The ruling on Al-Ikhwan-ul-Muslimun

Q 2: I am a female who is beginning to seek religious knowledge. Please tell me how and what I should study and with what I should begin. Could you recommend the books through which I can learn about Islam, especially that I am a student in the faculty of Dar Al-`Ulum where I study Arabic language. I appreciate your guidance. May Allah reward you best!

A: You should study the Book of Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) which contains guidance and light, and the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace be upon him). You can also study the books on Tafsir (exegesis of the meanings of the Qur'an) and the science of Hadith (Part No. 12; Page No. 87) with the help of specialized scholars. It is important to apply what you learn and whoever applies what he learns is granted knowledge of things that they do not know. The following books are highly recommended: the Two Sahih (authentic) Books of Hadith (Al-Bukhari and Muslim), Bulugh Al-Maram, Muntaqa Al-Khbar and Zad Al-Ma`ad written by Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-`Aqidah Al-Wasittiyah by Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, Al-Tawhid (Book of monotheism), Kashf Al-Shubuhat, Thalathat Al-`Usul (three principles) and Al-Qua`id Al-Arba` (the four rules) by Shaykh Muhammad ibn `Abdul-Wahhab (May Allah be merciful with them and with Muslim scholars).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!