With Ramadan fast approaching, most people are in full preparation mode; whether that’s giving the house a final clean, food shopping or menu making, my plans always include compiling a quick book list to complement my Qur’an reading. Here are my chosen titles for the year and I hope they provide an emaan-boost and encouragement for you too!
In the Early Hours by Khurram Murad
At a time when we are focused on spiritually cleansing and renewing ourselves, this book is the perfect companion to keep you inspired. It is so simply written, but so effective in expressing our true-life purpose: seeking the pleasure of Allah and attaining Jannah. With goals and practices outlined from the Qur’an and sunnah, I found this to be an authentic approach to Islamic self-development and a beautiful introduction to the purification of the soul.
Prayers of the Pious by Omar Suleiman
30 days, 30 prayers. Sorted! This gem of a book was out last Ramadan, but I’ll be turning to it again as it was the ideal spiritual hit I needed during busy days. Each chapter takes minutes to read and leaves you with heartening supplications you’ll want to memorise and ask for again and again. Omar Suleiman’s new title, “Allah Loves,” is written in a similar fashion and outlines the characteristics and qualities most beloved to Allah. Another worthy addition to your Ramadan book list!
Dua: The Weapon of the Believer by Yasir Qadhi
This book is such a golden oldie; I love it. From the different types, the proper etiquette, factors that aid dua being answered and even the wisdom behind a delayed response, this pretty much covers everything you need to know about dua! Every chapter is broken into subheadings so you can glance at the contents and dip into it easily – perfect for upping your Ramadan-dua game!
The Heart of the Qur’an by Asim Khan
No Ramadan reading list would be complete without a book that encourages and strengthens our relationship with the Qur’an. Complete with colourful diagrams and illustrations, this is a beautifully written commentary of Surah Yasin, AKA the heart of the Qur’an. To quote the synopsis: “Surah Yasin is amongst the most well-known chapters of the Qur’an…despite this, so few Muslims are confidently able to say that they understand the message it conveys. Discovering the priceless messages of this chapter will help enhance our appreciation of the Qur’an and our ability to relate the advice it contains to the world around us.”
An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’an by Yasir Qadhi
This title may sound a little academic in nature, but it’s an incredibly easy read; it is fascinating and always leaves me in awe at the miraculous nature of the Qur’an. There are not many works in the English language, written specifically for English readers, which deal with this topic so clearly and in as much detail. If you’ve ever wondered about the compilation of the Qur’an, causes of revelation, the language and different modes of recitation, this is the perfect book to aid general understanding of these sciences and more.
The Legacy of the Prophet by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali
If I was to choose only one book to pore over and truly absorb in Ramadan, it would be this one. Judging by the title, you would think this is related to the seerah, but it’s actually an explanation of the advice given by the Prophet (saw) to Ibn ‘Abbas when he was a child. The hadith begins, “Safeguard Allah and He will safeguard you…” and so the first chapter dives straight into what this truly means: how we protect the rights, commands and limitations of Allah. Each chapter expounds on a line and lesson from the hadith, which makes it an incredibly contemplative and enlightening read.
What titles would you add to your own list?? Happy reading!