Renowned author Yasmin Mogahed delivering a talk about her best-selling book, Reclaim Your Heart. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Hundreds gathered at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)’s Chancellor Hall recently for the much-anticipated Islamic motivational talk by Muslim scholar, Yasmin Mogahed.

The hall buzzed with excitement as participants waited patiently for the event presented by Miftah An-Nur Islamic International School in collaboration with Qalby Sdn Bhd.

Centered on her bestselling book, Reclaim Your Heart: Personal Insights on Breaking Free from Life’s Shackles, Mogahed spoke about her life experiences particularly the journey of the heart.

Renowned author Yasmin Mogahed delivering a talk about her best-selling book, Reclaim Your Heart. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

“[Reclaim Your Heart] is about how we can start to live in this life without being a slave to this life, how we can live in dunya without allowing dunya to own us which isn’t an easy thing to do. Many people drown in this ocean, in this dunya.”

She explained that when one allows dunya to settle deep inside their hearts, “you are allowing yourselves to love in a way you aren’t supposed to. That’s when it destroys us.”

She went on to speak about the process of taking our hearts back from the dunya and giving our hearts to fame, money, status, power or another person.

Among those attending the talk. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

The author added that the things we allow and absorb into our hearts become our master.

“That is why there are people out there that have given their hearts away to money, fame, careers, power or even status.”

“We can still love others but if we love them more than Allah, we will be destroyed,” said the author, as she touches on detachment to things other than Allah SWT.

Among those attending the talk. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

She further explained the topic of learning to love the right way and outlining the wrong ways.

“We are taught to love the dunya, attachment to this life but this life is not perfect, if it is then what is Jannah (heaven)?”

Mogahed also touched on our relationship with Allah SWT, false attachments, love and hardships.

Among those attending the talk. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

“The promise of Allah SWT is true. He will give you your rewards and will not ask you of your possessions.”

“Islam allows us to enjoy wealth, children, beauty.. but it is about perspective that these are temporary and we should not be attached to it. If we hold on to it, then we will suffer.”

“As the world is not permanent, the Ummah should aim for Jannah. Jannah is perfect,” she concluded.

The Muslim scholar expressed it was a privilege to be in the sultanate for the first time.

Mogahed previously spoke in Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia, with Brunei being the final stop for her Asia tour.

An attendee seen taking notes of Yasmin Mogahed’s talk. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

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