The War Within Our Hearts by Habeeb Quadri and Sa’ad Quadri is a great read I recommend right off the bat to any Muslim parent dealing with challenging teenagers or trying to start early discussions with youth. The authors are both teachers with an impressive background dealing with Muslim youth issues. As a matter of fact, Habeeb Quadri is Principal of the Muslim Community Center Full Time School in Morton Grove, Illinois while Sa’ad Quadri is a teacher and Dean at the College Preparatory School of America in Lombard, Illinois.
Nowadays, living a life while following the principles of Islam has become a real challenge, from East to West. This is where The War Within Our Hearts comes in as a guide to help make the journey easy for the wayfarer in need of guidance. It starts with an introduction prose by Imam Zaid Shakir who heeds the reader to look at the bigger picture of dunya and how all of our tests and torments began; namely with Ibliss refusing to bow to our forefather Adam (AS) and how we can start fighting back to win the war Ibliss has declared upon us since the beginning of times. In my opinion, if we constantly look at life under these lenses, we will never lose sight of the prize; a blissful Akhirah.
The War Within Our Hearts is divided into two parts. Part one spells out the problems the ummah and especially the Muslim youth in general face. There are nineteen insightful chapters to part one. Part two -Solutions- on the other hand is comprised of nine chapters, also very insightful.
Each chapter in part one addresses one daily problem the ummah faces. As an example, one issue discussed in a chapter of The War Within Our Hearts is “Night Clubs”; a worrisome venue for many parents trying to raise young believers. Chapter one and two have about the same layout with no ending thoughts, yet they are complete. However starting at chapter three, each chapter closes with a summary box of practical solutions the reader can start doing to help him with the issue at hand and discussed.
For instance, chapter seven deals with “Drinking & Drugs” and we are given rampant and alarming statistics of this societal issue, cautionary advices, Quranic verses, some tafsir and finally the practical solutions to avoid falling in the traps of intoxicants because they are rigorously and unmistakably forbidden in Islam. The practical solutions includes some names of Allah (SWT) the reader can recite in dhikr format to grow closer to Allah and grow away from the vice insha Allah.
The War Within Our Hearts gives us the much needed recall to Islam we need on a recurring basis. Life gets busy and as humans we tend to lose focus of the meaning and goal of our sojourn in the dunya; passing this challenging worldly test with the prescriptions given to us by the Sunnah and the Qur’an. Without any bias, I recommend this book again to Muslim parents and youth alike. Muslim parents need to read The War Within Our Hearts because it will help substantially cut out the difference of generational misunderstandings which occur quite often between parents and children. No one likes to be lectured. Just giving young people the book can make a difference because the advice comes from a third party and they can make their own opinions and take heed insha’Allah. It was definitely beneficial to me as it helped me reflect on many things alhamdullilah. If I live to see my son grow, this is a book I’ll give him to read insha’Allah.
Having said that, you don’t have to be a Muslim youngster to benefit from the heeds being given. Anyone can insha’Allah. It will benefit any reader who doesn’t mind reading cautionary non-fiction Islamic books. You can purchase The War Within Our Hearts on Amazon.
Papatia Feauxzar is an accountant, an avid reader and writer living in Dallas, Texas with her nuclear family. She blogs at papatia.wordpress.com .