Reading List

A brief list of highly recommended books that I have read, if even partially, and benefited greatly from in the English language. Some of the included titles were recommendations of scholars and teachers. Please keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list and only includes those titles that I have had a chance to read or have received strong recommendations about from people I trust.

Qur’anic Sciences

The Gracious Quran: A Modern-Phrased Interpretation in English by Ahmad Zaki Hammad

Etiquette with the Quran by Imam al-Nawawi translated by Musa Ferber

Ulum al-Quran: An Introduction to the Sciences of the Quran by Ahmad Von Denffer

The Glorious Qur’an (Tafsir-e-‘Uthmani) by Imam Shabbir Ahmad al-‘Uthmani

An Approach to the Quranic Sciences by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani

The History of the Qur’anic Text from Revelation to Compilation : A Comparative Study with the Old and New Testaments by Muhammad Mustafa al-Azami

The Qur’an and the Latest Orientalist Assumptions by Muhammad Mohar Ali

Coherence in the Qur’an : A Study of Islahi’s Concept of Nazm in Tadabbur-i Qur’an by Mustansir Mir

The Qur’an : An Eternal Challenge : Al Naba Al Azim by Muhammad ‘Abdullah Draz

The Qur’anic Foundations and Structure of Muslim Society by Muhammad Fazl-ur-Rahman Ansari

The Art of Reciting the Qur’an by Kristina Nelson

Variant Readings of the Qur’an : A Critical Study of their Historical and Linguistic Origins by Ahmad ‘Ali al-Imam

Guidance from the Holy Qur’an by Sayyid Abu’l-Hasan Ali Nadwi

Hadith Studies

Hadith Literature: Its Origin, Development, and Special Features by M. Zubayr Siddiqi

Studies in Hadith Methodology and Literature by M.M. Azami

The Authority of Sunnah by Justice Muhammad Taqi Usmani

Bukhari by Ghassan Abdul Jabbar

Hadith: Muhammad’s Legacy in the Medieval and Modern World by Jonathan A.C. Brown

Hadith and Sunnah: Ideals and Realities (14 Selected Essays) 

Studies in Early Hadith Literature by M.M. Azami

An Introduction to the Conservation of Hadith by Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah

The Garden of the Hadith Scholars by Shah ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Dihlawi

The Sunnah and Its Role in Islamic Legislation by Dr. Mustafa al-Siba‘ee

On Schacht’s Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence by M.M. Azami

An Introduction to the Science of Hadith by Ibn Salah trs. by Eerick Dickenson

The Canonization of al-Bukhari and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunni Hadith Canon by Jonathan A.C. Brown

Constructive Critics, Hadith Literature, and the Articulation of Sunni Islam by Scott C. Lucas

The Evolution of a Hadith: Transmission, Growth, and the Science of Rijal in a Hadith of Sa’d b. Abi Waqqas by Dr. Iftikhar Zaman

Analysing Muslim Traditions: Studies in Legal, Exegetical and Maghazi Hadith by Harald Motzki

Islamic Belief and Theology

A Return to Purity in Creed (Iljam al-awamm ‘an ‘Ilm al-kalam) by Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali translated by ‘Abdullah ibn Hamid ‘Ali

Aqeedatul Tahawi (with the marginal notes of Qari Tayyib al-Qasimi) by Abu Ja’far al-Tahaqi

The Creed of Imam Tahawi translated by Hamza Yusuf

The Attributes of God by ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn al-Jawzi translated by ‘Abdullah bin Hamid ‘Ali

Imam Abu Hanifah’s Al-Fiqh al-Akbar Explained by Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf

Answer to Modernism by Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanawi

Fate and Predestination by Sheikh Mohammed M. Al-Sha’rawi

Furu’ al-Iman (The Branches of Iman) by Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanawi

A Guide to the Conclusive Proofs for the Principles of Belief (English translation of Kitab al Irshad Ila Qawati ‘al-Adilla fi Usul al I’tiqad) by Imam al-Haramayn al-Juwayni

Bid’ah and the Salaf’s Worship by Imam ‘Abd al-Hayy Laknawi

The Conclusive Argument from God (Shah Wali Allah of Delhi’s Hujjat Allah al-Baligha) translated by Marcia Hermensen

The Testimony Of Faith: There is No God but God and Muhammad is the Messenger of God by Imam ‘Abdallah Sirajuddin al-Husayni

Roots of Synthetic Theology in Islam: A Study of the Theology of Abu Mansur Al-Maturidi by Mustafa Ceric

The Beneficial Message and the Definitive Proof In The Study Of Theology by Muhammad Salih Farfur

The Creed of Ibn Abi Zayd Al-Qayrawani by Imam Abu Muhammad ‘Abdullah Ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani

The Incoherence of the Philosophers by Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali

Al-‘Aqida Al-Tahawiyya with commentary by Fahim Hoosen

Izharul Haq by Rahmatullah Kairanwi

Answering Those Who Altered the Religion of Jesus Christ (Translation of al-Jawab al-Sahih li man Baddala Din al-Masih) by Hafiz Ibn Taymiyyah

On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam (Faysal al-Tafriqa) translated by Sherman A. Jackson

Islamic Jurisprudence & History of Islamic Law

On Schacht’s Origins of Muhammadan Jurisprudence by M. Mustafa al-Azami

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence by Mohammad Hashim Kamali (portions)

Shah Wali Allah’s Treatises on Islamic Law by Marcia Hermensen

Al-Shafiis Risala: Treatise on the Foundations of Islamic Jurisprudence by Majid Khaddari

Ibn Ashur: Treatise on Maqasid Al-Shariah by Muhammad Al-Tahir Ibn Ashur

Shari’ah: Islamic Law by Abdur Rahman I. Doi

The Islamic Law of Nations: Shaybani’s Siyar by Majid Khadduri

The Origins of Islamic Law: The Qur’an, the Muwatta’ and Madinan Amal by Yasin Dutton

Islamic Jurisprudence: Usul Al Fiqh by Imran Ahsan Khan Nyazee

Malik and Medina: Islamic Reasoning in the Formative Period by Umar Faruq Abd Allah

Language and Interpretation of Islamic Law by Sukrija Husejn Ramic

The Search for God’s Law: Islamic Jurisprudence in the Writings of Sayf al-Din al-Amidi by Bernard G. Weiss

Traditionalist Approaches to Shari’ah Reform: Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi’s Fatwa on Women’s Right to Divorce by Fareeha Khan

Differences of the Imams by Shaykh al-Hadith Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlawi

The Legal Status of Following a Madhab by Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani

Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence by Ahmad Hasan

The Doctrine of Ijma’ in Islam by Ahmad Hasan

Early Development of Islamic Jurisprudence by Ahmad Hasan

Islamic Legal Theory and the Orientalists by Syed Abul Hassan Najmee

Islamic Legal Interpretation: Muftis and their Fatwas edited by Muhammad Khalid Masud

Non-Muslims Under Shari’ah by Abdur Rahman I. Doi

Mejelle: Being an English Translation of Majallah el-Ahkam-i-Adliya by C.R. Tyser, B.A.L.

Usul al-Fiqh al-Islami – Source Methodology in Islamic Jurisprudence by Taha Jabir al- Alwani


The Risalah: Principles of Sufism by Abu-l-Qasim Abd al Karim bin Hawazin Al Qushayri  translated by Rabia Harris

The Sunnah Way of the Sufis: Risalatul Mustarshidin by Harith al-Muhasibi translated by Maulana Mahomed Mahomedy

Treatise for the Seekers of Guidance by Imam Harith al-Muhasibi translated by Zaid Shakir

The Secrets of Asceticism by Imam Al-Qurtubi

The Ramadan of Shaikh al Hadith Muhammad Zakariyya and our Elders by Dr. Mohammad Ismail Memon Madani

Faza’il-E-A’maal by Shaikh al Hadith Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi

Sufism and Good Character by Shaykh Imam Zafar Ahmad Uthmani translated by Faraz Rabbani

Ikmaalush Shiyam: Perfection of Morals by Shaykh Ibn Ataullah Iskandari

A Sufi Study of Hadith: Haqiqa al-Tariqa min as-Sunna al-Aniqa  by Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanawi translated by Yusuf Talal DeLorenzo

The Inseparability Of Shari’a & Tariqa- Islamic Law & Purification of the Heart by Shaikh al-Hadith Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi

The Beginning of Guidance: Bidayat al-Hidaya by Abu Hamid al-Ghazali

Islamic Manners by Shaykh Abdul Fattah Abu Ghuddah

Love for Allah: A Translation of ‘Ishq Ilahi by Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi

Risale-I-Nur Collection by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

Purification of the Heart by Hamza Yusuf

Al-Ghazali on Disciplining the Soul & on Breaking the Two Desires translated by T.J. Winter

Al-Ghazali Letter to a Disciple: Ayyuha ‘l-Walad translated by Tobias Mayer

Al-Ghazali Invocations and Supplications translated by K. Nakamura

Al-Ghazali The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God translated by Nazih Daher

Al-Ghazali on Patience and Thankfulness translated by H.T. Little John

Al-Ghazali on Poverty and Abstinence (Kitab al-Faqr wa’l-Zuhd) by Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali translated by Asaad Shaker

Al-Ghazali’s Path to Sufism: his Deliverance from Error (al-Munqidh min al-Dalal) by R. J. McCarthy

Al-Ghazzali The Alchemy of Happiness (Abridged) translated by Claud Field

Al-Ghazali: The Marvels of the Heart Science of the Spirit (Kitab Sharh ‘Aja’ib al-Qalb) translated by Walter James Skellie

The ‘Awarif al-Ma’arif by Shahab ud-Din Suhrawardi translated by H. Wilberforce Clarke

The Book of Assistance by Imam Abdullah Ibn Alawi al- Haddad

The Book of Illumination: al-Tanwir fi Isqat al-Tadbir by Ibn ‘Ata Allah Al-Iskandari translated by Scott Kugle

The Book of the Secret of Secrets and the Manifestation of Lights by Shaikh Abd al-Qadir Al-Jilani translated by Muthar Holland

The Book of Wisdom: Intimate Conversations by Ibn ‘Ata’ llah/ Khwaja Abdullah Ansari translated by Wheeler M. Thackston

Commentary on Revelations of the Unseen (Sharh Futuh al-Ghaib) by Imam Abu ‘l-Abbas Ahmad ibn Taimiyya

Concerning the Affirmation of Divine Oneness by Abd al-Qadir al- Jilani translated by Muhtar Holland

Gifts for the Seeker by Imam Abdullah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya on the Invocation of God: al-Wabil al- Sayyib translated by Abdurrahman Fitzgerald

The Kashf al-Mahjub by ‘Ali bin ‘Uthman al- Hujwiri translated by Reynold A. Nicholson

The Path to Perfection by Shaykh Masihullah Khan

Three Early Sufi Texts by Hakim al-Tirmidhi and Sulami al-Naysaburi

Islamic History

Coming soon….

4 thoughts on “Reading List

  1. Arfan says:

    Amazing collection mashaAllah, should be really useful for my essays. JazakAllah khair

    P.s please update the Islamic history list in the near future

  2. raheel8303 says:


    Masha’Allah this is a great list. Laymen, like me, need these types of book lists in order to focus our time on books that have impact and are sound. This is a great resource!

    Raheel Haque

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