Some concepts made easy
‘The Essence of Islam’ by Sirajuddin Aziz is one book that should not only be on the bookshelf of every devout Muslim but should also be read and re-read for all the gems that are contained in its pages.
The book is a compilation of articles and essays that the author has written over many years. It takes into account a whole variety of topics that should be of interest to every Muslim as it dwells in a very succinct and pithy manner on concepts such as Taqwa, Salat, Sadaqah, Fasting, Hajj and the Preeminence of Women in Islam. It contains a whole section on the behavioural dimensions and the right, duties and obligations of Muslims. The compilation also has biographical sketches of Prophet Abraham (PBUH), Hazrat Aisha Siddiqa (RA), Hazrat Ali (RA) and Hazrat Haleem Sadia (RA).
Currently a senior banker, Sirajuddin Aziz has been a prolific writer too for the most part of his professional career and has written on a variety of subjects. However, his writings on Islam have special value as they deal with questions that every Muslim individual has in his or her mind. This book attempts to provide the answers.
Reproductions of some pages from the book (given here) provide an idea of what ‘The Essence of Islam’ is all about.