Book Review: Real Life Lessons from The Holy Qur’an for the 21st Century Muslim

Book Review: Real Life Lessons from The Holy Qur’an for the 21st Century MuslimBook: Real Life Lessons from The Holy Qur’an for the 21st Century Muslim
Author: Muhammad Bilal Lakhani
ISBN: 9960-9829-9-8
Publisher: Darussalam

In just 96 pages, this book will change your life for better. The author’s aim is to inspire you and make you a better Muslim. The inspiration for the book is derived from the verse:

“(This is) a Book (the Quran) which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its Verses, and that men of understanding may remember.” [Qur’an: Chapter 38, Verse 29]

Who Is This Book For?

This book is for every person who is trying to get closer to Allah and follow the blessed Qur’an but has failed. For someone who has read many books and is yet unable to start truly living Islam. For someone who has read books and found them either too complicated or too easy and couldn’t relate to them. I am an avid reader and this book is by far the most easy to relate to and understand. A kind of book that will successfully gain its entry into the book club of enjoyable reads!

 

What Does the Book Cover?

The author covers what we need to do when life is: good/not as good/when Allah begins to test our health. He presents to us a compilation of uplifting verses from the Qur’an to help us through rough times. Every section ends with a “Last Word” full of wisdom and inspiration. This book contains a contract between you and Allah. The contact is official in its presentation and has 5 articles and sub sections. There is a mock contract and detailed explanation of how one needs to go about this contract for maximum benefit.

This book is ideal in helping teenagers get over pornography, addicts in getting over their drinking or smoking addictions, or anyone in getting over depression, understanding the purpose of life and be content with Allah’s decree. The author ensures that the contract gives you the extra push that’s always needed to bring a positive change in your life.

What are the Book’s Other Amazing Features?

My favorite part: the author gives us a realistic, easy and achieveable step-by-step plan to achieve Jannah! And who doesn’t want Jannah?! He then steers us towards a “fool proof” method of staying out of Hell. He skilfully describes how shaytan works and what his weapons of mass destruction are. Most importantly, he presents a compilation of Qur’anic verses describing Hell: Subhan Allah, this compilation is something that we need to read and reflect upon daily. Additionally, readers are also taught how to master the art of repentance.

Any More Interesting Stuff?

If you are reading this I like you: because you are greedy for knowledge just like me! A detailed verse by verse explanation of Prophet Yusuf’s story is added just before the end. After reading this section, I sincerely prayed that someone reads this book and writes the entire Qur’an in a similar fashion for kids and especially for teenagers. The way the verses are presented with detailed notes makes this beautiful surah so relatable and easy to implement! I have watched detailed tafseer videos on Surah Yusuf but nothing effected me quite like these notes did. The author gives us 25 real life lessons from the story of Prophet Yusuf’s life.

He ends the book with some pointers on money and Islam, friends and foes, state of the Muslim nation, women and Islam and the last word on being a Muslim in the 21st Century.

Is It Too Long?

I finished this book in a day and so can everyone else. It has nothing to do with my reading skills and everything to do with the way this book is written. You cannot put it down! It’s so easy to read, the writer covers nearly everything in just 96 pages. I highly recommend purchasing this book for yourself and gifting it to at least one person (preferably a teenager/an introvert/younger sibling/revert/donating it to a Masjid Library).

After you finish this book you will begin having a more beautiful relationship with Qur’an and Islam. This book is not a one-time read – every time I go through some hardship I keep coming back to the 25 real life lessons from the story of Prophet Yusuf.

This book will be your friend, your companion (a fun one at it) and a source of greater pleasure that awaits its reader at its end: a strong connection with the blessed Qur’an and Allah Himself, in sha Allah.


49 thoughts on “Book Review: Real Life Lessons from The Holy Qur’an for the 21st Century Muslim

  1. Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullah,

    I’ve read this book.. and MashaAllah.. It’s really good. This book succeeds in making the readers relate their stories to the stories in the Qur’an and the stories of the prophets.

    I have improved so much after reading this book. Alhamdulillah.

    As stated in the last paragraph this book has indeed been my companion throughout my high school life. And yes after reading that book I did have a beautiful relationship Qur’an and Islam.

    Very interesting and engaging book. I strongly recommend it for every young muslims out there!

    Well written book review by Sr. Shamsiya Noorul Quloob. MashaAllah.

    JazakAllah khair Sister. :-)

    1. Waleycum as salam wr wb dear Zaina :)

      Thank you for your positive comment – I make sincere dua that Allah strengthens your bond with Qur’an and Islam further :)

      Wa iyya ki..

  2. assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh .. ur review on de buk has kindled an interest for de buk n me .. In shaa allah am plannin 2 buy dem soon !! nd in shaa allah ll defiantly recommend de same if its a gud source of seeking Allah z pleasure !!

    1. Waleycum as salam wr wb dear Aafreen :)

      If you have found this review helpful please share it with your friends and loved ones, that way they can benefit from it as well – Bi’ithnillah..

      All the very best! You will not regret purchasing this book :)

    1. Wa iyya ki dear Yasmin :)

      Jazak Allah khair for dropping by and leaving a comment.
      If you purchase the book and read it – Do let my readers and I know how it helped you.

      Sincere duas your way..

    1. Waleycum as salam wr wb Unaizi :)

      Im so glad you took out the time and read my review <3
      May you benefit immensely from it! wa iyya ki for stopping by..

  3. Jazzaja allah khaira..is very much interested in buying the book…seeing this impressive review…in sure bok would b a worth one….in’sha allah…hw to purchase? ,?

  4. Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh

    I would really like to buy this book both for myself and my children. I live in the UK please can u advice me where i can buy it from in the UK as i have tried to buy it on Amazon.com but the postage costs are far more expensive than the actual cost of the book.

    JazakaAllahu Khair.

  5. Masha Allah gud to get your valuable reviews. May Allah reward u in duniya and aakhira. Jazakallah khair sister shamshiya
    @ aminath u culd login to darusalam website and purchase.

    1. Ameen to your precious duas brother.
      May Allah reward you with the same – wa iyya ki for your precious time and for stopping by and reading the review.

  6. I have this book. My (grown-up) kids and I found it very practical. I’ve even watched an interview of the author. He talks about Deen in a very balanced and logical way. You can tell this from his book as well. it’s a good book to have.

    1. Thank you so much for the input umm othman :)
      I pray our brothers and sisters benefit from your comment and purchase this book :)

    1. Waleycum as salam wr wb :)

      There is no ebook available, its pretty cheap and inshaAllah if you have elders or brothers or sisters in saudi ask them to get it for you :)
      Or you can alternatively purchase it from amazon.com or from the publisher’s website..

  7. Assalamu’alaikum Sister Shamsiya,

    Jazakallahu khairan for the work you have done in the way of ALLAH. Could you please help me out to provide the info regarding the procedure of purchase.

  8. Assalamu Alaikum,
    I have been looking for a book that would connect our lives to the Qur’an and ten received e-mail about the book. How can I purchase it? From where?

  9. Assalamu Alaikum,
    I have been looking for a book that would connect our lives to the Qur’an and then received e-mail about the book. How can I purchase it? From where?

  10. Ma sha Allah the preview of the books indicates that it is inspiring.. I wished if there were e.books of it or can be downloaded freely for people who cant afford

  11. Assalamu alaikum,
    Subhanallah.. sister.. its great advice..
    i saw this book in Darussalam book store..but because of lack of time not gone through it…
    this article pushing me to buy and go through it..i have bought other bookso f Darussalam..all are like miracles in bookworld..

    Add me in dua.. Jazakallah khairan for sharing your thoughts.

    Wassalam,
    Ansar Kasim,

    1. Waleycum as salam wr wb Alkalaam :)

      Yes, I live in India.
      And yes Times of India is a newspaper

      Jazak Allah khair for stopping by and taking time to reply..

  12. Shamsiya Noorul Quloob
    Asalaamualekum dear sis.. JazaakALLAH khaiyr for such a b’ful review of this book.. MASHAALLAH..! I already hav this bk and have the same feeling for wot u hav so exceptionally well described in ur review.. As rightly quoted by u Subhan Allah, this compilation is something that we need to read and reflect upon daily.And this book is not a one-time read – every time I go through some hardship I keep coming back to the 25 real life lessons from the story of Prophet Yusuf..I also highly recommend this bk..May Allah bless the author, those who read as well as those who recommend this book.. May Allah help us in achieving best out of it !

    1. Waleycum as salam wr wb Dr. Salma :)))

      Aww your comment is special to me coz my mum’s name is Salma as well :)
      Wa iyya ki..
      Summa Ameen to your beautiful Dua <3

    1. Waleycum as salam wr wb Fatima :)

      The best deal is to ask someone living in saudi or on a umrah to get it for you :)
      Otherwise you can get it from the publisher’s online shop or amazon.com
      Abu Productive and others have shared some links..

  13. Assalaamu’alaikum wr wb
    Dear Sister Syamsiya,
    I live in Punchbowl, Sydney, Australia.
    I would like to purchase the book for family and community.
    Do you know where can I purchase it?
    Or Can I order it from You?
    Please advise.
    Thank you kindly.
    Jzk Allah Khair.
    Wassalam,
    Amzurial Chaniago.
    amz_chaniago@yahoo.com.au

  14. Ordered this book on Kindle after reading this book and was very disappointed. The advice in the book boils down to basically “Get and and do it”. Other than a collection of really beautiful ayat of the Quran, there almost nothing the author offers that isn’t just common sense.

  15. Ordered this book on Kindle after reading this review and was very disappointed. The advice in the book boils down to basically “Get and and do it”. Other than a collection of really beautiful ayat of the Quran, there almost nothing the author offers that isn’t just common sense.

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