This moving collection of Islamic poems clearly poured from the anguish of a heart torn in two. The author is confounded by that most human and elemental of questions: why would a merciful and all-powerful God create a world so full of suffering and death. Theological explanations about testing, challenges and punishments clearly don’t provide solice and seem both inadequate and heartless to the grieving, and these rich and evocative poems express frustration at that inadequacy and needlessness. Yet the author holds on to his faith despite that frustration and weaves a magical spell to transfix and inspire the readers. This is a fabulous book. It’s a must-read for the grieving.