Reading Challenge 2021 – Beginners

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Reading Challenge 2021 - beginners

A sneak peek of the Muslim Youth Network’s Reading Syllabus 2021. To receive the full FREE reading syllabus, sign up here: myn.ac/readingchallenge

For our aspiring readers, who are beginning to understand that living without reading isn’t really living at all! Reading expands our minds infinitely, helps us understand the world contextually and gives us the tools we need to live full and wholesome lives. This reading list consists of 12 easy-to- read books, one for every month. The list is designed to ease you into the practice of reading through simple, yet deep texts. You should plan your reading in advance and be prepared to delve into the wonderful world of spirituality, reality, and purpose.

This book highlights the lives of thirty companions of the Prophets, come famous, others almost completely unknown. Here the trails and triumphs of the early Muslimas individuals are well-portrayed.Their various paths to Islam-sometimes direct, sometimes long and tortuous, their devotion to the noble Prophet, their endeavours in peace time and their exploits in war-all serve to cast them in a heroic mould. This is the first of two books based on original Arabic sources and written in a style that is lively and often gripping. The lives of the sahabah or companions of the Prophet, may God bless him peace, is a rich storehouse of knowledge, guidance and inspiration. The men and women whose stories are told here helped to lay the foundations of a new world order, and it is only fitting that they should be more widely known.

Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone….

How are we to become true believers who seek God’s good pleasure? How are we to become mindful of God, to be thankful or worshipful? How are we to control our anger and pride? How are we to follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)? This inspirational book of wise advice answers these questions and guides us toward the spiritual life.

“This is the Scripture in which there is no doubt, containing guidance for those who are mindful of God, who believe in the unseen, keep up the prayer, and give out of what We have provided for them; those who believe in the revelation sent down to you [Muhammad], and in what was sent before you, those who have firm faith in the Hereafter. Such people are following their Lord’s guidance and it is they who will prosper.”

When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless elite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another.

As a young man, Roald Dahl’s adventures took him from London to East Africa, until the Second World War began and he became a RAF pilot.

You’ll read stories of whizzing through the air in a Tiger Moth Plane, encounters with deadly green mambas and hungry lions, and the terrible crash that led him to storytelling.

Going Solo is exciting, enthralling and just like its prequel Boy – it’s all TRUE..

A complete authoritative book on the life of Prophet Muhammad – peace be upon him – by Sheikh Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarkpuri. It was honored by the World Muslim League as the first prize winner book. Whoever wants to know the whole life style of the Prophet in detail must read this book.This book will help you know more about the prophet of Islam Muhammed – peace be upon him – life in detail.

Compilation of works by Imam Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali & Imam Ibn Al-qayyim Al-Jawziyah & Imam Ibn Rajab Al Hanbali about how to purify the soul, heal the heart and remove diseases of the heart according to the Quran and Sunnah.

Dying and Living for Allah: The Last Will of Khurram Murad is essentially a wake up call, not just to his kith and kin, but all the Muslims. This Will is a nasihah – advising, commending and enjoining a life based on loyalty to Allah, striving for the akhira and being particular to one’s responsibilities towards others.

Celebrated and vilified the world over for his courageous but bitter fight to gain for millions of black men and women the equality and respect denied them by their white neighbours, Malcolm X inspired as many people in the United States as he caused to fear him.

His remarkable autobiography, completed just before his murder in 1965, ranges from Omaha and Michigan to Harlem and Mecca, and tells of a young, disenfranchised man whose descent into drug addition, robbery and prison was only reversed by his belief in the rights struggle for black America, and his conversion to the Nation of Islam.

Not only is this an enormously important record of the Civil Rights Movement in America, but also the scintillating story of a man who refused to allow anyone to tell him who or what he was.

This heartrending memoir unravels the most perilous period in Syria’s modern history, a time when President Asad’s notorious secret service agents, the Mukhabarat, hunted down and imprisoned anyone even remotely associated with political opposition. When a “wanted criminal” fled from the Mukhabarat’s clutches, they held hostages, like in the case of Heba Dabbagh. Heba Dabbagh’s story begins when Mukhabarat agents storm into her apartment and ask for “just five minutes”of her time. They drag her to a military interrogation unit where a long list of fabricated allegations awaits her. From there, Dabbagh takes us on a journey through the prisons of Syria and reveals the nightmares that come to life in the Mukhabarat interrogation and torture chambers. During her nine year imprisonment, Dabbagh shares cells and stories with members of the political opposition, communists, spies, children and even members of her own family. In this candid chronicle, Dabbagh exposes the oppression that thousands have lived but few dare to voice.

In this work, the author elaborates on the status, importance and etiquette of dua’ in Islam. In the most comprehensive work yet to be written in English on the topic, the author discusses, amongst other matters: the excellence and benefits of du’a; the types of du’a; the pre-conditions that are needed in order for a du’a to be accepted; the recommended etiquette of performing du’a; the timings and situations in which a du’a is more likely to be answered; the various factors that aid or prevent a du’a from being accepted; the relationship of du’a with the Divine Decree (qadr); the wisdom behind a delayed response, and many other relevant topics.

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