Nabila’s Garden – A Review

Nabila’s Garden is a 172 page poetry collection by Hawa Fuseini,  a 23-year-old Nigerian and Ghanaian Muslim.

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,

Papatya*

Papatia Feauxzar

Papatia Feauxzar is the Love & Relationship Editor of Hayati Magazine. Feauxzar is also a Muslim Publisher and an American author of West African descent living in Dallas, Texas with her son and husband. She holds a master’s degree in Accounting with a concentration in Personal Finance. After working as an accountant for a corporate firm for almost five years, Feauxzar decided to pursue Accounting from home while homeschooling her son. You can visit her website at www.djarabikitabs.com.

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