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Love from Mecca to Medina

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When you know that and believe it and act upon it, everything and everyone around you will feel at peace with you. I loved the reflective moments for the characters--they were really so beautiful sometimes (when they weren't being petty lol) and grounded in Islam. I loved Janna's part as well because I missed and wanted to know more about her and trust me I am so so happy for her. there was a obvious lack of communication between them at certain times which made complete sense (they’re a fairly new couple who were both dealing with their own issues and didn’t want to burden each other).

the ending wrapped up so nicely, so heartwarmingly that i'm willing to forgive/ignore/look past whatever happened beforehand. The other problem: A woman organizer in their umrah group who clearly sees Adam as the one who got away vies for his attention in insidiously pious ways while finding ways to ensure Zayneb and Adam are separated the whole trip. The characters are so real and flawed and the spiritual journey they go on to discover themselves and their paths as separate people within their relationship was so incredible. So the story started where Zaydam had to do long distance marriage—Adam in Doha for his art projects and Zayneb in Chicago for her law school. But the trip is nothing like what they expect, from the appearance of Adam’s ex in their traveling group to the anxiety gripping Zayneb everywhere they go.anyways head empty just “I just wanted to look at the same sky as zayneb for more than a vacation, a break, a pause in our lives. His little sister knew that he and Zayneb had had their nikah done—she’d been there at the ceremony—but she sure acted like she didn’t understand what that meant.

But I am sorry that you don’t know your religion enough to know that stories like this should be written. And I will keep praying for a day when we have more stories like this and ignorance towards all of what Islam entails doesn't exist anymore. Meanwhile, Zayneb finds herself focusing excessively on his illness to the point that it affects her worship. With every new issue, I got more and more annoyed at how SIMPLY they could all be resolved--if they were just honest with each other! but i don't think i had fully comprehended the real /significance/ of a book such as this being written.

This story was written with such a profound love for our most holiest places of worship that I can't wait to perform my own pilgrimage. But the trip is nothing like what they expect, from the appearance of Adam’s former love interest in their traveling group to the anxiety gripping Zayneb when she’s supposed to be “spiritual. Ali is the author of Saints and Misfits , a finalist for the American Library Association’s 2018 William C. I give 2 stars because the ending was mildly cute after the excruciating read, and because I feel bad for rating a book where they do Umrah lower than a 1 LOL. You go to Mecca with your wife, and you make more effort to spend time with a girl who you talked to in the past.

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