Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad’s Book Recommendations

[compiled 6 April, 2009]

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Timothy Winter
Sheikh Zayed Lecturer in Islamic Studies
University of Cambridge

Timothy John Winter (born 1960), aka Shaykh Abdul Hakim Murad, is a British Muslim thinker, professor, and translator. Winter has written about the interaction between Islam and secular issues spanning a wide range of disciplines. He has held a number of lectureships and administrative posts in British academia having to do with theology, the intellectual history of Islamic civilization, and international academic cooperation…[Read More]


  1. Abdel, Haleem M. A., trans. The Qurʼan (New York: Oxford UP, 2005).
  2. Du Pasquier, Roger. Unveiling Islam (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1990).
  3. Emre, Yunus. The City of the Heart: Yunus Emre’s Verses of Wisdom and Love. trans. Süha Faiz (Shaftesbury, Dorset: Element, 1992).
  4. al-Haddad, Abdullah. The Book of Assistance (London: Quilliam Press, 1989).
  5. Hammad, Ahmad Zaki. Lasting Prayers of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad (Bridgeview, IL: Quranic Literacy Institute, 1996).
  6. Hofmann, Murad Wilfried. Islam: the alternative (Reading: Garnet, 1993).
  7. Ibrahim, Izzedien and Denys Johnson-Davies. trans. Forty Hadith (Beirut, 1983).
  8. Khan, Maulana Wahiduddin. Islam and Peace (New Delhi: Goodword, 1999).
  9. Lawrence, Bruce. The Qur’an: a biography (New York, 2007).
  10. Lings, Martin. Muhammad: his biography based on the earliest sources (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1986).
  11. Maqsood, Ruqaiyyah Waris. The Muslim Marriage Guide (London: Quilliam, 1995).
  12. Masri, Al-Hafiz Basheer Ahmad. Animal Welfare in Islam (3rd ed. Leicester: Islamic Foundation, 2007).
  13. Murad, Abdal Hakim. Muslim Songs of the British Isles, Arranged for Schools (London: Quilliam Press, 2005).
  14. al-Nawawī, Yaḥyā Ibn-Šaraf. Al-Maqasid: Imam Nawawi’s Manual of Islam. trans. Noah H. Keller (Evanston: Sunna Books, 1994). English translation and appendices by Sheikh Noah Ha Mim Keller.
  15. Schleifer, Aliah. Mary the Blessed Virgin of Islam (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1998).
  16. Shalabi, Abdul Wadod. Islam Religion of Life (London: Quilliam Press, 1990).
  17. Stockton, Peter. Transcending Jerusalem (Stockton, 2008). Web. <>.
  18. Tawfiq, Idris. Gardens of Delight: A Simple Introduction to Islam (London: Stacey International, 2007).
  19. Winter, Tim, and John A. Williams. Understanding Islam and the Muslims: The Muslim Family and Islam and World Peace. (Louiville KY: Fons Vitae, 2002).
  20. Wolfe, Michael. The Hadj: an American’s pilgrimage to Mecca (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1993).
  21. Wolfe, Michael, ed. Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim their Faith (New York: Rodale, 2002).
  22. Yusuf, Hamza. The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi (Hayward CA: Zaytuna, 2007).


  1. Akhtar, Shabbir. A Faith for All Seasons: Islam and the challenge of the modern world (Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1990).
  2. al-Akiti, Shaykh Muhammad Afifi. Defending the Transgressed by Censuring the Reckless against the Killing of Civilians (U.K.: Aqsa Press, and Germany: Warda Publications, 2005).
  3. Asad, Muhammad. The Message of the Quran (new edition, London: The Book Foundation, 2008).
  4. Ayub, Muhammad. Understanding Islamic Finance (New York: Wiley, 2008).
  5. Burckhardt, Titus. Art of Islam: language and meaning. Commemorative edition (Bloomington: World Wisdom, 2009).
  6. Esposito, John and Mogahed, Dalia. Who Speaks for Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think (New York: Gallup Press, 2007).
  7. Hallaq, Wael B. Islamic Legal Theories: an introduction to Sunni usul al-fiqh. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997).
  8. al-Hanbali, Ibn Rajab. The Compendium of Knowledge and Wisdom (London: Turath Publishing, 1428/2007).
  9. Helminski, Camille Adams. Women of Sufism: a Hidden Treasure (Boston: Shambala, 2003).
  10. Izetbegovic, Alija. Islam between East and West (Indianapolis: American Trust Publications, 1984).
  11. al-Jawziyya, Ibn Qayyim. The Invocation of God: al-Wabil al-Sayyib min al-Kalim al- Tayyib. Tr. Michael Abdurrahman Fitzgerald and Moulay Youssef Slitine (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 2000).
  12. Kamali, Mohammed Hashim. The Dignity of Man: An Islamic Perspective (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 2002).
  13. Legenhausen, Muhammad. Islam and Religious Pluralism (London: Al-Hoda, 1999).
  14. Lumbard, Joseph E.B. ed. Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition (Bloomington IN: World Wisdom, 2004).
  15. Mahmutcehagic, Rusmir. The Mosque: the heart of submission (Fordham: Fordham University Press, 2007).
  16. Momen, M. An Introduction to Shii Islam (London: George Ronald, 1999).
  17. Roald, Anne Sofie. Women in Islam: the Western experience (London: Routledge, 2001).
  18. Sheikh, Aziz and Gatrad, Abdul Rashid. eds. Caring for Muslim Patients. Second edition (Abingdon: Radcliffe, 2008).
  19. Siddiqi, Muhammad Zubayr. Hadith Literature: its origin, development and special features (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1993).
  20. Tura, M. Nusret. The Path of Love (Istanbul: Insan, 2008).
  21. Winter, Timothy. ed. The Cambridge Companion to Classical Islamic Theology (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).
  22. Yaran, Cafer S. Understanding Islam (Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press, 2007).


  1. Açar, Halil Rahman. Is Scientific Knowledge Rational? (Istanbul: Insan, 2008).
  2. Açıkgenç, Alparslan. Being and Existence in Sadra and Heidegger (Kuala Lumpur: ISTAC, 1993).
  3. Akhtar, Shabbir. The Quran and the Secular Mind: A Philosophy of Islam (London: Routledge, 2007).
  4. Bakar, Osman. Classification of Knowledge in Islam (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1998)
  5. Hacinebioglu, Ismail Latif. Does God Exist? Logical foundations of the cosmological argument (Istanbul: Insan, 2008).
  6. Iskenderoglu, Muammer. Fakhr al-Din al-Razi and Thomas Aquinas on the Question of the Eternity of the World (Leiden: E.J.W. Brill, 2002).
  7. Jackson, Sherman A. On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali’s Faysal al-Tafriqa (Karachi: Oxford University Press, 2002).
  8. Kamali, Muhammad Hashim. Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1997).
  9. Koshul, Basit Bilal and Kepnes, Steven, eds. Scripture, Reason and the Contemporary Islam-West Encounter: Studying the ‘Other’, Understanding the ‘Self’ (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
  10. al-Misri, Ibn Naqib. Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law. Trans. Nuh Keller (Beltsville: Amana, 1993).
  11. Murad, Abdal Hakim. Bombing without Moonlight: the Origins of Suicidal Terrorism (Bristol: Amal Press, 2008).
  12. Murata, Sachiko. The Tao of Islam: a sourcebook on gender relationships in Islamic thought (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1992).
  13. Nasr, Seyyed Hossein and Leaman, Oliver, eds. History of Islamic Philosophy (New edition. London: Routledge, 2001).
  14. al-Said, Labib. The Recited Koran: a history of the first recorded version (Princeton: Darwin Press, 1975).
  15. Sentürk, Recep. Narrative Social Structure: Anatomy of the Hadith Transmission Network 610-1505 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2005).
  16. al-Shafi’i. Al-Shafi’i’s Risala: Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence, tr. Majid Khadduri (Repr. Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society, 1987).
  17. Shihadeh, Ayman, ed. Sufism and Theology (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2007).
  18. Shihadeh, Ayman. The Teleological Ethics of Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (Leiden: E.J.W. Brill, 2006).
  19. Yazdi, Mehdi Ha’iri. The Principles of Epistemology in Islamic Philosophy (Albany NY: State University of New York Press, 1992).

Most Popular Pearls on Splendid Pearls

Seeing as we have just reached our 100th post, this feels like the appropriate time to reflect over the past few years and see what has been of interest to our readers. Here is a list of our 10 most popular posts:

  1. The Pious “Drunkard” and “Fornicator”
  2. ISIS and The End of Times
  3. Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad’s Book Recommendations
  4. How Watching Pornography Changes The Brain
  5. The Secrets of Surah al-Kahf
  6. The Seventy-Seven Branches of Faith—Imam al-Bayhaqi [d.458 AH]
  7. “Who is God? What is God”—The response of Imam ‘Ali bin Abi Talib
  8. RIP: What does it actually mean and is it a suitable statement—theologically—to use on the occasion of a death?
  9. Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa’s Book Recommendations
  10. The Damage of Pseudo-Scholars in our Times—Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud

Intentions for Attending The Spring Lodge Retreat

The Envoy of Allah  ﷺ said, “Verily actions are only according to intentions and every man shall have according to what he has intended…”

Yahya ibn Abi Kathir said, “Learn about the intention, for verily it is of greater import than the action.”

Sidi Amin Buxton advises the following intention for the Spring Lodge:

You should return with a renewed desire to seek Allah, worship him, follow the Prophet ﷺ and his inheritors, and serve Allah and His Prophet ﷺ. You should have an increased awareness of your shortcomings and faults.

You should have a desire to share what you learnt and experienced with your family first and foremost and then others.

What is the Spring Lodge?

The key aim of the retreat is for students to gain a proper, principled, and purposeful understanding of the Prophet, may the mercy and peace of God be upon him, in person, as well as fluid familiarity with his life and times, in a manner that has both relevance and applicability to the current age in which we live.

With this aim in mind, the retreat will thereby endeavour to explore the overarching themes and underlying principles that are said to govern the life and times of the Prophet, may the mercy and peace of God be upon him. This inaugural retreat will aim to elucidate these over-arching and fundamental themes and principles, with subsequent retreats providing an opportunity for each of the themes in question to be explored and clarified in greater depth.

This thematic approach is a principled approach and can serve as a basis for the proper grounding of Islam in the age in which we live; an age in which the cry for relevancy has never been louder.

The Intentions for Attending Lessons


  1. Intend to implement what you have benefited from
  2. Intend to transmit the knowledge to other people
  3. Intend to listen and keep silent so that Allah may ennoble you with understanding
  4. Intend to seek spiritual assistance from the Shuyukh
  5. Intend to expose yourself to the nafahat (spiritual breezes) of Allah
  6. Intend to awaken your aspiration

[Al-Habib Muhammad bin Alawi al-Aydarus, al-Kitab al-Niyyat (The Book of Intentions) ]

The Intentions for Attending a Gathering of Khayr (Good)


  1. To conserve one’s time
  2. To follow the command of the Prophet ﷺ
  3. So that Allah will not miss you where He has commanded you to be
  4. To draw closer to Allah, the Majestic
  5. To purify your inward
  6. To increase the number [attending such gatherings]
  7. To be in a good state if death were to descend upon you
  8. To be attached to the people of virtue
  9. To defeat Satan, the nafs, passions and all desires for base things
  10. To imitate the angels
  11. To raise one’s degree with Allah, Most High

Note: The word khayr in Arabic means good or goodness. A majlis of khayr is a gathering of goodness established upon, and in accordance with, the Qur’an and the Sunna and in which sacred ‘ilm is taught, studied, practiced and encouraged or the name of Allah is remembered.

[Al-Habib Muhammad bin Alawi al-Aydarus, al-Kitab al-Niyyat (The Book of Intentions)]

The Intentions for Visiting the Shuyukh (Scholars)


  1. To benefit from them in both religious and worldly matters
  2. To fulfill the command of the Prophet ﷺ when he said, “Be in the company of the great ones.”
  3. To attain from them (i.e. from being in their presence) the mercy that descends upon them
  4. To obtain a gaze from them by which Allah will rectify your state and all of your affairs [1]
  5. Intend to be in the gathering of the righteous
  6. Intend that Allah may purify your heart
  7. Intend that Allah will bring you together (with the shaykh) inwardly, as He has brought you together outwardly.

[1] The gaze of the ‘ulama’, who are established in ‘ilm, and men who have arrived at the hallowed precincts, is a beneficial theriac. If one of them gazes at a truthman he can, by the light of his inner eye, discover the aptitude and competence of the sincere man to receive Allah’s special gifts. There then comes into his heart love for the genuine aspirant, and via the inner eye he gazes at him with the gaze of love. Such [elite] are amongst the soldiers of Allah, the Exalted, and they thus confer, through their gaze, sublime states [to people] and raise their stations. What does a rejecter reject of Allah’s Power? Indeed Allah, Transcendent and Exalted be He, in the same way as He has given some snakes (known as al-Silanah) [the power to destroy a man by a mere look], He has also given the power of the gaze to some of His elect servants such that when they gaze at a sincere seeker, they accord him a state and a life [an eternal life of the heart, is what is meant here says al-Habib ‘Abd al-Rahman bin Mustafa al-‘Aydarus]. And it was the custom of our Shaykh, may Allah bestow mercy upon him, to walk round the masjid of al-Khif at Mina looking at the faces of the people. When he was asked about this he said, ‘Allah has indeed servants who when they gaze at a person according him bliss (sa’ada).’

[Taken from Imam al-Suhrawardi’s ‘Awarif al-Ma’arif and al-Habib ‘Abd al-Rahman bin Mustafa al-‘Aydarus’ Al-‘Arf al-‘Atir.] [Al-Habib Muhammad bin Alawi al-Aydarus, al-Kitab al-Niyyat (The Book of Intentions)]
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Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa’s Book Recommendations

shaykh ibrahim osi efa

A draft list of books recommended by Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa, collected by his students. The list is in no particular order.

  1. In the Absence of the Sacred – Jerry Mander
  2. Deep Nutrition – Catherine Shanahan
  3. On Disciplining the Soul – Al-Ghazali
  4. Breaking the Two Desires – Al-Ghazali
  5. Words and Rules – Steven Pinker
  6. Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
  7. The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
  8. Milestones – Syed Qutb
  9. The Islamic Struggle in Syria – Dr Umar Faruq Abdullah
  10. Sea Without Shore – Shaykh Nuh Keller
  11. The Art Of Memory – Frances Yates
  12. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man – John Perkins
  13. Reflections – Shaykh Gai Charles Eaton
  14. The Value of Time – Shaykh Abd al-Fattah Abu Ghuddah
  15. Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcolm X
  16. Mastery – Roberte Greene
  17. Brainsex: The real difference between men and women – Anne Moir & David Jessel
  18. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown
  19. Orality and literacy – Walter J Ong
  20. How to make Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  21. In praise of slow by Carl Honore Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman
  22. Blink – Malcolm Gladwell
  23. Don’t think of an Elephant – George Lakoff
  24. Dumbing us down: The hidden curriculum of complusory schooling – John Taylor Gatto
  25. Unschooled Mind – Howard Gardner
  26. Ghosts in our blood – Jan Carew
  27. God and the new Physics – Paul Davies
  28. Hidden Messages in water – Masaru Emoto
  29. The Book of five rings – Miyamoto Musashi
  30. The Shallows: How the internet is changing the way we think, read and remember – Nicholas Carr,
  31. Mastery -George Leonard
  32. What the dog saw and other adventures – Malcolm Gladwell
  33. Who moved the stone? – Frank Morison
  34. Islam and the destiny of Man – Charles Le Gai Eaton
  35. Our Master Muhammad, The messenger of Allah – Imam ‘Abdallah Sirajuddin al-Husayni
  36. Evolution’s End: Claiming the potential of our intellgence
  37. The holographic universe – Michael Talbot
  38. How to create a mind – Ray Kurzweil
  39. The accident universe: The world you thought you knew – Alan Lightman
  40. Exploring the crack in the cosmic egg: split minds and meta-realities – Joseph Chilton Pearce
  41. Darwin’s Black box – Michael J. Behe

Feel free to comment with any book recommendations from Shaykh Ibrahim Osi-Efa that we have missed out.