Shaykh Mendes: 30 Book Recommendations


Shaykh Muhammad Mendes’ Book Recommendations


  1. Liberation Therapy – Shaykh Aly N’daw
  2. Temperaments and the Adult-Child Relationship – Kristie Karima Burns
  3. 5 Love Languages – Gary Chapman

Islamic Worldview & Islamic Thought

  1. Man and the Universe: An Islamic Perspective – Mostafa al Badawi
  2. Islam and Secularism – Syed Naquib al Attas
  3. The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam – Muhammad Iqbal
  4. The Tao of Islam: A Sourcebook on Gender Relationships in Islamic Thought – Sachiko Murata
  5. The Heart of the Qur’an: An Introduction to Islamic Spirituality – Lex Hixon aka. Nur Jerrahi

The Meaning of Islam

  1. The Vision of Islam – Sachiko Murata & William Chittick
  2. The Book of Essential Islam: The Spiritual Training Systems of Islam – Ali Rafea

Women in Islam

  1. Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women – Christina Hoff Sommers
  2. My Soul is a Woman: The Feminine of Islam – Annemarie Schimmel
  3. Islam: The Empowering of Women – Aisha Abdurrahman at Tarjumana Bewley
  4. Women of Sufism: A Hidden Treasure – Camille Adams Helminski
  5. Al Muhaddithat: The Women Scholars in Islam – Mohammad Akram Nadwi
  6. Muslim Women: A Biographical Dictionary – Aisha Abdurrahman at Tarjumana Bewley

Sufism & Purification of the Soul

  1. Sufi Narratives of Intimacy: Ibn Arabi, Gender and Sexuality – Sa’diyya Shaikh
  2. The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire – David Deida
  3. The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi – William Chittick
  4. The Sufi Path of Knowledge: ibn al Arabi’s Metaphysics of Imagination – William Chittick
  5. Divine Governance of the Human Kingdom – Ibn Arabi
  6. The Path of Muhammad: A Book on Islamic Morals & Ethics – Imam Birgivi

History of Islam

  1. Educating Muslim Women: The West African Legacy of Nana Asma’u
  2. The Walking Quran: Islamic Education, Embodied Knowledge and History in West Africa – Rudolph T Ware
  3. Social History of Timbuktu: The Role of Muslim Scholars and Notables – Elias N Saad
  4. The History of Islam in Africa – Nehemia Levtzion, Randall L Pouwels
  5. African Muslims in Antebellum America: Transatlantic Stories and Spiritual Struggles – Allan D Austin


  1. The African Caliphate: The Life, Works, and Teachings of Shaykh Usman Dan Fodio – Ibrahim Sulaiman
  2. The Divine Flood: Ibrahim Niasse and the Roots of a Twentieth-Century Sufi Revival – Rudiger Seesemann
  3. One Woman’s Jihad: Nana Asma’u, Scholar and Scribe – Beverly Mack & Jean Boyd

The list of book recommendations above were compiled by Sout Ilaahi based on various sources, including Shaykh Mendes’ website (link), youtube videos of Shaykh Mendes and numerous public lectures given by Shaykh Mendes. 


Shaykh Mendes 2017 Main Poster

Alhamdulillah, Shaykh Muhammad Mendes (USA) will be coming to Singapore on 1st and 2nd April 2017 for a series of spiritually invigorating, enlightening and soul-replenishing lectures and workshops.

Delve into the depths of your inner being, seek and find the Light of the Divine within yourself, and heal the brokenness inside through witnessing the Majesty and Beauty of Muhammadan Love with Shaykh Muhammad Mendes.


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Prophetic Parenting: Raising God-Conscious Children in the 21st Century
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Spiritual Awakening: Cultivating Positivity in Life
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The Way of Love: Joys and Realities of Marriage
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Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes embraced Islam at 17 years old and went to obtain a B.A. in Arabic Studies. Subsequently, he embarked on the study of traditional Islamic sciences for more than 20 years in Mauritania, Syria, and Nigeria, under the tutelage of scholars like Shaykh Murabit al Hajj, Shaykh Muhammad al Yaqoubi, Shaykh Muhammad an Ninowy, Shaykh Khalil Abdur Rashid, and Shaykh Mustafa Turkmani. He holds ijazaat in Islamic Jurisprudence, Islamic Spirituality, Theology, Prophetic Narrations, Qur’anic Exegesis, Logic, and Grammar.

Currently, aside from serving as the Founding Director of SacredService for Human Liberation, he also serves as the Imam of the Atlanta Masjid of al-Islam, and is a researcher and Lead Qur’anic Arabic Instructor at Fawakih Institute Atlanta.

He is a teacher, father, husband, servant of the community, and lifetime student of knowledge who devotes much of his time and energy to inviting people to live lives of spiritual and material significance, unite based on their shared humanity and appreciate their God-given diversity.