Message from Uwaymir Anjum

IMAG0609Dear Almaghrib Brothers and Sisters, Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah

I am thankful to Allah for allowing me to spend two uplifting and blessed days with such dedicated and intelligent Muslims sisters and brothers in faith. I enjoyed teaching you and learning from you; your questions and thoughts are invaluable for me, and will continue to make me think more and strive better.

I had promised a few things during the lectures. From what I can remember, these were: the lecture presentations (attached) and a list of recommended books (provided below).

Please feel free to remind me if I am forgetting something. I’d love to hear thoughts, questions and suggestions from each one of you; feel free to use the email address I have provided uwaymir at yahoo dot com. Some of you had particular questions or requests; please feel free to contact me, I’d love to be of help if I can.

For anyone interested in spiritual writings of Ibn Taymiyya or Ibn al-Qayyim in translation, please contact me directly. For many reasons that you can guess, there is a lack of good books on or by Ibn Taymiyya in English on either his political thought or spirituality. Ibn Taymiyya is a very challenging writer because of his encyclopedic knowledge full of references that common Muslims are not familiar with. Ibn al-Qayyim, the most brilliant and devoted disciple of Ibn Taymiyya, is easier and more organized. I have been translating his Madarij al-Salikin for Aljumuah Magazine for the last five years; I could send you a subset of those writings if you are interested—although I suggest reading the whole magazine. Also, I have some more advanced articles on Ibn al-Qayyim and Ibn Taymiyya’s spiritual writings, which I can provide upon request.

A list of recommended books

On Ibn Taymiyya,

Ibn Taymiyya Expounds on Islam by Abdul Haqq Ansari (available for download at This one is the best and most extensive anthology of his writings to my knowledge.

The Hanbali School of Law and Ibn Taymiyyah: Conflict or Conciliation (Culture and Civilization in the Middle East) by Abdul Hakim I. Al-Matroudi. This is a very decent academic but accessible study by a Saudi scholar of Ibn Taymiyya’s jurisprudence.

Public Duties in Islam: The Institution of the Hisba by Ibn Taymiyya

Ibn Taymiyya: Muslims under non-Muslim Rule by Yahya Michot (Interface Publictions, 2006). This is an example of how Ibn Taymiyya’s writings have been misused in the contemporary Muslim world. The author is Prof. at Hartford Seminary, a respected Muslim scholar and convert, whose own bias is evident in the book.

Sayyid Abul A`la Mawdudi, The Islamic Movement: Dynamics of Values, Power and Change, ed. By Khurram Murad (Islamic Foundation, 1998)

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Islamic Awakening: Between Rejection and Extremism

Winning the Modern World for Islam, by Abdessalam Yassine (Justice and Spirituality Publishing, 2000)

On Muslim women in particular,

Al-Muḥaddithāt By Muḥammad Akram Nadwī. This is one of the best and most learned accounts I come across of early Islamic tradition on women in good English, very inspiring.

In Arabic, I had mentioned to some sisters Abd al-Haleem Abu Shaqqa’s Tahrir al-mar`a fi `ahd al-risala

Ma`a salamatillah,

Your brother in faith,

Uwaymir Anjum


10 thoughts on “Message from Uwaymir Anjum

  1. Salamun 3alaykum.
    How should I proceed if I would like to have those very particular spiritual writings of Shaykhu-l-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah ra7imhullah ?
    I’m really searching that sub7anAllah… Can you help me please ? Or send it to me min fadlikum ?
    May Allah make you see this message… BarakALLAHU fikum !!!
    Wasalaamu 3alaykum.

  2. wassalaam dear brother,
    i’m currently working on ibn Taymiyya on sufism for my studies at the university. I would very much like to have your translations and works on this.

  3. As salaamu Alaikum Br

    May Allah (swt) reward you for your work for Islam. I am conducting some research on Ibn Al Qayyim and spirituality and would be very grateful if you could send to me your subset of translations from Madarij as-Salikin by Ibn Qayyim. Wa salaam

  4. Assalamualaikum,

    I am interested in your translated works of Ibn Qayyim (Madarij As-Salikeen) if you can you can forward it to my e-mail account I have heard many great things about this work and I have read some of Ibn Qayyim works that were translated into english but this work seems to be very beneficial.


    Fouzan Qureshi

  5. Assalamualaikum,

    I am also interested on the works of Ibn Qayyim, I am really into reading about purification of soul and one of the works of Ibn Qayyim is Madarij As-Salikeen that talks about souls journey being purified going through stages. I am interested in reading your translation works on this.



  6. assalamu `alaykum,

    I am interested in your translated works of Ibn Qayyim (Madarij As-Salikeen) if you can you can forward it to my e-mail account.

    jazakum Allahu khayran

  7. Salam BR Uwaymir,
    I missed some editions of AlJumuah. What years were the ones when you published content from Madaarij?

    If you’d be kind enough to email them to, I will greatly appreciate it and offer you an emphatic JAZAK ALLAHU KHAIRAN 🙂


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