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I purchased this book after hearing glowing reviews from friends who said it had "changed their lives" and "brought them back to Allah."
I couldn't get past the first chapter. The author starts out by claiming that "God is Love" but that is most definitely not an Islamic concept. Yes, Allah SWT is Al Wadud (The Most Loving) but we cannot say that He *is* 'love'. This is more a Christian teaching than anything else, and made me wonder about the author's credentials and their agenda.
Moreover the author makes the absurd claim that God deeply loves all people... this is despite clear examples of those Allah does NOT love being named in the Qur'an, for example Abu Lahab, his wife, Pharoah, etc.
I've nothing against spirituality, but I feel this book went rather beyond the pale in its claims, and for that reason I cannot recommend it. I would give it zero stars if I could.
I come from a muslim family but never had interest in religion until I came across this writer on social media and was amazed by some of her post. Once I started to read the book I could not put it down. The writer supports her writing not only from islamic sources-Quran and Hadith but also poets and writers from the west which highlights how we all are looking for the truth and that one connection to God. you would learn that nothing in this world is worth getting stress over because life is very short and this is not the end. Once I finish reading the book I hope to start reading the english translation of the Quran. inshallah :)
My review is going to b a bit long... but if u are a book worm ..you wud read it anyway...
So, i wud be really honest... i am not a book reading person...and this is the first book i have ever bought (outside academic). To me, the beauty of this book is such dat it found me rather me searching for it!! It was my fiancee who wished to have this beautiful book but due to covid 19 the online deliveres were not possible in her area..so i brought it through Amazon and wat we decided was that I wud read page by page, word by word to her over a phn call.. and slowly i started reading this book..it felt two things ... purity and a connection..it just felt dat the author of this book was speaking to me, it felt that she knew wat i am thinking next and wat wud b my question..it felt an instant connection...this "secrets of divine love" not just revived the faded love for the Almighty in my heart but also helped me to have a beautiful bond of love with my better half.. This book talks abt unity, surely we have lots of differences and opinions but this book ignores the differences and talk abt respecting the faith and belief of all the different schools of thoughts...and invites every believer and also a disbeliever to read it and have an opportunity to be close to the divine love. It focuses on the five important pillars of the Islam and talks abt it beautifully along with quotes from Quran and Hadiths.
One must in their life tym shuld read this book, it is a beautiful bridge btwn ur love for Allah swt and the fadded cold heart.
The author talks abt the hidden love for the Divine Master...which is present in every heart, yet wat is left is only to discover its presence...
The words are beautifully chosen, one wud definitely meet their hidden philosophers inside them. I wish every reader of this book to have their own beautiful story to tell, just like mine. After all its the secret to divine love and when the secrets are unfolded, miracles happen.
Helwa often describes herself as a gardener, a writer whose style is to pick bulbs of wisdom from all of Creation that inspires her to God’s remembrance and in doing so she plants an inescapable garden in which the gentle breeze of paradise blows and a warmth blushes in a revived and refreshed heart. She plants the seeds and inspires you to water and purify those seeds for yourself by reflecting on key themes at the end of each chapter. One of the best things about this book is the practical tips and reflections for transformation at the end of each chapter. Helwa’s intention is not for you to just read this book but to tap into Allah’s description of true believers “we hear and we obey”. The end of each chapter gives you tips and tools and tangible action points to practice and manifest change and spiritual transformation in your life and ultimately reconnect to Allah and know who you are once you know Him and His guidance. This book is literally like walking through the garden of a soul who has found inner peace and wishes to spread and share the seeds of that inner peace with all of humanity. Helwa writes with a gentle manner and with a humility and sincerity that only writers of true faith can do. I absolutely recommend this book for newcomers to faith and those who feel themselves established too, for none of us can ever consider ourselves beyond reminders. At the end of the day we are only insaan and it is our test to persistently remember and return. This book takes you through all the core aspects of Islam and would be an illuminating addition to everyone’s spiritual library and actively seeking heart!
if i could rate this 0 stars i most definitely would. the author has watered down Islam and started off the first chapter by claiming "God is love". yes God is omnibenevolant however, God IS NOT love himself. This book has themes of agape throughout which is more closer to christian theology The author also mentions hearing God speak to hear and mentions God writing this book through her. Please do not even think of purchasing such a book ! It doesnt portray Islam in the correct light at all
Such a heartwarming and insightful book. You can feel the love infused in each of the pages. I haven’t yet even finished reading The entire book because I can’t get through a page without mind blowing realisations about life, love and the gifts of Allah, our purpose.
I can’t recommend this read enough- so much so I’ve bought numerous copies as gifts and sent them to my friends.
This book is beautifully written and I find not only a great place for Muslims and non Muslims alike to learn about crucial concepts in Islam but also to find comfort and solace in learning about God's love within Islam, I feel in my own research of Islam a book like this that emphasises a very positive and loving outlook is difficult to find unfortunately but is very important for people especially in this day and age who struggle with depression for example and find other texts more difficult to approach. The way this is written is very accessible for anyone whether they're new to Islam or not and it will be a top book reccomendation of mine for a long time!
A book that spoke to me in every level. I re-read each page and then paused just to absorb the beauty of it, of God. I felt nurtured and loved. I am a Christian and I can say this book speaks to us all and also teaches the beauty and of Islam. Thank you.
The author starts by claiming that God (Allah) wrote this book through her. Despite this, I gave her the benefit of the doubt and put it down to interpretation. The author is insightful and engaging until you get to the problematic and wildly incorrect claims about God in subsequent chapters!!
Talks about aiming to mirror the qualities of God which is very questionable not to mention that the use of the word 'mirror' in this context implies an equivalence or direct reflection of God. The whole thing feels like shirk and should be avoided like the plague.
Other reviews have compared it to Bhuddist or Christain theology but I didn't get even get as far along as that. This would have been completely fine if that was made apparent from the outset instead of passing it off as book with a solely islamic narrative.
It's easy to miss or ignore these points because they have been convoluted with what seems to be an uplifting and well constructed book but it's not a good idea to overlook them because personally, these claims have me questioning anything that comes from the author with such a skewed perception of God, albeit in small doses.
The book is very much flawed and by no means authentic. The first thing you are thought is 'there is no God but Allah' so there's no translation for Allah. Yet the book translate, stating that Allah means God in English. Moreover compares Islam to Buddhism. I could not finished the 1 chapter!! Please refer to an authenic book, I would recommend author omar suileman's book.