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i took my sweet time reading this in ramadhan. i‘ve cried so many tears, lingered on so many pages, shared it with so many dear friends. it‘s one of my new most precious possessions, a book i‘ll try to come back to once in awhile to remind myself that i‘m loved & valued by no other than God Himself. i‘m struggling for the right words right now, so i just want to thank the author & God for opening my eyes again to the beauty of my religion, the value of life & to the Divine Love of The Almighty.
I don’t think I’ve cried at a book intro before. I was tempted to devour every word and line tonight itself..but I can gather it’s a book that needs to be befriended and reverentially placed in the heart. Sending loads of duas for A. Helwa.
"In fact, it has been said that the distance between our head and our heart is approximately 18 inches, but it is arguably the longest journey we will spiritually ever take".
Secrets of Divine Love by A. Helwa
This book is the reason my relationship with MYSELF and GOD has completely transformed.
It helped me to see the world with the eyes of love and mercy. It helped me love MYSELF and understand MYSELF. I started loving all the creatures and my surrounding at an another level and this as a result, helping me better my life. I found out my 'Why' in the book.
Don't expect the book to be another mainstream spirituality book, it's a waay beyond that as it speaks to the heart and captivates it right starting from its Introduction.
I loved reading the Kindle edition and I gifted the paperback edition to my husband as it's now a "Must-have book" in our family library. I recommended the book to my friend and she is so thankful to me for recommending it as it's helping her to realign her life's purpose.
I can't describe how beautiful the book is and how it can change one's heart.
In fact, I couldn't fast read it as every message of it made me think deeply, understand myself and the world surrounding me, burst into tears feeling the love and mercy of God, and feeling peace inside of me. I have found out that before reading this book, I didn't understand what peace truly feels, and I am soo much blessed having touched by the mercy and love of God.
I cannot describe my deep connection with the Almighty after reading the book, so rather I decided to cite some content from the book for you to be able to feel its warmth and love language:
(Note: the power of these cited content is when it's read within the full content of the book as it cannot fully convey the message when cut out straight from the book, however, it's a nice-to-have thing to have some understanding of what the book offers)
"Our work is not to change the world. Our mission is to serve and love the world, believing that when we serve God and His creations from a place of love, by the virtue of God’s mercy the world begins to heal.
Just as when the sun shines, it shines on everyone, and when the rain falls, it pours on everyone— we were created as divine representatives to manifest God’s glory upon all of His creations. As the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) says, “All humankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab. Also, a white has no superiority over black, nor a black has any superiority over white except by God-consciousness and good action.”
" To be a true Muslim means to look at every creature of God and say the following: I honor the sacredness of your life, regardless what you believe; if the Creator of the universe has decided to create you from the spirit of His love, then by virtue of your very existence, you are more than enough for me".
"Just as whether you squeeze an orange harshly or softly, it will only produce orange juice, Jesus (pbuh) carried no hate within him, so when harsh words squeezed him, only love poured out. How we reply to the world has nothing to do with the world and everything to do with what we carry in our own souls. No one has the power to make us feel angry. The world can only unveil the anger we already carry within us. It is only when we become a garden blossoming with the qualities of God that we can offer the divine fruits of peace, love, compassion, and mercy to others too".
"God gave every single one of us unique abilities and talents, and based on what He gave to us, He will evaluate us. God does not grade us on a curve, He compares us to ourselves. Our work on Earth is to receive and cultivate the gifts given to us by God for the benefit of the entire creation. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” PABLO PICASSO, ARTIST
"We are called by God not to react to the ignorance of men, but rather to live a life that reflects the love and wisdom of God. To serve Allah means to serve His creations, because how can you truly love the Creator if you do not deeply revere and love what He creates? We are called to be mothers of creation, called by God to take all the creatures of the Earth under our wings of compassion and care for them as if they are our own children".
"There is no prerequisite to beginning the journey of reflecting God’s love upon the universe. God can use you exactly as you are. If shepherds, orphans, prisoners, and refugees were called to be prophets, then you better believe that God can use you in this very moment as a catalyst of change. God’s mercy accepts us as we are, but He loves us too much to let us stay the same".
"We do not worship God because God needs it, we worship God because we need it. Prayer is not you reaching out for God, it is you responding to God, who first reached out to you".
"God’s loving qualities do not change in...
I am completely entranced by this book - I finished it in two nights.
It’s not your average book on religion that dictates rules and demand practices. This book inspires you to have your own spiritual experience and relationship with the Divine,m.
Whether you are muslim or not, you will still definitely enjoy this book.
The author takes a rational approach towards religion by weaving together verses, teachings of the Prophet, Rumi, and mystical luminaries with poetry, psychology and science, to help you reignite your faith and overcome your doubts. It feels relatable and not preachy at all. This is a beautiful read from start to finish. I truly recommend this.
Btw, the author, is the founder of the IG page @quranquotes daily. Beautiful insights there too! I hope the author publishes another book soon!
This is the most inspirational book on Islam I have ever read. It speaks to the heart and soul in a way that uplifts your faith and calls you to something beyond what you could imagine. If your faith feels weary or your longing to connect with Allah in a new way this book is for you. Dozens of stories, poetry, Qur’an verses and Hadith! Wonderful read.