The Vision of Islam by Sachiko Murata and William C. Chittick

The book covers the four dimensions of Islam as outlined in the “Hadith of Gabriel” [ حدیث جبرئیل ] practice, faith, spirituality, and the Islamic view of history. [تصوف اردو ] Drawing on the Quran, the sayings of the Prophet ﷺ and the great authorities of the tradition, the text introduces the essentials of each dimension and then shows how it has been embodied in Islamic institutions throughout history.  

Something is lost when Western thinkers approach Islam. They seem to see the religion in historical and cultural terms, obscuring Islam’s own internal logic and its true beauty and spirituality. This clearly written introduction to Islam changes that, vividly explaining the Islamic perspectives that have rung true for Muslims for nearly 1400 years. 

حدیث ِجبرائیل اُمّ السنۃ (اردو )  https://bit.ly/Hadis-Jibril

The Hadith of Gabriel (also known as, Ḥadīth Jibrīl) is a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)  which expresses the religion of Islam in a concise manner. and it contains a summary of the core of the religion of Islam, which are:

  1. Islām (إسلام), which is described with the “Five Pillars of Islam,”
  2. Īmān (إيمان), which is described with the “Six Articles of Faith,”
  3. Iḥsān (إحسان), or “doing what is beautiful,” and
  4. al-Sā’ah (الساعة), or The Hour, which is not described, but its signs are given.

This hadith is found in both the Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī and the Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim collections. It has been named “Ḥadīth Jibrīl” (the Hadith of Gabriel) by Islamic scholars because the archangel Gabriel appears to Muhammad and those around him in a human form.

Summary: Abdullah bin Umer narrated that: My father, Umar ibn al-Khattab, told me: One day we were sitting in the company of Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) when there appeared before us a man dressed in pure white clothes, his hair extraordinarily black. There were no signs of travel on him. None amongst us recognized him. At last he sat with the Apostle (peace be upon him) He knelt before him placed his palms on his thighs and said: Muhammad, inform me about al-Islam. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Al-Islam implies that you testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, and you establish prayer, pay Zakat, observe the fast of Ramadan, and perform pilgrimage to the (House) if you are solvent enough (to bear the expense of) the journey. He (the inquirer) said: You have told the truth. He (Umar ibn al-Khattab) said: It amazed us that he would put the question and then he would himself verify the truth. He (the inquirer) said: Inform me about Iman (faith). He (the Holy Prophet) replied: That you affirm your faith in Allah, in His angels, in His Books, in His Apostles, in the Day of Judgment, and you affirm your faith in the Divine Decree about good and evil. He (the inquirer) said: You have told the truth. He (the inquirer) again said: Inform me about al-Ihsan (performance of good deeds). He (the Holy Prophet) said: That you worship Allah as if you are seeing Him, for though you don’t see Him, He, verily, sees you.

He (the enquirer) again said: Inform me about the hour (of the Doom). He (the Holy Prophet) remarked: One who is asked knows no more than the one who is inquiring (about it). He (the inquirer) said: Tell me some of its indications. He (the Holy Prophet) said: That the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and master, that you will find barefooted, destitute goat-herds vying with one another in the construction of magnificent buildings. He (the narrator, Umar ibn al-Khattab) said: Then he (the inquirer) went on his way but I stayed with him (the Holy Prophet) for a long while. He then, said to me: Umar, do you know who this inquirer was? I replied: Allah and His Apostle knows best. He (the Holy Prophet) remarked: He was Gabriel (the angel). He came to you in order to instruct you in matters of religion. [See full with Arabic text-Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim, Faith (Book 1), Ḥadīth 8a] / [كتاب الإيمان : باب بيان الإيمان والإسلام والإحسان ووجوب الإيمان بإثبات قدر الله سبحانه وتعالى وبيان الدليل على التبري ممن لا يؤمن بالقدر وإغلاظ القول في حقه]

  1. https://www.amazon.com/Vision-Visions-Reality-Sachiko-Murata/dp/1557785163 
  2. Vision-of-Islam-by-Sachiko-Murata-and-William-C.-Chittick.pdf
  3. A General introduction to Islam by Ali Shaikh Ali Tantawi (Syrian Scholar) – English Translation]
  4.  تعريف عام بدين الإسلام;  المؤلف: علي الطنطاوي (العربی
  5. دین اسلام کا عمومی تعارف:  (تعريف عام بدين الإسلام -عربی سے اردوگوگل ترجمہ )
  6. حدیث ِجبرائیل اُمّ السنۃ https://bit.ly/Hadis-Jibril
  7. أصول المعرفة الإسلامية Fundaments of Islamic Knowledge اسلامی علوم کے بنیادی اصول [https://bit.ly/TheReal-Islam ]
  8. https://bit.ly/Sufizm تصوف Sufism