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The Universal Call by Fatima El-Hindi calls readers to live a life of higher consciousness by tapping into higher powers and ideals that go beyond our physical existence. Fatima taps into her knowledge of the Quran, her scientific understanding and her life experiences to do this. She posits that through meditation, observing the natural world for insights and questioning our deeply held convictions, we can overcome life’s obstacles and do so with gratitude. She shares her reasons for using the Quran as her main reference point and marries it with scientific principles. This leads to a message that is relevant to anyone open to improvement.
I loved this book for a myriad of reasons. One, the author states that the interpretations of the Quran in the book are unique, non-conventional and agree with the principles of both religion and non-religion. I was pleased to see this fulfilled as this was a key aspect that drew me to the book. I came across various self-help tenets I have seen in other self-help material, making it easier to understand the book.
Fatima accurately proved why she believes the Quran is a universal book that speaks on the human experience and our collective consciousness. The text is not preachy. When I disagreed with her, I did not feel pressured into feeling any different. The inclusion of her background and the testimonials from Nasri, Authog and Daniel asserted her authority and knowledge in the subject matter and made me respect her more. Nasri, Authog and Daniel are students at her Nas Learning Center. Nas Learning Center seeks to offer those interested in Islam a linguistic approach to the Quran that is contextualized for today’s modern world.
I loved reading how something as simple as taking a moment of reflection and gratitude before a meal and thinking about the processes that led up to that moment is a simple way to grow our tendency to be appreciative. I also loved to read about the source of humanity from the Islam perspective as this is something I had not exposed myself to before. The book is short, and the ideas shared flow chronologically. The text is well edited, as I only found one error.
I found nothing to dislike about the book. For this reason, I rate the book 4 out of 4. I recommend this book to anyone interested in self-help material. You are sure to pick up various lessons you can implement in your daily life, irrespective of your religion.
The Universal Call
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