Thursday, March 18, 2010

Book Galore at Dakwah Corner

Some of the titles bought at Dakwah Corner
Makkah Al-Mukarramah

Awwa taking a breather;
the calm before the (book fair) storm...

The past few days have been busy ones for my youngest daughter Nawwar. Now that her Arabic classes are temporarily adjourned, she is filling time by helping out at Dakwah Corner Bookstore in Section 14, Petaling Jaya. [They are also on Facebook, here]

The local branch of this Makkah-based book chain has been in operation since October 2008. Their shoplot at the Right Angle, PJ (near Section 14's famous Mesjid Bulat) is a treasure trove of multi-lingual Islamic publications and multimedia works as well as Muslim items like robes, attar scents and the like.

Plucky Awwa is knee-deep in books currently, for Dakwah Corner is among those participating in the nine-day Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair 2010 (KLIBF 2010), set to open tomorrow at the Putra World Trade Centre.

She had been spending long hours at the store for the last couple of days, sorting out hundreds of titles from tons of newly-arrived consignments from their parent company in Saudi Arabia, meant for the exhibition.

The Fair, into its 29th edition this year, officially begins tomorrow (March 19) and ends on Sunday, March 28. Some 857 booths have been taken up and 2 million visitors are expected to visit this grand event.

I first knew of Dakwah Corner's Malaysian branch last year and checked out the place out of curiosity really, to peruse the titles that they carry locally. We visited their main outlet in Makkah two years back during our Hajj and bought some books there as well.

The bookshop in PJ also provides free Islamic literature for people who want to learn more about Islam. I personally like Dakwah Corner because of the abundance of titles in English. I find reading the kitabs in English much more satisfying somehow.

And the section for children is filled with colourful and beautifully illustrated reading materials guaranteed to hold your kids' attention for hours while at the same time inculcating Islamic values into their young minds.

So don't forget to check out Dakwah Corner at the Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair 2010. They are located at booths D 04 & D 05, PWTC Hall 2. Look for Nawwar, Siti and Imran; they'd only be too happy to assist you. Mari kita sama-sama berdakwah setakat termampu.


mamasita said...

InsyaAllah..we'll drop by there..kalautak we'll go to their shop in Section 14..sounds very interesting..can't wait to become a new, more Islamic me with all these abundant Islamic books!

p.s. I have the weak habit of buying books dengan penuh semangat..baca sikit, lepastu letak ketepi..I hope I can rectify this bad habit soon!

Kama said...

mamasita - dont worry, we all have to start somewhere. Allah tu maha kaya dan maha mengampuni.

3yearshousewife said...

Kitabs in English are not politicised. Pure religious knowledge. Tu yang bestnya.

kay_leeda said...

Kak Puteri,

Ohhh thanks for this. Must not miss the event. I have been to Dakwah's shop at Makkah Hilton and they told me that they have an outlet in PJ. They have good books written in English, light language that makes reading easy.

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Puteri, kind of outing. We have three large Islamic bookstores in our suburb. One of it is Darussalam. So, Mama doesn't feel like she's missing out much though prices are sooooo much cheaper in Makkah/Madinah, eh? purrrr....meow!

tireless mom said...

The plan is to go to PWTC after the British Education Fair this Sat. Will visit Dakwah Corner if plan materialises, otherwise will do it bila we are around the masjid bulat area : )

Zendra-Maria said...

Hahaha love this absolutely promo blurb - thanks kama. We have the Atlas of the Quran - very interesting book, boleh recommend :)

Kak Teh said...

Puteri, i attempted leaving a commengt earlier - tapi ghaib begitu saja. anyway, i wonder if they have that E-qalam digital quran that my friend gave me; the one you drove me to the house to get. if you have not one already, i suggest you get one. I am totally hooked on this and my quran reading , i think, has improved a lot , as well as the understanding of the surah. i have recommended it to a few friends and Naz too is getting one.

Anonymous said...

Islamic books in English not politicized doesn't mean they are free from extreme and rigid interpretation of Islam.... especially cautious if they come from Saudi Arabia....

Kama said...

3YH - In a way, yes. dan bahasanya pun tak convoluted macam terjemahan Melayu & Indonesia. Kalau simplify kan senang?

Kay - you're spot on. most times the english used is light and easy, senang nak comprehend.

Cat - nice to know it has a branch in sydney too. naturally the prices are cheaper in makkah & madinah (they don't hv taxes there) but prices in malaysia for such kitabs aren't that bad..

TM - i was thinking of paying a visit saturday morning. depa bukak pintu 10 am i wanna be there oredi, insyaallah..

Zen - the atlas is informative, kan? I spent hours reading it and gained new insights..

Kak Teh - am not sure e-qalam tu ada ker tak kak teh but you are one lucky woman indeed, dapat own one of those.
Anon - caution noted, anon, and tq for your kind words.

Anonymous said...

Could someone out there recommend me a good English-Arab dictionary.
Been searching for it.
By the way went to Kinokuniya the other day and note that although they carry books on Islam but sad to say quite a number are on sufism.

Kama said...

anon - i will get nawwar to recommend a couple of titles tomorrow.