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Suggested Titles of Some Beneficial Books
[Majmoo ’al-Fataawa Ibn Baaz, Vol.: 5; pp. 404 - 405]
Q: Would you kindly recommend some useful books about worldly and Islamic knowledge?
A: There are many useful books, the most important of which is the Qur'an. It contains guidance, light, invites to all that is good, expresses high moral standards and the best of deeds. It informs us of Allah's Commands and what He has prepared for those who obey Him, and the unlawful matters and what He has prepared for those who disobey Him. The Qur'an is the noblest, greatest, and most useful Book.
Then comes the Books of the Sunnah such as:
Muslim, as well as other well-known books of Sunnah such as
Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal,
and the Muwatta' of Malik (رحمهم الله تعالى).
The above books are very edifying.
However, we advise those who do not have religious knowledge to memorize the Qur'an, or read the compilations on ‘Aqidah (creed) and Hadith such as:
"Kitab Al-Tawhid (Book of Tawhid)",
"Thalathat Al-Usul (The Three Fundamentals),
and "Kashf Al-Shubuhat (Removal of Doubts)" by Sheikh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab.
"Al-’Aqidah Al-Wasitiyyah" by Sheikh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (رحمه الله تعالى),
"Bulugh Al-Maram" by Al-Hafizh Ibn Hajar,
"‘Umdat Al-Hadith" by Al-Hafizh ‘Abdul-Ghani Al-Maqdisi,
"Al-Arba’in Al-Nawawiyyah (The Forty Nawawy Hadith)" and their completion by Al-Hafizh Ibn Rajab,
and "Adab Al-Mashi ila Al-Salah" by Sheikh Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdul-Wahhab(رحمه الله تعالى).
It is also recommended to read the following books:
"Jami’ Al-’Ulum wal Hikam" by Al-Hafizh Ibn Rajab, and the like brief useful books.