Question: Can you recommend books in English for a non-scholar in the following subjects?
Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate
Regarding the following subject these are my recommendations:
Aqida (Islamic Beliefs)
The Creed of Imam al-Tahawi by Imam al-Tahawi – translated by Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
Hadith and Sunna
The Gardens of the Righteous by Imam al-Nawawi
Tafsir al-Jalalayn: Great Commentaries of the Holy Qur’an
Sira (Prophetic Biography) and History of the Companions
Muhammad: The Messenger of Allah by Martin Lings
Hayatus Sahabah (The Lives of the Sahabah) by Shaykh Muhammad Kandhlawi
Ascent to Felicity by Imam al-Shurunbulali – translated by Sh. Faraz Khan
Beginning of Guidance by Imam al-Ghazali
The Etiquettes of the Seeker by Imam al-Haddad
The Book of Assistance by Imam al-Haddad
These books are great works of Islamic knowledge and contain great benefits for anyone who reads them with sincerity and an intention to practice. With that being said one should not suffice with mere self-study. Our tradition has been preserved by sincere students sitting at the feet of righteous scholars.
Please consider coupling your reading of the above books with classes. Many of the above books have been taught or are currently being offered at seekersguidance.org
May Allah bless your journey in seeking sacred knowledge
Hope this helps
Allah knows best
[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a graduate from Tarim; a student of Habib Umar and other luminaries; and authorized teachers of the Qur’an and the Islamic sciences.