“ILS’ aim of promoting, fostering and developing an appreciation of authors and literary works of classical and contemporary Islamic scholarship is important and valuable. The range of activities organised by ILS, which include readings, book launches, talks by published authors and other speakers, critical reviews, events and online discussions are all designed with the Muslim public in mind, particularly the youth. Too often, this group, who are in fact our future, is overlooked in faith-based work. I therefore cannot emphasise enough just how important it is to both recognise and support the work of this dynamic organization”
Dr. Mustapta Sheikh. Iqbal Centre - University of Leeds
“The Islamic Literary Society is a fresh intervention within the cultural milieu with a much needed focus on promoting, fostering and developing appreciation of primarily Muslim authors and works of classical and contemporary Islamic scholarship. The format of inviting authors to discuss their publications in an informal but professional way is another means by which to connect readers with authors through exposure to and sharing of ideas. By doing this, the aim is to encourage the revival of readership within the Muslim community and build literary awareness among the general public. Such an endeavour would highly Benefit from support and involvement from the community”
Dr. Safaruk Zaman Chowdhury. Research Fellows -Cambridge Muslim College
"ILS is doing excellent work by inspiring our generation to appreciate the rich Islamic literature and to get involved in research by reading & writing. This type of initiative is seldom found in our Muslim community. I wish ILS will continue its great projects"
Shaykh Mahfuz Ahmed. Baitul Hikmah Institute
“A new, great initiative that does much to encourage Islamic readership, facilitating the development of critical reading and new reader interests”
Dr. Uthman Lateef.
Senior Researcher and Instructor at Sapience Institute.
Slide We are now pleased to announce our first publication authored by Hisham Hauari. It is an engaging poem that tells the tale of mankind from the beginning to the present. Though a true history, it is fused with an Islamic account of some things that may not be historically demonstrable. The book evokes various emotions: a pleasure to read, interesting and also grim. The seeds of the idea to write an historical account of humanity had been sown in the author’s mind over a decade ago. The result is the culmination of a succinct book called The Chain.

Praise for the book:

“A poem of Miltonian proportions...”
Dr. Mahmoud Khalifa, South Valley University, Egypt

“I would invite the reader to enjoy and appreciate the poem The Chain and benefit from the wisdom that it contains.”
Dr. Mahmudul Hasan, Assoc. Prof., International Islamic University, Malaysia
Alhamdulillah, the Islamic Literary Society is pleased to announce its first publication. Click Here
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