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[Book Review] Du’as of the SuperStars: The Formulae for Success

[Book Review] Du’as of the SuperStars: The Formulae for Success - Productive MuslimScope

I opted to review this book based solely on the title. I had never heard of the author AlimaAshfaq before, nor did I know that she had several other publications, was a presenter on Unity FM, had worked with AlMaghrib Institute and conducts seminars and workshops across the UK as an instructor and owner of her own company, while also posting on 2 blog sites!

Du’as of the Superstars: Formulae for Success, third edition, encompasses a whole lot more than the title suggests. It is not just another book of du’as. It is a treasure trove of gems. When I read the preface, I thought to myself: ‘I know this formula; everyone does.’ Although the ‘secret formula’ that Alima addresses in this book seems to be common knowledge, she puts the message forth in a different dimension. What you think you know, concepts that you have probably read about before and duas that you have you read a myriad of times in the Holy Quran, is presented in Du’as of the Superstars in a new perspective that keeps you paging. Continue reading

[Interview with Author] Maryam Mehded Sinclair

[Interview with Author] Maryam Mehded Sinclair - Productive MuslimSister Maryam is the author of a number of Islamic books, both in written and audio formats. Her latest book is called When Wings Expand and explores how a Muslim copes with hardship and loss. We caught up with Sister Maryam to find out more about her work, her latest book and, of course, practical tips for emotional productivity!

Assalam alaikum Sister Maryam. Thank you for taking the time to be with us. To begin with, please tell us a little more about yourself and your work.

I have committed myself to writing vivid and reliable narrations of Qur’anic and traditional Islamic stories. I say vivid because I want people to feel the reality of the events, and reliable because one of the miracles of Islam is that its knowledge has been preserved in the miracle of the Glorious Qur’an and by meticulous scholarship such as the world has never seen. Having grown up a Christian, I developed the habit of ‘If you don’t know, make it up.’ That kind of thing may be necessary in traditions where the knowledge has been lost, but that is not the case with Islam and the Qur’an alhamdulillah, and in fact Allah has promised it never will become the case. So verifying everything becomes crucial.

What motivated you to write When Wings Expand and what is the story about?

Initially what motivated me to write was a desire to revisit some things I myself had lived. Later, on suggestions from an editor the Continue reading

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] Continue reading

[Book Review] Al-Adab Al-Mufrad A Code for Everyday Living: The Example of the Early Muslims

[Book Review] Al-Adab Al-Mufrad A Code for Everyday Living: The Example of the Early Muslims - Productive MuslimI purchased Al-Adab Al-Mufrad by Imam Bukhari [1] - Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ismail (194-256 AH / 810-970CE) after listening to a talk by Shaykh Navaid Aziz.  He mentioned that this book is a must read for every student of knowledge.  I don’t hold any pretensions in the department of being a student of knowledge, but I like to try.

My copy was bought in Jeddah and cost 55 Saudi Riyals.

Al Adab Al Mufrad is probably the second most important work of Imam Bukhari after Al Jami as

Sahih to which he devoted more than a quarter of his life and which is generally considered as an authority second only to the Holy Quran.   This book deals solely with the subject of moral etiquette in Islam. Compiled in the 9th Century, it is one of the first books to be written on this subject. Continue reading