Asad Tarsin’s Book Being Muslim: A Practical Guide”
“A great resource for the novice and the learned, with practical and devotional aspects to a faith that embraces the soul. A must read and a classic. Highly recommend for its rich yet easy to comprehend chapters on branches of knowledge and practice all brought to the fore in an accessible format. God bless the author for the dedication and intention in furthering the beauty and peace of the faith for students of all ages.” – NI Nawwab
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http://www.beingmuslim.org/ Reviewed by acclaimed scholars including Imam Zaid Shakir, Usama Canon, Dave Coolridge, Dr. Ingrid Mattson, Anse Tamara Gray.
-“Dr. Asad Tarsin has provided an immeasurable service to both Muslims and members of other faith communities with this extremely insightful and important work. Being Muslim not only lays out, in balanced measure, the basic teachings of Islam, teachings related to both faith and practice, it also explains issues that are frequently neglected in introductory works. Those issues would include the relationship between faith and reason, the foundations of a meaningful spiritual life, the major themes of the Qur’an, and much more. Especially significant is his chapter on a healthy Muslim lifestyle. I would highly recommend this volume to anyone interested in knowing about Islam as the vast majority of Muslims have historically understood and lived it.
Imam Zaid Shakir
Co-founder, Zaytuna College (Book Site)
Available in Kindle and paperback formats Publisher: Sandala; 1st edition (July 1, 2015)
Available through https://www.amazon.com/Being-Muslim-Practical-Asad-Tarsin-ebook/dp/0985565926/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475044040&sr=8-1&keywords=asad+tarsin
Asad Tarsin has been designing Islamic educational programs and teaching the basics of Islam for more than a decade. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Islamic studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he continued his study of Islamic theology, sacred law, philosophy and spirituality with some of the country’s most prominent Muslim scholars including Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Dr. Sherman Jackson, among others.
He has served as the curriculum director for the Deen Intensive Foundation for the last ten years and has a particular interest in creating sustainable models of education for new and returning Muslims. He lectures and teaches courses on Islam across the country. Being Muslim: A Practical Guide is his first published work. He is an emergency physician by training and lives in California with his wife and three children. ( bio from his book site)
Excerpts from Amazon Reviewer –Ali September 9, 2015 “…This book contains everything that a convert would need to know, inwardly and outwardly. It beautifully balances ritual acts with the inner dimensions of worship. It always brings the rituals back to the essence of faith. The author touches on jurisprudence (fiqh), creed (‘aqidah), prophetic history (sirah), and ethics/ etiquette (adab). This will definitely be the number one book I recommend to any new Muslim. Apart from the content, it is beautifully laid out, the typography is classy, and overall a pleasure to read. Well done to all those who contributed to this work.”
By Muhammad Q. on September 9, 2015 “Dr. Asad’s guide to living as a Muslim is an essential resource!
The book features a comprehensive coverage of the essentials of belief, practice, and spirituality, but it’s never overwhelming. I would feel comfortable passing this along to a new Muslim or someone who wants to fine tune their understanding of the fundamentals- the author knows his audience and doesn’t get bogged down in technical details that are better suited for those at a more advanced level.
“Being Muslim” has been used at Ta’leef Collective and Seekersguidance – both are welcoming institutions spearheaded by people of knowledge with a firm commitment to teaching traditional Islam in an accessible, relevant context.
The writing is clear and offers excellent, concise descriptions of common topics of belief (i.e. predestination), issues related to Islamic law, the existence of difference of opinion, and much more. …
The wealth of content coupled with high quality presentation make it a go-to resoruce – I’m confident many communities and teachers can benefit from having copies on hand.”