Happiness in Overlooked Miracles examines our human experience through the lens of science and the teachings of the Qur’an, encouraging readers to seek knowledge to obtain true happiness.
When Dr. Eng. Fahim Jauhary was a young boy, his father inspired within him a love for learning, promoting the idea that the mind is a palace built with stones of knowledge. Each night, young Fahim asked himself “[w]hat new information [he] had added to the building that day.” Jauhary continues building his “palace of knowledge” and seeks to inspire others, “certain that knowledge gives us happiness.”
In this brief work centered on the Muslim faith, Jauhary explores topics such as who we are, wisdom, needs, the will, the power of our subconscious mind, relying on God and more. Backed by quotations from the Qur’an, Jauhary enlightens readers to a core tenet of the Muslim faith: “Seeking knowledge in Islam is considered obligatory” because critical thinking “lets us reinforce our faith and be certain of the existence of God…”
Through an exploration of modern scientific discoveries that are also addressed in the 1400-year-old Qur’an, Jauhary draws attention to overlooked miracles that point to God’s wisdom. For example, according to the Qur’an, “God has forbidden man to eat pork,” while modern knowledge has revealed a possible reason: that eating pork can lead to “an imbalance that affects organs, mood, behavior, and even sexuality.”
While much of Jauhary’s discussion is interesting, his message loses focus midway through. He turns toward defending the peacefulness and credibility of Islam, then dips into disconnected scientific topics regarding the weather, Pharoahs making cement and “empty cosmic voids.” There’s no discernible common thread, and the author ends the book without a conclusion of any kind. Lacking a concise summation of the overall message, the book is likely to leave readers feeling let down.
Some might appreciate Jauhary’s overall wisdom, but the book requires greater cohesion to appeal to a wide audience.
Also available as an ebook.