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Pain and Passing: Islamic Poems of Grief & Healing

Pain and Passing: Islamic Poems of Grief & Healing

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by Joel Hayward

Written with rawness, honesty and pathos, these poems embrace the pain and heartbreak of loss and mourning and reveal the acute spiritual questioning that even devout believers inevitably experience.

Written each day as the outpouring of a heart torn open by painful loss, this collection unfolds in a sequence that coincides with the stages of grief and healing. With deep spiritual insights, Hayward's beautiful poems shine a light on something often hidden away within Islamic discourse; the pain of loss and the wounded soul's pleas to God for explanation, restoration and solace.

"Extremely moving. By reading this book I felt the author and poet brought his own experiences to life. There is a poem for almost every moment. Words that change darkness into hope, that somehow capture the times you spent with the one you love. He brings a chuckle, a belly laugh, and releases the tears. I think Joel has the gift of observation. When you are grieving and don't know what to say turn to Pain and Passing." - 5-star review by Wali

Format: paperback, 196 pages

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