Some essential books to build the foundation of your Library

These are some books that are recommended both to start with and to have in your library. Whether you have the hard copy (which is always best) or, due to money issues, you have the PDFs I really advise having these books, especially for those who want to seek knowledge.

Aqeedah: The books and Treatises of Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab (all have been translated into English)The Nullifiers of Islam

  • The Four principles of Shirk
  • The Three Fundamental principles
  • Kitaab at Tawheed
  • Kashf Ash Shubuhaat (unveiling the doubts)
  • Usool as Sitta (The six fundamental principles)
  • Masaa’il  al Jahiliyyah (aspects of the days of ignorance)

These alone are enough to keep one busy but also look for:

  • Aqeedatul Wasitiyyah of Ibn Taymiyyah
  • Usool us Sunnah by Imam Ahmad
  • Sharh us Sunnah by Imam al Barbahari


  • Al Arba’een an Nawawi
  • Bulugh al Maraam by Ibn Hajar
  • Jami al Uloom wal Hikam by Ibn Rajab
  • Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim

Fiqh and Fatawa:

  • Summary of Islamic Jurisprudence by Shaykh Saleh al Fawzaan (keeping in mind it, in itself, is based upon many of the opinions of the Hanbalee Madhab)
  • Fatawa Arkaanul Islaam (Pillars of Islam) by Shaykh al Uthaymeen
  • How to walk (proceed to) prayer by Ibn Abdul Wahhab and his ‘Shuroot as Salah’.


  • Tafseer ibn Kathir

Character and Ibaadah:

  • Sahih al Adab al Mufrad (in english as well)
  • Al Uboodiyyah(Being a true servant of Allah) ibn Taymiyyah

Seerah an Nabi  (Biography of the Prophet-Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) and Tareekhul Islamiyyah (Islamic History)

  • Zaa’d ul Ma’ad (Provisions of the hereafter) by Ibnul Qayyim (It also has fiqh benefits in it and some of the Scholars use it to teach fiqh as well as history)
  • Mukhtasaar Seerah an Nabi (Summarized biography of the Prophet) by Ibn Abdul Wahhab

and Allah knows best.


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