Books and resources on various topics for self-reading.

Question:

Message:
Asalaamu alaikum..

Honorable Mufti saheb i hope you are well inshaAllah. I am very sorry for what i am about to ask from you.

Can you please recommend some books to read english for a layman in the following topics:

Aqeedah/ Tawheed

Hadith/Sunnah

Tafseer – explaination of verses

Seerah/Islamic History of sahabah, tabieen,tabi tabieen pious predecessors (mainly tabieen and tabi tabieen as i have books on live of sahabah)

Fiqh/Halal and Haram – what things in sharia are permissable what is not (all aspects not just food?)

Tasawwuf/tazkiya on good character and social etiquettes, purification of heart and behaviour

Please list as many books as you can inshaAllah.

Once again i have asked too much from you forgive me for disturbing you.

Please help me learn islam inshaAllah.

Asalaamu alaikum

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

We commend you for your zeal and enthusiasm in acquiring knowledge of Deen. May Allah enlighten your heart and increase your interest in learning Islam. 

We live in an age where information about Deen is widely available, both correct and incorrect. Therefore is essential for every Muslim to ensure their source of Islamic knowledge is sound and reliable, especially when gaining one’s information from the internet where deviant ideologies are widespread. The great Imam from the Tābi‘īn, Muhammad ibn Sīrīn– may Allah Ta’ala have mercy on him – said:

إن هذا العلم دين فانظروا عمن تأخذون دينكم

“Verily, this knowledge is religion, so be cautious of whom you take your religion from.” (Sahīh Muslim)

We recommend the following as you requested,

Aqeedah- The following commentaries on Aqeedah Tahawiyyah. https://www.central-mosque.com/Beliefs/aqeedah-tahawiyyah-commentaries.html

Hadith- Raiyaadhus Saliheen-

Faazilul A’amaal- https://archive.org/details/FazailEAmaalfull-English-ByShaykhMuhammadZakariyyaKandhelvir.a

Shamaail Tirmidhi (Hadith/Seerah)-https://archive.org/details/ShamaailTirmidhi

Seerah-

– Seeratul Mustafa (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) Abridged

-The sublime conduct of Rasulullah ﷺ by Mufti Muhammad Irshad Qasmi

The Ways of the Holy Prophet ﷺ (Uswa e Rasool e Akram) By Shaykh Dr Muhammad Abdul Hai Arifi (r.a)

Fiqh- We advise you check our website www.Fatwa-tt.com regularly and read up on the Q&A. Also on www.Askimam.org by Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Tasawwuf/tazkiya- You may visit www.darulmahmood.net , a website dedicated to Tazkiya by Mufti Ebrahim Desai containing Bayaans and literature. It will assist in one’s Tazkiyah and spiritual journey to connect to Allah.

We also recommend you connect with your local Hanafi Ulamaa and benefit from them.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mufti Arshad Ali

Darul Iftaa, Jaamia Madinatul Uloom (Trinidad)

www.fatwa-tt.com /www.jaamia.net