‘Reclaim your heart’ is a book you keep coming back to. The book pushed me to rethink my notions of success and failure. It made me rethink my priorities and nudged me to keep my eyes on the prize.
As much as you can, keep dunya (worldly life) in your hand–not in your heart. That means when someone insults you, keep it out of your heart so it doesn’t make you bitter or defensive. When someone praises you, also keep it out of your heart, so it doesn’t make you arrogant and self-deluded. When you face hardship and stress, don’t absorb it in your heart, so you don’t become hopeless and overwhelmed. Instead keep it in your hands and realize that everything passes. When you’re given a gift by God, don’t hold it in your heart. Hold it in your hand so that you don’t begin to love the gift more than the giver. And so that when it is taken away you can truly respond with ‘inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon’: ‘Indeed we belong to God, and to God we return’.
– Yasmin Mogahed
When ‘Reclaim your heart’ first came out, I messaged my sister to grab a copy for me. She told me that she knew that I would love it, and had already purchased me a copy.
Then somehow, the book disappeared from my bookshelf. Can’t remember if someone borrowed it or I gave it away. Nevertheless, many years later, the book found its away back to me, when Mev, my sister from another mother gifted me this copy 🥰