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I remember those weeks so vividly. I had officially completed a Masters degree in Ethics and Philosophy
of Religion at Kings College London (KCL), so I should have been celebrating like the rest of my class, but
I couldn't. To me, my Masters, my Bachelors (in Philosophy and Theology), and all my education that I have
been so privileged to have lacked meaning, unless I could do something with it. So my thoughts turned to
getting a "real job". My requirements? I wanted to help people, use my skills, work for the Hereafter,
meet kind and God-fearing individuals, and if possible all from the comfort of my own home!
I consulted friends, family, scholars; anyone who would listen, to brainstorm ideas for what I could dedicate my
time and energy to. I sat on my prayer mat and decided to leave it to the "Best of Planners".
That's when the "eureka moment" happened. A renowned scholar had asked me to transcribe his lectures and
edit them into a book. I had time on my hands so I took the job on - and I loved it. I learnt so much, and my
passion for publishing was born.
That September I began (another!) Masters degree, this time in Publishing at University College London (UCL). I learnt about the book industry, the publishing process and worked for several months at Saqi, a publisher specialising in academic books about the Middle East. My dissertation was a business plan for an independent Islamic publishing house - Sun Behind The Cloud Publications.
Directed by Tehseen Merali, Sun Behind The Cloud Publications aims to publish good quality, accurate books about Islam which inspire English-speaking Muslims in a creative and engaging fashion. Consistent themes throughout our publications include: the meaning and relevance of Islam in the modern world; how to get beyond a superficial understanding of Islam and how we can improve our religious and spiritual lives. The books for children depict Islam as way of life and aims to make children proud of being Muslim in a world where its image is so frequently distorted.
Our authors include internationally renowned scholars and lecturers, as well as first time authors
who have something new and exciting to contribute.
Our long term aims include:
Sun Behind The Cloud Publications is dedicated to the Imam of our time, Imam Mahdi (May Allah (SWT) hasten his reappearance). The inspiration for its name came from this famous hadith:
For more information about the deep meaning of this hadith, please see Al-'Allama al-Majl isi's thoughts on the hadith literature. This article is translated by Brother Afzal Sumar. We ask that you pray for the safe return of the Imam and that Sun Behind The Cloud Publications may endeavour to be of service to him.
If you have an Islamic bookshop, website or are interested in selling any of Sun Behind The Cloud's books, we would love to hear from you. Please also contact us with any questions or queries, or to enquire about a discount on a large order.