Istafiah Is'harc has travelled and lived widely: Calcutta, India, England, Russia, and Jakarta. While observing the Fast of Ramadhan with her Indonesian hosts, she felt strongly drawn to Islam from within, since when Islam has become an integral part of her life.
She returned to London in 1972, to marry her Cape Malay husband, son of the late Sheik Muhammad Ghairuddin, a well-loved and highly respected imam in the Cape of South Africa. This brought her into contact with another rich Islamic culture and community which was reminiscent of what she had experienced in Jakarta. She has two adult children.
Although she has written various articles in the past, this is her first book.
Two kinds of people are likely to find this an invaluable book, those wanting to know about Islam, looking for clear information in terms that modern people can understand, and Muslims who will appreciate an inspiring new account of things they have heard many times before, yet with scholarly additions that will delight and surprise them.
In relatively few pages it gives a comprehensive picture of the Prophet Muhammad pbuh , Islam and its civilisation. The events leading to the rise of Islam are described with quiet sincerity.
It sets out simply and clearly the main facts about Islam, its requirements, ethics and the social implications, and the profound effect that the Prophet Muhammad pbuh had and still has on world civilisation.
It is the work of someone who is a natural writer, and can safely be recommended to a wide readership.