[Book Review] Secrets of Divine Love: A Spiritual Journey into the Heart of Islam by A. Helwa

My introduction to the book entitle “Secret of Divine Love” is through few excerpt that I read in Instagram. Got curious to know more…therefore, I bought it. Starting with Bismillah, I read through and took my time to reflect and ponder on many of the context in Islam and about Allah (my MAKER) that I never knew. I read few lines, I reflect and I cried..just understanding that my soul, which is within me .. is something special and it is from Allah and part of Allah overwhelmed me.

This book provide me with an understanding through another beautiful lens – the love of Allah, loving myself and HIS creation.

The introduction already amazed me when I’m start reading. I can say I highlights few sentences almost in all pages and it helps me especially when I’m in hardship and sadness besides Qur’an. I became uplifting back after look at the highlight. I really love the explanation from the author and make me become open-minded in many things. Alhamdulillah.

The way A. Helwa explain certain issue really made me think. This book is worth the read. You really need to buy one to read as it would be understatement to just make a review; I may not be able to give justice how great this book is.

Alhamdulillah, A. Helwa writing has touched every inch of my hurting soul, and has helped me see life in better perspective. A. Helwa’s style of writing is easy flowing and gentle, and as we go through the chapters she addresses greater issues and deeper aspects of Islam and our relationship with Allah that we are responsible of taking care of. A much needed reminder, this piece, and a great book as a gift as well. Everything is gold. Reading it answered all my spiritual questions and it did changed my perspective. I highly recommend everyone to have a copy.

Even it takes a very long journey to end my reading but I feel worth it. Many things that have been explained inside this book make me realized how Allah is the real love that we need to be grateful the most.

I’ve cried so many tears, lingered on so many pages. 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.

“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 waaaayyy beyond that as it speaks to the heart and captivates it right starting from its Introduction.

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 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.”

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. 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.

This is one of 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.

Upon reading this book I feel like I have graduated to a new level of spirituality and I am excited to see what my worldly and spiritual endeavors entail with this newfound intimacy with God. I feel like this book opened a doorway to love and light in my life that I have been longing for so long. I am so grateful to Helwa for taking the time to write this. It has become a resource book I turn to daily for inspiration, hope, guidance, and meaning. I look forward to reading it again and again! And telling all my friends and family about it! Thank you A. Helwa. May Allah reward the author with the best in this life and the next. Aamiin.

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