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Hearts We Lost

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  18 reviews
In this novel that spans the Atlantic, from Saudi Arabia to America, internationally acclaimed author of the If I Should Speak trilogy and the novel Realities of Submission shares with readers a heart-moving tale of faith, betrayal, and affection. Sharif, the main character of this novel, after completing his undergraduate studies in America, is asked by family and friends ...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published April 3rd 2011 by Al-Walaa Publications
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Manal Saad
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the very first English Islamic fiction book I read. I used to read Arabic Islamic fiction books when I was a teenager and I must say I missed the spirituality it gave me while reading them. Hearts We Lost, is a very interesting novel. I literally couldn't put the book down until I was done with it. I find it very captivating to see Islam through the eyes of a non-Arab Muslim.

I had the pleasure of meeting Umm Zakiyyah a couple of years ago at a friend's house. I enjoyed the talk she pres
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
HEARTS WE LOST is such an awesome book for one to read. It's a story of love and faith. While reading, you couldn't stop or get bored. I've enjoyed Umm Zakiyyah's poems to the max. I felt I lived in the story and was a part of it. It's simply inspiring =)
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It was amazing ..simple yet thought provoking and heart gripping. Apart from being SLIGHTLTY bored towards the end and one or two thoughts I didn't fully agree with,this was really life changing. its beautiful to know that there are people out there who write in such moderation and who makes you wanna yearn for a pure-sin free love for yourself, your God and for others around you. It provokes your interest in mostly unknown and nearly abandoned principles of Islam like dream interpretation and R ...more
W.B. Abdullah
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Hearts We Lost is Umm Zakiyyah's best book to date! Poignant and a tear-jerker towards the end, the read is unpredictable and uplifting, making the reader ponder many a hadith all the while assessing his/her current state of heart. What I love most about this novel is that Umm Zakiyyah broaches on the taboo here--and skillfully. The characters are real and believable, portraying the ups and downs of the human condition soulfully. In addition, the novel also centers around the world of dreams and ...more
Kay B
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This really was a great book, it's hard to pin point what I loved most about. For one its superbly written, once you get into the story you just can't help but feel what the characters are going through or admonish them when they're making mistakes. I never shed tears for books or movies, but there were actually a few moments while reading that I nearly had tears coming down my face.
Another thing I loved was that as a Muslim I could relate to certain situations and every once in a while the cha
سارة البيراوي
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In this story I have met many people and I can understand their feelings very well…in each page I can see how their feelings and thoughts are really so different and very complicated… while I was reading I wished I can be faster than light to see what will happen next!
In the end of the story I felt that all of the feelings were melted in one perfect end.
جزاك الله كل خير أم زكية...
Aisha Mai
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it.
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
A more accurate rating would be 3 1/2 stars. I'm not quite sure what I expected from this book, but what I read was a surprise all the same. The book is a fiction story, and you do get a novel (i.e. with characters, a plot line, and ending, etc.). And to be fair, the characters are well developed, believable and the story line is good too. But the author clearly wrote the book with the intention of passing along her ideas of teaching how Islam should be practiced today, and using the story withi ...more
Khadijah Hayley
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it
So, here's the thing: being a writer and editor kind of ruins some reading experiences. This was the case for me when reading this book. Whilst I couldn't put it down because of the truly gripping storyline, I was also distracted by the big chunks (sometimes pages) I would have removed. With a beautiful and symbolic story such as this, countless pages of characters' repetitive thoughts were unnecessary. For example, there were 3 whole pages of Sharif contemplating the topic for his khutbah and t ...more
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I just loved this book. It made me think about so many things, and I love Umm Zakiyyah's writing...and this book was certainly not only the best of her books in my opinion, but my favorite book ever. The characters are so realistic and this book made me cry, sob, laugh, giggle..but most of all, ponder so deeply. And that's why I love it. I feel like I'm not the same person I was when starting the book--and that's saying a lot. In short, it's really amazing, no doubt.
Emily Iliani
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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One of those books that makes you cry and wonder and weep and wonder some more.

Excellent experience reading this after leaving If I Should Speak 7 years ago.

I am marveled at home simple yet deep the discussions are. A MUST MUST MUST read.
Jun 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
The book was too long and going nowhere some characters were introduced and not fully developed. Her poetry was really bad and the ending was an embarrassment and insulting to Muslim women
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I highly recommend.
Edina Truth-Jones
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
couldn't even sleep until I finished it. too good Allaahumma baarik
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thought provoking, fantastic book, uplifting
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Daughter of American converts to Islam, Umm Zakiyyah writes about the interfaith struggles of Muslims and Christians, and the intercultural, spiritual, and moral struggles of Muslims in America.

Umm Zakiyyah’s work has earned praise from writers, professors, and filmmakers and has been translated into multiple languages. In 2008, Umm Zakiyyah was awarded the Muslim Girls Unity Conference Distinguis
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