As part of our podcasts, The Thinking Muslim and A Muslim Mom we have started reading as many books and essays about Liberalism, Feminism and Islam as an alternative to Liberalism, as we can get our hands on.
There is so much thought-provoking material out there! Alhumdulilah we’ve been discovering so much! We decided to start The Thinking Muslim Book Club, as we want to share what we’re learning and hear your thoughts too. Inshallah we hope the book club will be a means for us all to collectively motivate each other to gain knowledge
Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
طَلَبُ الْعِلْمِ فَرِيضَةٌ عَلَى كُلِّ مُسْلِمٍ
Seeking knowledge is an obligation upon every Muslim.
Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
لَا حَسَدَ إِلَّا فِي اثْنَتَيْنِ رَجُلٌ آتَاهُ اللَّهُ مَالًا فَسُلِّطَ عَلَى هَلَكَتِهِ فِي الْحَقِّ وَرَجُلٌ آتَاهُ اللَّهُ الْحِكْمَةَ فَهُوَ يَقْضِي بِهَا وَيُعَلِّمُهَا
There is no envy but in two cases: a man whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it rightly, and a man whom Allah has given wisdom and he judges and teaches with it.
Online Muslim Book Club
This book club is dedicated to exploring issues in some more depth and untangling the complexities of the world around us. The Thinking Muslim book club was created after we began delivering our first course, The Thinking Muslim’s guide to Liberalism, in the UK. As part of the course we regularly posted accompanying reading material on google classroom. Attendees loved it! So we wanted to extend the book suggestions to a wider audience.
Bi-Monthly Reading Challenge
The plan is to select and read a book every 2 months, then discuss the work during the month’s last week (to give everyone time to read it!). The journey to becoming a thinker is exciting! We will post some questions/quotes to get things started, but we would love for this to collectively grow into something amazing. If you’re ready to broaden your thinking, please join up and participate. Everyone is welcome. we would be honoured! A Return to Modesty by Wendy Shalit is the first book we are reading.
Farhat Amin & the team!