Posted by: Dawud Israel | October 3, 2007

Dawah Literature Review: Where is Allah?

I recall a while ago I said I would start reviewing Dawah Literature on a weekly basis rather than all at once. And so being forgetful I never did anything. Until now, Alhamdulillah. I will be calling it DLR, for short from now on.
Where is Allah?! by Abdul-Rahman As-Sungiri

I remember the first time I read this booklet the title actually said Where is Allah?! and it was the question marks and exclamation points that made me think, “Oh boy, not another one of these foreign writers.” But as I read it I realized it was really well-done, better than I’ve seen in a lot of works.

As-Sungiri gives the story of how this booklet came to be:

“This book is the answer to a question raised by a skeptical youth who delved into the
ocean of some books in his summer holiday and his Aqeeda was affected. His mind, in
turn, became blurred and he was unable to differentiate between right and wrong or
between truth and falsehood. Thereupon he asked me “where is God and who created
‘Him’?” The answer came from the pulpit of the mosque of Shabkhun (Musil-Iraq)
through delivering four sermons (Khutba) which received the approbation of the
majority of those who listened to them. Some of them have suggested that they should
be compiled and printed in the form of a message to introduce it to those who did not
have the opportunity to hear them. With the help of Allah, this have been done.”

Aside from the odd spelling mistake which is expected from a person who does not reside in the West and the unusual blaming of the “Jewish Mass Media” (I think this is cultural now) everything works out beautifully. The book goes through those questions which had plagued the Greek philosophers who in turn attempted to plague the Muslims. Such a work is necessary to be read by the simplest Muslim in the age of secularism.

He quotes the Qur’an throughout and even delves into the tales of atheists, tyrants, the great Islamic scholars and saints of the past (Imam Abu Hanifa, Imam Shafi, Ibn Ata’illah, Rabiah Al-Adawiyyah, Ibn Qayim al-Jawziyyah) and personal accounts. All I can really say is that this is one piece of work that is really worth reading! It’s short and concise. The stories themselves refute many questions people have nowadays and not only that, but if you sit and ponder upon them you will find even more conclusions and arguments against Shaytaan. This work is interesting because it really shows you that the believers are more intelligent than the disbelievers. I have more arguments that I may add to this later on.

I don’t know how many of these are in print but I plan on revamping this and allowing it to be distributed more easily and making it more popular. Perhaps I may include more arguments in it, Insha Allah.

Insha Allah you can download it here: Where is Allah?! by Abdul-Rahman As-Sungiri

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdik ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk. Ameen.


Responses

  1. i don’t know if this is good for dawah, lol under the “origin of man” section it says this:

    However, there are many atheists who do not want to believe in Allah. They just want to look for any Jewish theory to justify their unbelief.

    -umm… i’ve made too many jewish jokes so, yeah you get the point,

  2. Yeah, I remember that sort of stuff too.

    In sha Allah, might do a re-edited version. 🙂


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