Islamic books to accelerate your spirituality

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The list author says: "This is a list of books which a muslim may find of use in order to grow closer to God.
Others will be able to understand more about the sources of islamic spirituality, read some generically spiritually beneficial work (i.e. by Rumi).
The collection of the Prophet's recorded sayings will show a side to him that is not generally highlighted; which is his wisdom.
Some of the following books are there because muslims see the Prophet Muhammed as the pinnacle of sanctity and devotion to God and thus his life, sayings and actions are seen as precious footprints on the path to God. How can his reality be grasped by people who are asleep, distracted from him by dreams."
The Meaning of THE HOLY QUR'AN (New Edition with Revised Translation and Commentary)
1.  The Meaning of THE HOLY QUR'AN (New Edition with Revised Translation and Commentary) by 'Abdullah Yusuf 'Ali'
The list author says:
  "The Quran is the Foundation of muslim spirituality, full of profound iconic statements e.g. 'They realised that there was no escape from God, except to him'.
This translation is nice for the beauty of its language and the brief commentary it gives."
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The Pocket Rumi (Shambhala Pocket Classics)
2.  The Pocket Rumi (Shambhala Pocket Classics) by Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi
The list author says:
  "It mentions in the Quran, that
'as for thosoe who beleive, their love of God is much stronger'. 
Love of God is sometimes neglected in islamic circles, so books like these are a good antidote, there is nothing like poetry to realight the flame of love in ones heart. 

"For lovers the only lecture is the beaty of the face, their only lesson is enthusiasm, whirling and trembling"."
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Rumi: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)
3.  Rumi: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics) by John Moyne
The list author says:
  "Love is the engine that can drive the spiritual life, and while knowledge is important, devoid of love a person's spirituality will wither away.
'Disputational knowledge wants customers, it has no soul, robust before a crowd, it slumps when no one is there, the only real customer is God, chew quitely your sweet sugarcane'."
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The Rumi Collection: An Anthology of Translations of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi (Shambhala Classics)
4.  The Rumi Collection: An Anthology of Translations of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi (Shambhala Classics) by Jelaluddin Rumi
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  "'Listen O drop, give up yourself without regret and in the arms of the sea be secure, give up a drop and in exchange gain the ocean',
'what has he found, the one that has lost him,
what has he lost, the one that has found him'"
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In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad
5.  In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad by Tariq Ramadan
The list author says:
  "The Prophets life is amazing for its lows and final stunning success, none the less his ultimate joy remained in prayerful communion with God.
This touching book (the best sirah I have read)  concentrates on its spiritual aspects."
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The Mantle Adorned: Translated, with Further Poetic Ornaments
6.  The Mantle Adorned: Translated, with Further Poetic Ornaments by Sharaf al-Dīn Muḥammad ibn Saʻīd Būṣīrī
The list author says:
  "A poem of love for the Prophet.  Exquisitely beautiful book including its calligraphy and ornamentation.  A book to feed the spirit with love.
What ails your heart, that when you bid it wake it wanders?"
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Riyad-us-saliheen (2 Vol. Set Hb)
7.  Riyad-us-saliheen (2 Vol. Set Hb) by Imam Al-Nawawi
The list author says:
  "This is a compilation of the Prophets sayings;

'A strong man is not the one good at wrestling but one who is able to control his anger in a fit of rage'.

'If a person had a mountain of Gold, he would desire a second,
nothing will fill his mouth except dust (i.e. death itself) "."
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Remembering God : Reflections on Islam
8.  Remembering God : Reflections on Islam by Gai Eaton
The list author says:
  "Eaton's writing is enjoyable as much is 'poetic', this is a book for one who wants a sprititual/intelligent take on diverse issues of modern life from an islamic point of view""
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The Conference of the Birds (Penguin Classics)
9.  The Conference of the Birds (Penguin Classics) by Farid-Ud-Din Attar
The list author says:
  "The birds traverse the valleys of the states of the soul in this timeless classic, enjoyable read, talks especially about divine love."
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The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists
10.  The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists by Khaled Abou El Fadl
The list author says:
  ""A more widely available book on Abou Fadl's critique of spritually impoverished forms of islam""
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The authoritative and authoritarian in Islamic discourses: A contemporary case study
11.  The authoritative and authoritarian in Islamic discourses: A contemporary case study by Khaled Abou El Fadl
The list author says:
  "Short but very sophisticated study which shows how spritually impoverished forms of islam ineptly produce legal opinions often to the detriment of women"
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Understanding the Four Madhhabs: The Facts about Ijtihad and Taqlid
12.  Understanding the Four Madhhabs: The Facts about Ijtihad and Taqlid by Abdal Hakim Murad
The list author says:
  "I have put this product here more so to highlight its author AHM who has articles free on the internet and is possibly the most profoundly insightful writer today anchored in islamic spirituality.
'belief in God begins when we cease to believe in ourselves"
'Remember God, to re-member yourself'
'The more you have, the less you are'"
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