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Book Review: Don't Be Sad
By Safi
Last edited: Monday, March 16, 2009
Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2004

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Excerpt: When you wake up in the morning do not expect to see the evening - live as though today is all that you have. Yesterday has passed with its good and evil, while tomorrow has not yet arrived...With this attitude, you will not be caught between an obsession over the past, with all its anxieties, and the hopes of the future, with all its uncertainty…






I bought this book several months ago and I am

still reading it, and loving it, too. It isn't the kind
of book you read from cover to cover and then be
done with. This is the type of good food that you
nibble at every now and then; whether it's
counseling you're after, a shoulder to cry on,
or just plain companionship, keeping it close by
can be rewarding and might be just the shot you
need every now and then.


The book's title in English is neither unique nor

does it leave much to the imagination:

DON'T BE SAD. But the message given, while

universally acceptable, is unique to Islam. The

title is a direct translation of the original Arabic

version (La Tahzan) written in mind for the

challenged Muslim masses. The book is precise,

simple and accessible with a generous sprinkle

of poetry, true life stories struggles and

inspirational quotes from the Qur'an, prophetic

sayings and well-known contemporary thinkers

and scholars.


As the author rightly says in the introduction, this

book is about acting and rejoicing in what one

has and accepting the unavoidable with a

contented heart so as not togive in to despair and



Don't you ever read too much into people's likes

or dislikes, warns the author. You'll never be safe

from people's censure or disapproval. They'll

always find fault with you: Even God is not spared.

So who are you?  Life is short and it's not meant

to be all roses, the author says, so approach it

with a pragmatic hassle free attitude…do your

part and leave the rest to God.

You don't have to be in the grip of sadness to

appreciate this book, nor is it a read for Muslims

only. I highly recommend it to anyone who

chooses to have a good opinion of himself and

wishes to keep things in perspective while he

holds on to his own sanity and optimism in a

world that's fast losing all sense and credibility.


Reviewed by Safi Abdi:
To buy the book click here:
Title: Don't be sad, Pages: 456
Author: 'Aaidh Ibn Abdullah Al Qarnee
Publisher: International Islamic Publishing House
Genre: Self-Help/Inspirational
ISBN 9960-672-77-8 (hardcover)
        9960-672-90-5 (paperback)



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Reviewed by m j hollingshead
nice review

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