A Temporary Gift
By Asmaa Hussein
An inspirational Islamic book that will leave you feeling revived and hopeful that truly, with difficulty always comes ease.
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 El-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.
"This book is one of the most profound books I've ever read. I could relate to it at so many levels. The way in which the author has dealt with her grief and sorrow gives one hope to cope with the difficulties that one may face in their lives. This is a book which is a source of inspiration for anyone who reads it. And it leaves one more grateful towards Allah and their spouses. I pray that Allah blesses the author and her family and that they are all reunited with Amr in Jannah. Aameen." - 5 star review