Wednesday, July 6, 2011

an extract from Mornings in Jenin

"Thank you" I answered, unsure of the proper American response to her gracious enthusiasm. In the Arab world, gratitude is a language unto itself, "May Allah bless the hands that give me this gift"; "Beauty is in your eyes that find me pretty"; "May God extend your life"; "May Allah never deny your prayer"; "May the next meal you cook for us be in celebration of your son's wedding...of your daughter's graduation...your mother's recovery"; and so on, an infinite string of prayerful appreciation. Coming from such a culture, I have always found a mere "thank you" an insufficient expression that makes my voice sound miserly and ungrateful.
Susan Abulhawa, Author of Mornings in Jenin.

9 comments:

♥●• Izdiher·•●♥ said...

Same here !
Thankful is not enough.It sounds so COLD.OK thank you BYE .

Sabeehah said...

Hmmm... so it seems someone is now infatuated with the book I recommended??? ;)

One of my favourite passages 2!

Bint Mahmood said...

@ Izdiher- HELLO, THANK YOU for your comment. BYE :p
(<<<<Lol, I'm just kidding around now :D. May Allah's Peace & blessings be upon you:)

@Sabeehah - I love that book.Period.

♥●• Izdiher·•●♥ said...

I was also kidding OK Bye ,hheheh

How are you ? LOL
Have a good day, Sister .

Anonymous said...

dat book is excellent.

2 all u docs read da book i shallnot hate by dr abuelaish.

according to my friend in pmb he is cuming 2 to sa

Anonymous said...

i read a review in the tribune by abdullah saeed. he wrote a review on both books.

i believe da doc will be in ufs according 2 him

Zarina Hassem said...

This passage alone is enough to interest someone to read this book, Inshaa Allah I have to get this book and read it now!

Btw- cool blog;-}

Bint Mahmood said...

@Anonymous- I have purchased the book "I shall not hate". JazakAllah khair for the suggestion :)

@Zarina Hassem - you must read the book! :) Jazakillah khair for commenting and following :)

sady said...

Slms. beautiful book, I've just finished reading it as well.

:)