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Contains obscenity and is overall disappointing,
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This review is from: Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women (Kindle Edition)
Many of the stories in this book are not a true reflection of any practicing Muslim. If you are a practicing Muslim with kids, the only good you might get out of it is a renewed concern for how your kids might possibly turn out to be just Muslim by name. It's ironic the book is titled "Love" when a lot of the stories are of people going through identity crises and disappointing relationships. Not all the stories are like that actually the slight majority are ok and some of them are nice, but there are enough stories in there that just ruin the entire book. Even though the authors only two criteria for submitting a story, is for someone to identify themselves as Muslim and American, after reading the book I really didn't feel the Muslim aspect in many of the stories. In a lot of them I felt they were just trying to almost implant the being Muslim part and it had almost nothing to do with the story. I'm not sure what purpose this book serves the stories are all over the place. This book is not befitting to have Allah (God) in its title.
I felt mislead after reading all the positive reviews before purchasing the book. After looking over those reviews again after reading the book I still didn't find them helpful, and some of them had names way too close to the authors in the book, so go figure!
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Initial post: Feb 16, 2012 11:05:22 AM PST
A. Basharat says:
While you are entitled to your opinion, it is incredibly insulting that you would insinuate that other (5 star) reviews are fake or written by the authors themselves. Everyone is entitled to their own view.
Posted on Mar 13, 2012 6:50:13 PM PDT
S. Azim says:
Who are you to say who's a practicing Muslim or not? If you're as practicing as you imply, you'd know that only Allah can judge that. Furthermore, the book is a reflection of what many practicing Muslim-American women go through - particularly those of us that were born here or grew up here. Muslims are human, humans make mistakes - on occasion, we sin. A book that doesn't show us as sheltered, damsels-in-distress, but rather, as people going through life experiences trying to balance our faith with our desires has been long overdue.
PS: Inshallah means God-willing...as in, Love, God-willing. You're welcome.
Posted on Jun 1, 2012 7:03:43 AM PDT
I agree with you. Look at my book review about this book. This book is disappointing. It is apart of the whole genre of literature that has surfaced in these times, playing on the "scandalous" behavior of so-called Muslims, who are not real Muslims, but those who want to be renegades. Such books are the purview of the perverse in our society, who seek to defame the character of entire groups of people. As I said before, why don't they write books about scandalous Jewish women. Of course not, because Zionist Jews control the major publishing houses. And they thrive on such books as this one.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 7:07:01 AM PDT
Yes, Muslims are human and make mistakes. And most of the women mentioned in this book, certainly have made many mistakes. And the purpose of this book is not to educate non-Muslims about shattering stereotypes about Muslim women, but rather inculcating a certain image of Muslim women, that many in the West feel confortable with. Why don't they write books about Muslim, who actually follow their relgion to the tee. Instead, they come out with a book that presents so-called Muslim women, who do just about everything that is unIslamic.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 7:08:57 AM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2012 10:08:06 PM PDT
O. Azzam says:
It's not my intention to offend anyone, but practicing Muslims do not have extra-marital relationships. Yes, some Muslims will fall short, especially in an environment where not having sex before marriage appears to be an oddity. The thing that sets Islam apart are the number of Muslims that exist that remain true to their faith, e.g. in shunning pre-marital relationships. This is due to the preservation of the Qur'an and the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad, who was sent as a mercy to every one of us.
One important principle in Islam is you don't air your dirty laundry. If you sinned, but repented and God covered your sins such that none of the people who are currently in your life ever hear about it, then that's a mercy from God and you should thank God for it. If you sin and spread it amongst others by minimizing it, you will be held responsible for anyone that was encouraged to do the same through your example. This is not my opinion, but from a saying of the Prophet (translated, in Sahih Muslim): 'Anyone who creates a good sunna in Islam has its reward and the reward of whoever does it after him without that decreasing his reward in any way. Anyone who creates a bad sunna in Islam bears its burden and the burden of whoever acts by it after him without that decreasing his burden in any way."
I'll leave with these verses from the Quran:
[3:110] Sahih International
You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah. If only the People of the Scripture had believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are believers, but most of them are defiantly disobedient.
[24:30-31] Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do. And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof ...
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2012 7:52:22 AM PDT
First learn to say(s.a.a.w.) when mentioning the name of our Prophet Muhammad (s.a.a.w.) may peace be upon him. There are rules are regulation about whom will be forgiven. If all sinner will be forgiven then why Allah SWT created jahannam... Why did Muhammad (s.a.a.w) break in to tears when Gabriel told him that Muslims will go to the seventh hell called jahim which is one of the biggest hell... Indeed Allah is forgiven but you cant just have intercourse before marriage and ask Allah to forgiven you and go do the same thing tomorrow again this means that you never ask for forgiveness from your heart... Indeed Allah knows best may he show you the right path ameen....
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