Sohaib Sultan’s TOP TEN list of books that Muslims should read and have in their library.  Obviously this list isn’t comprehensive. It’s only meant as a conversation starter and to highlight some great books. Happy Reading!


The Qur’an (Oxford World’s Classics), M.A. Abdel Haleem
The most accessible translation of the Qur’an to date.

The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life, Ingrid Mattson
 Goes beyond introduction and really explores the role of the Qur’an in shaping Muslim life and society.

Our Master Muhammad. The Messenger of Allah: His Sublime Character and Exalted Attributes, Imam Abdullah Sirajuddin Al-Husayni, Trans. Khalid Williams. (Vol. 1 and 2)
The best portrait of who the Prophet (s) was and how he lived.

Provisions for the Seekers, Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf
A beautiful collection of succinct hadith that one can use to live by.

The Spiritual Teachings of the Prophet: Hadith with Commentaries by Saints and Sages of Islam, Tayeb Chouiref
A marvelous exploration of the spiritual gems from our Beloved Messenger (s).

The Book of Assistance, Imam al-Haddad Trans. Mostafa Badawi
Comprehensive guide to living Islam internally and externally.

The Vision of Islam, Sachiko Murata and William C. Chittick
One of the best books to introduce Islam, Iman, and Ihsan.

The Spirit of Islamic Law, Bernard G. Weiss
An excellent book on how Islamic Law developed and evolved over the centuries.

Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering, Sherman A Jackson
Addresses one of the most pressing and difficult theological questions in modern religious discourse.

Islam: The View from the Edge, Richard W. Bulliet
A unique look at Islamic history “from the edge” rather than from the center.

* (English-speaking)


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