“Reclaim Your Heart” is one of the most thought-provoking books written by noted Motivation Speaker on Islam Yasmin Mogahed. It has beautifully illustrated the journey of life. It’s ups and downs. It explains how we humans connect with the world and create unrealistic expectations. In our blind attachment to the world (people, wealth, status), we become more obsessed with the love of creation than with the Creator, and we allow this worldly life to take over our most important assets, the heart and the mind. We hold the love of creation in our hearts and hold the love of the Creator in our hands, that is, we find it easy to disobey and ignore Allah, but it is impossible to disappoint and sideline our loved ones. We forget God’s commands to please our children, spouses and others. We have become slaves to our instincts and have become emotionally dependent on others. We seek help, unconditional love and sustenance from imperfect creatures and expect them to meet our needs which they cannot. They have their limits and they are changing the creatures. Their love and preferences change at any moment and it hurts us human beings more than anything. Fear of losing loved ones is man’s greatest weakness but people come and go. They deceive us and leave us either willingly or unwillingly. When our loved ones leave us or hurt us, we feel overwhelmed and lost. It’s like leaving a desert in the middle of a storm. We lose our peace of mind. It is the source of the end of worldly life. However, since we make it our destiny, we are deceived. Our heart belongs to our Creator, so if we fill it with the love of Allah and return to Him and seek sustenance and support only from Him, we will never be in trouble because His hand is the most powerful and invincible. Is. Its resources are endless. Nothing is impossible for him. Islam always teaches us to trust in love and detachment from the delicate world. The five pillars of Islam teach us, detachment. If we talk about the first pillar, ie martyrdom. It starts with negative (la). To enter Islam, we must first empty our vessel (heart) and confess that there is no god but Allah (there is no god but Allah). It is the worship of Allah Almighty. But it is important to understand that God is not the only thing we pray to. Allah is the one around whom we revolve our lives, the ones we obey and the ones who matter most to us. This is what we live for and cannot live without. That is what we need in the deepest sense of the word. It is something that, if lost, can wreak havoc. If there is anything or anyone besides Allah that we can never give up, then we have a false attachment. Thus the proclamation of faith is the oral profession of the detachment we seek to achieve: that our worship, ultimate devotion, love, fear, and hope are for the sole purpose of God alone. The real manifestation of Tawheed is success in freeing oneself from all attachments except attachment to the Creator.
There are very few books that touch you, this is one of them. I assure you that whoever reads this book will benefit from it, God willing. If anyone can take anything from this article, it is to pick up this book and read it, it was the best thing I have ever done. This is the best reading for Ramadan too!!
Salah (5 daily prayers) also teach us, detachment. Five times a day we should be away from the world to focus on our Creator and ultimate goal. Five times a day we separate ourselves from every work of worldly life and turn to Allah. Prayers could be performed only once a day or in a week or all five prayers could be offered at the same time every day, but this is not the case. Prayers are spread throughout the day. If one observes the prayers at the prescribed time, there is no chance for him. As we begin to delight in this worldly matter, we become involved in it (the work we are doing, the show we are watching, the test we are studying for, the person we are studying with). Can’t get out. Mind), we are forced to separate from it and turn our attention only to the real purpose of attachment.
Siyam (Fasting) is all about detachment. It is the detachment from food, drink, sexual intimacy, vain speech. By restraining our physical self, we ennoble, purify, and exalt our spiritual self. Through fasting, we are forced to detach ourselves from our physical needs, desires, and pleasures.
Zakat (Charity): Zakat is about detaching ourselves from our money and giving it for the sake of Allah. By giving it away, we are forced to break our attachment to wealth.
Hajj (Pilgrimage) is also one of the major acts of detachment. A pilgrim leaves behind everything in his life. He gives up his family, his home, his warm bed, his comfortable shoes and brand name clothes, all in exchange for sleeping on the ground or in a crowded tent and wearing only two simple pieces of cloth. There are no status symbols at Hajj. No Tommy Hilfiger ihram, no five-star tents. During Hajj people sleep in a tent in Mina, and on the ground, under the open sky, in Muzdalifah.
This book is amazing. I have picked up a great deal of Islamic literature and one of the things I always look for is a book that is easy to read. This book is just that. It’s easy to understand and sometimes it gets so intense that you don’t miss the point of the words, you can understand them and you can relate them to yourself, it’s written in such a straightforward and concise way that is easy for anyone. Grip happens many times when books of Islamic literature are written in such intense and difficult English that it is often difficult to understand and understand what has been written. This book is the opposite, this book touches you honestly and connects you all the way, it is because Mogahed speaks the truth from his heart, you feel it in his words. The beauty of this book is that every chapter, every line can relate to the reader, yet when you read it you feel as if the words are made just for you. “Reclaim Your Heart” is full of many reflective essays on the spiritual struggle that lead one to God. Going through a time of stress and struggle, the first thing I do is get this book on my shelf, open it and find a relevant page and it will calm me down immediately. There are very few books that touch you, this is one of them. I assure you that whoever reads this book will benefit from it, God willing. If anyone can take anything from this article, it is to pick up this book and read it, it was the best thing I have ever done. This is the best reading for Ramadan too!!
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