Alhamdulillah the Jama’at has produced some excellent books and one should try to read as many of these as possible as you progress in your spiritual development. Many of these books have now been made available on PDF. Naturally, everyone is different and has different interests, therefore, you may feel that you prefer different books to read, or you may not be inclined to reading and prefer to watch videos or listen to tapes. Another way of gaining knowledge is by attending the various different meetings and discussion groups or just by asking questions. Our suggested reading is as follows:
- Salat – Prayer book.
- Yassarnal Quran – Learning to read Arabic. http://www.alislam.org/v/c-8.html
- Life of Muhammad – very good book on the Holy Prophet’s life. http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Life-of-Muhammad.pdf
- Wisdom of the Holy Prophet – short Ahadith (sayings) informing you about how to conduct yourself etc.
- Pathway to Paradise – good guide book.
- Book of Religious Knowledge.
- Basics of Religious Knowledge – two books which give basic teachings.
- Islamic Correspondence Course – A means to gain knowledge through correspondence. www.free-islamic-course.org
- Invitation to Ahmadiyyat – explains differences with other Muslims etc. http://www.alislam.org/books/invitation/content.html
- Ahmad, the Guided One – book about the life of the Promised Messiah. http://www.alislam.org/library/books/guidedone/index.htm
- Man of God – book about the life of the Fourth Khalifa.
- Philosophy of the teachings of Islam – deep book, but opens up the Qur’anic teachings. http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Philosophy-of-Teachings-of-Islam.pdf
- Holy Quran with Commentary – at this stage it is best to read the Holy Quran along with the Commentary to help you fully understand the teachings. http://www.alislam.org/quran/tafseer/guide.htm?region=EN
- Introduction to the study of the Holy Quran – explains about different religions, life of the Holy Prophet, prophecies etc.
- Stories of early Islam – collection of stories for the early history of Islam.
- Gardens of the Righteous – very good Hadith (sayings) book.
- Jesus in India. http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Jesus-in-India.pdf
- Where did Jesus Die.
- Christianity facts to fiction – books about our views on the death of Jesus. http://www.alislam.org/library/books/Christianity-A-Journey.pdf
- Guideposts – ways to improve yourself.
- Islam’s response to contemporary issues – book by the Fourth Khalifa on current issues.
- Revelation, Rationality, Knowledge and Truth – book by the Fourth Khalifa, containing everything you need to know. http://www.alislam.org/library/books/revelation/index.html
- Essence of Islam I to V – books by the Promised Messiah explaining in depth the teachings of Islam.
There are various other books, audio tapes and video tapes available. Please ask if there is a particular subject that you want to know more about.