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After reading ‘The strongest version of yourself’ I realized that I could be doing much more to reach my full potential. I think it’s a really good book for anyone who is looking for motivation of any kind, particularly those of us who are limiting ourselves. It definitely made me think further about the things I could do to help achieve my goals, and definitely made me appreciate the life that Allah has bestowed upon me. I also appreciate the fact that the author took verses out of the Quran and elaborated on them to suit the chapter and assist in getting the point across.
Derya Keles – Melbourne, Australia
I have just finished reading your book. I love this book. I think this is a great inspirational book for anyone needing advice for situations that they have gone through or are currently going through. I don’t have any favorite chapters, as I thought they were all great chapters with great genuine advice. The two chapters that helped me are “The Past” and “A Hard Heart”. I learned to let go of my past and stop reliving the pain and hurt over and over again in my mind. To focus on now and look forward to the future Insha Allah. To not let my past prevent me from having a future. More importantly, I learned to not let my heart become hardened because of the actions of one individual, making me become someone whom I’m not but to continue to possess the attributes that Allah (SWT) has blessed me with. You are a blessing and inspiration to me. You are well on your way to becoming a great writer. May Allah bless you for your efforts and continue to bless you with more success.
Malikah Scott – Evansville, Indiana
Woooow!!! just finished reading ur book a while ago. I knew it was going to be good but it turned out to be waaay good. Excellent book, honestly. Especially, as an American Muslim, thinking like us, having knowledge like this MashaAllah. May Allah bless u always. I liked all chapters really, especially using Hadith & using Ayat from Qur’an. Every chapter was different & useful, enjoyed it. It motivated me & how to be optimistic, and wanting to change things in life. And liked ur ending or conclusion.
Lamyaa Kandil – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Since my deen and mental-state have benefitted from your writings, I was very eager to read “the strongest version of yourself” And I must confess that my expectations have been fullfilled…
It’s pretty amazing that Allah (SWT) can change so much in your life through someone you haven’t even seen in real life. I feel like this book has been written for me because the topics touched many of my weaknesses that I have always wanted to change.
Without spoiling anything, all I wanna say is: If you are in a bad state of mind and feel a lack of motivation/inspiration, instead of spending loads of money at the place of a psychologist, first get yourself a hold of “the strongest version of yourself” and see how the buds blossom away. .
I mean after all this book isn’t just some “blah blab blah” by someone who is a stranger to you, but it is written by one of your brothers in Islam who made use of the best of suggestion about how to deal with life that is the Quran…
Fatma Kaganoglu – Wuppertal, Germany
When I read ‘The Strongest Version Of Yourself’ I knew it was going to be good, and it was. The one thing I absolutely loved is how the author always finds a way to bring it back to Allah (swt) and how he incorporated hadiths to get his point across. All the chapters were well written but I have to say my favorite chapters were Dealing with Negative People, The Past, A Hard Heart and Love. I felt like I could relate to all those and isn’t that what we want when we read something? To learn lessons and gain knowledge. To see things in a new perspective. One of the many things I learned is not to let anyone control the way I feel. That we need to be in control of ourselves and especially of our hearts. So if you read this I guarantee you will learn something you didn’t know before and become inspired like I have been Alhamdulillah.
Nada H. – California
Asalamu alaykum warahmatullah wabaraktu
I hope you are in the best of health, insha Allah.
I have just completed reading your book The Strongest Version of Yourself and I am happy to present the following review on your work:
To begin with, the style of writing is clear and easy to understand and relate to, so the audience is fully capable of understanding the core message you are promoting.
The content itself includes a lot of motivational concepts to better and improve oneself, along with a gentle push of encouragement from an Islamic perspective.
I felt many emotions while reading the book and connected to many chapters.
If you are someone who is not sure about who they are anymore, what they want in life, or how to stop letting life consume you, then this read is for you. Especially, if you are holding onto islam by a thread. It does not delve into the hardcore fiqh and fatwa’s, rather it portrays the famous and inspiring hadiths that many of us often forget as we are so engrossed in our busy lives and don’t give our Islam much thought, until Ramadan, for example.
I also think that this book has even more potential because you (author) have a passionate mindset about trying to not only better yourself, but also to promote and encourage individual’s to pursue a better lifestyle, according to Qur’an and sunnah, which in turn could improve communities, societies and entire nations.
I also wanted to ask you on your thoughts about the following quote in your book:
Page 66 “You are everything, Allah swt has invested in you”
I like the point you are making here which is that Allah swt WANTS to see each individual succeed in life, however I was contemplating on the idea suggesting that Allah invests in us. Investment would suggest that Allah has something to gain from us, when in reality, He does not need us nor does he gain anything from our existence. The truth of the matter is that He is already perfection and our existence does not and never can add or subtract from His perfection. Rather we could say that Allah wants to see us succeed, it is up to us whether we want to invest our time in remembering Him and securing our future, AKA investing in the akhira.??
Note:page 81 you have written “being strong physically Is easy, but being strong mentally is not.”
Question: what are your thoughts on: “being strong physically is hard, but being strong mentally is harder”. I only say this because it still takes a lot of time, dedication and work to be physically fit, and if it was that easy, we’d all have that perfect physique! (Just my personal opinion though!)
To conclude, I would like to say congratulations on your first book! It truly is an inspiring read and I will do my best to help promote it via as many social media platforms I can! I hope you don’t take my criticism as insult or something to put you down, rather as something constructive and a way to improve your work of inspiration! Jazakallah khair !
Lady Watermelon Jam
I finished reading The Strongest Version of Yourself and I have to say it’s like a breath of fresh air! Definitely changed my mindset for the better and I couldn’t have come across it at a better time. From start to finish, you can feel the sincerity. Clearly, these words have been written with a clean and caring heart.
These days it is easy to get caught up in things which leave you with a negative mindset. The advice in this book direct you to see things differently and motivates you into taking action so that you can achieve becoming a better person. I especially love how you learn how to move on from the negative past. I also really appreciate the important reminder to humble yourself, be thankful and put your trust in Allah SWT.
I would recommend this to anyone who cares to better their lives and boost their Iman.
Zainab Elsayed – Toronto, Ontario
This book provides help for those in need of motivation and encouragement to move forward towards their full potential.
Jazakallah khair brother
The words written really understandable and could reach till the bottom of my heart. Why did I say so? Because it seems like knowing every single things play around in my mind and the words are like a magical portion which could ‘heal’ the injury inside. The thing that I love most is when u came with surah and hadith which could open people’s eyes to see the significance and reason behind the trial or test given to us. We recite quran everyday but sometimes we don’t know the ‘ibrah or lesson behind verses. The same goes to me. The book is likely to be regarded as a motivational book but for me it’s more than that coz it incites me to learn more bout quranic verses and hadith and encourage me to strengthen my belief and bond with Allah.
Thanx for the great advices,encouragement and support ‘for all this while’.
May Allah bless u in Duniya’ and akhirah.. Biidznillah..
I read your book and I was touched by how much effort you put into it. As I was reading, it was as if I was hearing your voice driving me on and encouraging me to better myself. I felt as if I had found my own personal motivator whom I could refer to any time if needed. It is also really easy for anyone to read and understand, plain and simple ;no long and difficult words. Therefore it’s great for teenagers and school kids who would benefit hugely from your book.
My favourite chapters are ‘Love ‘ and ‘If ‘. You really inspired me and helped me immensely. I also gave it to my teenage daughter to read. She was really impressed as well.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of work with the world and for always trying your best to help others. It does not go unnoticed. I look forward to your future books and may Almighty Allah reward you for your efforts, Inshallah Ameen.
S.P. – South Africa
Assalamu Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh
Mashallah, your book is amazing.
Would it be far-fetched if I saw this as an Islamic Self-Help Book?
Ok, I, like many other believe experience is the best teacher and with experience comes wisdom. I feel some things are common sense but most of your books’ content must have been dealt with first hand.
The thing I like about writing/words is/are, I love how they define us. I think you have created the strongest version of yourself so far and as we age, there is always room for improvement which you’re open to, mashallah. I believe you wouldn’t have shared your findings, if it didn’t work for you.
Subhanallah, reading this book, I went through many stages of my life, it was like listening myself talk. For example, when depression hit, I hit me hard at a young age. Now that I have out grown it, I understand, what was once painful to bear was a blessing in disguise and I’ve fully comprehended that I wouldn’t be who I am today without it. And I am glad Allah tested me like he did.
I love how you mentioned, “THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR SOMEONE LIKE YOU.” Until now I didn’t know what it meant. In fact a few individuals that have popped in and out of my life have stated. “This world needs more people like you.” And Idk. Idk what to think. I don’t know what they meant. The only purpose I am fully aware of is to worship Allah and through doing so, I will find that which I seek in this life and the next and become what the world need me to be.
To be honest, I think I’ve been through so much and I’ve exchanged with all sorts of people that life comes natural to me then the next person. I know who to associate myself with, I know who not to associate myself with. I’ve never been hurt or stabbed in back because I’ve built myself like this. &This book reminded me that I have come a long way and I have a longer way to go to attain the Jannah that I desire.
A few things I’ve learned that I need to are to:
– discover what it truly means to love myself
– master my time wisely
– be the strongest version of myself everyday
– understand every day is a blessing and to implement Alhamdulillah not only when things go my way.
– question the status of heart? (To some it’s hard as a rock to others light as a bird)
Nonetheless, it refreshing to know that I am on the right track and the above points have always been on my list of things to do/become but yet to be accomplished. Alhamdulillah It really put things in perspective for me. Subhanallah, May Allah make us successful.
Jazakallah for sharing. Thank you for taking time to write this. Inshallah, this will be one of the means in which you attain Jannahl; for this is your legacy. Inshallah many will be assisted with their current affairs through it.
I will be sure to post a review and share it with someone. Inshallah.
Zainab Amin – Edmonton, Alberta
I recommend all my brothers and sisters read this excellent self-help book maa’sha’Allah. ‘The Strongest Version Of Yourself’ by brother Malik Shabazz.
Living with sihr/jinn possession can be very debilitating and causes disabling disturbances in thinking, feeling, and relating.
This book will help you to maintain a healthy positive mindset, be a guidance for you to be a stronger version of yourself and a lasting comfort to your heart, mind and soul, in’sha’Allah.
I suggest you highlight/bookmark the sentences/paragraphs that help you the most, so you can keep refering back to them when you need uplifting, motivating and your strength reviving.
Sister Umm Yaseen
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