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Three Thousand Miles for a Wish : the true story of a young woman's quest to find happiness [Kindle Edition]

Safiya Hussain

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'Wow'. 'A rare masterpiece'. 'Mindblowing'. 'Probably the most amazing book I have ever read'. 'You have given so much to the world and to me'. 'A true awakening'. 'An amazing journey'. 'There is not a book like it'. 'Truly inspirational'. 'A gripping and powerful read'. 'Gives you a whole new meaning on life'. 'Definitely a page-turner'. 'Mesmerizing.' 'Incredible. I want my children to read it when they grow older'.

What would you do if your whole world came crashing down?

Broken promises of love. Deceits of life. Safiya is deep in despair and nearing self-destruction. But a chance opportunity to escape suicidal misery beckons her.

Millions said 'it is the land of wishes'. Mecca - Saudi Arabia. Millions said 'it is a life changing journey'. Hajj - the pilgrimage.

England to Arabia. Thrown into garments resembling a death shroud she embarks on the Hajj and enters the spellbinding world of ancient Islamic practices. To save herself. Alongside three million foreign and unpredictable pilgrims she makes her weeping wish in the celestial palace of Mecca. She camps with Ethiopian peasants and Arab Kings, faces the supernatural in the deserts and catches a spine-chilling glimpse of the end of the world. She uncovers love for a man she has never met and hatred for a hidden enemy. She risks her life for a fleeting obsession and steps into a perilous ritual where others had been killed.

But will her wish come true? Or will it end badly?

Three Thousand Miles for a Wish is a deeply moving, mystical and powerful story of a young woman's real-life quest for happiness. It captures the soul with remarkable potency as it takes the reader, in a way never done before, on 'the greatest trip on earth.'

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 687 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: New Age Publishers UK (Oct. 31 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060M0D7M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #334,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected May 2 2012
By Susan B. Goetz - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a well written book by an author who clearly felt her spiritual journey saved her life. The preview sucked me in. The story of a woman grieving her betrayal and lost love is a common one. Shortly after the free preview, the proselyting began. Her "memories" from discussions with other women in her group and her readings from the Qur'an to explain Islam seemed overdone. At times I felt like a missionary was visiting my door trying to sell a religion and at other times I was deeply moved by this woman's story. Her own writing flowed yet the "discussion and Qur'an" pieces were stilted and muddy. These sections almost seemed as if they were written by a different author trying to insert conversion material. As a very spiritual person, there were times I found the book distasteful. But, I did finish the entire book, so I felt I had to give it a minimum of three stars.
64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the worst book I've ever read May 26 2013
By patti - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am an avid reader and have been for over 40 years; I also love books and reading so much that I can find something good to say about even the junk mail I read. I give you that information so there can be little doubt how strongly I feel when I say I found nothing redeeming about this book. Let me explain.

First, the narrator is the most self-centered, overly-dramatic character/narrator I have ever encountered. She was dumped by a cheating boyfriend. Boyfriend, not husband of even a short time. If I remember correctly (I'm hoping to eventually forget I even read this book), they dated less than a year before she found out he was cheating on her. Her reaction is so over the top, so extreme that I lost any shred of sympathy I had for her at the outset. She chronicles her behavior after the relationship ends -- stalking and threatening the ex, being cruel and vicious to her loved ones and friends, shirking work, lying, etc -- that is so bizarre for the circumstances that I felt she needed psychological help, not a religious odyssey. Sadly, this self-centered, spoiled brat behavior can't be blamed on just the break-up; the author shares scenes from when she was a teen, etc., in which she, for example, screams at her mother and demands the newest, very expensive phone for her birthday, even though she realizes even at the time that her parents have no money for such a gift. This line was very telling: "'I don't care. You're getting it for me.' I give her a **threatening look** (emphasis mine) before I walk out of the room. She did not have any money. But she managed to buy it for me." Wow! Even while on her trip, just after supposedly coming face to face with what she has become, she is hyper-critical of others, judging and ridiculing them in her thoughts. Yes, she has occasional moments of remorse and compassion, but they are so fleeting that they only serve to highlight what a selfish, vain, self-centered woman she is as well as how little impact her journey really makes.

Secondly, the pace of this story is mind-numbingly slow and much information is unnecessarily repeated (and repeated and repeated). I could only read for short periods and had to force myself to go back and continue.

I was also taken back by the very obvious efforts to sanitize Muslim beliefs and history. The author's appalling lack of knowledge of her own belief system, coupled with her very childish acceptance of questionable (to put it mildly) information about her own belief system from sources with no apparent credibility significantly (negatively) impacted her own credibility on the topic.

The author's writing style is annoying at best. Almost every character used the expression "Ermmm", for example, and there are other stylistic issues.

There's so much wrong with this book that I am amazed it was even published. Please save your money and your precious time -- pass this one by.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life and wishes Jan. 7 2012
By Abidah Ashraf - Published on
I would like to say that one of the best books I have read, which is based on personal experiences. This book is not only about information about how to do Hajj but it contains also the reasons for why people go to Hajj in the first place. The author Safiya Hussain has packed her emotions alongside with experience in such way that she makes you cry, but since she has made one cry; she manages to make one smile too.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gives you a whole new meaning on life...! Jan. 30 2012
By Imz - Published on
This book takes you to a deeper understanding of love, betrayal and faith. The Author has a gift with words and the book takes you on a journey. You can actually feel like you are part of the story and it makes you laugh, cry and think at the same time. It is a powerful, mesmerising account of someone who has been through all the problems and difficult times in her life and managed to overcome them using the power of faith. Furthermore, this book has helped me gain a much better understanding of the Holy Pilgrimage - the Hajj - and what takes place during the course of this journey.

I highly recommend this book because many people will able to relate to this, people from all walks of life. It will leave you feeling emotional, breathless and at the same time it will help you think about your life and appreciate the things you have.
A fantastic book that is worth 10 stars!
Imran, North West England
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing, spiritual journey.... Sept. 15 2012
By G. L. Knowles - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I am not a Muslim, but I feel it is important to educate ourselves about Islam given the world we live in today. Safiya Hussain's book, "Three Thousand Miles for a Wish: the true story of a young woman's quest to find happiness" does just that. The author bares her soul and describes in riveting detail her spiritual journey from a deep depression and self-destructive behavior to being reborn through her pilgrimage to Mecca during the Hajj season.

Interwoven throughout the story, Ms. Hussain describes for the reader what it means to be a good Muslim and answers questions such as:

- Why do Muslims pray toward Mecca?
- Who was the Prophet Mohammed?
- What does Jihad really mean?

I learned that Muslims are a passionate, caring and peace-loving people, most Muslims do not condone the actions of extremists and Muslims, like Jews and Christians, trace their origin to Abraham. But most of all, I was reminded that betrayal, broken dreams and other life struggles help shape who we are as people and that through one's faith, these trials can be overcome and serve as lessons on how to live life as a better person.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who has been disappointed by life, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

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