“Know that transformation sometimes begins with a fall. So never curse the fall. The ground is where humility lives. Take it. Learn it. Breathe it in. And then come back stronger, humbler and more aware of your need for Him.”
— Yasmin Mogahed, “Reclaim Your Heart”
Ever read a book where almost every sentence you came across was worth highlighting? “Reclaim Your Heart” by Yasmin Mogahed made me want to do just that. It’s not your average self-help book. Mogahed doesn’t just list off advice, but provides it with beautifully written metaphors, anecdotes, analogies and more.
I must say I enjoyed reading the first half more than the rest of the book, mostly because the chapters give so much depth to the title of the book. They focus on how to balance the dunya (this life) with the hereafter, how if we accept everything around us as a gift from Allah (swt), we’ll have less disappointment in this life and not be so attached to it.
Mogahed thoroughly explains how only Allah (swt) can fill the emptiness we sometimes feel and how His place is in our hearts. The only way to make space for Allah (swt) in our hearts is to remove the love we have for worldly things. Worldly possessions are only gifts of Allah (swt), and the rightful place of gifts is in our hands, not our hearts. If the gifts are taken from us, the pain is not as strong as it would be if it was in our hearts. Mogahed explains this concept more eloquently than I am able to summarize it, of course.
Surprisingly, though her language is eloquent in the use of metaphors and similes, her writing is simplistic. Anyone can pick up this book and have an easy time understanding the concepts she discusses. The simplicity also makes it a quick read.
As for the second half of the book, it has worthy advice as well, but the book no longer feels cohesive. The chapters don’t flow with one another as before because the topics vary and no longer focus on reclaiming our hearts. There are also some verbatim repetitive parts that made the book seem like it was not properly edited in the chapters near the end of the book. However, after reading this book, I did discover that there is a second edition, which may include better organization and flow.
Whether the first edition or the second, this book still fulfills its purpose and provides the reader with many insightful words of wisdom.