Title: I-Intimacy

Author: Ismail Shaikh

Category: Self-Development, Marriage, Relationships

Pages: 293

Format: PDF e-book

My Rating: 5/5


If you are planning to buy your next book, it should be I-Intimacy’ by Ismail Shaikh.

Contrary to the popular connotation of the word ‘Intimacy’, this e-book not only discusses the importance of physical intimacy but emotional intimacy as well. It also discusses being aware of our inner self, importance of communication as well the concept of mawaddah (love) & ‘rahmah’ (mercy).  

“And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.” [Surah Ar-Rum; 30:21]

The author, a mental health counselor, mentions a major incident in his personal life that shaped his whole thought process and led to his interest to help others in taking care of their emotions and relationships. The book is written in a very interesting manner and includes professional insights as well as different scenarios from the authors life and how he solved them.

The author emphasizes that ‘home’ is the place where one seeks comfort and solace, hence as individuals we must be well equipped with knowledge, skills and resources to deal with life’s challenges, and contribute to maintaining a peaceful atmosphere.

Irrespective of gender and marital status, this book is for everyone, to grow into positive individuals and help build healthy relationships at home as well as in the society. It is also beneficial for those facing difficulties in marital life, as it takes the reader through different skills and approaches to understand and solve sticky situations they might be experiencing.

Written in simple yet effective language, the book will grab your attention from the very first chapter. This book is very beneficial for the Muslim household and society as it presents the Islamic perspective, on the muslim family, from the Quran, Sunnah and Ahaadith.

The content of the e-book is divided into 66 small chapters each of which helps to contemplate and reflect on our own life and relationships. Hence, the best way to benefit from the book is by not attempting to speed-read, but try to understand and reflect on the content as you progress through the book. 

Few gems from the e-book:

1) The intention of my book is to help protect the relationships in our homes. To invest in the book means that we made a strong, conscientious commitment to work on ourselves and our relationships. It shows that we want to rekindle the mawaddah (love/compassion) and rahmah (mercy) within our hearts and relationships into a fiery blaze!

2) In many respects, emotional intimacy with a loved one begins by knowing the self intimately. We cannot share ourselves with our loved ones if we do not know what to share.

3) Let us be aware of our inner world today. What is running through our minds and hearts? Where does our contentment lie? Do we feel pain or anger? What is the state of our soul? Does it need nourishment through prayer? Let us be aware.

To purchase the e-book: www.mawaddahandrahmah.com

The author can be also be contacted via:

Care Khalifah



Totally my type of book with no boring moments at all, I give this book a 5 star & highly recommend it.

*The e-book was provided gratis by the author in exchange for an honest review.

9 Replies to “Book Review: I-Intimacy: A Revolutionary Guide on Using Mawaddah & Rahmah to Drastically Boost Emotional Intimacy in your Family”

  1. Great review. I’ve been having difficulty turning some aquaintances into friendships. I’m definitely interested in knowing some tips and tricks to get more personal with people so we can connect. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. I’m definitely intrigued and want to read the book now, thanks fo your amazingly written review (:
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us!

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