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  • Bismillah, Alhamdulillah

    Bismillah, Alhamdulillah

    If Wardah Books were a person, she would be a 20-year-old. What should she write in her autobiography, as she stands at the threshold of adulthood, looking forward to new beginnings. She may not have the eloquence of Imam al-Ghazali, but we hope she has the presence of heart to begin: Alhamdulillah, Praise be to God.
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  • Introduction to the Book Club 2022

    Introduction to the Book Club 2022

    It is in this spirit that we embark on the book club for 2022. We want to learn about the modern world, its secular underpinnings and historical pathways, not to mock or engage in name-calling, or to stoke the flames of indignation. Rather, we seek to understand because we recognise that there is a metaphysical commonality that binds all human beings: that we are all created out of love by the All-Merciful.
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  • Wardah Books Readers' Choice 2021

    Wardah Books Readers' Choice 2021

    It is a book that reminds us to be grateful for whatever we’ve been given- to say ‘Alhamdulillah’ when most others would not even think of saying it. We usually tend to focus on our present moment and when things do not go our way, we complain or lose hope. But the beauty of being a believer is to be thankful no matter what situation we find ourselves in, because Allah has planned something beautiful for us.
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  • Wardah Books of the Year 2021

    Wardah Books of the Year 2021

    The way we think about reading promotion should be the same way we think about protecting species: ecosystem conservation. The ecosystem consists of habitat and communities of organisms. For our purpose, habitat can be thought of as libraries, bookshops, and quiet places to read, while communities of organisms are authors, publishers, logistics chains, booksellers, and of course, readers
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  • Custodians of a Living Heritage

    Custodians of a Living Heritage

    Our forebears leave behind books, knowledge, responsibilities, and even buildings. We in turn leave the same to our successors. In the present slice of time, we are all custodians of a living heritage, whether we are aware of it or not. And sometimes, like that morning, heritage comes knocking on your door.
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  • Fear of a Muslim Planet

    Fear of a Muslim Planet

    Salaam Dear Reader, 'Inherently different' is the phrase that made me sit up when I was reading Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road by Johan Elverskog. The phrase was used by officials in the Qing Dynasty to justify and call for...

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  • The Merit of Knowledge

    The Merit of Knowledge

    The Prophetﷺ taught us that we must always engage with knowledge, either as scholars, learners, or listeners. And if we can't do these things, we must at least love knowledge. There is no fifth option.
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  • More Barakah

    More Barakah

    Writing also helps us learn about ourselves. And this is why many people journal as a daily practice. The more we learn about ourselves, the more we understand our strengths, weaknesses, relationships, goals, attitudes, biases, preoccupations, the more we can reflect and grow.
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