Sunday, August 8, 2010

Book Reviews....

Let's just cramp everything into one entry~! haha. Here's my review of 5 books that I have read (either this or previous year). Please understand that these are just my personal view, you may agree with me... or maybe not, best you give the book(s) a try yourself ;)

1. Quran Saintifik (by Dr Danial Zainal Abidin)
Rate: 5.0 /5.0
I would honestly recommend reading this book. Very good for self knowledge. You'll see the significance and advantages of the things that we do as a Muslim (such as tahnik, avoiding pork and alchoholic drinks, etc.). And most importantly you'll discover the beauty of the Quran itself =)

2. A Thousand Splendid Suns (by Khaled Hosseini)
Rate: 4.5 / 5.0
A nice novel really - the story of Laila growing up in a middle of war time, and all the hardship and sadness she gone through. You can kinda feel the horrors of being in war zone area, not knowing who would end up dead the next day... Anyway, I prefer this book compared to Khaled's Kite Runner.

3. Ajaibnya Sedekah (by Muhammad Muhyidin)
Rate: 1.5 /5.0
I think the author started off with good intention and good idea of writing this, but somehow I can only manage to read it only uptil half of the book (the reason because I find the writing style is annoying). IMO, the concept of the more you give the more you get can't be explained logically by mathematical eqn or economic model (it's just magic~ could be your rezeki or a test)... so for the book trying to explain it, I'm just lost. Plus, I'm just annoyed that there's no proper referencing done (I expected to see list of references at the back or at least footnote on which Surah or Hadith it is taken... En. Azizan just said that I was being too much of a researcher =P sorry~)

4. Lost Symbol (by Dan Brown)
Rate: 4.0 / 5.0
The first half of the book is just slow and almost boring... but towards the ending it gets really good. I'm amazed that the book in the end emphasizes on the importance of Holy Books to humankind (although they think the Books are written by early geniuses and not from God - they must have been atheist then rite?). What I love about this book is not it's story (I think Da Vinci Code is much better) ... but I love the impact it made on me... thinking how lucky I am to be born a Muslim.

I know this kinda run out of the topic, but try imagining living the whole life not believing in God (as an atheist). What would motivate you to do good? What would be your whole purpose of living really? As a Muslim, we believe in heaven and hell, we understand our role on this earth, and the need to do good and we know our Quran is protected until the end of time. So true, it is the saviour to humankind... if we were to follow it's teaching closely.

Yeah... Mr. Brown might have just put bits and pieces of facts together just for the sake of a bestseller novel... but I would have to applaud for writing books that are controversial, but encourage ppl to think (although that might not have been his intention~! who knows).

5. Enjoy Your Life (by Dr. Muhamad 'Abd Al-Rahaman)
Rate: 4.5 / 5.0
This is a motivational book on how to be a better person, based on examples from our Prophet. Quite light reading. Below are a few good points picked out from the book.
  • Perhaps just a smile at a poor man would raise you in rank in the sight of Allah.
  • Respond to mistreatment with kindness.
  • Do not interfere with matters that do not concern you.
  • Be content with what Allah has apportioned for you.
  • If you are obliged to do something or forced into a situation then you might as well enjoy it!
  • Do not burden yourself with what you cannot do
  • Be careful to not allow yourself to be pressurized by others
  • Whoever is humble for Allah's sake, Allah elevates him. Allah only increase the honour of the one who is humble.
  • Intelligence is not to win an argument, it is to avoid it
  • Put yourself in the shoes of the one critised & think from his perspective. Only then pass a judgement on him.
  • Help by your speech if you cannot do so in any other way.
  • Piety is to show good manners
  • Why should we continue to torture ourselves over something which was over & done? Do not pay attention to small matters.
  • Steady on principles
  • Remember names
  • Worship in secret
  • Smile and keep smiling
  • Be concerned about others
  • Be optimistic & have good opinion on ppl.


Mrs Li - Faeeza Yusoff said...

If you are obliged to do something or forced into a situation then you might as well enjoy it!<-- gud 1! tp its easier said than done kan2.dun u tink so ;)?

sms_topaz said...

haha... very true~! definitely easier said than done ...!