Book Review: The Sun That Never Set

The Sun That Never Set

Title: The Sun That Never Set
Author: Shaykh Sulaiman Moola
Publisher: Mathabah Press (2012)

The book’s title is based on a hadith related from Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) who is reported to have said:

We have a sun, and the horizons have a sun.
My sun [The Prophet (peace be upon him)] rises after nightfall.
The sun of the ancients have set, while our sun
Will always be above the high horizon and will never set.

This book is based on the many lectures of Shaykh Sulaiman Moola, who writes in the preface:

Over the years of my learning and teaching, I have been blessed to research and lecture on Islamic topics, both locally and internationally. Many people have presented positive feedback on these speeches and presentations. I credit this grace (fadl) to the mercy of Allah Almighty.

In collaboration with Mathabah Press, we have adapted my humble work to book format. Our aim was to make this material accessible to both the beginner and the advanced leaner. This in sha’ Allah is a start to many future books we intend to bring to the fore. We pray and also ask you to pray to Allah the Originator (al-Badi) for success.

The intent of this book is not to give a detailed account of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) life, as this can be read in the great works of classical scholars. Rather, this book draws practical lessons from the example of Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him). In sha’ Allah, by emulating the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) noble legacy and that of the Companions – the men and woman he (peace be upon him) nurtured – we are certain to find solutions to life’s challenges.

If one is familiar with Shaykh Sulaiman Moola’s oratory style, they will know his speeches are woven with Quran, hadith, Arabic poetry and the sayings of classical scholars. This book is no different and reflects that style, as English paragraphs are followed by voweled Arabic script with its translation. The book covers a wide range of topics, some in just a page and others in a few pages. They cover many incidents that took place in the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) lifetime and Shaykh Sulaiman Moola extracts pearls of wisdom and many lessons that one could take and reflect on.

This excerpt from his own personal life is quite moving:

I was once in London, England when something left me crying. Normally, before I begin a talk, a young child from the Qur’an memorization (hifz) class is asked to recite. But this time, it was not a boy. They called upon a 70-year-old man by the name of Ma’sum.

He recited the Qur’an and left everyone in tears. The next day, I had another programme in Central London, and there he was again. Before I opened my lecture, he came forward and recited the Qur’an. I was gripped by curiosity. I later approached him and heard his story. He had joined the hifz class at the age of 68 in the heart of London and in two years memorized 15 parts (ajza) of the Qur’an. I hugged him and wept, “Uncle, I will take your tale wherever I travel in sha’ Allah. Hopefully it will inspire someone.”

As Shaykh Sulaiman makes a supplication at the end of the book, an excerpt of which is fitting to conclude this book review:

O Allah, forgive everyone who is reading this book. O Allah forgive them all.

O Allah accept this book. All those who have contributed with their presence and their support in any way at any place – accept it. O Allah make us the true lovers of Muhammad (peace be upon him).

Ameen.

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