Rosalyn Rushbrook

Rosalyn Rushbrook

Rosalyn Rushbrook (b. 1942)

Rosalyn Rushbrook

“God welcomes honest searching.
Islam is based on historical fact, not on the speculation of
human beings with their limited intellects. Truth stands out
clear from error (2:256). It will not collapse under
investigation […] Healthy religion moves beyond the denial of
responsibility, the distortion of reality and the creating of
illusions […] True religion enables us to take charge of our
own lives and accept responsibility in a disciplined way …”

Rabbana, if I should die one morning,

And find I had not died, but left my weak

And pain-wracked mortal frame wrapped snug and neat

Upon the bed in the tight sheet of night,

While my true self, my body made of light –

True believers have nothing to fear in the most gloomy
scenes of life; they have nothing to fear in the valley of
death; they have nothing to fear in the grave; they have nothing
to fear in the world beyond, for God is with them. They do not
go anywhere alone, for God is the Companion, the Guide.- Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood

With glowing joy and disbelief at that

Which must be more than tongue could ever speak –

Came drifting to the Place where angels sing.

And other female souls, wide-eyed and shy,

Come – scarcely recognizing – to the kiss

Of willow-slim young warriors that they won

The hearts of long ago, with all the years

That brought them to the anguished parting tears

Of cherished age now just a morning mist

Dispersing with the rising of the sun, –

O then, like a lost child, I’d stand and cry –

I would look straightaway for him that You

Gave me on earth. May be, on Your high throne,

You�d glance down at this clamouring and noise

Spoiling Your peace, and notice from above

In all this vast throng – me! O dear my Lord,

And Watcher all my life, see – I’m alone!

I trust, my King, who knows me through and through,

You�ll not delay but grant Your blessed word,

Sent me the angels with their blazing eyes

To point me through this crowed towards my love.

Ruquaiyyah Waris Maqsood,
After Death, Life!

Al-Ghazzali
authored so many books that it is said that he wrote an average of 15 or
16 pages per day1. When one
looks at the number of works that Rosalyn Rushbrook has produced
despite being a mother, having a fulltime professional career, and
extensive travel and lecture in many different countries, one will
genuinely wonder how much time, if at all, does she allow herself for
rest. Perhaps that is too expensive a commodity for those who dedicate
themselves to educating and enlightening the fellow humans.

Under her maiden name Rosalyn Rushbrook, she authored a volume of
poetry. Under her first marital name Rosalyn Kendrick, she
authored 9 books primarily on religious issues. Under her Muslim name
Ruquaiyyah Waris Maqsood
after she converted to Islam, she produced
about 30 books. Furthermore, she has another 9 books pending
publication. She has also written numerous articles on issues related to
Islam and Muslims.

Indeed, in terms of how much her pen produces per day, she probably does
not trail much behind lumineries like al-Ghazzali.

Education and Career

Rushbrook, now popularly known as Ruquaiyyah Waris Maqsood, was born in
1942 in London, UK. At an early age of 8, she became a deeply
committed Christian as a result of a personal spiritual call. She
graduated with honours in Theology from Hull University in
1963, specializing in biblical studies. She received her postgraduate
certificate from Hull in 1964. She spent 32 years as Head of Religious
Studies at various UK schools before retiring in 1996.

She lectured in many countries, including the USA, Canada, Singapore,
Denmark, Sweden, Finland
and Ireland. She also lectured at
many major universities with Islamic Societies in the UK, including
Oxford, Edinburgh, Glasgow
, and the School of Oriental and Arabic
Studies in London. She tutored at the Dar al-Islam summer school at
Abiquiu, New Mexico in 1998, and has lectured at many
conferences.

Conversion

Rushbrook comes from a deeply religious Christian background. Her study
into the early Christianity led her to realize that what Jesus (p)
actually taught is very different from what is being taught about him.
Her quest for the truth eventually led her to Islam when she finally
converted to Islam in 1986. She “travelled this
path in her own search for the truth and an intellectual honesty that
was also compatible with the study of the Christian scriptures (both Old
and New Testaments). She was converted to Islam originally by her
background knowledge of those scriptures, her professional studies as a
theologian, and most significantly, by the life and teachings of the
Blessed Prophet Jesus himself (pbuh).”

She has “gone through all the arguments, trials
and soul-searching that confront any Christian who grapples with
Trinitarian theology and finally discards it.”
However, in so
doing, her love and respect for Jesus as a Prophet of Allah never
diminished. Indeed, Jesus, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him,
occupies a very special place in the heart of every Muslim.

She considers herself a
revert, as
she realizes that she had already been a Muslim for many years before
formally accepting Islam.

Publications

Following is a comprehensive list of her publications to-date:

Does God Have a Body? (1977)

Jesus of Nazareth: Part 1 – The Way of the Kingdom (1979)

Jesus of Nazareth: Part 2 – The Way of the Cross (1979)

Allah is real, and He loves you. He knows all your
weaknesses and struggles, and even if you go wrong He still
loves you. What He does not love is the wrong you have done –
but He still loves you […] If we can see that neither distress
nor death can separate us from the love of God, [then] we have a
living hope which transcends all the trials of our present
situation.- Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood

The Trouble with God (1983)

Setting the Foundations (1985)

In the Steps of Jesus (1986)

Examining World Religions: Islam (1989)

Where Did I Go Wrong? (poetry) (1992)

Bride of the Nile (novel) (1998)

Wild Turks (novel) (2002)

The Separated Ones: Jesus, the Pharisees and Islam (1991)

Moral Issues in Six Religions (1991)

Finger Prints (1992)

Sacred Texts: The Qur’an (1993)

Teach Yourself: Islam (1994)

Thinking About God (1994)

For Heaven’s Sake (1994)

Petra: A Traveller’s Guide (1994)

A Story at ‘Id (1995)

Living With Teenagers (1995)

The Muslim Marriage Guide (1995)

Islam: a Dictionary (1996)

Aishah: A Study of Her Age at the Time of Her Marriage (1996)

The Beautiful Commands of Allah (1997)

A Basic Dictionary of Islam (1998)

After Death, Life! (1998)

Living Islam (1998)

The Beautiful Commands of Allah (1998)

The Muslim Prayer Encyclopaedia (1998)

The Beloved Prophet (1999)

Mysteries of Jesus: A Muslim examination of the origins of the Christian
Church (2000)

What Every Christian Should Know About Islam (2000)

Studies in Islam: Parts One and Two (2000)

The Sign of the Gnat (2000)

The Problem of Evil (2000)

GCSE Islam – The Do-It-Yourself Guide (2001)

A Muslim Examination of the Origin of the Christian Church

Readings in Cross-Cultural Dawah (2001)

The Beautiful Message of Allah to Jews and Christians (pending
publication)

The Beautiful Angels of Allah (pending publication)

The Beautiful Compassion of Allah (pending publication)

The Muslim Travel Diary (pending publication)

A Qur�an for Little Hearts (pending publication)

Prayers of A Muslim (pending publication)

I Love Allah (pending publication)

I Love Allah�s Angels (pending publication)

I Am Allah�s Friend (pending publication)

Wit and Wisdom (pending publication)

Touched By Fire (a book of poetry) (pending publication)

The Blessed Prophet of Islam – His Life and Loved Ones (pending
publication)

Additionally, she is contemplating a major seerah
work (biography of the Prophet), which would be the first ever to be
attempted by a female author.

The Muslim Marriage Guide

One of her important gifts to the Muslims community is
The Muslim Marriage Guide, which should be
a recommended reading for married couples as well as those who are
contemplating marriage. In this highly prized book, Ruqaiyyah Maqsood
draws examples from the Prophet (p) and his companions and provides
guidance about how to deal with and resolve marital issues. The book
also discusses conjugal issues that are usually not talked about and
offers some practical advice about how even marital relationship can be
turned into sadaqa (charity) from an Islamic perspective.

Main Interests

One of her main interests lies in interfaith dialogue. While extreme or
ignorant elements exist among the followers or all three Abrahamic
faiths, Islam is particularly misunderstood in the West more than any
other religions. Through her books, articles, and lectures, Maqsood
hopes to educate both Muslims and non-Muslims about what Islam truly
teaches and bring about a dialog with the members of the people of the
book for cooperation, respect, and understanding.

Her others interests include the life of the Prophet (p), the lives of
the women Companions, travel, campaign against extremism, campaign
against abuse of women, educating Muslims about true Islam and about
their cultural diversities, and marriage and divorce issues.

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