As I'm sure anybody who's been frequenting the StackExchange network knows, questions asking for lists of recommendations are nothing new.
Such questions are almost universally shunned, and it's fairly well established that such questions are not a good fit for the site. They do, however, tend to keep showing up.
In our case, it's book recommendations: https://islam.stackexchange.com/questions/1045/what-is-one-single-book-you-would-suggest-to-someone-new-to-islam-or-interested
Now I agree with the general philosophy that such questions are unsuitable for the StackExchange site mechanic, and I voted to close. However, I also realize that the answers to such a question could be of significant value, not only to the poster himself but to any future visitors.
So I'll throw this out to the community: How do we want to handle book recommendation questions? Should we…
…just close them as they come up, as it the general practice across the network?
…somehow rephrase the question, so it would better fit the site?
…community-wiki the question and let the users answer as they wish?
…compile a definitive book list (à la this classic SO post) and just point everyone to it?
…consider some other option which I can't even think of right now?