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Love from Mecca to Medina

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Ali's voice feels altered, as if it's not written so much for the Muslim Audience but written with someone else in mind. While reading, I keep getting the feeling that this book is not written for Muslim audiences only but rather for non-muslims. Most obviously, perhaps, this book portrays a loving, passionate, sometimes cheesy, sometimes happily-ever-aftery halal romantic relationship and, perhaps more than ever, this is very important for young Muslims dealing with the wilderness of modern Western romantic relationships that otherwise bombards them. This book awakened my memories of when I went for Umrah 8 years ago and I wasn't sure if it made up for my longing to go there again or made me miss it even more. i'll forever, and forever, love this book for that, if for nothing else: that it reconnected me to my faith in so many, seemingly mundane ways.

Even as a Muslim Living in Malaysia, where I can wear my hijab with ease and not experience the harsh truths of Islamphobia as much, in which the story had made me just feeling touched, I can't imagine reading it from the perspectives of Muslim children around the world to feel as represented and understood. She pulled the laptop from the coffee table onto the couch she was lying on, stomach down, and began two-finger-typing the introduction for her social studies project. Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! K. Ali's writing style because I can confirm that the spirituality she brings to this book is stunning, but I'm attempting to explain the detached mentality I had while reading certain chapters. K. Ali has her share of non-Muslim readers, this will be a unique opportunity to show them what being there means and its special qualities.Then a marvel occurs: Adam and Zayneb get the chance to spend Thanksgiving week on the Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, in Saudi Arabia. The room opens via French doors to a traditional English garden where seasonal blooms put on a show well into autumn while you partake of your specially delivered afternoon tea, sandwiches, and cakes on the patio. but i don't think i had fully comprehended the real /significance/ of a book such as this being written. serious, since they're married and all, but i was not ready for what was mostly 300 pages of vague thoughtlessness (mostly adam), dramatic and impulsive jumping-to-conclusions, and never honestly communicating about any of it.

And Adam's enthusiasm was actually contagious because I started yearning to go that special place again😭 I could literally feel him as I have been through this. mild spoilers – to avoid, skip to *] I deeply felt the heartbreak of the moment when they have completed Umrah and Zayneb suddenly realises that she didn’t make any personal du’as because she was worrying too much about Adam!And if you isolate it from other parts of your life, you will start thinking of things such as a story like this to be sacrilegious.

Lord it was frustrating, please I kinda wanna go in the book and make them SIT DOWN AND TALK, but SK Ali had showed the realities of a young couple , who is doing super long-distance relationship at the very start of their marriage, AND juggling to come to footings with their lives. softest, prettiest couple<3 there are so many specific (and big) parts of both of them that i related to so much, that i've needed to read about very badly, all so i could reflect, which is a recurring factor i have always appreciated in sk ali books. Another thing I would like to add is that the Prophet (PBUH) met his wife Sayeda Maymunah during Umrah.This is a book where the characters are living the reality of life's ups and downs, tests are inescapable, emotions are in play and the sustainability of marriage is questionable. What people mean by the word “mecca” is a place where lots of people, thousands, millions (maybe even billions as well [maybe in the future]) gather for a certain thing. It is a contemplative and beautiful story of the pilgrimage experience that made me immediately start looking up Hajj/Umrah packages at the end of my reading. But it just goes to show that a lot of drama can be avoided if Muslim men and women who aren't mahrams are not unnecessarily "friendly" with each other.

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