"The books that help you most are those which make you think that most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty." -Theodore Parker
Remembering God is a great book that comes from a great thinker with vast knowledge and experience. Full of profound thoughts and "mind-opening" observations it is a book to be read slowly, wholly, and with diligence and attention. The book `s message is that all we are required to do to stay on the straight path, the path that leads to our salvation, is encompassed in the constant remembrance of God. So that everything we think of, say and do, should be carried out while being God-conscious. Essential to remembering God is knowledge of the Word of God: the Quran, and the author extensively and perfectly integrates Quranic verses in his writing, and also often refers to the 99 "beautiful names of God" and what we can learn from them. Eaton evaluates all matters by whether they do or do not promote piety and to him ultimate success is standing at the door of Paradise. So in light of this, he discusses many issues: western culture and civilization, progress, science, the interaction between man and his environment,treatment of animals, art, architecture, city planning, position of women, public opinion, democracy, politics, freedom, the relationship between the state, the ruler and the people, implementation of Shari'ah (the way of life ordained by the Quran and exemplified by the Prophet) and the difference between Shari'ah and Fiqh (Islamic Law), peace and war, Jihad, ... just to name some!
In this book the author shares his views on the current status of the Islamic community "ummah", the complicated relationship between the West and Islam, and explains why the Islamists (Islamic fundamentalists) are on the wrong track, and why the future of Muslims lies in "achievement of individual excellence" rather than the establishment of puritan regimens. Eaton warns from the lack of spirituality that has enfeebled religion and from the self-righteousness and inflamed ego of many so-called religious people and puts forward a passionate defense for the Sufis. He reminds us about simple acts of kindness and compassion, things which we may think are small, but which may be heavy on the scale on judgment day.
Although this book was written before 9/11, reading it will answer questions about "what went wrong?" and "Islam and the West" as well as, if not more than, any of the many books that were written specifically for this purpose.
I have read this book more than once to be able to fully comprehend most of the issues discussed. Certainly not an easy book to read, and some of the author's ideas and arguments may be difficult to understand at first, but certainly worth the effort, I have learned a great deal. Finally, every time I held this book, I was delighted by the beautiful cover designed by Liaquat Ali! Truly a masterpiece!