A Temporary Gift: Reflections on Love, Loss, and Healing

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On Friday, August 16, 2013, twenty-six-year-old Amr Kassem attended a peaceful protest in Alexandria, Egypt along with thousands of others, rallying against the mass injustices taking place in the aftermath of the coup d’etat by the Egyptian military under the command of Abdel Fattah al_sis. As Kassem returned home to his family, an Egyptian army sniper shot and killed him, leaving a woman widowed and a child fatherless.

A Temporary Gift is a record of journal entries written by Kassem’s widow, Asmaa Hussein, during the two years following his departure from this world.

This book is about re-learning how to live in the face of immense trauma. It is a reminder that beyond the pain and darkness of loss there is still the potential of light in patience and constancy.

300 Pages, 5×8″ paperback. 

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On Friday, August 16, 2013, twenty-six-year-old Amr Kassem attended a peaceful protest in Alexandria, Egypt along with thousands of others, rallying against the mass injustices taking place in the aftermath of the coup d’etat by the Egyptian military under the command of Abdel Fattah al-sisi. As Kassem returned home to his family, an Egyptian army sniper shot and killed him, leaving a woman widowed and a child fatherless.

A Temporary Gift is a record of journal entries written by Kassem’s widow, Asmaa Hussein, during the two years following his departure from this world.

This book is about re-learning how to live in the face of immense trauma. It is a reminder that beyond the pain and darkness of loss there is still the potential of light in patience and constancy.

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“Asmaa’s heartfelt prose skillfully takes us on a journey of wisdom and insight that could only be forged by experiencing great pain with courage. Her words remind us of just how fragile and short-lived the realities we cling to are, while calling us to look through them to the only permanent truth as our true sanctuary.”

-Dalia Mogahed,  Director of Research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

“Asmaa Hussein’s testimony is deeply moving, and eye-opening. This book is the journey of a courageous woman, a committed wife and a sincere and principled believer. She makes sense of a dramatic experience while remaining faithful to both her values and hopes. Having lost her beloved husband and as she continues to strive for justice and dignity, she is so right in recalling this fundamental truth: ‘Nothing is permanent. Not even pain.'” 

–Dr. Tariq Ramadan, professor at the University of Oxford

300 Pages, 5×8″ paperback.

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Weight 315 g
Dimensions 12.7 x .1 x 20.32 cm

2 reviews for A Temporary Gift: Reflections on Love, Loss, and Healing

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner)

    The lessons in “A Temporary Gift” are anything but temporary.

    Each entry is filled with such insight, courage, and wisdom, that they could be stand alone courses on the meaning of live,

    A rare contemporary approach to living life with purpose and overcoming adversity with reliance upon the divine.

    One of the most valuable gifts to share with your inner circle of friends

  2. 5 out of 5

    This book is not just for someone who has gone through loss or experienced sadness. This book is for every Muslim regardless of their circumstances because:

    1) You help the reader reflect on the aayaat of the Qur’an, the ahadith, and the seerah and teach him/her to derive lessons of benefit.

    2) You help the reader arm themselves with powerful principles derived from the Qur’an and sunnah that will help him/her cling to Allah when hardship meets him/her.

    Every single Muslim household should have a copy of “A Temporary Gift.”

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