Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
Save yourself from Hell-fire even by giving half a date-palm in charity
Sadaqatu Tayyibatun Foundation is a Charity Guarantee Liability outfit with the goal of providing educational literature on Islam that will be of benefit to the young generation, the innocent, the learned, the experienced, the older generation and non-Muslims who choose to be open minded. Conceived in the year 1992, its maiden publication was One Way of Making a Living Out of Life. Read more Literally, Sadaqatu Tayyibatun means Pleasant Charity. Thus we at the Foundation are poised in giving out our publications to interested persons or groups free of charge with a simple request that they forward the write-ups to others at no cost. For this reason, the popular copyright clause “All rights reserved” is alien to us. Anyone is free to reproduce, copy, store in a retrieval system or transmit our publications in any form on NON-PROFIT basis provided it will be in the same form and content of presentation. We are therefore using this medium to present a series of seven books published by the Foundation for free download. They are:
- Volume 1: The Basis of Islam
- Volume 2: The Orientation of a Muslim
- Volume 3: One Way of Making a Living
- Volume 4: The Path for the Identity of a Muslim
- Volume 5: The Primary Status of Man in Islam
- Volume 6: Against Excuses
- Volume 7: O Believer Know Your Lord!
The themes covered in the publications cut across a few highlights that will serve as a basic foundation for appreciating the religion and way of life known as Islam.
The Tariqa of Siratal Mustaqeem
The essence of creating Man and Jinn is to worship Allah. However, for worship to be valid, it has to be done in accordance with prescribed laws, rules and regulations. In Islam, this is no more than the five pillars of Islam, namely: Iman (declaration of Faith), Salat (prayer), Zakat (poor due), Sawm (fasting) and Hajj (pilgrimage). Thus, the Tariqa (path) of Islam is the observance of these five pillars according to one’s ability. Be that as it may, a Muslim is not immune to fear, trials or struggles in the course of treading this Tariqa, as these are not obstacles but tests which when passed increases one’s Iman and trust in Allah. Consequently, ultimate success is attained if a Muslim happens to die while on this Tariqa.
The second part of this book emphasizes that polygamy is the yardstick for good and just leadership. In other words, a person who has only one wife is not likely to be a just leader. The reason is simple. In a polygamous family, the man (who is the head) experiences first-hand the problems of dealing with wives and children who have different behaviours and ways of thinking. Given that such a family is a sample, subset or reflection of the society, the ability to overcome this challenge by being fair and just to all members can easily be replicated when given position of authority in a larger set up. Therefore, anyone who aspires to be a leader should use polygamy as a litmus test.
The concluding part discusses the nothingness of man and his struggles to minimize pain and maximize pleasure in this world with no limitation. However, for believers – those on this Tariqa, Allah has put in place boundaries so as to guard against excesses. These are limitations in terms of food, clothes, sex, etc.; sharing of surplus wealth and forgiveness. Despite this restricted freedom (poverty), believers enjoy their lives to the fullest and are promised a better and eternal livelihood in the hereafter provided they live and die on this Tariqa.
Izalatul Bid’a Wa Iqamatus Sunnah in Our Marriage and Family
One of the major problems of the Ummah today is marriage and family life. And the simple reason is that we have diverted from the Sunnah. Seeking the hands of a lady in marriage through her father/guardian is now regarded as old fashioned. Instead of considering piety of a husband-to-be, all we are interested in are, “who is his father?”, “where does he work?” Then follows the big hurdle; boxes. So many marriages are pending because the prospective grooms are not able to afford these. The result is that would-be brides get pregnant hence increasing to the number of illegitimate children in the society. The rich on the other hand provide their married children with houses, cars and bank accounts as a “security”, not knowing that there is a difference between material things and happy married life. The former does not guarantee the latter. The root causes of all these problems have been highlighted in this book and obviously, the solution is to go back to theSunnah of Rasul (SAW) in matters of marriage and family life since this constitute half of our faith, irrespective of our socio-economic status.
The second part of the book is a presentation by Muhammad Sa’idu Jimada at the marriage Walimat of Sulayman and Nafisat on Saturday 7th July, 2012 at Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Auditorium, Zaria.
Zikr minal Kitabi was-Sunnah
A collection of authentic Azkar (invocations) from the Qur’an and Sunnah.
The Forgotten History: Contributions of Muslims to modern science
A highlight of the contributions of Muslims to Mathematics, Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Economics, etc. It is interesting to discover that a number of Laws such as the Laws of Motion in Physics and Laws of Demand and Supply in Economics were first stated by Muslim scientists. They also introduced the number ‘zero.’ Little wonder the numbers (1, 2, 3, …) are called ‘Arabic numerals.’ The foundations of Algebra and Geometry were equally laid by them. In medicine, they were the first to use laboratory animals for medical research. This is just a tip of the iceberg.
Mubadi’u Ta’limu Qira atul Qur’anil Karimu (Foundation of Learning the Recitation of the Holy Qur’an)
This book which is in three parts with a total of 35 lessons gives a step-by-step guide on how to recite the Qur’an. Principally written for children, it covers alphabets, vowels, and preliminaries of Tajweed. What makes the book unique is that all words, phrases, clauses and sentences used as examples are from the Qur’an. Also, a brief instruction on how each lesson is to be taught is incorporated in order to serve as a guide for the teacher.
The Foundation for Submission and the Identity of Muhammad (SAW) for Believers
The objective of this work is to refresh the mind of the reader on the recorded evidences on the life and identity of Rasul (SAW), to further affirm our faith and commitment. It is aimed at laying out the foundation upon which believers stand and the stand of Muhammad (SAW) in Islam.This work is based on the Hadith collection by Imam Bukhari. Its reading along with AGAINST EXCUSES and THE BASIS OF ISLAM will hopefully further enrich the mind of the reader and Iman.