The War Within Our Hearts: Struggles of the Muslim Youth Paperback – 15 Nov 2009
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"Habeeb Quadri and Sa'ad Quadri did a great job discussing a broad range of topics in less than 200 pages to provide solutions to the everyday battles young Muslims face in America."--The Chicago Crescent
About the Author
Habeeb Quadri: Habeeb Quadri is Principal of the MCC Full Time School in Morton Grove, Illinois. He has a Bachelors in Teaching of History and a Masters in School Administration. He is currently taking courses at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education's Principal's Center, where he has accumulated over 150 clock hours of instructions. In addition to teaching Habeeb has delivered hundreds of lectures throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad, on Islam, society, and social problems confronting Muslim youth and the community at large for the last 15 years. Sa'ad Quadri: Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Sa'ad spent his entire youth studying in public schools. He completed his high school a year early in order to pursue his studies in Islamic Sciences at the Institute of Islamic Education. Thereafter he attended Northern Illinois University where he majored in English and minored in History. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Education at DePaul University. By profession, Sa'ad is a teacher and dean at the College Preparatory School of America (CPSA), Located in Lombard, Illinois.
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It is written by two teachers who are stated to have some degree of Islamic qualifications but any advice they give is really from their own personal experience. Personal experiences do not mean that whatever solution is presented as a solution is necessarily a solution so take that onboard. Every individual is truly unique and the same medicine cannot be applied every time. Living in the West only makes the problem diversify.
Most of the time, they tend to focus on negative aspects of the Western world (as if everything is bad) which sorts of marginalises an already confused Muslim searching for identity. Issues like going to clubs, drugs and alcohol that the book discusses are at the end of a day a personal choice. The west does not enforce Muslims to do these activities.
As much as the book advises a Muslim male, it really does ignore advising the Muslim female which I find to be baffling. Modernists consider females to be a source of temptation so why is there no information for them to take on board? The story of Bisra who indulged in fornication was good to relate but his bad ending (committing shirk) in my opinion, is too extreme a story to use to showcase the evils of fornicating. I mean this is really the only story in Islamic narrations we know where fornicating had led to Shirk (as well as murder). Other, mild stories could have been better substitutes to demonstrate instead.
Ultimately, the main failure of this book is that it fails to mention the Sufi path. Sufism (in its authentic form) purifies the Muslim and sets them on the path of righteousness. It works anywhere, even in the most materialist society. It teaches the individual how to deal with life in the most fluid fashion e.g. Self restraint, controlling carnal desires etc. However, Sufism is omitted from this book which unsurprisingly may may showcase the hidden agenda of the authors perhaps?
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