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Islam is not just a religion, but a complete way of life. When I first encountered Islam as a practicing Christian 16 years ago, one of the aspects that affected me most was the comprehensive span of Islamic knowledge and the instructive teachings concerning the day to to implementation of the religion. There are prayers recorded in the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) for reciting in the morning when you first wake up, throughout the day as you go about your tasks, and at night before you go to sleep. There are also instructions concerning how to go about eating, dressing, grooming and even answering the call of nature. This was and remains a beautiful guidance for me and one of my favorite prayers for offering upon waking in the morning is:

All praise is for Allah who has returned us to life and His is the resurrection.

For this reason, the opportunity to publish Everyday Islam: An Easy And Peaceful Way Of Life by Shumaysa Amatul Hadi Faruqi was a no brainer. Everyday Islam is a helpful resource for learning about and maintaining some of the above mentioned instructions daily, and how better to share such valuable information with others than through publishing in a book.

Everyday Islam: An Easy And Peaceful Way Of Life takes the reader from the very start of the day and through the possible situations and interactions that may occur with the words of Allah (SWT) and the example of His Messenger (SAW).

Everyday Islam: An Easy And Peaceful Way Of Life takes the reader from the very start of the day and through the possible situations and interactions that may occur with the words of Allah (SWT) and the example of His Messenger (SAW).

The following list includes some of the areas that are discussed in Everyday Islam:

  1. Waking up in the morning
  2. Going to the bathroom
  3. Getting ready for work/school/housework etc.
  4. Eating
  5. Going out of the house
  6. Mounting any vehicle
  7. Meeting people
  8. Engaging in work
  9. Coming back home
  10. Taking rest/ sleeping
  11. Utilizing free time
  12. Going to the market/park
  13. Spending time with family
  14. Going to the mosque/Friday prayers
  15. Visiting relatives or friends/sick persons
  16. Taking time to read the Quran/books
  17. Fasting/celebrating festivals of Eid
  18. Performing Hajj/umrah
  19. Marriage
  20. Child rearing
  21. Taking care of parents
  22. When encountering difficulties and troubles
  23. Seeking knowledge
  24. Enjoining good and forbidding evil
  25. The Propagation of Islam

Sister Shumaysa shares in the introduction, “Many of us live busy lives with many commitments and duties to take care of. It is highly rewarding when a Muslim remembers his Lord in all of his or her dealings in life. This is called God-consciousness, Taqwa, and it can be achieved by taking care of all of our daily situations in the light of the Quran and the traditions of the Prophet (SAW). We must try to perform every act that we embark upon in accordance with the teachings of Islam. This is what this book is all about.”

Shumaysa Amatul Hadi Faruqi is a student of Al Quran and a qualified Special Educator and Psychologist with a Master’s degree from Jamia Millia Islamia. Her interests include reading, writing, researching and painting. She is a member of the Muslimah Writers Alliance, an avid blogger and writes regularly at:

http://www.shumaysafaruqi.blogspot.com

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