When I started facing challenges in life, I was not familiar with any of these self-help books. I faced these challenges, as I reflected in my novel “The Journey of a Toiler”, with “what my humble understanding can comprehend of the wonderful values, concepts, and practices of Islam that are embedded in the Islamic texts and embodied in our Islamic doctrines… These concepts and techniques have enabled me to enjoy happiness and peace of mind in a life that is like a raging ocean, with increasingly violent waves.
When, later on, I read some of these self-help books, I found they contain a small fraction of the techniques and concepts we have in the Islamic literature. What’s more, some of the techniques and values in the self-help books are in contradiction to what Allah called for: ((Does He who created not know, while He is the Subtle, the Acquainted?)) (64:14).
The aim of this book is to present the divine Islamic concepts, values and techniques that, when practiced and realized, can help us live happily and safely both in this life and the afterlife.
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