Essential Extra Curricular Reading Recommended By Shaykh Asrar Rashid

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  1. Hanafi Sunni

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  2. Khanah

    Khanah Veteran

    Are all of the Islamic texts listed below available in English?
  3. Unbeknown

    Unbeknown Senior Moderator

    I am also curious to know the reasoning behind the recommendation.

    1. If it's the mas'ala itself, surely that can be learnt from other sources. Considering it's for darsis, they must have no trouble asking their teachers for an explanation of the mas'ala.
    2. It cannot be for some exceptional "research methodology" - as it is, the methodology is exceptional only for its complete absence.
    3. It can hardly be for the language, it's unexceptional on that account as well.
    4. Is it because it collects all the varying opinions about the issue and provides some much needed context to English speakers? If so, it should carry a rider about the author's prejudices.
    5. If it's simply to give a holistic view of the types of fiqhi literature available in the market, fair enough. But then again, it must carry a clear rider lest unsuspecting readers - which is sure to include non-darsis with little or no access to teachers who could apprise them of the disinformation neatly tucked between the other apparently harmless stuff - might mistake his opinion to be endorsed by sh. Asrar himself.

    I am bemused...
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  4. Unbeknown

    Unbeknown Senior Moderator

    why is this book on the list sans a warning that he is an unreliable people-pleaser (especially devbanditii)

    In the same book he lies about Imam Ahmad Rida Khan, claiming that he was not proficient in hadith (an emphatic nod to his devbandit friends no doubt - plus, boosts the sales and sweetens the reviews) and that Alahazrat - what was it now - " could by no stretch of imagination be considered a major astronomer of his time".

    I do understand that anyone who reads the latter two works will not fall-in for asim's lies (perhaps that is why they were put in close proximity) however the book shouldn't even be on the list for sunni darsi students, or any list for that matter, except perhaps a list of under-researched and poorly argued works.

    It would be a different matter if the claims had been forwarded by some "uninitiated expert" like usha sanyal or barbara whassit, but coming from someone who knows well what he is about - it is nothing more and nothing less than a deliberate lie.

    A bad lesson in ethics for the as yet immature minds.

    There is an excellent refutation of his vitriol here.
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  5. Unbeknown

    Unbeknown Senior Moderator


    apart from the Islamic works, the list leans heavily towards critiques on and expositions of modern political thought.

    We need some tech, science, philosophy, medicine and literature books on there too.
  6. Shadman

    Shadman Active Member

    This is the essential extra curricula reading for first year Dars e Nizami students of Shaykh Asrar Rashid at SBC Masjid and any students enrolling later in the year at SBC Masjid or Lozells Rd Masjid.
    This list can be utilised by first year students at other institutes like Jamia alKaram (Nottingham), Suffat alIslam (Bradford) or Jamiat alMadinah.

    How to read: Select the smallest works that interest you the most first. Then move onto the next work. Continue like this until you complete the entire list. This list is not exhautive and after the first year the student who completes this list will develop his own acumen of selecting books to read as well as becoming a habitual reader.

    Publisher- Heritage Press

    Imām at-Taḥāwī Creed of Islām An Exposition by Abū Ḥafṣ Sirāj al-Dīn al-Ghaznawī
    Guardian of the Cloak by Shaykh Dāwūd Ibn Sulaymān
    Muḥammad ﷺ: His Pre-eminence and Special Characteristics by Imām al-Suyūṭī
    The Refinement of Souls by Ibn ʿAtā’ Allāh al-Sakandarī
    The Pure Ancestry of the Prophet ﷺ by Imām al-Suyūṭī and Shaykh Isḥāq ʿAzūz al-Makkī
    Muḥammad ﷺ - A Portrait of Perfection by Shaykh ʿAbd al-Majīd al-Sharnūbī
    How to perform Ḥajj & 'Umrah by Shaykh Nūr al-Dīn ʿItr
    The Essence of Ṣufism by Shaykh Abū Bakr al-Mullā
    The Beneficial Epistle by Shaykh Muḥammad Ṣāliḥ al-Furfūr
    The Essential Islamic Creed by Shaykh Aḥmad ibn Zaynī Daḥlān
    The Seekers Aid by Shaykh ʿAbd al-Ghanī al-Ghunaymī al-Maydānī
    Love for the Messenger Muḥammad ﷺ by Shaykh Nūr al-Dīn ʿItr
    Muḥammad ﷺ the Best of Creation by Shaykh Muḥammad ibn ʿAlawī al-Mālikī

    Publisher- Sunni Publications

    An Outpouring of Subtleties vol 1-2 by Allie Khalfe
    The Creed Made Easy by Shaykh Mahmoud Abu l-Huda al-Husainy
    The Bayquni Poem by Imām ʿAbdAllāh Sirājuddin
    The Creed of Imām al-Dardīr by Siddiq Mitha
    The Ashʿaris & Maturidis by Shaykh Sa'īd Foudah
    A Critique of the Palmyran Creed by Shaykh Sa'īd Foudah
    Ahl al-Sunna: The Ashʿaris by Shaykh al-Sinan and Shaykh Al-'Anjari
    Sending Prayers upon the Prophet ﷺ by Imām ʿAbdAllāh Sirājuddin
    The Sanusi Creed by Shaykh Sa'īd Foudah
    The Scholars of the Ṣufīs by Shaykh 'Abd al-Hadi Kharsa
    The Testimony of Faith by Imām ʿAbdAllāh Sirājuddin
    Realities of Ṣufism by Shaykh Abd al-Qādir 'Īsā
    Notions That Must be Corrected by Shaykh Muḥammad ibn ʿAlawī al-Mālikī
    Our Master Muḥammad ﷺ vol 1 and 2 by Imām ʿAbdAllāh Sirājuddin
    Al-la Madhhabiyya by Shaykh Ramaḍān al-Būṭī

    Other Islamic Publishers -

    The Influence of the Noble Ḥadīth by Shaykh Muḥammad 'Awwāmah
    Beginning of Guidance by Imām al-Ghazālī
    Ash Shifā by Qāḍī 'Iyāḍ
    Izhar ul-Haqq The Truth Revealed by Rahmatullah Kairanawi
    Islam Answers Atheism by Shaykh Asrar Rashid
    Ḥadīth Literature: Its Origin, Development and Special Features Dr Muḥammad Zubayr Ṣiddīqī
    The History of The Qur'anic Text, from Revelation to Compilation by Mohammad Mustafa al-Azami
    Sunna Notes vol 1-3 Shaykh Gibrīl Ḥaddād
    The Refutation of Him [Ibn Taymiyya] Who Attributes Direction to Allah by Ibn Jahbal
    The Four Imams by Shaykh Abū Zahra
    Athar as Sunnah by Shaykh Muḥammad Ibn 'Alī An-Nīmawī
    The Greatest Universal Sureties By Shaykh Ramaḍān Būṭī
    The Lives of Man by Imām al-Ḥaddād
    Man and the Universe by Mostafa Badawi
    Etiquette for the Seeker on the Path by Imām al-Ḥaddād
    The Gardens of the Gnostics by Imām al-Nawawī
    Mukhtaṣar Iḥyā' Ulūm ad-Dīn by Imām Ghazālī
    Islamic Manners by Shaykh Abū Ghuddah
    Navigating The End Of Times by Asrar Rashid
    The Prophet Muḥammad's ‏ ﷺKnowledge of the Unseen by Imam Nabhānī translated by G F Ḥaddād
    Virtues of Seclusion in times of Confusion by Imām Nāblusī translated by Abdul 'Azīz Surāqah
    Farsi Grammar Karima of Shaykh Sadi Shirazi translated by Zein Houd
    Seeking Allāh Through the Means of Tawassul and Istighfār by Ḥabīb Kazim
    Ilma alBayan and Ilm alBadi by Zein Houd
    Lessons in Islamic history by al-Bājūrī
    History of the four caliphs by al-Bājūrī
    The Endless Nobility of the Prophets Family Ahl al-Bayt by Imām Yūsuf Nabhānī
    The Prohibition of Slandering Muawiya by Abdul Aziz Parharwi translated by Zurqani
    alMantiq alJilani by Zurqani
    The Blessed Imam and The wretched Yazid by Shafi Okarwi
    Encyclopedia of Hadith Forgeries by Mulla 'Alī Qārī
    The Opening of the Hearts by Imām al-Suyūṭī
    Shedding Light on the Dawn by Dr Asim Yusuf
    The Truth About A lie by Abū Ḥasan
    The Killer Mistake by Abū Ḥasan
    The Ordinances of Government by Imām Mawardi

    Other Works -

    Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
    The Underground History of American Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
    The Creature From Jekyll Island by G Edward Griffin
    Tragedy and Hope 101 by Joseph Plummer
    Follow The Money by Sh Abdas Samad Clarke
    The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
    Confessions of an Economic Hitman by Perkins
    AIDS Opium Diamonds and Empire by Dr Nancy Turner Banks (MD from Harvard Medical School)
    Degenerate Moderns by E Michael Jones
    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    Animal Farm by George Orwell
    1984 by George Orwell
    Polanyi, K The great transformation: the political and economic origins of our time.
    Kolko, G, The politics of war
    Freire, P, Pedagogy of the oppressed
    Heilbroner, R, The Worldly Philosophers
    Eric Roll, A history of economic thought
    Raymond Aaron, Main Currents in Sociological Thought vols 1 &2
    Zygmunt Bauman, Liquid Modernity
    Norman Daniel, Islam and the West
    Adam Tooze , the Wages of Destruction
    Adam Tooze, The Deluge
    Adam Tooze, Crashed
    Herbert Marcuse, One Dimensional Man
    A Peace to End All Peace by Fromkin
    Tell Your Children The Truth About Marijuana and Mental Health by Alex Berenson
    Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono
    The Sufi Lighthouse Illuminating Spiritual Abuse by Bill Whitehouse
    Arabs and Israel by Ahmed Deedat
    Islam's Reformers by Hizmet books
    The Art of War by Sun Tzu
    Sahaba The Blessed by Hizmet books
    Confessions of an economic Hitman
    The New Rulers of the World by John Pilger
    The Problem With Interest by Tarek El Diwany
    Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky

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