Hope CD

By Zain Bhikha.

“This album has been a work-in-progress for about three years. It is a very personal one that I think many, if not all South Africans, will be able to relate to and I am sure that Hope will be welcomed into the South African market,” says Zain Bhikha.

The album is a contemporary, urban mix with a strong resonance of African culture throughout. The array of songs addresses various issues of humanity, all falling under the banner of Hope. Zain works with some impressive local and international talent, including his 18-year old son Rashid. Other artists include American rapper Khalil Ismail, Fadi Tolbi of the Middle East and Canadian-born Dawud Wharnsby.

songs include a remake of Michael Jackson’s Heal the World, with a South African twist – the video was shot in Soweto this month. In the same theme of hope and healing is the song Guantanamo Bay. Fans will be pleased that the album contains a re-release of his popular World Cup song; First we need the Love, a duet with Rashid, which garnered thousands of supporters worldwide. Included is a tribute to women: the Woman I love, which speaks to three different roles in a woman’s life, daughter, mother and wife.

Notions That Must Be Corrected

By Shaykh Muhammad B. Alawi Al Maliki Al Hasani

Notions That Must Be Corrected is perhaps the most important and renowned work of the late Sayyid, Shaykh Muhammad b. ‘Alawi al-Maliki al-Hasani (ra). Throughout his masterpiece the author offers valuable and wise words of caution against extremism and invites the Muslims to the path of Ahl al-Sunna wal-Jama‘a, the hallmark of which is tolerance and moderation. Sayyid Muhammad expertly clarifies the correct position relating to numerous ‘controversial’ contemporary topics whilst maintaining strict adherence to the Qur’an, the Sunna, and the way of the Salaf.

Our Master Muhammad Vol 1

By Abdallah Sirajuddin al-Husayni

Our Master Muhammad The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) – His Sublime Character & Exalted Attributes

In this day and age, it is essential for the Muslim community and humanity at large to acquire a detailed description of the Best of Creation, the Messenger of Allah (asws). ‘Our Master Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah’, is a book of devotion written from the heart and addressing every heart that yearns to draw closer to best of Allah’s creation. In this second volume of the book, the author details the exemplary character traits of our Prophet (asws), his devout worship, his noble lineage and progeny, and the blessings of his physical-self and personal effects, and his infallibility in both religious matters.

This expression of Prophetic love and longing was written by the ‘Pole of Prophetic love in our times’, the venerable saint, Hadith scholar and exegete: Imam ‘Abdallah Sirajuddin al-Husayni (ra). His book is an exceptional demonstration of sound scholarship and spiritual realization.

‘O you who love the Messenger of Allah (asws)! Time has isolated us, tribulations have spread amongst us, the charlatans have spoken, and many people have preoccupied themselves with that which relieves neither hunger nor thirst. We have lost the warmth of the love of the Messenger of Allah (asws), the warmth that those who love him feel, and which those who yearn for him desperately seek, and in the beauty of which the most knowledgeable ones in Allah lose themselves. The reality of this love is absent, whilst claims to it are many, and the way of the Companions and the model of their love have been reduced to mere stories and legends. So let us renew our covenant with the Messenger of Allah ? , and bear the banner of love to the most sincere and lasting love, and the most enduring and faithful reverence, and the brightest and most resplendent light, and the Beloved and Chosen One of Allah

The Blessed Tree DVD

A meditation on the themes of love of the Prophet, veneration of holy sites, grace and symbolism. This film tells the story of the meeting between the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) and a Christian monk named Bahira. The meeting happened in the shade of a tree.

Fourteen hundred years later that same tree was discovered still alive in the northern deserts of Jordan. The only tree alive in hundreds of square miles of emptiness. This tree is a link to the life of the Prophet and a place of pilgrimage today…

The Man with Bad Manners

By Idries Shah

The first of these Afghan tales to be set in the West, this story is about a badly behaved man and how a young boy initiates a plan to change his behavior and, with the help of all the villagers, succeeds. It will bring laughter to young children and at the same time teach them valuable lessons about conflict resolution, initiative and cooperation. Rose Mary Santiago’s illustrations provide delightful and amusing counterpoint to the story. This is the third book she has illustrated in this series. Part of a rich body of literature from Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Middle East, this story is one of many collected and retold for children by the Afghan author Idries Shah. It is the first in this series to be set in the West. “A young boy decides to reform an ill-mannered neighbor and finds in himself a newfound skill for resolving conflicts in this warm, inviting story of resolution.” —Children’s Bookwatch

The Magic Horse

By Idries Shah

An ancient tale in the tradition of the Arabian Nights, The Magic Horse follows the wondrous adventures of young Prince Tambal. Considered a dreamer in comparison to his brother, Tambal becomes intrigued by a wooden horse dismissed by others as a mere plaything, but is really a finely carved magical horse. Prince Tambal disappears on the magic horse and has many exciting adventures before he finally obtains his heart’s desire and can return home. Beautiful illustrations by Julie Freeman capture the magic of this tale. The images and the text are inset in rich borders of oriental patterns. “...illustrated with jewel-toned, delicate paintings featuring the costumes, tools, buildings, and animals of the Moslem East. The two brothers do not represent good and evil as happens so often in Western tales, but instead merely the choice of two different paths. This unique quality as well as rich art will invite discussions of differences in the characters and meanings of tales across cultures... a welcome addition to traditional literature collections.” —School Library Journal “Ornately decorated pages, with inset naturalistic illustrations and frame upon frame of geometric borders, complement the exotic scenes ... Freeman’s patterns recall both mosaics and kaleidoscopes.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Surviving in The Apartheid Prison

By Sedick Isaacs

"Sedick Isaacs was a prisoner of conscience on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent m18 years.

This is another perspective of another section of the prison through the eyes of a scientist."

The Afrikaans of the Cape Muslims

By Achmat Davids

Earlier scholars described the existence of Arabic-Afrikaans in the 1960s but it is only with AchmatDavids’s study The Afrikaans of the Cape Muslims that a comprehensive socio historical record emerges of Cape Muslim Afrikaans, its speakers, writers and traditions. In many respects this is a path-breaking study that broadens our understanding of the linguistic nature of Afrikaans as it was spoken among a significant section of the people of Cape Town. The author explores the origins and make-up of 19th and early 20th century Cape Muslim society, the development of Arabic-Afrikaans as a written script over a period of hundred years and the ways in which it was disseminated through local madrassas, as well as its pioneering writers and personalities. Most noteworthy is David’s original insight of rereading the existing Arabic-Afrikaans texts in terms of the Islamic reading practice of tajwid, allowing him to determine what early Afrikaans sounded like.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Achmat Davids is known for his numerous popular and scholarly articles and book publications, among them Mosques of the Bo-Kaap (1980) and The History of the Tana Baru (1985). The Afrikaans of the Cape Muslims is a thoroughly edited version of his master’s study completed at the University of Natal in 1991. Davids (59) died on Tuesday, 15 September 1998 in Cape Town.

ABOUT THE EDITORS Suleman E. Dangor has published on Arabic-Afrikaans and Islamic Civilizations and Theology. He is Emeritus Professor of Islamic Studies in the School of Religion and Theology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.Hein Willemse is Professor of Literature, Department of Afrikaans, University of Pretoria and has published on the oral and written traditions of Afrikaans and South African Literature.

Islamic Intellectual Revival Of The Modern Mind: A Collection of Articles and Lectures of Fazlur Rahman Ansar

Compiled and Transcribed By Mahdie Kriel

Islamic Intellectual Revival Of The Modern Mind is the follow up to the acclaimed book, Islam to the Modern Mind and is a collection of essays, lectures and articles by the late Maulana Fazlur Rahman Ansari.

Described as a man firmly embedded in the present, Maulana had an ever wakeful readiness to reflect on the past while maintaining a firm vision of the future. This is evident in the timeless qualities of his lectures, which are as relevant today as they were when he delivered them over forty years ago and we want to say. “Where is Maulana Ansari today!”

This series of works will be greeted by followers of Maulana Ansari as a breath of fresh air amidst the stifling atmosphere of rigidity and dogmatism currently plaguing the Muslim world.

The works contained within this book cover a wide range of important topics aimed at reviving the mind, some of which are formal while others reflect a much more personal, imtimate tone. Rashard Jeddar (Retired School Principal)

“ excellent collection of essays. Mahdie Kriel’s work is always succinctly stated, lucidly expressed and coherently conceived. Certainly in the Islamic theological tradition this anthology of essays would be a worthwhile text book for educators and students. It pulls together pieces of Fazlur Rahman Ansari’s work in a way seldom done in the Islamic world. I highly recommend this reading” - Prof Yusef Waghid ( Professor of Philosophy & Education, Dean of faculty of education at Stellenbosch University)

The Truth is On The Walls

By Naz Gool Ebrahim Donna Ruth Brenneis and Shahena Wingate-Pearse.

The stories of Naz Gool Ebrahim and District Six are intimately linked; in fact it is hard to imagine the one without the other. As the niece of Cissie Gool, Naz came from fighting stock. Strong women with strong voices ran in the family. So when the Apartheid Government declared 'the District', a slum in 1966 and announced plans to flatten it, Naz wasn't about to lose all that she held dear without a fight. She became the voice of the voiceless, both in South Africa and in the USA and was nominated as 'Woman of the Year'. Naz combined her radical political activism with her roles as devoted wife and mother to six children. Up until the end of her life in 2005, she worked tirelessly to oppose the evil of racial segregation. To her opponents, she was an indomitable adversary, but to her friends she was 'Naz - Raz-a-ma-tazz', a great lady who certainly knew how to tell a story and put on a good show.

The Perfect Guide To The Sciences Of The Quran: AL-ITQAN FI 'ULUM AL-QUR'AN

Imam Jalal-Al-Din Al-Suyuti (849–911 AH / 1445–1505 AD)

Imam Jalal-al-Din al-Suyuti (849-911 AH / 1445-1505 AD) was born, lived, and was buried in Cairo. The ascription 'al-Suyuti ' is a reference to Asyut, a town in Upper Egypt from which his family hailed. Known as the 'son of books' from the numerous books he studied and referred to in his works, he could equally be called the 'father of books' because of the many books he produced. From his early years, al-Suyuti devoted his life to learning, reading, writing, and teaching - holding notable positions in the city of Cairo at a time when it was the center of Islamic learning par excellence. He was an outstanding scholar, second to none in the field of Qur'anic Sciences ('Ulum Al-Qur'an) in which he produced many well-known works. However, being the all-round scholar that he was, his contributions covered almost all the fields of Arabic, the Qur'an, the Traditions (hadith), and history. His works were of such superb quality that they earned him the respect of his generation and the generations that followed, up to the present day. Most important of these, in the field of Qur'anic Sciences, was his Al-Itqan. Al-Itqan is perhaps the most outstanding work of its kind in the field of Qur'anic Sciences. Exhaustive in its sources and its subjects, thoughtfully and lucidly written, the work is also well arranged. Readers will be taken by the depth, breadth, scope, and mastery of the author while noting how much Muslim scholars have devoted to the study of the Qur'an and how varied and diverse were the fields in which those studies were made. The work found its way to many circles both near and far in the Islamic world. The translation presented here is of a publication of four volumes published in 1387 AH (1967 AD). This book is the translation of the first volume. It is a must to the specialist of Qur'anic Studies and is highly recommended to the initiate. (Series: The Great Books of Islamic Civilization)

About the Author

Hamid Algar is Professor of Persian and Islamic Studies at the University of California in Berkeley, California. Michael Schub is a Senior Lecturer in Arabic at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Ayman Abdel Haleem is a translator and academic researcher at the Golden Web Foundation, Cambridge, England.

The Barzanji Mawlid

The Barzanji Mawlid was composed by Imam Barzanji, and celebrates the birth and life of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, in beautiful poetic prose. It is performed throughout the world, in melodious tunes popular amongst the people.

There have been many compositions that allow us to rejoice in the bounties and blessings of remembering Allah's Chosen Beloved. Some are in prose, others in poetry. Some are in Arabic, others are in local vernaculars. Among the most important and universally accepted is the one compiled by Ja'far bin Husayn al-Barzanji.

The Barzanji Mawlid comes with:

  • Colour hardback book
  • The complete Arabic text
  • Full, facing English translation
  • More than 15 qasidas and their English translation
  • 2 cd set of the complete recitation and qasidas!

Marvels of the Heart – Imam Ghazali

This is a classic Sufi manual on the 'science of the heart.' For Sufis, the 'heart' is more than a piece of flesh, it is the seat of the soul, and holds the key to the intimate relationship which exists between soul and body.

Each heart, according to this traditional wisdom accumulated over centuries of spiritual practice and experience, possesses four qualities: predatory, animal, demonic, and divine. The latter represents our true origin and potential, and by use of the intelligence and spiritual practices enabled by God's grace, we may restore equilibrium to our inner core. As the Koran says: 'By the remembrance of God do hearts find peace.'

Ghazali uses a series of traditional Sufi teaching stories to illustrate the theme of the heart as a mirror. The light of the divine sun can only shine in the heart when the seeker recalls the Prophet's teaching that 'everything has a polish, and the polish of hearts is the remembrance of God.' Bad character traits, acquired through faulty upbringing, are like 'a smoke which clouds the heart's mirror'; this is the 'heart's rust' mentioned in the Koran. But the one who has polished his heart is made luminous by God's light, and brings that light to others, which is the quality of sainthood.

Tafsir ibn Abbas – ibn Abbas (RA)

Tafsir Ibn Abbas, presented here in complete English translation for the first time ever, is the second work in the Great Commentaries on the Holy Qur'an series. The series aims to make widely available leading exegetical works in translation for study and research in unabridged form, which are faithful to the letter and meaning of the Arabic.

Attributed variously to the Companion Abdullah Ibn 'Abbas (d.687CE) and to Ibn Ya'qub al-Firuzabadi (d.1414CE), Tafsir Ibn Abbas is one of the pivotal works for understanding the environment which influenced the development of Quranic exegesis. Despite its uncertain authorship and its reliance on controversial Israelite stories, Tafsir Ibn Abbas nevertheless offers valuable insight into the circulation and exchange of popular ideas between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity during the formative phase of Islamic exegesis.

This commentary is unabridged and uncensored, like the other works in the Great Commentaries on the Holy Qur’an series. The traditions attributed to Ibn Abbas that are at the core of this work render it as a seminal work of exegesis. Tafsir Ibn Abbas is unencumbered with isnads, or chains of transmission, and does not contain elaborate theological or philosophical explanations or technical grammatical explanations, thus making the work accessible to the non-specialist. Muslim scholarship considers the author Ibn Abbas as the real father of the science of Tafsir. The reports related from Ibn Abbas regarding the interpretation of the Qur’an are quite abundant. In fact, there is almost no interpretation of a Qur’anic verse for which one cannot find an interpretation to Ibn Abbas.

Removal of confusion – Shaykh Ibrahim bin Abdallah Niasse

The Kashif al-Ilbas is the magnum opus of twentieth-century West Africa’s greatest Muslim leader, Shaykh al-Islam Ibrahim ‘Abd-Allah Niasse (1900-1975).

Shaykh Ibrahim was a Muslim scholar and sage of the Tijaniyya, a Sufi order which has spread to all corners of the Muslim world since Shaykh Ahmad al-Tijani (d. 1815, Fes) established the confraternity in North Africa in the late eighteenth century.

Shaykh Ibrahim had unparalleled success in propagating the Tijaniyya, and those owing their initiation into the order to Shaykh Ibrahim currently number around one hundred million and make up more than half of all the Tijanis in the world.

The distinguishing practice of Shaykh Ibrahim’s movement was tarbiya, or spiritual training. Through tarbiya, aspirants transcended the confines of their ego-selves and “tasted” the directly-experienced knowledge, or gnosis (ma’rifa), of God.

The Kashif al-Ilbas, written early on in the Shaykh’s career in 1931-1932, is primarily a guide for the teaching and learning of the experiential knowledge (ma’rifa) of God on a widespread scale.

Drawing on the concept of the spiritual “flood,” gnosis for all who desired it, Shaykh Ibrahim demonstrates in the Kashif that no believing man or woman should deprive him or herself of spiritual illumination.

Maqasid al Shari’ah as Philosophy of Islamic Law – Jasser Auda

In this pathbreaking study, Jasser Auda presents a systems approach to the philosophy and juridical theory of Islamic law based on its purposes, intents, and higher objectives (maqasid). For Islamic rulings to fulfill their original purposes of justice, freedom, rights, common good, and tolerance in today s context, Auda presents maqasid as the heart and the very philosophy of Islamic law. He also introduces a novel method for analysis and critique, one that utilizes relevant features from systems theory, such as, wholeness, multidimensionality, openness, and especially, purposefulness of systems. This book will benefit all those interested in the relationship between Islam and a wide variety of subjects, such as philosophy of law, morality, human rights, interfaith commonality, civil society, integration, development, feminism, modernism, postmodernism, systems theory, and culture.

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Islamic Saints
Sufis (Islamic mystics) form an important element in Islamic society. The author provides an explanation of their mystical doctrine and practice. He also discusses recognizing pious and holy mystics as saints and the value of their intercession on behalf of believers. The text stresses the practice of the Tijaniyah order of Sufis. Displayed is a diagram explaining the religious life of the mystics, which revolves around the teaching of their master.
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