A Great Counterpart to the Law of Attraction Studies (Review by Aasiyah Noor)
Abdulaziz Imad Al-Ateeqi has written a profound book based off of the movie and subsequent book, “The Secret,” as written by Rhonda Byrne. This book answers questions for many Muslims who have been confused about whether or not the Law of Attraction, as described in the original movie, The Secret, is one that can be followed in accordance with Islam. This author has answered such questions, as well as demystified the things that did not make sense from the original movie and book.
The Law of Attraction is described as “like attracts like,” the idea being that whatever we want will come to us if we change our thoughts and feelings about what it is we want. If we act as if what we want is already here for us, then we will be ready to allow this and receive what we desire from the Universe. Al-Ateeqi says that from the Islamic point of view, The Secret has, perhaps unintentionally, misrepresented beliefs about what the Law of Attraction really means. We are told that we are God, and that we can create our own destinies, but this is not the truth, as we are nowhere near close to being God. However, by knowing the role of God (Allah) in our lives as Muslims (and even as non-Muslims, as this book is not written solely for Muslims to read, according to the author), we can understand how to use the basics of the Law of Attraction in the right way so that we can fulfill our desires according to our destinies and invocations.
Al-Ateeqi does a superb job in first introducing certain aspects of the Law of Attraction as he personally perceived them from the movie and the book, “The Secret,” in the first section of his book, then breaking down from this seven points he addresses in the second part of his book, which discusses the role of Islam in “The Secret.” Al-Ateeqi takes each point he took from “The Secret” and analyzes it with actual excerpts from the Qur’an and the Hadith of the Prophet (SAW). He uses Qur’anic verses to show that the Law of Attraction indeed has a significant role in the life of both Muslims and non-Muslims. For example, Al-Ateeqi says, “That whatever situation you find your life to be in will not change until you change what’s within yourself…” He then correlates that with the Qur’anic verse that says, that God (Allah) states in Surah Arra’d, “Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves…” I found this to be a profound statement, and definitely one of the ways to see how the Law of Attraction is working in our lives, but through Allah.
Al-Ateeqi also does a good job of showing the misconceptions that have come about from “The Secret,” and one of the major misconceptions is the belief that we are all God, and that because we are energy, we have always been, and will always be – and that if we do “die,” we will simply be taken into a new form and not be judged. This is a severe misconception, and the reason why many things that are said in the original “Secret” do not make sense for many people. Al-Ateeqi again shows from the Islamic point of view, also using many different sources about these misconceptions, what we can do to right them.
I also liked Al-Ateeqi’s discussion in the book about destiny, free will, and invocation. He states that it is our choices which we make (our free will) react with what is already destined for us. Invocation, or prayers, help us to change a part of what is already destined if it is something that is good for us according to Allah. However, since Allah already knows our pasts, presents, and futures simultaneously, which is beyond our own comprehension, we must rely on our faith, and not worry about it. It helped me to understand that the things we desire, visualize, and act upon all occur in the time that is destined for us, and that one should not to worry about the timing, but only just enjoy the moment, be happy, and make good choices in life that help us rather than hurt us.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in reading about how the Law of Attraction can be used in accordance with religion – especially with respect to Islam.