Regulations of Travelling’.

 
 
 


IHYA' 'ULUM AL-DIN: VOLUME I
Al-Ghazali, translated by Fazlul Karim
429 pages, Paperback

The Revival of the Religious Sciences by Imam al-Ghazali can be described as a book that will never die. This is because it contains a vital cognitive force that time cannot obliterate. In it the Imam discusses Islamic rulings, beliefs and character, in the style of an admonisher who understands the psyche and its secrets as well as spiritual diseases. What distinguishes this book from others is its strong spiritual influence on the reader which makes him seek both soundness of heart and his Lord’s pleasure through acts of worship, rather than the mere performance of acts of worship so that they are legally valid. The book is a comprehensive encyclopaedia for all of a Muslim’s religious affairs, including beliefs, acts of worship, dealings and character, as well as for individual and societal welfare. Al-Ghazali’s style is that of one who practices what he knows, one who is determined to rise from the dry, ordinary manner of teaching to one which encourages action.

 
 
 


AL-GHAZALI: MISHKAH AL-ANWAR - THE NICHE FOR LIGHTS
translated by W.H.T. Gairdner
98 pages, Paperback

This treatise gives an intimate glimpse of the inner life and esoteric thought of Imam al-Ghazali. It begins where his autobiographical Deliverance From Error (Al-Munqidh min al-Dalal) leaves off. It basically expounds the celebrated Light verse (24:35) from the Qur’an and the subject of Veils from the hadith. These are further elaborated in three sections; one studying the various meanings of “Light”, the other on symbolic language in the Qur’an and Hadith and the final section concludes by applying the results of this symbology to the verse and hadith in question.

 
 
 


THIS LAW OF OURS AND OTHER ESSAYS
Muhammad Asad
251 pages, Paperback

The thesis propounded in this book is based on several essays published in the periodical Arafat, which the author wrote and edited in the 1940s. Arafat was a “one man’s journal” – as its subtitle stated “a monthly critique of Muslim thought” – a kind of journalistic monologue meant to clarify the great confusion prevailing in the Muslim Ummah as to the scope and the practical implications of Islamic Law. The aim of this book is to contribute something to a clarification of this fundamental issue confronting the world of Islam in this period of transition.

 
 
 


APA KATA ISLAM TENTANG MURTAD
S.A. Rahman
237 pages, Hardbound

Hukuman ke atas murtad terus menjadi kontroversi yang tidak dapat diselesaikan dalam dunia Islam, walaupun dibincang dan dibahaskan sarjana Islam dan bukan Islam untuk berabad lamanya. 
Kebelakangan ini, isu ini menjadi lebih penting ekoran kemunculan idea hak asasi manusia seperti kebebasan beragama. Kebangkitan semula Islam yang merupakan fenomena global turut menyerlahkan pelbagai aspek undang-undang Islam dan tanggapan tentang jenayah dan hukuman, seterusnya menyumbang kepada kritikan terhadap Islam.
Sebuah masyarakat majmuk seperti Malaysia terpaksa juga berhadapan dengan kontroversi berkaitan identiti dan status beragama, dan ini menjadikan pemahaman mengenai isu murtad dalam konteks negara Malaysia sesuatu yang penting.

 
 
 


PONDERING OVER THE QUR'AN (TADABBUR-E-QUR'AN): VOL. II, SURAH ALI 'IMRAN
Amin Ahmad Islahi
translated by Mohammad Saleem Kayani
288 pages, Paperback

Tadabbur-e-Qur’an by Amin Ahsan Islahi invites the reader to ponder and reflect on the message of the Qur’an. It is based on the principle of nazm or coherence and refutes the oft-repeated allegation that the Holy Book lacks order and continuity.
The present volume covers the third chapter of the Qur’an, Surah Ali ‘Imran. It serves as an important resource for students of the Qur’an because its contents are structured into logical sections and subsections with respect to theme and content. Each portion can thus be studied on a week-by-week or other regular basis in a systematic manner. The whole approach is to welcome enquiring and questioning minds to engage with the message of the Qur’an.

 
 
 


THE PROBLEM OF CORRUPTION
Syed Hussein Alatas
182 pages, Paperback

Corruption is a disease that can sweep through a society like a tidal wave, leaving in its wake a trail of negligence, lethargy, inefficiency and callous disregard of man’s inhumanity to man. What is it like to live inside such a society? Why has it taken such strong root in so many countries? Is there no sense of outrage and shame against such a phenomenon among our elite? What can be done to stem the tide? Is it corruption as it is known in the West? These disturbing questions and more are answered in this book. Corruption in all its forms, bribery nepotism and extortion, is shown for what it is – a major cause of the dehumanization and victimization of innocent people. The corrupt have no aspirations for the betterment of their societies. For this reason, all decent people must be gravely concerned with the problem and nurture the next generation to confront the corrupt and disrupt their way of life.

 
 
 


ISLAMIC ETHICS OF TECHNOLOGY: An Objectives' (Maqasid) Approach
Amana Raquib
404 pages, Paperback

This book approaches the question of technology from an Islamic ethical perspective. The book tries to broaden the scope of the Sharia to deal comprehensively with the ethical questions and dilemmas that arise in the midst of a postmodern technological culture due to the absence of well-defined religious-ethical ends. It looks at the maqasid as a universal ethical theory to be interpreted and applied in the global technological context. It weaves the contemporary philosophical analysis of technology within the maqasid discourse and assesses modern technology through the lens of the ultimate aims and purposes of the Sharia. It works out the relationship between the various objectives and how they can be developed into an Islamic ethics of technology. Following in the recent interest in the objectives of the Sharia, the book further expands the scope of the maqasidand carries it further to encompass metaphysical and ethical debates surrounding technology. Anyone interested in finding alternatives to the existing technological model will find this book valuable. Specifically those interested in Islam and Modern World and how ijtihad is being undertaken to tackle contemporary ethical problems will find this book helpful.

 
 
 


'ABD AL-QADIR AL-JILANI: FIFTEEN LETTERS
(KHAMSATA 'ASHARA MAKTUBAN)
translated by Louay Fatoohi
108 pages, Paperback

Shaikh ‘Abd al-Qadir al-Jilani is arguably the greatest figure in the history of Sufism. His teachings have attracted millions to Islam and helped countless Muslims understand the spiritual journey that this great religion represents.
The current work consists of fifteen short letters in which the Shaikh describes spiritual experiences and knowledge that are attained through striving against one’s base desires and committed devotion to Allah. They are written in a highly mystical language, using a peculiar style whereby each sentence or group of sentences is followed by a related Qur’anic text. In effect, the letters represent a Sufi experiential interpretation of the quoted Qur’anic verses. While small in size, this exceptionally charming and poetically beautiful work is immensely profound.

 
 
 


MALAYSIA-SINGAPORE: Fifty Years of Contentions 1965-2015
Kadir Mohamad
364 pages, Hardbound

This book offers an interesting and informative account of the often fractious relations between two countries in the heart of Southeast Asia. It outlines the primary issues that plagued relations between Malaysia and Singapore in the last fifty years and the political, diplomatic and legal initiatives taken to address them.
The author gives a first-person narrative of the seemingly endless behind-the-scene episodes that have brought the love-hate relationship to where they are today. He further delves into the vast reservoir of information on the rocky bilateral relationship to provide a reasonable argument over why Malaysia has behaved as it has since 1965. Exhaustive record of, among others, minutes, letters and documents are brought to light to substantiate the Malaysian view in relation to issues of contention with Singapore.
Coming from an insider with more than four eventful decades in the Malaysian Foreign Service, it will be an eye opener for many.

 
 
 


IMAM AL-SHAFI'I' IN QUEST OF KNOWLEDGE
Islahee Muhammad Yousuf
98 pages, Paperback

In Quest of Knowledge is the story of Imam Muhammad ibn Idris al-Shafi‘i’s search for knowledge. The story revolves round a son whose sole mission in life is to acquire knowledge, a teacher who lovingly accepts him, and a widow who not only bears with the separation of her only son but also shares his passion for knowledge. Their innate nobility, their ability to suffer for a common cause, their intense love for the Prophet (s) and their infinite trust in Allah give them the dimensions of epic heroes.

 
 
 
 

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