The best Islamic books that infuse the passion you need to speak up against injustice

Who am I?

I do not know about the origins of my passion but hardships did influence me, the values of Islam shaped my personality and infused passion required to speak up against injustices. When I write, I speak my mind and try to put my heart and soul into it and that’s how the passionate story of ‘The Broken Silence’ came into existence. It is composed over a period of 23 years; that speaks up and documents the genocidal sanctions imposed on Iraq that caused the pathetic deaths of about a million innocent children - “This book is a historic documentation of one man’s passionate efforts to do his part to speak truth to power.”

I wrote...

The Broken Silence

By Mohammed Javed,

Book cover of The Broken Silence

What is my book about?

This timely book shows a glimpse into how Islam has been marginalized in society. It examines the impacts of economic sanctions on vulnerable populations and opens with an important essay by the author’s daughter that paints a bleak picture of the human costs of years of international sanctions against Iraq, including the deaths of over half a million children as reported by the United Nations. Her argument that desperate young people are driven to commit heinous acts of terror not out of religious fervour but as misguided reactions to injustices, is to this day, little recognized by politicians or the media.

This powerful memoir explores the human cost of sanctions and the author’s tireless efforts over many years to promote awareness and activism to have those sanctions lifted.

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The books I picked & why

The Road to Mecca

By Muhammad Asad,

Book cover of The Road to Mecca

Why did I love this book?

This book combines the exciting travels in the deserts of Arabia with his spiritual journey to uncover the meaning of the faith practiced there. I find immense meaning and wisdom in his words as he explores a faith practiced by more than a quarter of the world’s population!

In one story, an old man explains what it means to pray, and it sunk into me that it is focused on the willing surrender to God, obeying His commands, and bringing peace within us and our destiny.

I admire Asad’s interpretation of 'unhappiness' when he sees unhappy faces while traveling in a subway. On reaching home, he finds an open page from Qur’an that translates to mean, “You are distracted by mutual competition in amassing (worldly benefits), until you reach the graves.” That really struck me. 

By Muhammad Asad,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Road to Mecca as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Part travelogue, part autobiography, "The Road to Mecca" is the compelling story of a Western journalist and adventurer who converted to Islam in the early twentieth century. A spiritual and literary counterpart of Wilfred Thesiger and a contemporary of T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), Muhammad Asad journeyed around the Middle East, Afghanistan and India. This is an account of Asad's adventures in Arabia, his inner awakening, and his relationships with nomads and royalty alike, set in the wake of the First World War. It can be read on many levels: as a eulogy to a lost world, and as…

Book cover of The Battlefields of the Prophet Muhammad

Why did I love this book?

There is an incorrect accusation that Islam is a violent religion. It is not, and this book shows that in the early days of Islam, the Prophet's battles were always defensive in nature and fought for the sake of truth. I think this book shows that Muhammad's (peace be upon him) behavior and conduct as the army commander was extraordinarily humane compared to similar commanders of this time. And it shows that he was the "Prophet of Mercy' not only in life but in war. And for that reason, I recommend this book.

Look at his conquest of Mecca. Mohammad asked his army of 10,000 to burn as many fires as possible when they halted for the night. He wanted to give the impression that his army was huge and convince them to surrender without bloodshed. And when Abu Sufyan, the chief of Meccans, fell into their hands, he was released, and his house was declared an asylum. Then the Prophet entered the city with humility and gratitude, prostrating on his camel back. In contrast, the norm for the town was to sack the city. 

Book cover of The Bible, The Qur'an and Science

Why did I love this book?

I am impressed with the author's substantial effort in examining the Holy Scriptures from the perspective of modern scientific knowledge. The author looks at various Quranic statements in the light of scientific discoveries and concludes that it can't be of human origin - that surely enhances that the Qur'an is a true Divine Book.

This book also has the noble purpose of promoting much-needed unity between the followers of Christianity and Islam and countering ignorant and false ideas about both religions. It was especially gratifying to learn of a Vatican document describing that Muslims profess the faith of Abraham and worship one God as Christians do – that gives me hope that we are all one.  

By Maurice Bucaille,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Bible, The Qur'an and Science as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In this book, I reveal previously unpublished fact(s) about Dr. Maurice Bucaille to include: birth and martial records, death and burial records, images of his gravestone with a link to the actual site, close family members with their various family tree(s), and much much more.
Dr. Maurice Bucaille was a prominent French physician/surgeon, amateur Egyptologist, and renowned author who became widely known for his best selling books and for his research related to science and religion particularly the religion of Islam.
After the publication of his first book "The Bible, the Quran, and Science" a movement related to this area…

The Holy Qur’an

By Abdullah Yusuf Ali (translator),

Book cover of The Holy Qur’an

Why did I love this book?

There are many verses in the Qur'an that give high importance to justice and command followers to strive against injustice. Two of my favorites are "firmly uphold justice even if it is against you, your family, etc." and "you are the best people brought out to promote good and prevent wrong." I found my purpose in life in this Divine Book.

In addition to overall guidance, The Holy Qur'an guides readers toward the fight against injustice. It is an invaluable read for those who are conscious of God, believe in the unseen, bow down in prayer, and are thankful for what has been provided to them.

By Abdullah Yusuf Ali (translator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Holy Qur’an as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Holy Qur'an: Textual content, Translation and Commentary is really an English translation in the Qur'an because of the British Indian Abdullah Yusuf Ali (1872–1953) over the British Raj. It has grown to be One of the most generally known English translations on the Qur'an, owing partially to its prodigious use of footnotes, and its distribution and subsidization by Saudi Arabian beneficiaries over the late 20th century. Ali started his translation while in the 1920s, right after he experienced retired from the Civil Company and settled in the United Kingdom.The translation was 1st released in 1934 by Shaik Muhammad Ashraf…

Book cover of Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up

Why did I love this book?

This book is about the 2002 Gujarat riots in India and the coverup. It reads like a real-life thriller as you learn about the murder of the state’s Home Minister, the complicity of the state and its officials in the massacre, and how those who went along with the cover-up were rewarded. This book inspires me with the courage and conviction of the author-activist Rana Ayyub, who dares to speak up and continues to do so!

It will surprise and upset you that the politicians who are said to be complicit in the horrendous rapes, murders, and rioting have ascended to the national level of governance in India. When the author played tapes from her undercover investigation of Gujarat at a university of Chicago event, “everybody was stunned, numb, and there was just silence in the room.” 

By Rana Ayyub,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Gujarat Files as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Gujarat Files is the account of an eight-month long undercover investigation by journalist Rana Ayyub into the Gujarat riots, fake encounters and the murder of state Home Minister Haren Pandya that brings to the fore startling revelations. Posing as Maithili Tyagi, a filmmaker from the American Film Institute Conservatory, Rana met bureaucrats and top cops in Gujarat who held pivotal positions in the state between 2001 and 2010. The transcripts of the sting operation reveal the complicity of the state and its officials in crimes against humanity.

With sensational disclosures about cases that run parallel to Narendra Modi and Amit…

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