Dhul-Qadah 1441 Book Club Recap
Updated: Jun 22
Bismillahi ar-rahmani ar-rahim
Assalamu aleikum waramatulahi wabarakatuhu everyone!
Welcome to this month's book club edition. We have four books on the roster today. Please grab your drink and enjoy reading our thoughts—brief or detailed—on the books selected insha'Allah. You can read the previous recap here.
Disciplining the Soul
The book has a lot of pearls of wisdom masha'Allah. Out of three readers, one reader is still reading in order to absorb the gems in small doses regularly and the other is a DNF. That's normal since books have different effects on people. The book expounds and gives tips on how to avert many sicknesses of the heart and/or flaws of mankind; 'ishq, sharah, riyah, anger, spitefulness, envy, stinginess, knowing one's flaws, averting conceit, arrogance, etc.
Overall, we found the book well-written, concise, and eloquent even. One subject one member didn't agree on was the stance the author had on relationships with one's wife or wives. He was basically saying don't be too playful with your wives or she (they) won't respect you. Sure there is this level of familiarity noone should invite in any relationships that could invite disrespect but Rasullulah ﷺ had exciting and intelligent debates with the Mothers of the Believers. We believe that in any self-help book we read, we should always know and read the complete sirah of the Prophet ﷺ to make sure we get the full picture in order to know the befitting cause of action. Also, seeking to discipline women (wives) a certain way can blow up in one's face.
Some Favorite Quotes:
The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, "Allah ﷻ says, 'Pride is my cloak, and glory is my lower garment, so whoever contends with Me regarding either one of them, I will torment him.' "
"Every breath we take is taking us closer to death. The time we spend in this world is short, the time we are held in our graves is long, and the punishment for following our lowly desires is calamitous." — Ibn Jawzi
The War Within Our Hearts
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Women in the Quran
We had two readers for this book in the mix. That said many members have read about women in the actual Quran. However, more light is shone upon these women when we read the tafsirs on their lives. For instance, Zulaykha (as) is mostly known as a seductress. Astagfirullah. There is more to her than this infamous story subhan'Allah. Many people don't know that the former of wife of al-Aziz became the wife of Yusuf (aleihi salam.) So, condemning people on their sins or reducing their whole biography to a single degrading and inferring word such as "unmodest" is uncalled for. We are all sinners. Read more on Zulaykha (as) here.
Some of the women cited are Awa (as), Bilqis (as), Maryam (as), Hagar (as), Sarah (as), Zulaykha (as), Asiya (as), the daughter of Chouaib, and Anna (as). You get the gist, women after which great miracles were bestowed upon, holy rituals were fashioned after or great doom descended upon because of their betrayals.
Not to disobey Allah for Awa (as). The love of Allah for Bilqis (as). The Favors of Allah for Maryam (as) . Trusting Allah or Hagar (as). Having sabr for Sarah (as) and Asiya (as). Modesty for the daughter of Chouaib. Miracles of youth for Zulaykha (as). The power of dua for Anna (as).
Khadijah (ra) and Maryam (as)
Yes, the women are inspiring.
Don't betray your good Muslim husband such as the wives of prophets Lut and Noah (as). If he is like Asiya's husband (Pharaon)...well...You know what to do.
You can read a review of the book below:
Stars in the Prophet's Orbit
After reading all of the sixty stories,
We can confirm that many arose from the darkness and filth of paganism like the summary of the book indicate. Their tawhid after converting to Islam was spotless. They were people overly submitted to Allah.
We loved all of their stories but the story of Salman al-Farisi helped a member make a life changing decision.
No. We want to meet them in the next life insha'Allah and to be in their circles.
We found them very inspiring and have started to try to live like them for several years now. Alhamdullilah.
Readers found this feedback useful. Alhamdullilah.
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Until next time, subhanaka Allahumma wa-bihamdika ash-hadu anla ilaha illa anta as-taghfiruka wa atoobu ilayka. (O Allah, You are free from every imperfection; praise be to You. I testify that there is no true god except You; I ask Your Pardon and turn to You in repentance.) Aameen. Masalam, The Fofky's Book Club