(Practical Islam): SK’s book on Allah released

SK’s book on Allah released

The author, Shaik Kadir, with Dr Maliki Osman, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence & Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mayor, South East District, after terawih prayer in Bedok North on 27 June 2016.

The author, Shaik Kadir, with Dr Maliki Osman, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence & Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mayor of South East District, after terawih prayer in Bedok North on 27 June 2016.

Shaik Kadir’s latest book, “Allah: Understanding God in Islam”, has been released.

A number of people have already bought the book.  Some of those who bought it have been photographed with the author, as shown in this article.

With Mr Naseer Ghani, President, Singapore Kadayanallur Muslim League (SKML) (left photo) and Mr Yacob Hussein, Chairman, Malay Activity Executive Committees (MAEC), Siglap Community Centre.

With Mr Naseer Ghani, President, Singapore Kadayanallur Muslim League (SKML) (left photo) and Mr Yacob Hussein, Chairman, Malay Activity Executive Committees (MAEC), Siglap Community Centre.

With Ms Sri Zuraida Zainal Abidin (left photo) and Ms Zainab Mahmood at the Ramadan bubur (porridge) distribution centre, Siglap Community Centre.

With Ms Sri Zuraida Zainal Abidin (left photo) and Ms Zainab Mahmood who are volunteers at the Ramadan bubur (porridge) distribution centre, Siglap Community Centre.

About the book

The book covers historical perspective of Islam, and shows that Allah is the God of all human beings.

In the world today, with so many different deities people believe in, the book attempts at clearing away the misunderstandings, confusions and myths that could have crept into forming the various concepts of God.

In his new book, the author describes Islam and discusses that the belief in the same God, Allah, as defined in the Qur’an, would enable open-minded people, both Muslims and non-Muslims, to live a happy, peaceful and harmonious life together.

According to Islam, God (or Allah in Arabic) is the same ‘the One and Only God’ preached by all prophets of God, including Prophet Abraham, Prophet Moses, Prophet Jesus (Jesus Christ) and Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Them).

In this book, the author informs readers about the concept of Islam – that Islam started not from Prophet Muhammad but from the first prophet, Prophet Adam, and that the Qur’anic concept of God is realistic.

The concept of God, revealed by Allah Himself, appears in a concise, easy to memorise, 4-verse chapter, Chapter 112, called Al-Ikhlas (Purity or Sincerity or Unity).  About this chapter, Aisha Stacey, who embraced Islam in 2002 and was once the editor of an Australian Islamic newspaper, Crescent Times, says: “Surah Al-Ikhlas is one of the shortest chapters in the Qur’an, yet it is one of the most profound.  It is a chapter outlining the foundation of the Muslim’s faith.”

With Ms Keiko Soeda, a Japanese convert, who is a staff of the Japanese Embassy in Singapore, and Mr John Vijayan, an active community leader.

With Ms Keiko Soeda, a Japanese convert, who is a staff of the Japanese Embassy in Singapore, and Mr John Vijayan, an active community leader.

What people say

Most people in the world want to know God and be near to Him, but, at the same time, they are looking for logic in the concept of God. This book attempts to respond to the readers’ questions, doubts and desires as they ponder over the justifications provided in it.

Those Singaporeans introduced to the book say that this book would be a good book to understand the concept of Islam and Allah.

Ms Keiko Soeda, a Japanese convert to Islam, said about Allah:  “Allah, to me is the ultimate Power of Everything. Power of Love, Power of Forgiveness, Power of Compassion, Power of Humility and so on.  When I was introduced to the Asma ul-Husna or the 99 Names of Allah, it just made perfect sense to me – His Attributes show that He is the Greatest.”

Ms Soeda, who is married to a Singaporean and has three children, added: “And the best part is that I can communicate with Him directly anywhere and at any time of the day or night without an intermediary.”

She said she always felt of the existence of God, “But, I truly understood Him when I found Islam.  This book would further strengthen my faith in Allah.”

Among the other Singaporeans of different faith who want to know about God in Islam is Mr John Vijayan.  He said: “I have many Muslim friends, so it would be good to know the Islamic concept of God or Allah.  I understand Allah is unique in Islam, so this book would provide me with better understanding of Islam and Allah.”

With Mr Hadidz Abdullah (left photo) and (in the right photo, from left) Mr Mashuthoo, Mr Shaik Kadir, Mr Naseer Ghani, Mr S Fakrudeen, Chairman of Jemae (Chulia) Mosque and Mr Jalaludin Peer Mohamed, at the mosque in Chinatown.

With Mr Hafidz Abdullah, Vice President, Education Division of the Muslim Converts’ Association of Singapore (left photo) and (in the right photo, from left) Mr Mashuthoo, Mr Shaik Kadir, Mr Naseer Ghani, Mr S Fakrudeen, Chairman of Jemae (Chulia) Mosque and Mr Jalaludin Peer Mohamed, at the mosque in Chinatown.

The 174-page book, published by Partridge Singapore, is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The E-Book (Nook book) of the title is also available.  To check it out, go to:

(1) Amazon.com   ( https://www.amazon.com/Allah-Shaik-Kadir/dp/1482865181/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=J3X6C4306MM1VGDZEJN4 )

(2) Barnes & Noble.com   ( http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/allah-shaik-kadir/1123811503?ean=9781482865189 )

About the Author

Shaik Kadir holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Sheffield and has years of experience as an educator and journalist.

Over 300 of his writings have been published in many magazines in Singapore and in other countries. Many of his articles have also appeared in local newspapers.

Kadir is the author of a dozen books, including “Read! The Islamic Inspiration”, “The Straight Way”, “Splendours of Islam”, “The Haj,” “Inside Islam: 101 Questions and Answers” and “Islam Explained.”

In the Preface of his book, the author says: “This book is dedicated to anyone and everyone, irrespective of race, religion or culture, who reads it to gain an understanding of God in Islam.  Hopefully, the understanding would bring Muslims and non-Muslims closer, live harmoniously and work towards making the world a better and peaceful place to live in.”

Shaik Kadir (29 June 2016)

 

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