Rays of Truth: Poems on Islam (Book Review)

 
Book cover of "Rays of Truth: Poems on Islam" by Ayesha bint Mahmood
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My soul cannot rejoice
  

 For within me, an inner voice    

Reminds me of all I have done    

And I am failing to do    

To leave me alone it may never …     
– Excerpt from “I Wish I were a Snowflake” by Ayesha bint Mahmood in Rays of Truth: Poems on Islam (1997)   

   

Rays of Truth: Poems on Islam is a collection of thirty-two poems meant for young adults. In this collection of powerful poetry readers are drawn into a world that makes them ponder about life, death, sacrifice, faith and Allah. The poetry itself is inspiring and uplifting while at once calling the individual to realise the meaning of life.     
  
I seek refuge in You O Allah!   
From eyes that are not restrained 

 

 

And from a tongue that is not tamed      

 
From a heart that is complacent    
And from a mood that is not patient    
I seek refuge in You O Allah!     
From a soul that is not grateful…      

 – Excerpt from the poem “We Seek Refuge in Allah” by Ayesha bint Mahmood in Rays of Truth: Poems on Islam (1997)      

These poems are suited for youths ages 13 and up. They are can be used in the classroom or at home as the starting point for discussions about how Muslims must approach life.  A glossary is included at the end that explains various Islamic terminologies.      

Title: Rays of Truth: Poems on Islam      

Author: Ayesha bint Mahmood      

Publisher: The Islamic Foundation      

Date: 1997      

ISBN: 0860372634      

No. of pages: 55      

Age Group: 13+ (Young Adult)      

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