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Friday, June 03, 2005


If you could convince me to read one book, which would it be and why?


  • At 6/03/2005 11:56:00 p.m., Blogger Aaron said…

    i would recommend you to read the bible

  • At 6/04/2005 12:01:00 a.m., Blogger Hasan the Not-So-Great said…

    Islamically: The Quraan
    Fiction: The Kite Runner
    Non-Fiction: Psycology for Dummies

  • At 6/04/2005 12:04:00 a.m., Blogger Safiyyah said…

    Both of you are missing the second part of the question. If you're going to convince me, you'll have to explain WHY I should read those particular books.

  • At 6/04/2005 01:16:00 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Any book, why should you need convincing. okay, okay, how about a drivers manual.hahaha.okay okay, how about a cook book. okay okay that was really bad.

    Seriously, I would read the Quran and the Arabic dictionary. Why? well because you should really know what Allah says for sure. Translations are not the literal word of Allah! What we read in the translation is far from the true meaning of the Quran.

    Those who listen to the Word, and follow the best (meaning) in it: those are the ones whom Allah has guided, and those are the ones endued with understanding.

    We have sent it down as an Arabic Qur'an, in order that ye may learn wisdom.


    Ps A fashion Magazine. okay, okay, now I am just being predictable.

  • At 6/04/2005 01:31:00 a.m., Blogger Asmaa said…

    Safiyyah, I recommend that you read "The Mezzanine" by Nicholson Baker (I think that's the author's name). Why? Because I said so...kidding :)

    It's incredibly funny, in a demented and weird way. It's one of those books you hate at the beginning but when you continue reading it, you find it to be amazingly insightful.

    I'll lend it to you. I'm not even joking. I'm bringing it to the next MSA meeting.

  • At 6/04/2005 02:23:00 a.m., Blogger Chimichanga said…

    Martin Lings' Muhamma: his life based on the earliest sources.
    Why: It's the best seerah in English.. in my opinion.

  • At 6/04/2005 02:24:00 a.m., Blogger Chimichanga said…

    correction Muhammad**

  • At 6/04/2005 06:08:00 a.m., Blogger cncz said…

    One of my favorite "easy reads" if you just want a page-turner:
    Christ Stopped At Eboli by Carlo Levi. (if you find the French translation I find it better than the english, or if you read italian get crazy) The why: It's an easy summer read I just got lost in that book. It's inoffensive and just a sweet little page-turner. It also gives an "apercu" of a place and time in history that I find very interesting.

  • At 6/04/2005 07:35:00 a.m., Blogger dawud al-gharib said…

    Martin Lings 'Muhammed, Sal Allahu alayhi wa Salaam : based on the earliest sources'

    a sincere, heart-breaking account of the life of Allah's Messenger: one which may be flawed by references to the bible and a few questionable accounts [i.e, his protection of pictures in the Ka'aba of Isa and his blessed mother Mariam (Allah's Peace be upon them both)], which though reliably from earlier sources (ibn Hisham & ibn Ishaq, as well as a few shi'a texts which are also trustworthy) are not accepted because of the imputation of character of the Prophet or his Companions (for instance, in the story of Zaynab, radhi Allahu anha)

  • At 6/04/2005 07:36:00 a.m., Blogger dawud al-gharib said…

    [pardons] but the book as a whole - beautiful beyond words to praise, and easily the most powerful and direct Sirah in the english language.

  • At 6/04/2005 11:09:00 a.m., Blogger Hajera said…

    If you wanna read a book that can literally grab you and pull you in and take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, then you *have* to read this book: The Bean Tress, by Barbara Kingsolver. Its one of the best I've come across.

    Or if you're looking for something to make you laugh out loud, Shopaholic'll do it :D

  • At 6/04/2005 10:57:00 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Assalam Alaikum,

    Sister, I would recommend "The Oath by Khassan Baiev". It's a true story. Just finished it. Alhamdulillah it's very good. Your heart will just pour to the chechens.

    Walaikum assalam.

    p.s. there are sill many copies available at the library.

  • At 6/05/2005 05:18:00 p.m., Blogger Safiyyah said…

    Wow. Thanks for your recommendations! Will check out at least some of these books.

  • At 6/06/2005 12:52:00 a.m., Blogger ephphatha said…

    Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone because I think it could change your life.

  • At 6/06/2005 12:57:00 a.m., Blogger Safiyyah said…

    Sam: Are you serious? :-) I have actually read it, plus all the others in the series. I believe the only one I'm missing is the last.

  • At 6/08/2005 05:24:00 a.m., Blogger AA said…

    Salaamun Sister,

    I would recommend you to take time, to read yourself. You are the greatest secret in your universe. All the love, madness, tears, and joy are found therein your selves. Embrace You!


  • At 6/08/2005 11:14:00 a.m., Blogger Julaybib said…


    Assuming you have already read or are reading books which are illuminating from the Islamic tradition, I would recommend you read George Orwell's 'Down and Out in Paris and London'. Orwell was influenced by the work of contemporary anthropologists, and was probably the first 'urban anthropologist'. He lived with the poor and the marginalised in the two cities. These are the people Muslims should never forget, the mustad'afun fi'l-ard.



  • At 6/09/2005 09:10:00 a.m., Blogger The Rabbi's Kid said…

    The Talmud. I can't really explain it - it's a work of law, philosophy, mysticism, tales, with phenomenal intellectual depth. Am happy to elaborate should anyone need me to.



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