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I consider writing/managing this blog as part of my job. Part of my daily work is to keep up on the best and latest insights on enhancing your life in every possible way. There’s not a day that goes pass where I’m not reading or learning something new. It not always on the serious/deep stuff either – some days I’m learning how to master the perfect winged eyeliner or tweaking a salad dressing that’s just not there yet. So when one of my readers requested me to share books and links to where I find inspiration/advice, I was pretty excited to share all these wonderful resources that I had gathered over the years.
Initially I wanted to add so much more to the list below. There are so many more incredible books/websites that I would hope to share soon but I’ve narrowed it down to the resources that I absolutely LOVE. I mean the kind of books that I’ve read numerous times and will continue doing so. The kinds of books that I rave about to anyone who listens. It’s those books that I’d carry with me even if I’m only going way for 2 days. (Yes, I know it’s a little lame 🙂 ). It’s the kind of blogs/websites that I spend ages on digging for more inspiration. So I really hope that you can find a gem within this list.
Since I finished studying an Alimah course – I learned directly from my teachers and gained knowledge through them. I don’t really have a favourite lecturer nor am I really fond of listening to lectures. When it comes to learning Islam, it really is best to learn directly from trustworthy scholars. Also studying Arabic since the most prominent books are written in Arabic and no translations can do enough justice. In terms of books, here are some of my favourites:
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- Love For Allah by Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshabandi – Such a beautiful and simple read. It captures the essence of loving Allah so beautifully. There is so much peace from reading this book.
- Preparing For The Day Of Judgement by Imam Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani – A book full of quotes of the Prophet (peace be upon Him), His companions and righteous predecessors. Have you ever read a quote/story that makes your heart drop, lost for words in awe of what you have discovered? This quotes in this book really hit home and give you a reality check on the life of this world.
- Nurul Al Idah by Hasan Shurunbulali – This is a hanafi fiqh book that I received earlier on in my studies. I love that it’s comprehensive, yet easy to understand and covers many rulings applicable to life. If I’m in need of a fiqhi ruling and unable to contact scholars or knowledgeable people, this is usually the first books that I turn to.
- Fabulousity by Kimora Lee Simmons – I love this book! I’ve read it countless of times and can never really get enough. It’s specifically aimed at women and goes through pretty much all aspects of life: work/family/career/relationships/confidence/beauty etc. It’s incredibly motivating and kicks you into action! I can’t recommend this enough. Girl go and buy it! You can thank me later 🙂
- Imagine That Today Is Your Last Day by Zohra Sarwari – I’ve been lucky enough to meet Zohra Sarwari at one of her events in London and let me tell you, she is such an inspiration! She really does walk the talk. And her book, in particular this one is full of deep, soulful gems with an Islamic foundation. It such an easy yet emotive read.
- Lessons From Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott – A fun and easy read full of practical advice to really improve the quality of your life. I love that it focuses on a variety of topics to skincare, investing in quality lingerie, cultivating a sense of mystery to perusing your passions.
- You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay – Call me lame, but when I’m on holiday/abroad and restricted to carrying one physical book with me (excluding pdf’s/kindle/scribd) this is the book I take with me. It’s life changing. The idea is that our thoughts are creating our future. It’s a lot of inner work, self healing and looking inwards. It’s not your average self help book. There’s a lot of depth but the outcome from following this book has been magical for me. When I was overcoming depression, this was a book that I continuously read over and over again.
- The Four Agreement – Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
- The Healthy Life by Jessica Sepel – A beautiful book, very informative and also easy to understand. It’s loaded with advice, templates and delicious recipes. It’s great because it deals with the emotional side of eating too.
- The Body Book by Cameron Diaz – Very comprehensive which is why I love it! It’s informative and motivating. I’ve learned a lot from reading this book – Though it has a scientific, factual approach, it’s not overwhelming at all and easy to follow.
- Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward – The make of this book is beautiful! It’s a recipe book, which are both easy and delicious too!
- The Gabriel Method by Jon Gabriel – This is an excellent book for changing the way you think about food. It changes your mindset so that you don’t feel deprived or restricted when trying to lose weight and get healthier.
- Slim for Life by Jason Vale – You know when you go through days (or weeks!) of eating junk food, overeating, feeling lethargic and you can’t get yourself of out the rut? This is the book to read.