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Hamza Yusuf's recommended books, documentaries and other relevant media
Hamza Yusuf shares literature and documentaries that he finds relevant
and impactful in today's world. In an age of multimedia excess, few
items deserve due attention as they encourage introspection and inspire
positive change. Great works of art help us to unveil the facade of the
material world and to return to the path of personal improvement and
growth, selfless giving, and sincere service.
If you haven’t read this, it’s well
worth the haul. Dostoevsky deals with every major theme of the current
crisis in the West. The people are real, the dialogue eavesdrops on real
conversations, and the culprits are as complex as the heroes are
Sense and Sensibility
A beautiful study of two ways of being in the world.
Marriane is the precursor to the modern, egocentric, fun-filled,
tradition-scoffing “individual.” Elinor is the wonderful, dutiful, stoic, and
giving caretaker of hearts. By the end of the novel, the two have discovered
themselves and risen above the trials and torments of life on earth to enter
into the bliss and joy of a Jane Austen ending.
Notes from Undergound
I would love to see this book
rewritten with the title, “Posts from the Underground.” This is the most
serious study ever done on the problem of modern man’s impotence in the
light of an alienating society, vacuous and demeaning. The underground
man fills our Internet with his anonymous posts filled with venom and
resentment. He can do nothing, so he spends his life attacking those who
can and do something with troll-like viciousness under the digital
bridges humans have built to connect virtual lands. Nietzsche was
convinced that Islam was free of what he termed, “ressentiment.”
He felt Islam bred nobility and was inhabited by men of virtue. But the
underground Muslim is alive and ill on the net, seething with his
impotent rage, using pseudonyms and often foul language to attack all
and sundry from his dark underground cavern of callowness.
Forks Over Knives
While I would not completely
recommend a “vegan” diet, I think the modern diet is a danger to our
health, and this wonderful documentary can be a life changer for those
of you who aren’t aware of just how harmful our Western diets are. (I
include most modern Muslim diets in this, given the overconsumption of
meat and the increasing corporatization of our means of production.)
If you watch documentaries, this
is the end-all. Tom Shadyac is a proof against all of us who cling to
“stuff.” He discovered what’s wrong with the world (hint hint: in the
title) and what we can do about it.
As salaamu 'alaykum and Eid Mubarak to you all!
list of books proposed is remarkable and very unusual coming from a
Muslim who normally hates anything that is not of his Sect! Some titles
are my ever favourites like the Brothers Karamazov. Thank you all.
Jazaak Allahu Khayran, even if there is no such GOD!
Hamza Yusuf Mark Hanson is the greatest teacher of Islam I have ever
known, alhamdulillah! Mainstream sectarian Muslims do not deserve him!