A ‘MUST HAVE’ book for every Muslim family library!
Dr Recep Dogan has done an excellent job in taking the fundamental pillars of Islam and breaking them down into one concise and easy to read book.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it to ALL Muslims and especially new Muslims because when they first become Muslim they search for information and usually the first place we go to research is Google.
Although there is a wealth of knowledge on the internet it can also be very confusing and sometimes misleading.
Dr Recep delves deeply into the five pillars of Islam and provides references from the Qur’an, Sunnah and from the four scholars of the major schools of Islamic thought.
This book will help Muslims who follow different madhabs – schools of thought – as evidence is provided from all the scholars and the most authentic ahaadith and rulings are provided.
It is an excellent practical book to read and study as a family and teach our children as well as to use within study circles.
The book is also an excellent read for researchers on Islam and Jurisprudence.
I personally read this book to help me with my PhD thesis however as a fiqh student and teacher it has also helped me a lot and I know my students will benefit from it immensely.
I’m really looking forward to reading Dr Recep Dogan’s further publications.
I give this book a 5* plus rating!
Narrated Abu Huraira: One day while the Prophet was sitting in the company of some people, (The angel) Gabriel came and asked, “What is faith?” Allah’s Apostle replied, ‘Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection.” Then he further asked, “What is islam?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah Alone and none else, to offer prayers perfectly to pay the compulsory charity (Zakat) and to observe fasts during the month of Ramadan.” Then he further asked, “What is Ihsan (perfection)?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “To worship Allah as if you see Him, and if you cannot achieve this state of devotion then you must consider that He is looking at you.” Then he further asked, “When will the Hour be established?” Allah’s Apostle replied, “The answerer has no better knowledge than the questioner. But I will inform you about its portents. 1. When a slave (lady) gives birth to her master. 2. When the shepherds of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of higher buildings. And the Hour is one of five things which nobody knows except Allah. The Prophet then recited: “Verily, with Allah (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour–.” (31. 34) Then that man (Gabriel) left and the Prophet asked his companions to call him back, but they could not see him. Then the Prophet said, “That was Gabriel who came to teach the people their religion.” Abu ‘Abdullah said: He (the Prophet) considered all that as a part of faith.
Bukhari Book 2, Hadith 47
Nadia Leona Yunis is a mentor and coach of Islamic personal and spiritual development for her organisation We Be Inspired. She is also the Islamic Editor for Young Muslimah Magazine.