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

18 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.”

  3. 5 out of 5

    I have been following Asmaa Hussein on Facebook for a while now. Her thoughtful, heart-wrenching statuses have always deeply affected me. When I heard that her book was coming out, I could hardly hold my excitement and had someone buy it especially and send it to me from the U.S. And it did not disappoint. It describes a love so poignant, it leaps through the pages and urges you to aspire to it in your marriage, a loss so numbing, it will leave you gasping for air as Asmaa describes the trauma she went through. But above all, it speaks of a healing so beautiful and potent, you will feel your faith reawaken- from the slumber that the everyday stresses and frivolities of life lull it into- well before you have turned the last page. I was in tears from the beginning and I could not read the book in one go, having to pause often to digest her words and internalize them. I cannot recommend this book enough-it has secured a permanent place on my bedside and it is one book I will take with me wherever I go.

  4. 5 out of 5

    I just purchased this book and I am hardly able to put it down. This book is an easy and inspiring book for anyone to read. It l has already inspired me in many ways.

    Most of all – to reflect and as a reminder of our purpose in life. It makes a you want to live life as best possible because it could very well be our last day with our lives to later be accounted for. It inspires you to not leave to tomorrow what you could be doing today. It also causes one to reflect and desire to be closer to our Lord.

    I don’t see how there’s aren’t more reviews. Alhamdulilah -praise to God for purchasing this book. Happy Reading 🙂

  5. 5 out of 5

    Loves this book. Didn’t actually get to finish it because a coworker had someone pass away so I gave it to get because I felt she needed it more than me but plan to repurchase another one. Its a big eye opener

  6. 5 out of 5

    One of the best book I have read, mashallah very inspiring and beautifully written . She is such a great writer very descriptive makes you feel like you are there . I love her use of quranic verse and hadith throughout the book just show you how islam is not just a religion but its a way of life . This was total imaan booster for me personally . This book is worth reading . May Allah have mercy on Amr and reunite them in Jannah amin

  7. 5 out of 5

    Get ready to cry! If youre emotional like me of course. Amazing book, I wont call her inspirational, but she really puts things in such a great perspective. May Allah give everyone the faith she has. Beautiful.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Could not put the book down once I started. I read it with a heavy heart. Beautiful reflection and source for healing for anyone going through hardship.

  9. 5 out of 5

    The book came in way ahead of schedule and in perfect condition. It is a must read which I found to be truly inspirational and we’ll written.

  10. 5 out of 5

    It is a mature book. Containing the incidents of dignified and honored lives.
    The uniqueness of this book is, it is a real incident and author shared it for the benefit of the society.

    After reading the book, incidents imprinted in my mind and heart. I went through a lot of emotional journey, best part is it converges to the best path. That is ‘Road of Emaan’ (devotion/faith).
    Book revolves around how an individual experiences different phases of life in quick succession?
    Happiness and Sadness are the two face values. and what is our take on with those face values determines our strength and weaknesses.
    Tackling such hard, critical situation without loosing patience, contentment and gratitude is a challenge.
    Such challenge is not one time task, it is a daily affair.
    Not everyone gets up back and do what is required after a calamity.
    If you want to know how it is done,
    You must read this book.

    This Book shows way to those who go through calamity in life and those who do not.
    Often we break down, rare we stand up.
    Sometimes, where we stand up also matters.

    It is deep. My review does not conclude what this book is.
    Who knows, you might discover what you were missing.

    Lastly, I would like to mention, this book gave me reason to embrace my life to the fullest.
    Alh.

  11. 5 out of 5

    It was amazing .. I learnt how can you beautify your tragedy too

  12. 5 out of 5

    This book was amazing, I learnt alot from it, Subhanallah. may Allah (swt) continue to bless you with patience, love, understanding and make you both reunite in the highest stage of Jannah. Ameen.

    Regards,
    Maryam Mohammed.

  13. 5 out of 5

    When I was ordering this book, for some strange reason I was compelled to order two instead of one. But 2 days into it and I am almost done reading the entire thing and it has honestly been one of the best things i have read! It has made me re-evaluate what I consider priorities and it is also the first book I have felt like I want to read again after some time. I hope the second copy I have decided to send out into inspires the reader just the way this book has inspired me 🙂
    Thank you Asmaa for sharing your thoughts! It’s a wonderful reminder of what really matters!

  14. 5 out of 5

    peace and blessings to all the readers who are reading this now and forever!
    I received the book yesterday and did not have much expectations from it. I thought it would be another tragic tale of someone who lost something.
    I have finished half of the book as of now and I cried through every single page. The book will change/effect the reader in a positive way. It reminded me of my place to try to control being judgemental and i cannot explain in words how much it has affected me. I could not go through with it all yesterday because it was so emotionally draining. But all of us need to be wrung by this book!
    I felt so connected and yet so disconnected. I recommend this as a must have for everyone who is serious about improving this life and the Hereafter!

  15. 5 out of 5

    I think everyone should have a copy of this book so they can constantly come back to it when they need to. This compelling book shares with us the author’s journey to find strength and heal after experiencing a devastating loss. Her resilience is incredibly beautiful as you see her attempt to navigate and make sense of all of her emotions. I found myself marking several passages while reading so I can go back and reread them.

    I loved this book so much that I am about to purchase a copy for my sister as well!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Your book isn’t exactly a memoir,religious or self help book but it does all three and more. Truly a soul shattering experience reading it. May Alllah swt protect your family and bless you with His choicest blessings. Ameen.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alhamdulilah. I am currently going through a tremendous loss in my marital life which came somewhat unexpectedly. This book has helped my tremendously to clarify my muddled mind and mixed emotions. I will definitely have to read it again and again as the word’s of Sister Asmaa bring comfort to my broken heart. JazakAllah for sharing your story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Absolutely inspiring. A must read…

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