About Darul Ishaat Book Shop UK

About Us:

Darul Ishaat UK ( House of propagation) was started in 2006 after realising the need and to meet the demand for Islamic books In English.

Darul Ishaat UK is dedicated in presenting to the readers authentic books on wide range of Islamic subjects.


It is for over 50 years now that Darul Ishaat (Karachi Pakistan) is catering to the reading public. It was my revered grandfather, Mufti Muhammad Shafi, who founded Darul Ishaat wat tadrees some 65 years ago at Deoband in India. With the creation pf Pakistan, that publication office was left behind in India and Darul Ishaat was re-established at Karachi by my late father Muhammad Razi Uthumani, because Maulana Mufti Muhaamd Shafi was occupied with Allama Shabbir Ahmad Uthumani in work on the constitution of Pakistan.

Sayyid Sulayman Nadvi performed the opening ceremony of Darul Ishaat along with Mufti Muhammad Shafi in 1950. my father began publications of books on Islam under the able guidance of Mufti Muhammad Shafi although he faced severe trying circumstances.

Gradually, however, Darul Ishaat gained fame because the promoters were sincere in their intentions; soon more than 450 titles were published.

Fifteen years back I decided to venture in to the translation of English books. The great works f our respected elders were thus made available to the English speaking people who had remained deprived of them. By the grace of Allah, we have been able to publish more than 400 titles in English ob varying topics, translated by different people. Many are on the verge of publication and many more are on the translator’s desks. In selecting these titles we have received valuable guidance from scholars and our elders.

At the same time we have also published translations of Arabic works into Urdu and new Urdu titles, we encourage our respected Ulamas in this regard. Besides, we have not neglected rare and out of print books. Among the books we have published and are under variouse stages of publication are works on religious obligations, like Quran, Hadith, Fiqh, Seerah, Sufism, History, Salah, women’s guidance, like Gift for women and Bahisti Zewar, classical works of Imam Ghazali etc.

In this connection, we have been much encouraged by our friends, patrons, and institutions all over the world. We hope to receive their continued cooperation in this noble cause of disseminating knowledge.

Khalil Ashraf Uthmani
Darul Ishaat (Karachi Pakistan)

We cordially invite all new and previous customers to visit us and view our products which are very competitively priced.  We hope to build a long lasting relationship with all our customers based on mutual trust and respect, which will be beneficial for all.

JazakAllahu Khayran


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The Islamic Dress Code

By Khalid Baig

What would you think of a home that provided no shelter and no privacy? What would you think of a meal that provided no nourishment and no energy? It does not take much to realize that if one were in the business of selling any of these he would go bankrupt very quickly. Yet, amazingly the rules seem to be different when it comes to another basic need: clothing, especially women’s clothing. Every year fashion centers in Europe and America come up with the latest designs. And what have they designed? Another way of not covering the body; the dress equivalent of the home that provides no shelter and no privacy.

One might ask, if a person did not want to cover themselves why would they buy anything, least of all expensive fashions, to achieve that? If we think about it, we may see the tension between two forces. All human beings (except for the handful of deviants who call themselves naturalists) have an inborn sense of shame. People of all religions agree on the need to cover themselves in public. Yet we also find a force that promotes nudity. Large segments of humanity are caught between two impulses: to cover or not to cover. Our clothing designs reflect different levels of compromise between these opposing forces.

Why? What is going on?

Science cannot answer the question. It cannot trace the origins of forces that take place deep in our mind. In addition, most of the scientific establishment is still dominated by the followers of Mr. Darwin and Darwinism is a system of belief not science. Their beliefs keep them from dealing honestly with a simple fact: while all other animals have a skin that provides them protection against the elements, human beings don’t. Monkeys can live without clothing, human beings cannot.

The Qur’an answers the question. Our bodies did not develop our skin— so thin and fur free that it requires external covering for protection—because of some unexplained evolutionary accident. Our Creator designed it this way so we will always need clothing. He also put in us the sense of shame that forces us to cover ourselves. On the other hand, the first act of Satan was to cause Adam and Eve to expose themselves: “So by deceit he brought about their fall: when they tasted of the tree, their shameful parts became manifest to them, and they began to sew together the leaves of the Garden over their bodies.” [Al-A’raf 7:22]. This is the source of the tension we see. Two opposing forces. Good and evil.

With that background we can understand the importance of clothing. “Oh Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover your shame as well as to be an adornment to you. But the raiment of righteousness—that is the best.” [Al-A’raf 7:26]. The address here is to all humanity, emphasizing thereby the universal human need to cover ourselves properly. The Qur’an then warns that Satan was not finished after his first attempt: “Oh Children of Adam! Let not Satan seduce you in the same manner as he got your parents out of the Garden, stripping them of their raiment, to expose their shame.” [Al-A’raf 7:27].

Once we realize the nature of the dress issue, it is natural that we should turn to our Creator to seek guidance for the proper dress code. Qur’an and Sunnah have provided ample guidance on the subject which can be summarized in four essential principles.

    1. Our dress must cover our body adequately. Again we cannot determine what is adequate coverage on our own, as any witness to the misery of those who have tried it can readily ascertain. Shar’iah, as always, takes us out of this misery by defining it for us. For men, it is the middle part of the body from navel to knee. For women, it is the entire body except hands and face. These parts must never be exposed to any other person (except in case of genuine need e.g. medical treatment). In addition, the cloth must be neither see-through nor tight fitting.
    2. Our dress should provide adornment. It should provide for decent appearance. Our appearance should not be an eyesore for decent human beings. For men, this extends the coverage requirements to include most of the body. For women, the essential requirement is that their dress should identify them as respectable ladies who would be honored not harassed. Additionally, hijab rules aim at protecting them from the gaze of other men.
    3. Our dress should establish our Islamic identity. At the least it should not identify us as followers of another religion. But, additionally it should positively identify us as Muslims.
    4. The design of our dress must avoid three deadly sins: show off, arrogance, and self indulgence. These are very serious diseases of the heart in their own right that we must avoid at all times. Our garments provide an easy opportunity to nurture them. Hence the need to be extra cautious. One Hadith states “Eat what you feel like and wear what you feel like. But avoid two things: extravagance and arrogance.” [Bukhari]. At the risk of stating the obvious one should be reminded that this Hadith establishes an overriding concern that limits our choices within the realm of what is considered halal. It does not do away with the distinction between halal and haram.

      As one implication of this general requirement, men are also required not to wear their lower garments below the ankle. (Many well-meaning Muslims today have been persuaded that this is a petty issue. This misgiving can be put to rest in a hurry if we just refer to the Hadith of Jabir bin Sulaym, Radi-Allahu anhu, in Abu Dawood. He asked the Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam for some advice when leaving him after his very first meeting. Of the six pieces of advice given him one was: “Never let your lower garment go below the ankles because that is arrogance. And Allah does not like arrogance.” Another was “Never belittle a good deed.”)

Islam has not prescribed a particular dress style, giving us ample room to accommodate our needs, circumstances and tastes. However, these principles are for everyone and forever. Any garment that accommodates these principles will be Islamic dress. This is Islamic formula to dress for success. Eternal success.

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Erdogan warns EU, US on anti-Muslim laws

Friday, March 31. 2006

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the European Union (EU) and the United States, saying that the laws adopted against Muslims could create dangerous fault lines in the social peace.

Delivering opening speech of the Alliance of Civilization conference, Turkish Prime Minister complained of power struggle of religions.

Erdogan has also told that “there are no secrets that cannot be shared with the international community in the struggle against terrorism” He described Islam-inspired terrorism as “an earthquake whose intensity grows daily overwhelming the Islamic world and widening the chasm with the West.”

“And no one can deny that extremists in both parts of the world [the Muslim world and the West] are taking advantage of the current situation to justify their acts of terror in the name of cultural and religious values, closing their eyes on the values that unite them” Erdogan continued.

Erdogan also touched on the issue of the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed (saw), first published by a Danish newspaper, to highlight an initiative involving Turkey and the Spanish government on “Dialogue between Civilisations”.

He also referred to the recent Palestinian elections, in which Hamas scored a sweeping victory, saying this open ” a new page in the quest for peace in the Middle East” even if, “at first glance it looks like a new and difficult test.”. The Turkish leader added that he was convinced that “it could be transformed into an opportunity if it is used appropriately.”

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Free speech rally to ‘mock’ Prophet

Saturday, March 25. 2006

Organisers for tomorrow’s ‘Freedom of Speech March’ (FEM) have encouraged supporters to sport t-shirts and carry placards depicting the abusive caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in a rally aimed at defending the “free exchange of ideas” that “includes the right to criticise and mock”.

But the march has been condemned by the Muslim community of Britain who have hit back claiming it is an “offence against Global Civility and a provocation to 1.6 billion Muslims”.

The organisers of the march, Peter Risden and Patrick Vidaud, have supplied a link on their website where t-shirts brandishing the offensive cartoons, first published by the Danish newspaper Jylland-Postens, can be purchased. The site also has suggestions for placard slogans including ‘Islam, putting the world at war’, ‘Muhammad was a Sex Offender’ and ‘Death to Iran’.

But the Muslim Action Committee (MAC), a group set up to tackle the “global concern in the western media and government victimising and provoking the Muslims by producing blasphemous cartoons, depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist”, has condemned the march in Trafalgar Square as an attempt to vilify Islam and demonise Muslims. In response, it has organised nationwide counter rallies on the same day as FEM campaigning for Global Civility.

With 31 towns and cities preparing to demonstrate tomorrow, including Birmingham, Manchester, East London, Bradford, Glasgow and Oldham, the rallies will also be in response to the British National Party’s (BNP) concerted efforts in distributing the cartoons as part of their election campaign.

Shaykh Faiz Siddiqi, National Convenor of MAC, said: “The continued irresponsible actions of the BNP in distributing leaflets with the cartoons on across the country are also provoking anger throughout the Muslim community.”

Ismaeel-Haneef Hijazi of MAC said: “[The marches are] partly in response to the Freedom of Expression March and partly in response to the campaign of the BNP and the continued republishing of the cartoons throughout the world.

“But, we’ve faced a lot of barriers from police and councillors around the country. Initially the councillors in Rochdale had been threatened by the BNP. The MP of Rochdale, Paul Rowen, has signed up for the campaign of Global Civility and he’s been very supportive of the MAC.

“In Bradford, they’ve said that demonstrators have to pay Public Insurance Liability; I’ve never heard of that liability being placed on demonstrators before,” said Mr Hijazi.

Further inflammatory material on FEM’s website includes a cartoon from a comic book called ‘Jesus and Mo’ depicting Prophet Muhammad and Jesus drinking together and a caption reading ‘After all, it is that very principle which allows you freedom to practice and preach’.

Mr Hijazi emphasised that abusive and uncivilised behaviour would only turn people away from listening.

“This society we’re living in and across Europe, instead of having real discussions, real dialogue, what we’re instead having is slanging matches in the streets.”

Leading up to the clash of rallies, the Global Civility campaign challenged the organisers of FEM to a public debate after they refused to answer questions on whether the right of freedom of expression should include, amongst others: ‘the right to incite racial hatred’, ‘the right to incite religious hatred’, ‘the right to glorify terror’, ‘the right to slander people’, and ‘do you believe in the right to question the official record of the Holocaust?’

“We didn’t just ask them, we asked all the supporting organisations; only two got back to us with even half reasonable responses, and the rest either ignored us or gave evasive answers,” said Mr Hijazi.

He added that criticism against FEM was justified for the “anti-Islamic diatribe” found on its website, which also has a ‘Muslim Offence Meter’. However, he insisted that MAC had never been against freedom of speech, but for civility.

“We’ve never said we’re against freedom of speech, we’re campaigning for civility and a change in culture – not for legislation and not for censorship – but that people voluntarily adopt self-regulating principles whereby they change their behaviour for the betterment of humanity. We’re not saying we don’t want to have disagreement, debate, criticism, we want all of those things; we welcome them in fact. But it has to be within a certain framework of civility.”

The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has interpreted the real intent of FEM as “virulently Islamophobic and racist in nature” and has called for the upholding of British law in prohibiting demonstrators from carrying Islamophobic placards and t-shirts.

IHRC also questioned the organiser’s assurance that the BNP would not be welcome by pointing to evidence indicating the attendance of the “fascist group” Civil Liberty, whose leader is the BNP North-East organiser Kevin Scott, which apparently issued a call on its website for its supporters to attend the march.

IHRC said: “It is worrying that an event that appeals to the Islamophobic right is also supported by amongst others British Humanist Association, Ekllesia (a Christian monitoring group), the National Secular Society, UKIP, and Peter Tatchell. This event will set a dangerous precedent will be set whereby Islamophobic groups can use the issue of civil liberties as an excuse to demonise Muslims and Islam.

“This is not free speech or debate; this is vilification akin to the demonisation of Jews in Nazi Germany.”

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