First Things First: For Inquiring Minds and Yearning Hearts
A million gripes against the
darkness will not make a dent in it. But a little candle will. This book is
about lighting that little candle.
This book presents Islamic beliefs
and practices and as well as it highlights Islamic values in the context of current
social, cultural, and political discussions. The broad range of topics aim at providing reflection, exposition,
inspiration, and intellectual stimulation.
A must read for young adults, parents and
teachers. This book is also a good gift item to non-Muslim friends and colleagues
or for your local library. The 400+ pages book is broken down into 13
sections and 80+ articles.
- Loving the Prophet
- Acts of Worship
- Islam is the Solution
- The Choice is Yours
- Self Reform
- Women & Family
- Staying The Course
- A Second Look
This book is guaranteed to make you think!
“Khalid Baig has been contributing the column
‘First Things First’ in Impact International for several years now.
This column has covered a wide spectrum of Islamic topics of contemporary
relevance, ranging from Islamic beliefs and practices to issues of Islam and
politics, culture, media, tradition and modernity, and international affairs.
Like many of his admirers, I always look forward to reading his column, which is
arguably the most eagerly awaited and most widely read part of Impact.
“The present volume is a collection of his
columns written against the backdrop of major issues that confront Muslims today
in their individual lives and Islamic societies in their quest for identity and
authenticity. Throughout, he is unequivocally committed to the integrity of
pristine Islamic teachings. His guides in his intellectual journey to find
answers for the problems facing Muslims today are the Qur’an, the Sunnah of
the Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, and the consensus of the community of
Islamic scholars. His real genius lies in distilling Islamic scriptural and
scholarly sources into concise, trenchant ruminations on Islam and the
contemporary situation of Muslims. With clarity, elegance, and often with quick
and ready wit, Khalid Baig brilliantly articulates Islamic perspectives, clears
up the confusions created by extraneous influences, and challenges his readers
to wake up to their responsibilities as Muslims.
“Khalid Baig has a rare and rich gift for
both precision and thoroughness: in two to three pages, he manages to say more
than most writers would in several dozen pages. His nonpolemical style, calm and
measured tone, careful and balanced opinions, and insightful comments are sure
to make this book an engaging and immensely rewarding reading experience. It
deserves to be widely circulated and read by both Muslims and non-Muslims
alike.” - Mumtaz Ahmad, Ph.D Professor of Political Science - Hampton
University - Hampton, VA.
“Although the FTF’s primary readership is
naturally Muslim, its message is universal and inclusive. FTF encourages readers
to think straight and to think for themselves.
"FTF is the most popular and must-read
feature article of Impact. The reward is Khalid Baig’s though the gift is
there to be shared by everyone.” - Muhammad Hashir Faruqi Editor, Impact
International - London, England.