Book Review: Reflections of Pearls

Reflection of Pearls

Title: Reflections of Pearls: A Concise & Comprehensive Collection of Prophetic Invocations & Prayers
Author: Shaykh Inam Uddin and Shaykh Abdur-Rahman Ibn Yusuf
Publisher: White Thread Press (1994, 1996, 2005)

Shaykh Inam Uddin and Shaykh Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf were granted the opportunity from their teachers to compile a selection of prayers from existing Arabic works for younger students of their school to memorize. This occurred in 1999 while they were both studying the Darul Uloom in Bury, UK. As a result of their efforts, it eventually developed into a published work, Reflection of Pearls.

This book has 8 parts and covers the following topics:

In the first part, titled Significance & Etiquette of Supplication, covers items such as circumstances in which supplications are accepted, places where supplications are accepted and opportune moments in which supplications are accepted. This part is very straight forward and most of the items are in list form, making it very easy for future reference and review.

The second part, titled Everyday Supplications, contains a total of 60 supplications pertaining to everyday living. Each supplication has a title followed by the accented Arabic script, English transliteration, and English translation. This is very useful that these three things are all together on one page, as some books sometimes delegate the transliteration to an appendix, making it cumbersome to flip back and forth, when needed. The supplications start with ‘at the time of sleeping’, ‘when waking up and ‘before entering the lavatory’ it also includes supplications such as ‘when wearing new clothing’, ‘when entering a market of shopping center’ and ‘when hearing thunder’.

The third part, titled Comprehensive Supplications, contains general supplications for well-being, guidance, protection from hell, granting of good in the hereafter, and forgiveness from sins. These supplications can be recited at any time during the day, such as after an obligatory prayer.

The fourth part of the book is titled, Other Specific Prayers, includes supplications such as The Greatest Prayer for Forgiveness (Sayyid al-Istighfar), Prayer During a Calamity (Qunut al-Nazila), the Supplication that is made in the Witr of Isha (Qunut), according to the Hanafi school and other supplications to be recited at specific times within the prayer itself.

The fifth part contains The 99 Beautiful Names of Allah, which one can learn and use during the course of making supplication. There is a narration from the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) mentioned in this part:

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) is reported to have said, ‘There are ninety-nine names of Allah, whosoever learns them and recites them will certainly enter Paradise’ (Bukhari)

The sixth part contains Blessing and Salutations on the Prophet (peace be upon him), this is important as it was mentioned in the first part of the book, in the etiquette of supplication, that blessings and salutations be sent upon the Prophet at the beginning and at the end of the supplication.

The seventh part of the book briefly expounds upon the virtues of reciting the various chapters and verses in the Holy Qur’an, such as Surat al-Fatiha, Surat al-Kahf, Surat Yasin and Surat Mulk.

Lastly in the eighth part of the book, it discusses the Supererogatory Prayers such as Greeting of the Ablution (Tahiyyat al-Wudu), Greeting of the Masjid (Tahiyyat al-Masjid), Sunrise Prayer (Salat al-Ishraq), Late Morning Prayer (Salat al-Duha), Prayer of the Pious (Salat al-Awwabin) and the Night Vigil Prayer (Salat al-Tahajjud). This part also includes descriptions of special prayers such as Prayer for Repentance (Salat al-Tawba), Prayer for Decision Making (Salat al-Istikara), Prayer for Need (Salat al-Haja), Prayer of Glorification (Salat al-Tasbih) and finally Prayer for Travel (Salat al-Safar).

Overall, this is an excellent book and resource of supplications derived from the Quran and the Prophetic Sunna. As is normal for White Thread Press, it is presented beautifully, is well translated and well bound. Although it has 8 parts and covers a fair bit of material it is only 102 pages long. This book isn’t simply read once, but would be referred to often throughout the course of ones life. A book of supplication is necessary for every Muslim’s book shelf.

The detailed table of contents and an excerpt can be found here:

http://www.whitethreadpress.com/?p=124

There is also an audio book that is available, information regarding it can be found here:

http://www.whitethreadpress.com/?p=145

May Allah bless the authors and all those who assisted in making this publication available, may Allah grant us the propensity to supplicate to Him at every moment of our lives, and grant us the strength to learn, retain and remember to recite the supplications that are contained within this book. Ameen.

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