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“How Did Muhammad Know What Allah Wanted?” by Mustafa el-Khoury is a book that will challenge even the most rigid Muslims to look beyond their fundamentals and ask, “When God wants something, does it have to be this way?” I grew up with my family practicing and teaching religion to each other, but sometimes I would ask myself, “When God wants something, does it have to be this way?” Through this text, I realized that the true meaning of Islam can be flexible.
The book is divided into nine chapters dealing with different topics such as The Nature of the Spiritual Word, The Heavens and the Earth, The Universe and the Mind, The Manifestations, The Language of Love, The Word and the Wisdom, The Path and the Message, The Benefits of Relieving Stress, and The Principles of Acceptance. While the author briefly introduces each chapter, I felt it necessary to write a more detailed review based on the information provided. Although I didn’t read every chapter, I felt that I understand the basics well and that the book’s focus was not too broad in its scope.
In the introduction, Mustafa Kermiche seems to be quoting the hadith in which the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “When the angels see the face of a man, they take hold of his robe and shake so that they can see his heart.” He then continued by saying, “Whoever finds me will enter in.” I could relate to these two quotes because I have found that the Angel of Death sees the faces of people in different ways. They do not all look alike, so what the Angel of Death is looking for is the person’s essence or what God wants for him.
Mustafa Kermiche then posed three questions for the reader who may be thinking about following a religious path: “Do you want to know the meaning of life? What do you need to do to attain it? How do you find God? How does your relationship with God change throughout your life?” These are very good questions and one could only hope that the answers will help people discover their own voice and pursue their own faith. Although the book is not organized by religion, there is a section on how to read the Bible and then a short section on how to apply Islamic principles to everyday life.
The basic premise of the book is that a Muslim can adopt three different paths and follow them as long as they desire. However, Mustafa Kermiche suggests that this is just the beginning and that further questions and answers will be forthcoming. In fact, she offers eight different answers to the questions mentioned in the introduction. She poses different questions like, “What are the causes of death? What are the benefits of Islam and what are its obligations?”
However, her answer to the first question is that there are different reasons as to why the deceased may have been killed. According to Islamic law, it is strictly forbidden to kill a Muslim intentionally and to hate him because of his faith. However, the book also poses another set of questions to the readers in order for them to be able to look at the world differently. The book then poses seven different perspectives on how to live. This is part of the way the author wanted to share her thoughts on life but asked the reader to think along with her.
The author was born in Texas and grew up in Kuwait. She studied in Egypt and studied Islamic law before joining the Peace Corps in Morocco where she learned how to use the media to help change people’s attitudes towards women and to start a new life. She even gave lectures on Western philosophy to help students in Iraq while she continued to work there to help build schools.
After several years in the Peace Corp., Mustafa Kaldousha went back to school to get a master’s degree in communications. She studied courses such as communication theory, situational analysis, and perspective taking. In her book, she poses seven different questions to help the reader reflect on their own lives and what meaning they could give to others. She wanted her readers to consider the questions and the different answers to help them create their own understanding of life. Through this book, one can gain clarity on how the world they live in and the life they want to lead can be more fruitful and meaningful.
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