The Minaret Speaks (Sayyed Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi)
This book uses an effective device to portray the cycle of events in the Indian subcontinent’s Islamic history. A lofty minaret in Delhi which was built by Sultan Qutbuddin describes both the happy and tragic times it has witnessed over seven centuries.
It highlights the achievements of successful rulers and the failures of others and also focuses on the demise of Muslim power in the wake of British imperialism. Muslims in the West will appreciate the enlightened portrayal of the British onslaught on Islam in India. It offsets the often biased versions found in school textbooks.
About the author:
Sayyed Abul Hasan ‘Ali Nadwi (1914 – 1999) was one of the leading Muslim scholars of our time. He hailed from a family which has produced such illustrious figures as Sayyed Ahmad Shahid (1786-1831). He was the Rector of Nadwatul ‘Ulama, Lucknow; Chairman, Managing Committee, Darul Musannifin (Shibli Academy); Azamgarh, India, Member of the Academy of Arts and Letters, Damascus, and the Higher Council of the Islamic Universities, Rabat and of the Academy of Arabic Language, Oman. He was a Founder Member of the Constituent Council of the Muslim World League, Makkah and Chairman of the Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies, Oxford UK. He received the King Faisal Award and numerous other awards from national and international bodies for his services to the cause of Islam.
He was a powerful, eloquent writer and orator, both in Urdu and Arabic. His works in both these languages are numerous; many have been translated into English: among them are Islam and the World; Muslims: Beliefs, Customs and Traditions; Stories of the Prophets; Muhammad the Last Prophet, Shaikh ul-Islam Ibn Taimiyah (Taymiyyah) Life and Achievements, Studying the Glorious Qur’an; Stories from Islamic History; A Starlight View of Islam’s Past and The Minaret Speaks.