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    My Guide to Understanding Islam vol.1

    by Yusuf Karagol
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    • PAPERBACK : 2015-05-15 • 200 Pages • 5.5 x 8.25 inches inches • ISBN 9781597843416
    • CATEGORIES Interfaith Dialogue, Backlist, Forthcoming
    • PRICE : $12.95
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    DESCRIPTION

    Growing in faith, and exemplary conduct, are essential for any Muslim on the path to intellectual, social, and spiritual maturation and perfection. My Guide to Understanding Islam is a three-volume compendium of rules and standards for today’s Muslim youth. It can serve as a self-study manual, and is suitable as well for the curriculum of Islamic education.

    As the eminent Muslim scholar Bediuzzaman stated, “Belief is both light and power. Those who attain true belief can challenge the universe, and, in proportion to their belief’s strength, be relieved of the pressures of events…Belief requires affirming Divine Unity; affirmation of Divine Unity requires submitting to God; submission to God requires relying on God, and reliance on God yields happiness in both worlds.”

    This is the definitive handbook for young readers seeking to learn and uphold the tenets of Islam.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS Table of Contents

    CHAPTER 1
    The Importance of Reading
    Why a Student Should Read
    Books as Faithful Friends
    Wasn’t Reading Unique to Those Who Could See?
    BELIEVING IN GOD
    Believing in God Is the First Condition to Becoming a Muslim
    Every Piece of Work Requires a Craftsman
    Nothing Can Come into Existence by Coincidence
    Story: Who Do You Think We Are With?
    Our Cells Do Not Exist by Chance
    Qur’anic Verses
    Prophetic Traditions
    Questions

    CHAPTER 2
    BELIEF
    Stepping down from the Pulpit
    The Whole Creation Speaks of Him
    WORSHIP
    What is Worship?
    Story: Don’t Underestimate Any Act of Worship
    The Human Being Finds Peace and Attains Maturity through Worship
    Qur’anic Verses
    Prophetic Traditions
    Questions

    CHAPTER 3
    THE PRESCRIBED PRAYER
    Why Must We Observe the Prescribed Prayer?
    I Thought You Weren’t Coming to the Mosque!
    Story: Life as Short as the Distance between a Call to Prayer
    without Prayer and Prayer without the Call to Prayer
    Daily Prayer Is the Pillar of Religion
    Prayer Is So Easy To Do and So Profitable
    Prayer Is the Second Most Important Truth after Faith
    Prayer Is the Symbol of Loyalty to God
    Prayer Shows Trust in God
    Story (by Ömer Seyfettin): The First Prayer
    Negligence Is in Wakefulness
    By Means of Much Prostration
    Qur’anic Verses
    Prophetic Traditions
    Questions

    CHAPTER 4
    THE RIGHTS OF PARENTS
    Such Sacrifice
    What God’s Messenger Enjoins about the Rights of Parents
    Gratitude towards the Creator and then towards One’s Parents
    The Prayers of Those Who Please Their Parents Are Acceptable
    What Are the Benefits of Reading in Learning?
    Qur’anic Verses
    Prophetic Traditions
    Questions

    CHAPTER 5
    BELIEF IN THE BOOKS AND THE HOLY QUR’AN
    The Qur’an Will Intercede on Judgment Day for Those Who Recite It
    Angels, Mercy and Tranquility Descends Where the Qur’an Is Recited
    Satan Flees from Houses Where the Qur’an Is Recited
    How Could I Refrain from the Qur’an?
    Many Rewards Are Recorded for Each Letter of the Qur’an
    Going Back to the Beginning
    What Should Be Kept in Mind Whilst Reciting the Qur’an?
    Qur’anic Verses
    Prophetic Traditions
    Questions

    CHAPTER 6
    NOBLE CHARACTER (FRIENDSHIP, SHARING, INTEGRITY)
    Two Close Friends
    Sharing Bread Is Sweeter than the Bread Itself (Adapted from a Hadith)
    The Honest Boy
    Truthfulness, Lies and Vain Speech
    The Muslim Is Honest and Trustworthy
    God’s Messenger Refrained from Idle Conversation
    Qur’anic Verses
    Prophetic Traditions
    Questions

    CHAPTER 7
    HISTORICAL CONSCIOUSNESS
    The Writing of the Turkish National Anthem
    Should Your Father Come (From the Epic of the Dardanelles)
    The Sound of the Call to Prayer (From the Epic of the Dardanelles)
    The Humility of Sultan Selim I
    Questions

    CHAPTER 8
    THE MERCY AND COMPASSION OF GOD’S MESSENGER
    The Messenger of God Was a Paragon of Mercy and Compassion
    God’s Messenger and the Little Girl
    The Elevated Morality of God’s Messenger
    Our Prophet Was the Gentlest of People
    The Modesty of God’s Messenger
    God’s Messenger was Unequaled in Mercy
    Special Compassion of God’s Messenger towards Orphans
    Kindness towards Women
    Extraordinary Love for Children
    The Forgiveness of God’s Messenger
    God’s Messenger: The Paragon of Grace
    God’s Messenger Kept His Word
    The Politest of All People
    God’s Messenger Was Dignified
    God’s Messenger Was Always Just
    Importance Given to Youth
    Qur’anic Verses
    Prophetic Traditions
    Questions

    CHAPTER 9
    HONORING PARENTS
    Story: Don’t Forget the Needle
    THE COMPANIONS’ LOVE FOR GOD’S MESSENGER
    Why Are You Walking Like That?
    Tears in the Cave
    The Women Companions’ Love for God’s Messenger
    Companions Who Sacrificed Their Lives for God’s Messenger
    Special Guests
    Qur’anic Verses
    Prophetic Traditions
    Questions

    CHAPTER 10
    SENSITIVITY REGARDING THE PROHIBITED
    AND THE PERMISSIBLE
    The Levy of Abu Bakr’s Slave
    God’s Messenger and the Date
    HISTORICAL CONSCIOUSNESS
    Story: Sultan Selim I and the Apple
    Story: A Bunch of Grapes
    Qur’anic Verses
    Prophetic Traditions
    Questions

    ADDITIONAL TOPICS
    SOCIAL ETIQUETTE
    The Etiquette of Eating and Drinking
    Cleanliness
    Friendship and Fellowship in the Hadith
    Respect for the Elderly
    The Etiquette of Greeting
    He Always Remained True to His Word
    The Ethics of Speech
    Translation of the Qur’anic Chapter Al-Hujurat
    Visiting the Ill
    Gratitude
    On the Rights of Others
    The Sensitivity of God’s Messenger in Relation to the Rights of Others
    Being Saved from Injustice to Others
    The Situation of Those with the Rights of Others upon Them
    Will Those with the Rights of Others upon Them Enter Paradise?
    The Language of Order
    Days of Forgiveness and Reward
    Days of Brotherhood, Unity and Solidarity
    On This Day Nobody Should Be Forgotten
    Modest Dress
    Avoiding Extravagance in Clothing and Dress
    Starting with the Right Side
    Advising His Companions to Dress Well
    Recommendations Regarding the Length of Clothing
    The Blessed Days and Nights
    The Night of Power
    Signs of the Night of Power
    The Mawlid
    The Night of Salvation (Laylat al-Bara’a)
    The Night of Ascension
    The Night of Raghaib
    The Day of Ashura
    The Day of Jumu’a (Friday)
    The Three Sacred Months
    The Month of Rajab
    The Month of Sha’ban
    The Month of Ramadan