How and what to study at home to learn more

Discussion in 'Syllabus, Curriculum, Reading Lists' started by Juwayni, Aug 5, 2018.

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  1. Juwayni

    Juwayni Well-Known Member

    Read chapter, and underline or mark important points as you go along. End of chapter summarize your highlights. Keep doing this and you'll have a summary. Discuss the ideas in the book with friends.
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  2. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    read urdu books. and some more urdu books. and then alahazrat's urdu books.
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  3. azharimiyan

    azharimiyan New Member

    Also, what sort of methods do you guys use when reading at home? I find myself reading books and then not remembering anything from them because I do not write anything down or do anything besides read the words.

    Do you guys make notes - if so how organised are these or are they just random scribbles? Or do people find it easier to just read and recollect?

    I understand that this will be different for almost every single person but it would still be interesting to know how others do things, nevertheless.
  4. azharimiyan

    azharimiyan New Member

    I can read Urdu and can understand it to a moderate level but not to a high enough level to read most books. is there anything you can suggest for improving Urdu saheb?

    JazakAllah for the detailed responses also
  5. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    (this list is mostly aimed for non-specialist urdu readers; some of these books may have not be translated in urdu; i don't claim that this is a definitive list. feel free to add books that i may have left out.)

    I. ADAB

    1. bidayatu'l hidayah - imam ghazali

    2. mukhtasar shu'ab al-yiman - qazwini/bayhaqi

    3. ta'lim al-muta'allim - zarnuji

    4. ayyuha'l walad - ghazali

    5. akhlaq al-ulama - aajuriyy

    6. tazkiratu's samiy - ibn jama'ah

    7. fadl ilm al-salaf - ibn rajab

    8. aadaab al-ishrah - al-ghazzi

    9. aadab al-suluk - sayyidi abdullah alawi al-haddad

    10. akhlaq ahl al-qur'an - aajuriyy

    11. islami zindagi - mufti ahmad yar khann nayimi​



    1. aqidah taHawiyyah - imam taHawi

    2. bad' al-amali - imam ali al-ushi

    3. takmil al-iman (orig. farsi) - shah abdul haq dihlawi

    4. bahar e shariat, vol.1

    5. kitab al-aqayid - sadrul afadil mawlana nayimuddin

    6. fiqh al-akbar, wasiyyah imam a'azam

    7. sharh fiqh al-akbar/wasiyyah - ali al-qari

    8. daw al-ma'ali sh. bad' al-amali - ali al-qari

    9. sh. aqidah tahawiyyah - maydani

    10. sharh al-aqayid - taftazani

    11. tuhfatu'l murid sh. jawharah al-tawhid - ibrahim bajuri

    12. sh. aqidah tahawiyah - sh. sayid foudeh

    13. mustanad/mutaqad of allamah fazul rasul / alahazrat in arabic; urdu translation by tajush' shariah mawlana akhtar rida khan raHimahullah.



    1. bahar e shariat

    2. qanun e shariat

    3. hamara islam

    4. jannati zeywar

    5. sunni bihishti zeywar

    6. lubab sh. quduri - abdul ghani ghunaymi maydani

    7. rash'hat al-aqlam sh. kifayatu'l ghulam - abdul ghani nablusi

    8. nayl al-maram sh. kifayatu'l ghulam - abdul latif al-mulla (al-ahsayi)

    9. hidayah (there is an english translation) - imam marghinani

    10. halbatu'l mujalli sh. munyatu'l musalli - ibn amir al-haaj

    11. fat'h bab al-inayah sh. al-nuqayah - ali al-qari

    12. nihayatu'l murad sh. hidayah ibn imad - abdul ghani al-nablusi

    13. hidayah al-alayiyyah -


    14. al-fatawa al-ridawiyyah

    15. fatawa amjadiyyah

    16. fatawa hamidiyyah

    17. fatawa mustafawiyyah

    18. fatawa nayimiyyah

    19. fatawa nayimuddin sadru'l afadil

    20. fatawa fayz al-rasul

    21. waqaru'l fatawa

    22. fatawa alamgiri translated (don't know if sunni)

    23. fatawa faqih e millat​



    1. kanzul iman with khazayin al-irfan

    2. kanzul iman with nooru'l irfan

    3. tafsir jalalayn

    4. tafsir nasafi

    5. tibyan fi adabi hamalati'l qur'an - imam nawawi

    6. itqan - suyuti

    7. tafsir nayimi - mufti ahmad yar khan

    8. ilmu'l qur'an - mufti ahmad yar khan

    9. tafsir e ashrafi - shaykh al-islam mawlana madani miyan



    1. anwaru'l hadith - mufti jalaluddin amjadi

    2. intikhab e hadith - compilation by mawlana akhtar shahjahanpuri, mawlana siddiq hazarwi et al.

    3. ziyaa'ul hadees - shah turabu'l haq rahimahullah.

    4. riyadu's salihin

    5. mishkatu'l masabih

    6. mir'atu'l manajih

    [the six motherbooks have also been translated in urdu]

    i don't know if sunni ulama have translated arbayin al-nawawiyyah or sh.arbayin by ibn rajab [jamiy al-ulum wa'l hikam].

    7. bustanu'l muhaddithin of shah abdul aziz dihlawi



    1. sirat e mustafa

    2. madariju'n nubuwwah

    3. shifa sharif

    4. shamayil sharif

    5. mawahib ladunniyyah

    6. saltanat e mustafa - mufti ahmad yar khan

    7. shan e habibur rahman - "

    8. jazbu'l qulub - shah abdu'l haq

    9. jawahiru'l bihar

    10. kitab al-wafa

    (all urdu translations of above are available)​
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  6. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    subjects: (this is a condensed list for common people)

    1. adab

    2. aqidah

    3. fiqh

    4. tafsir

    5. hadith

    6. sirat

    7. tarikh/histories

    8. tasawwuf

    9. biographies/manaqib

    10. radd/refutations

    11. miscellaneous rasayil
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2018
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  7. abu Hasan

    abu Hasan Administrator

    if you are able to read urdu and/or arabic there are a number of options.

    madrasahs only facilitate learning, and one of the greatest teachers in the indian subcontinent (in the past 100 years) deemed madrasah learning as just the beginning.

    madrasah is an opportunity to be in the company of fellow-scholars, and meet, discuss, exchange ideas among people in the same field. unfortunately, like all other fields of learning, this too is reduced to mostly exams and certificates. at least that is what i know from my interaction with madrasah grads.

    people make a big fuss about sanad. indeed, sanad is important, but in our time, it is certainly not a measure of one's knowledge. i know of 'muftis' who are unable to explain basic principles of fiqh and hadith. in fact, many of them are unaware of the authorities in various branches of knowledge and which are key references!

    i am not saying that you should shut madrasahs. just that, syllabii are outdated and teaching methods are outdated and competence is measured by rote-learning.


    there is nothing wrong in learning from books. but it is just that one should not get carried away. if one has an open mind to correct one's mistakes when pointed out and is steadfast to the path of sunni scholars, there is no harm in reading and learning from books.

    madrasah grads turn their noses up, and look down upon those who learn from books, even if they are themselves incapable of reading those books, much less having read those books. (disclaimer: as always, there is a small minority - very few people - who are different; who are both capable and learned themselves, and value learned people).

    if books are not to be read by people, then why did those imams write them in the first place? and outstanding scholars from the recent past, academics and madrasah grads themselves - why did they translate these books and have them published? at least paste a notice: "only madrasah grads are capable of reading this. outsiders, excuse".

    the other point is, how many madrasah graduates (sanad-yafta) have read books cover to cover with a teacher and how many? surely, even the most diligent student would utmost will have read basic books with the teacher. thereafter, they are on their own - they read and research and keep learning the rest of their lives (diligent students, i mean).

    the rest will have closed their books after final exams in the final year - and will hardly ever read books, except perhaps, those who become teachers. and even they don't go beyond standard books.

    DISCLAIMER: i have not conducted a survey and collected data for the conclusions above - this is based on my observation over the years, and extrapolation. i may be wrong. feel free to disagree.

    knowledge is important. one may not be considered a scholar - or asked to sit in a panel of scholars, after reading a few books. but that should not be the aim. one should strive to gain knowledge. and there are wonderful books available today.

    may Allah ta'ala elevate the ranks of ulama who made these books more accessible by translating them in our languages. particularly, in urdu.

    the first and foremost clarification is that yes, one can read books and learn from books.

    next: which books? (and that was the brother's q)

    Allah ta'ala knows best.
  8. azharimiyan

    azharimiyan New Member

    What books can be studied by someone who does not have a suitable place of learning accessible to them?

    I know there is no substitute for a good teacher and a good course, but unfortunately not all have this available to them.

    I am able to obtain almost every and any book however; hence the question.

    What books should one read as a beginner or what what topics should one study, and how should one progress themselves in said topics?

    I know a lot of brothers on the site are self learned and haven't been through madaaris which is why I ask.


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