|Addressing Adolescence is a parent-to-parent handbook outlining how to tackle the challenges of parenting adolescents within an Islamic ethos in a pluralist society.
The writer is a survivor of an accident that altered his life. He is a man who managed to overcome adversity and transform bitterness into personal success, as his literary gains outweighed his physical restrictions. Where his physical condition limited his movements, his creative writing opened up a new horizon that enabled him to freely interact with his readers.
This is a real-life account of how a human being can overcome obstacles, giving effect to the epithet: ‘What does not kill me makes me stronger.’ The autobiography defines patience in two ways: first, as a bitter experience and then second, as the ability to tolerate and turn one’s misfortune into investment. The accident that the writer suffered has paralysed his body, but at the same time it has unleashed his writing talents. (Yousef el-Sharoni, Egypt)
In Allah Loves, Omar Suleiman explores who and what Allah loves so that we may become one of those who are beloved to Him.
The Prophet Muhammad said that one of the supplications of Prophet Dawud was, “O Allah I ask You for Your love and the love of those that love You and all of those actions that would bring me closer to being loved by you.”
By looking at our actions, characteristics and beliefs, this book will help us become better individuals, citizens and believers that are deserving of Allah’s endless, infinite and ever-lasting love.
Made up of 30 short and spiritually enriching chapters, this book is a reminder that throughout our lives, the Creator’s love is always there, increasing through everyday actions such as showing generosity or remaining consistent with unnoticeable good deeds.
How to achieve the love of Allah?
One of the ways is to know what Allah loves and then immerse ourselves in those that He loves, with the intention to attain the one love that is worth this life and the hereafter.
This book is the third in a series that contains detailed answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the hot topic of parenting in North America. Because some of these questions have been raised more than once in recent years, we feel that they represent crucial issues of concern occupying the minds of many parents. Making these answers available in a written format would hopefully provide Muslim parents with the proper advice supported by the Qur’an as well as the teachings of the prophet Muhammad SAW.
The methodology used in answering these questions draws heavily on verses of the Qur’an, teachings of the prophet Muhammad SAW, and events in his Seerah, as well as the authors’ wealth of practical experience, gained from their countless parenting counseling sessions over the years, and their knowledge of child psychology.
The Prophet Muhammad SAW said,
“If the Muslim relates with the people and forbears when they hurt him, he is better than the Muslim who would not relate with the people nor forbear over hurt they direct to him. ” (At-Tirmidhee and Ibn Maajah)
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taimiyyah رحمه الله mentioned the virtues of returning forbearance and kindness when envy and hurt were directed toward us. He summarized 20 formulas that will help us how to exercise patience in this invaluable book.
Allāh the Most High Said: “And your Lord has decreed that you
worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents…”
After Allāh Almighty, there is none who has realised a greater
favour to any person than one’s own parents. His mother bore him
in extreme difficulty and went through great hardship and trouble
while carrying him. Both parents performing their best in raising
him, providing love and compassion and working hard to spend on
him; spending sleepless nights tending to him while ignoring their
own wants and desires.
Islām has gone to great lengths in impressing piety towards parents
and indicating reward and punishment associated to it. A person
with basic common sense understands the rights of the one who
renders favours to him; not recognising such rights is from the most
deprived qualities one can assume. A person who is dutiful and good
to his parents should know that no matter how diligent he is towards
them, he can never repay or thank them for their rights and privileges
granted to them by Allāh.
The renowned and eminent scholar, Ibn al-Jawzī penned this emotive
book upon witnessing disregard and neglect some of the youth in his
time had for their parents and kin, and not regarding it to be a necessary
part of religion. He therefore felt the need to compile a short tract on
these obligations so that the unaware may take heed and reassess the
shortfalls in regards to their own obligations. He arranged it into
seamless chapters touching on divine basis for being dutiful to parents
and enjoining ties of kinship. This English rendering of Ibn al-Jawzī’s
‘Birrul Wālidayn’ will assuredly lead to marked positive realignment
of our own relationships with our parents and families.
And Allāh grants the means and ability to whomsoever He Wills.
There are those who submit to Allah’s order and achieve success. Others are wasteful of time and thereby loss and regret. Whoever lives his life in accordance with Allah’s commands, will be rewarded handsomely with multiplied profits beyond imagination. The corrupt one who acts contrarily to Divine Pleasure will be destroyed. This fourth masterpiece in the series expounds on the five stages of life: the first stage of encouraging and disciplining; the second stage of youthfulness, protecting the self and struggling against desires; the third of maturity; the fourth stage of old age; the fifth stage of decrepitude. The onset of these periods may vary slightly from person to person. Nonetheless, these five stages are true. This is truly a work of genius.