Available now from the Islamic Foundation Markfield website, and soon from bookstores in the US and the UK, and before long, inshaAllah from my new site, Stories of Light.com
The Grand Mufti of Jordan Sheikh Nuh Ali Salman has heard parts of A Mercy to the Worlds-the Coming of Muhammad, May Allah bless him and give him peace, that were translated into Arabic for him. He said, “This is beautiful. It will surely inspire love for Allah and His Messenger. The Arabs need it too…please make an Arabic version.” A preliminary translation was then made of the whole piece, and another mufti in his office both listened to the English recording and read the Arabic script and declared that it was sound, alhamdulillah.
We requested that the Grand Mufti make an official endorsement which can go on the CD cover. This will mean a lot, since one of the most remarkable qualities of Islam is authenticity. Every aspect of Islam has been painstakingly preserved and recorded, so instead of making up the traditions, as is necessary for the other religions since so much has been lost, there is meticulous scholarship and remarkable preservation of information. We received his page-long statement yesterday, and are very grateful for his generous assistance and support. This means that the production and release of the CD are now imminent alhamdulillah! InshaAllah it will also be made available for purchase as an mp3 on the SunniPath site and later on my website Stories of Light.com. When you hear, you’ll see, inshaAllah.
The Nur al Qasas website, Stories of Light, is finally in the hands of a brilliant website-smith and inshaAllah will be operating within a couple of months. I know I have been known to say this before, but this time, God-willing, it will be accurate. From this website folks will inshaAllah be able to purchase mp3 downloads of the CD’s, along with several other shorter stories, some of which are accompanied by early-reader booklets so that kids and indeed any students of English can read and listen at the same time. These stories include From Torture to Triumph, the Story of Bilal ibn Rabah; Two Prophets in the Endless Sea of Allah’s Knowledge, the Story of Musa and Khadr, peace upon them; Ali Cogia and His Jar of Olives, from the cycle of Arabian Nights, along with several more too many to mention here. From this website inshaAllah it will also be possible to order the books Miraculous Happenings in the Year of the Elephant and A Trust of Treasures, and the CD’s Miraculous Happenings, The Bowing of the Stars, and A Mercy to the Worlds.
A publisher in the UK has shown interest in The Bowing of the Stars as an illustrated book, and a brilliant young Jordanian artist has begun work on the illustrations. Please make dua for this endeavor. And consider this anecdote as you do so: my 5-year-old granddaughter Halima spent several weeks listening daily to The Bowing of the Stars. Then she put it aside. Two days ago she was revisiting it for the first time in a couple of months. When she came to the scene with Yusuf, peace upon him, in the bottom of the well, she ran into my kitchen. “Grandma! I just remembered something! I fell down in the garden, like this.” She threw herself on the floor. “And when I was laying there on the stones I remembered Prophet Yusuf in the bottom of the well, how he was making dua, and I made dua!”
May the Ummah be protected and kept in the arms of Infinite Mercy.
I ask for your duas for these miniscule endeavors, may they benefit the Believers, and may the ranks of the Believers swell and cover the earth.
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Other news: Sunni Path will be offering The Bowing of the Stars, Miraculous Happenings in the Year of the Elephant, A Mercy to the Worlds, and a few of the shorter stories as mp3 downloads for purchase on their site in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out. When you hear, you’ll see!