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Criteria for Selecting Islamic Texts for Study

There is an incredible amount of books on every subject available nowadays. It is very easy to pick up a book on almost any subject, religious or otherwise. Publishing has become very easy and literally anyone can do it. There is really no way to only allow books that contain reliable material to be published. Although, this is not a new concept, but just the sheer amount of content these days is dizzying to say the least. As a student of knowledge, it is vital to be able to distinguish between books that are beneficial and good and books that are harmful and misleading.

This book is really a guide to get students of knowledge to get on the right path of acquiring the authentic Islamic Knowledge to get to a point where you are well read about the religion, understand the foundations of Islam and are equipped with the necessary knowledge to carry on studying throughout your lives on. Life is a journey and we all want to know how Allah wants us to lead our lives according to the Islamic teachings.

How do you tell which books to read and which to avoid? Is there any criteria that we can use to filter out the garbage and focus on the real good stuff? It turns out that there are a few resources available to help us in this regard. Here are some general guidelines:

Find books from recognized “Muslim” publishers
Avoid publishers who regularly publish negative material about Islam
Take the time to look up who the author is and what their background is, where they studied and what else they might have written
Read the reviews online if available on the bookstore web sites such as amazon.com
Take a look at the table of contents to figure out the structure of the book
Read the preface or introduction to see what the purpose of the book might be
Take a look at the references included in the footnotes or in the bibliography

And Allah knows best.

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