I found the collection inspiring at times, preachy at times, and a bit naive at other instances. I say naive because even when you marry your soul mate, a person who makes you a better Muslimah, you will still face challenges because no one is perfect. And people don’t change, they strive to act better.
To go back to the review, Nabila’s Garden is a collection of poems and quotes. Fuseini explains the reasoning behind each piece which is a plus. That said, sometimes these explanations didn’t always make sense to me. While I can’t say she meant some pieces the way I understood or didn’t understand them, what I’m trying to say is at times what the author felt didn’t always translate in the explanations she gave in my opinion.
If you don’t mind cautionary poetry which is heavy with Quranic verses, Nabila’s Garden is for you.
Having said all these above, Fuseini’s poems and quotes made me think of ayeina, mirror in Urdu.
“The believer is the believer’s mirror.”—Prophet Muhammad sallallahu aleihi wassalam.
Why? Because the chances that another human being has gone through the same life scenarios of the author or even Nabila’s the protagonist are in my opinion more than 50%. Thus, many readers will relate to the poetic verses.
My rating : 3.5/5
Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,