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Essentials of Islamic Faith: For Parents and Teens (SWISS Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – Large Print, September 7, 2017
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Suhaib Webb is currently the resident scholar at the ICNYU (Islamic Center of New York University). He holds a degree in Education, as well as a degree from al-Azhar in Cairo. He has served the Muslim community in America for over twenty years.
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I had the pleasure of going through it and it is an amazing piece of work for a few reasons.
1. It removes the mystery often associated with "classical texts" by making the translation and explanation easy and straightforward.
2. It has explanations and pictures that succinctly and effectively convey what on the surface sounds hard to grasp - and immediately eases the the concept for the reader. I've either read or studied a number of creedal texts in the past and the ability to on-board the reader into what are intermediate concepts is excellent.
3. Most importantly - the book contains a number of follow up questions which allow immediate relevance - they connect theology to real life - helping people ask and answer questions about how God, His Oneness, His Attributes, His Power, His Closeness, His Mercy, His Will - how these things matter to the individual in his or her daily life.
Rather than a wall of text which is often the way that creed is initially studied, this book is a refreshing presentation of classical Islamic creed in an easy to read fashion that is written specifically to foster discussion and dialogue.
When you flip open the cover, your heart gets touched by the beautiful essentials of the Islamic faith. The literary elements and constructive design allow the reader to interact with the author in a holistic manner. The author asks thought provoking questions throughout the narrative, which stimulates the reader to want so much more.
I hope Volume 2 releases sooner rather than later. For the craftsmanship and quality of publishing and scholarly content, the price is a bargain. I believe mosques from sea to shining sea should have this glorious collection of parchment available to all that seek a deeper understanding of the beautiful faith known as Islam.
Well done Mr. Webb, well done!
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Thank you for this Imam Suhaib