8 must-read self-help books for Muslimahs

Nadia Ahmed January 28, 2022

In this modern-day age, it has never been more important for us to take care of our own mental health. With a fast-paced lifestyle, worldly worries, and a lot going on in the family – we sometimes forget to look after ourselves. It is pretty obvious that we don’t have time for a therapist or counselor every now and then, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take care of ourselves.

The good news is there are plenty of self-help books written by Muslimahs for Muslimahs to help us navigate through the everyday struggles and quests for mental well-being. From understanding our emotions and finding ways to deal with them, to developing our character– these books have got it all.

Here is a list of 8 must-read self-help books for Muslimahs

Reclaim your heart

by Yasmin Mogahed

If you know Mogahed from her YouTube channel or from her famous Ted Talk, then it’s no surprise that she is included in this list. This book is exceptional because it focuses on self-love and teaches us how to take care of our hearts after heartbreak. It also gives practical advice on living a life where we are connected with our emotions and not at the mercy of them.

Show Up: A Motivational Message for Muslim Women

by Na’ima B Robert

If you need some motivation, inspiration, and the will to go on, this is one book that you should read. This book contains insights into the real-life stories of the author. Plus, It gives you rules to live your life better, more mindfully, and with purpose. If you have suffered loss and going through a hard time, give this book a read.

Women and Gender in the Qur’an

by Celene Ibrahim

This book is especially relevant because of the widespread confusion about women’s rights in Islam. It clearly separates the facts from fiction and will give you a better understanding of what it really means to be a woman in Islam. The language is simple and easy to understand, so there is no reason why everyone shouldn’t read this book.

The Warrior Women of Islam: Female Empowerment in Arabic Popular Literature

by Remke Kruk

This book is about the female warriors in Muslim history and how they were portrayed in Arabic popular literature. It delves into the Muslim society and what was expected of their women up until modern times. The author has done a great job at backing her arguments with historical evidence, which is why this book should be read by all women interested in improving their knowledge about Islam.

Aisha – the wife, the companion, the scholar

by Resit Haylamaz

It’s the biography of our beloved Aisha(RA). This is a great read for people who aren’t familiar with Aisha’s life and struggles, or for those who want to know more about our beloved Prophet Muhammad’s(SAW) wife.

The Ideal Muslimah: The True Islamic Personality of the Muslim Woman as Defined in the Qur an and Sunnah

by Muhammad Ali Hashimi

This is a great read for those who want to know more about the characteristics of an ideal Muslim woman as defined in Islam. The book tackles everything from modesty and self-purification to love, marriage, and happiness – what it means to be a Muslimah. If you need some inspiration, this is the perfect book for you.

You Can Be The Happiest Woman In The World 

by Dr . ‘A’id al – Qarni 

So you are having trouble with your husband? Or perhaps you can’t seem to get along with your parents-in-law while living in the family home. Whatever the problem may be, this book is for you. It will help you improve your relationship with Allah and that in turn, will result in a happier life. The author explains the importance of gratitude and how we can be happier if we focus on what we have instead of what we don’t.

Gratitude Journal for Muslim Women – “Start With Alhamdulillah”

by Umm Muhammad Prayer Journals 

If you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, this is the perfect book for you. Especially if you are looking to improve both your mental and spiritual health. It gives motivation through quotes from Quran and Islamic texts about gratitude. Apart from the quotes, you can journal your gratitude movements from day-to-day life.

There are many self-help books available for Muslimahs. But if you want to gain knowledge about Islam and improve your deen (faith), these 8 must-read self-help books will be of great benefit for you.