The Complete Idiots Guide to Understanding Islam
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Author: Yahiya Emerick
Like myself, Yahiya Emeric is a convert to Islam. He embraced the religion in 1989 and have written several books including The Complete Idiots Guide to Understanding Islam. You can read more about his life and published books on Wikipedia.
This is the very first book that I read about Islam. This book had a great impact on my life and was one of the stepping stones to My Journey to Islam. You will find the book very easy to read and simple to understand. If you are seeking to find out more about the religion or are new to Islam or just starting your journey in Islam, this book is for you.
This book gives a basic overview of the religion of Islam and also covers many other subjects such as:
- History of Islam
- The 5 pillars of Islam
- Islam and other religions
- All about Allah
- Heaven & Hell
- Understanding Muslim Prayers
- Gathering in Mecca
- The real story about Jihad
- Living Islam
- Women in Islam
These are just a few of the topics covered in the book there are many more.
With so many people converting to Islam the book helps to address misconceptions and misunderstandings. It explains what Islam upholds and disallows, It also gives a clear overview of the Islamic way of life. The book is very good at highlighting the need for the public to comprehend their Muslim neighbors and their religious way of life as well as their culture.
You will find the uniformity of the layout and structure of the book allows for an easy read. The book has 383 pages jammed packed with information and pictures. Each chapter starts with a brief introduction of what will be discussed and ends with a bullet list summarizing each point discussed. I particularly liked the way the book contained tidbits of information spread throughout the book:
- Ask the Imam - An Imam is a religious leader in the community. In this book, points are addressed by the Imam such as:
- Just the Facts - This nutshell of information confronts myths, stereotypes, and misunderstandings about Islam.
- It Is Written - this nutshell of information contained verses from the Quran or the sayings of Muhammad (saw) or the writings of Islamic scholars through the centuries. For example:
- Translate This - this nutshell gives a definition of the words that are commonly used in Islam such as:
The Complete Idiots Guide to Understanding Islam will really make you think. It raises thought-provoking issues such as:
- Does Islam Encourage War
- Abortion & Islam
- Why does God Punish
- What makes a Terrorist?
After reading the book you will also have a better understanding of the Women's Position in Islam. The book dedicates a whole chapter on Women in Islam and addresses a lot of myths and stereotypes which I used to believe. Some topics covered are:
Does Islam teach inequality
Women's Rights In Islam
Why only half of the Inheritance
Does Islam allow wife abuse
Polygamy in Islam
Divorce in Islam
When reading the book as a (non-Muslim), there was one particular section of the book that I struggled to believe:
Muhammad’s Night Journey and Ascension
..."Muhammad (saw) made a public announcement so dramatic that some new converts to Islam threatened to renounce their faith. Muhammad said that he had been taken to Jerusalem, had ascended from there into Heaven, and then had returned to Mecca—all on the same night! "...
Dome of the Ascension on the Temple Mount, Jerusalem
I really struggled to believe this at first, but then I remembered as a Christian all the miracles I had believed in. The Prophet Jesus was blessed with many miracles and I believed in every one of them. As a Muslim we have to believe in all the Prophets, Adam, Isa (Jesus), Nuh (Noah) Muhammad (saw) and many more. Besides this miracle of Muhammad's Night Journey, he was given the most valuable and precious miracle of all the Prophets, The Quran.
In this book, you will also find a whole chapter on Mecca. The chapter explains why Muslims make the pilgrimage to Mecca and all the rituals involved. When I first read this book in 2004 I never envisaged I would ever travel to Mecca but I was blessed and have since traveled to Mecca. I made My Umrah Journey during the blessed month of Ramadan in 2017.
The Complete Idiots Guide to Understanding Islam is an exceptional book for anyone who does not know anything about Islam. I have given this book to non-Muslims as a gift and to those seeking to know more about the religion. The book covers more than just the basics of Islam which you will find in most books on this topic. This book goes further, investigating deeper issues giving you a true perspective of the religion.
This book will make you think and question for yourself the true aspects of the religion, it will also remove a lot of myths and misconceptions conveyed by the media.
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