Islamic Awakening: Between Rejection and Extremism by Yusuf al Qaradawi

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Format read: Paperback

Genre: Islamic

Rating: 6 out of 10

Plot: This book is focused on how to achieve a balance in Islam and not go to the two extremes in faith.  The author talks about the current situation in the Muslim world and how the corrupt rulers are pushing youth who want a change now to an extreme.  He gives tips on how we should call others to Islam in a kind and gentle manner because that’s the method that the Prophet (s.a.w.) used; that the use of violence doesn’t change hearts and in fact escalates the situation causing further hardship upon the people.

Opinion: I don’t think this is a good book for someone new to Islam.  While at times the book is written as if the intended audience is the average Muslim, other parts of the book are written as if the intended audience are scholars.  Parts of the book goes into fiqh issues and I had to reread paragraphs because I was confused as to what was being said.  Overall I feel like I gained some knowledge from this book, but I feel that’s only because I had a basic knowledge of what fiqh is before reading this book.

Next book: Laughing Without an Accent by Firoozeh Dumas

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