The Honour of Women in Islam
As a member of the Advisory Committee of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, whose aim is to present the peaceful, moderate, tolerant face of Islam, Dr da Costa undertook the writing of this work as a mission to elucidate the true respect and love for women inherent in the Islamic faith.
Relying explicitly on the source texts of Islam, including the Holy Qur’an and the sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Dr da Costa details classical Islam’s true teachings regarding the rights and roles of women. He then presents brief case studies of several leading female figures from Islamic history, including Mary mother of Jesus and Hagar hand-maiden of Sarah, whose exemplary lives truly demonstrate the honour and power God has bestowed upon women.
If we consider Islam in its traditional form, as practiced by the majority of Muslims throughout the world, we may too witness The Honour of Women in Islam.
Pages from Cape Muslim History
This work is primarily an exposition of the teachings of as-Sayid Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki of Makkah on certain aspects of Islam over which a blanket of silence has been surreptitiously placed, especially during the last few decades. Drawing mainly from his work, Mafahim Yajibu and-Tusahhah (Concepts which need Rectification, 1995), and from a few works by other authors, I have attempted to present certain perspectives that have always been an essential part of the major teachings, for a variety of historical reasons, have either been totally ignored, distorted or silenced and have left all of us so much poorer and deprived in our understanding and practice of the religion.
Dhikr and Nafl Salahs
This compilation and arrangement of supererogatory ‘ibadat’ grew out of the lessons that are generally given to my Hajj class. These classes are held every year to prepare people to perform Hajj and ‘Umrah. As part of their spiritual preparation for these undertakings, the classes are given considerable amount of supererogatory ‘ibadat’ to start doing at home, and which they continue to do while in the Holy Cities
Hajj and ‘Umrah
Although there are many books on Hajj and ‘Umrah available on the market, the presentation of this book is unique because it tries to take the pilgrim through the different aspects of Hajj and ‘Umrah in a systematic way. The book in no way replaces the teacher who is still needed to help prospective pilgrims to understand the processes of the ‘ibadat if Hajj and ‘Umrah they have to go through. The book may be used by the teacher as a reference or by those who have already been under a teacher and who need to refresh their knowledge of the ‘ibadat. It is, however, going to be extremely difficult to use this book or any other book on the same subject without the guidance of a teacher
When I was in Lefke in Cyprus during June 2002, Mawlana Shaykh Nazim al-Haqqani asked me to edit some of his talks that he had given in Damascus and Lefke, and to include any appropriate verses from the Qur’an and Prophetic Traditions where necessary. He added that the talks were “according to the Shari-ah”. Of course, I readily agreed although I was taken aback by the honour and the confidence he had shown in me. This work is the result of that request.