Faith, Spirituality

The Grand Tour: Quranic Descriptions of Paradise (review)

It was by chance that I came across The Grand Tour: Quranic Descriptions of Paradise written by Shaykh Azhar Nasser, and yet I am glad that I did. The author weaves a vivid tapestry and wonderfully page turning explanation of the various verses of the Holy Quran for his readers.

It is one of those rarer Islamic books that is both a page-turner and informative at the same time. The book is a reminder for the reader of the treasure trove that is the Quran, and how much we can benefit from its verses on a daily level. Helping to see the difficulties, challenges, aims, and goals of life from a positive perspective.

It has five compact, clear and enjoyable chapters:

  • The Existence of Paradise
  • The Path to Paradise
  • Material Blessings of Paradise
  • The Spiritual Blessing of Paradise
  • The Gates, Vastness and stations of Paradise

The book is very much a reflection of its author’s style, capturing the reader’s imagination and making the reader fall in love with the Quran and its illuminated verses once again.

Many times we find ourselves distant from the Quran and its vast wealth of knowledge and guidance. We may read it on occasion, and yet not really reflect on the meanings and signs it gives us. This book helps reopen the reader’s curiosity into the Quran, and makes you want to put time aside to read other parts of the Quran again.



This book is a great stepping stone for those wanting to begin studying the Quran, and it can also be a great book to inspire those who have not spent as much time with the Quran as they once did.


There will be an exclusive UK book signing which will take place on 8th of June at Dar Al-Islam Mosque, London. You can find out more here.

You can purchase the book on Amazon now!

Biography of the author:
Sheikh Azhar Nasser was born and raised in Michigan and has a degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan. After completing his academic studies, he pursued his religious studies at the Hawza of Najaf under the offices of Grand Ayatollah Sistani and Grand Ayatollah Hakim. In addition to his extensive study of classical religious texts, he has also taught introductory courses to western students at the seminary. Sheikh Azhar has a deep passion for the study of the Holy Quran which is evident from his lectures and discussions. Sheikh Azhar is also the religious director of CBE, an organization which specializes in the production of short, spiritually-uplifting videos.

MA in Film Production & MA in Islamic Studies, film and documentary director, producer and writer based in London.

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