Revive Your Heart – Reviews (part 1)

Written by R on . Posted in From Kube Shelves, Nouman Ali Khan

As Salaam Alaykum,

Alhamdulillah we’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback on ‘Revive Your Heart‘ and we wanted to share what other people have been saying about this title.

 

“Nouman Ali Khan uses his expertise in the Arabic language to help readers to understand the deepest meaning of the Quran, a process which is supported through the use of relevant examples and analogies that can be easily understood and relatable to everyday experiences and situations.

This thought-provoking book challenges the reader to revise their beliefs and actions, encouraging transformation from within and externally. It serves as a wake-up call to reflect and to rectify a modern Muslim’s relationship and interaction with Allah through du’a (prayers) and His book. It also helps to realign their perspective in that life in this world is temporary and that Jannah (Paradise) is the final destination.

This book is also an excellent resource for people who want to learn the actual message and the essence of Islam in the sense that what people see in a Muslim individual and Muslim communities may not reflect the beauty and simplicity of the religion.

Quake Magnitude: 8.5

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“While it is hugely important that we publish Islamic books, it is even more important to publish the right type of books – it simply isn’t enough to put something out there that isn’t reaching the masses, isn’t moving them in any way; urging, encouraging, inspiring. I’ve read many Islamic books that simply bind together facts and followings with nothing else – no guidance, no additions, no nothing. Revive Your Heart features commentary from Nouman Ali Khan, with his brilliant teachings and perspectives – whereby he raises questions, ponders them – and answers them, all within the realm of Islam with substantial quotes and hadiths that he doesn’t just slap on, but actually takes the time to speak to you, as the reader, and help you move forward with it… Each quote is carefully selected, includes context and also widens the net as to how this can be used in our modern society and what we should hope to take away from it.

I personally found that each chapter of the book is hugely relevant in this day and age and looks at key hurdles we’re facing in our faith, ways to overcome it and use it to strengthen us. ”

Reading in between the lines

“An Instant Connection! Can I just say that it felt almost as if Nouman Ali Khan was talking to me as I read the book. I feel like it’s written in a conversational way where it’s almost like he’s having a conversation with you. Personally, I think that captured my attention. Maybe it could just be me because I have heard a lot of his lectures so it sounded like a familiar voice.

The book basically discusses the problems modern Muslims face today. From being able to keep a spiritual connection with Allah, to how to deal with negativity about our religion in the media. It is truly a beneficial book and one that we can all gain from in sha’Allah.”

Step inside my handbag

“A great book should be a guide and leave a lasting impression on the minds and hearts of readers. If one can gain lessons after reading it and apply them in one’s everyday life, it’s all the more great—and this is precisely one such book!…In this book, Khan deals with a range of issues, from the highly personal to the global, with great finesse and in a wonderfully easy conversational style, appealing to us to rethink what we are doing with our lives. Consider these pearls of wisdom, for instance:

“The world today is abuzz with unrelenting activity. The developments in the world of politics, economics, social media, entertainment, technology… all vying for our attention. But more importantly, they are vying to distract our hearts. In line with the ideology of unfettered free markets, we are constantly being ‘exhorted’ to consume.”

Khan hearkens us to rethink the hedonistic lifestyle that reduces human beings into atomised consumers and that can even make one’s religious life commodified into a form of entertainment. He points out the crisis of religious identity that Muslims are faced with today, with their global image being sought to be hijacked by violent groups misusing the name of Islam. These groups draw young Muslims, ignorant of their religion, into their ranks, through their domination of the headlines with shocking acts of violence.

Khan urges us that the only way for Muslims to come out of the morass that they find themselves in today is to connect with God. This is related to the need to put life in perspective, reminding ourselves not to forget the true nature of reality—including the fact that our lives here are temporary.

Revive Your Heart-Putting Life in Perspective will tug at your heart-strings. It is an inspiring call to live life the way God wants you to, not the way you might want! It is hoped that this book will contribute to inspiring modern Muslims to become sources of light in our world through re-orienting their outlook towards greater God-consciousness, greater compassion and greater social responsibility.”

Islamic Voice

To see what the book’s about have a look here.

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