The Middle Way – Commentary by A. Helwa

Do not deprive yourselves of the good things of life which God has made lawful to you; but do not transgress the bounds of what is right.”~ Qur’an 5:87

“One regret, dear world
 that I am determined not to have
 is that I did not kiss you enough.“  ~Hafiz

Islam is not only a religion, it is a way of life that can physically, mentally and spiritually transform a believer.  God did not send the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to begin a new religion; rather, He sent him to reignite our relationship with the Divine.  However, the Qur’an does not just speak to our relationship with God; it also guides and counsels us in our relationship with all that God created.  The Qur’an beseeches us to treat ourselves with more mercy, to be kinder to others, to be more compassionate toward all of Allah’s creatures, and to be conscious and intentional in our use of earthly resources.  “Do what is good as God has done what is good to you.”  ~Qur’an 28:77

Islam is not limited solely to the outward worship of God, it provides a means of unveiling all the ways you are a reflection of God’s beauty and majesty.  The Qur’an says that God has planted within all humankind a seed of innate goodness, known in Arabic as the fitra.  This primordial nature of goodness, placed in our hearts, inclines us toward actions that are righteous, beautiful, and in perfect alignment with the Divine.  On the soul level, all of humankind is in a perfect relationship with God, regardless of what they choose to outwardly believe. This primordial goodness that exists at the soul of every single person longs to manifest itself the way a seed longs to unfold the hundreds of blossoms hidden in its unseen potential.  The path of Islam teaches the seeker how to water the spiritual garden of the soul, which has already been tilled and sowed by God’s abundantly overflowing love. 

This world is remarkable because it is more than excellence or beauty, it is about acting in a way where we are in a constant state of remembrance and awareness of Allah, Al-Basir, the one who sees us even when we are not aware of His mercy and care. 

This blog is an excerpt from A. Helwa’s recently published best-selling book, “Secrets of Divine Love: A Spiritual Journey into the Heart of Islam.” Her book is available on

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About A. Helwa
A. Helwa believes that every single person on Earth is deeply loved by the Divine. She is a writer who has inspired hundreds of thousands of readers through her passionate, poetic, and love-based approach to spirituality. Her popular blog @quranquotesdaily, was established while obtaining her Masters in Divinity, as a means of helping others overcome personal and spiritual struggles on their journey of experiencing divine love. 

With over 15 years of experience writing and speaking on Islam and spiritual development, A. Helwa draws from her personal experiences and traditional sources to help her readers access ‘Divine love in everyday life.’

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