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In the Early Hours ( Reflections on spiritual and self development) by Khurram Murad – Book Review

November was a great month for me in terms of reading books. Unlike, the first Lockdown , when I barely managed to read even one ( even though I had high expectations), this time around was different and I managed to read quite a few inspirational books.

If you are in need of something spiritually uplifting, then treat yourself by getting this gem ” In the Early hours ” By Khurram Murad. I bought this book quite a few months ago from but for some reason I never read it straight away. In all honesty, I actaully regret not reading it earlier.

“How are we to become true believers who seek God’s good pleasure? How are we to become mindful of God, to be thankful or worshipful? How are we to control our anger and pride? How are we to follow the example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)? This inspirational book of wise advice answers these questions and guides us toward the spiritual life.

Khurram Murad (1932–1996) was the director general of The Islamic Foundation, United Kingdom, and a renowned teacher who spent 40 years in the spiritual teaching and training of thousands of young Muslim people around the globe. He has published more than 20 works in English and Urdu. “

What an incredible, uplifting , encouraging and beautiful book. I really cannot praise it highly enough. Such an easy read full of so many inspirational reflections and wisdom. The book is divided in seven chapters. Chapter 1 looks at the process of self development, the prerequisites of tazkiya, its blessings and benefits. In chapter 2 , Khurram Murad informs us of the significance of dhikr, its meaning and methods and how to organise our dhikr. Chapter 3 looks at the characteristics of “holding onto Allah”, how to be thankful and how to strive in the path of God. Chapter 4 gives practical advice on how to relate to Allah’s messenger, the guidelines in studying theSunna and its real meaning. In chapter 5 , you will be able to learn more about how to spend in the name of Allah, small charity, forgiving others and love of this world. Chapter 6 reminds us of our obligations to our families, children, our fellow Muslims, neighbours , even the rights of animals. And the last chapter reminds us beautifully of the main objective of our life, seeking God’s mercy, His forgiveness and the reality of the Hereafter.

I really loved that the book was divided in sections and it made it so much easier to read and understand. This book truly gives simple and practical advice on every single aspect for us Muslims. I also believe that anyone who is a revert or new to Islam will really enjoy this spiritually uplifting read. ” In the Early hours ” by Khurram Murad can be bought from or Amazon ( )


Published by ivushka1985

I am a Bulgarian Muslim Home schooling Mama of 5, married to a a British Bangladeshi , residing in the South West of England. I blog about our home schooling adventures, travels, the ups and downs of motherhood , parenting books and children's book reviews.

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