ABOUT ME, THE AUTHOR

005My name is Sheima Salam Sumer, Ed.S., and I earned my Master’s degree in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina in 2007. I have worked as a professional counselor in a variety of settings–school, home,and office–counseling individuals of all ages as well as families and groups.

More important than my credentials, however, are my life experiences, which propelled me to write this book. After giving birth to my second child and trying to go back to full-time work as an in-home counselor, I reached an all-time low in the quality of my health, marriage, and emotional well-being. My faith in Allah (swt) always kept me going, but I knew that something had to change.

I believe that Allah (swt) guided me to reread a book that I had previously dismissed as unIslamic and unhelpful. This book is “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. The second time I read it, I realized that its basic message was very powerful, even though certain aspects of the book would rub a devout Muslim the wrong way. The basic message is that you can improve your life by improving your inner world; i.e. your feelings/emotions.

After realizing that this book had something to offer me, I decided to try out its ideas by focusing on what I wanted in life and focusing on feeling good within. I decided to leave my job and consequently I had to move to Afghanistan for a year, where my husband had a full-time job. During this time I focused on my dream of compiling a book called “The Basic Values of Islam” which would be a reference book that listed Quranic verses and hadiths that prove that Islam believes in the 70 values listed in the book (such as kindness, gentleness, etc.).

Alhamdulillah, I was able to publish this book (available on Islamicbookstore.com and Amazon.com). I also, with the help of Allah, was able to lose 30 pounds, a goal that I had after gaining too much weight after my second pregnancy. I experienced firsthand how using the law of attraction, The Secret, which I believe to be a blessing of Allah (swt), and which can only work by the permission of Allah, can really improve one’s life.

This second book, “How to be a Happy Muslim Insha’Allah”, is my journey on how to try to feel good/happy within while trying to be true to Islam, my faith. I wanted to share my insights on how I reconciled Islamic teachings with the goal of feeling positive feelings, for the sake of being a more productive Muslim, insha’Allah.

I hope that this book will help you on your journey to being a Muslim who is also Happy.

24 Comments

  1. Salman Jafri

    Assalamalaikum! Great effort and Great Initiative of writing a book. May Allah makes it beneficial for the Community. Best regards, Salman, New Delhi, India.

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Wa alaikum as salam Brother Salman,
      I really appreciate your kind comments. May Allah reward you for encouraging me. Yes, I pray that it will be of benefit to our Ummah. Ameen.

      Reply
  2. Famida

    Salaams
    I would like to know how did you lose weight.

    Jazakallah

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Salams dear Sister. I will email you my health chapter. If you do not receive it, then please email me at howtobeahappymuslim@outlook.com

      Reply
  3. Mariam Mababaya JustSharingIslam

    MashaAllah! A very interesting blog sister Sheima ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it would be nice if your book was available here in the Philippines or at least at dar-us-salam Islamic bookstores, where can we purchase your book? ๐Ÿ™‚ I believe it reminded me of the books “Enjoy your life” by brothers Muhammad Al-Arefe and “Don’t Be Sad” by Aaidh Al-Qarni ๐Ÿ™‚ Allah the Almighty knows best.

    may Allah the Most Merciful reward you for sharing your Islamic wisdom, sister please write more Islamic books from which we Muslim youths can especially benefit and do so only for Allah’s sake as always ๐Ÿ™‚ Ameen. MashaAllah!

    Wasalaam from the Philippines,
    JustSharingIslam.blogspot.com

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      JazakAllah khair so much dear Sis. Mariam for your kind and encouraging words! If you have an Amazon Kindle, then you could download the e-book on your kindle device. May Allah (swt) bless you for your work for the deen, such as your lovely blog!

      Reply
  4. widh

    Assalamualaykum dear sister in islam…

    I red your article in productivemuslim.com about empathy in marriage:how to connect emotionally with your spouse. I really love it and love it sister…i wish i can read ur other books also, ins sha Allah… btw, can i have ur personal email, i want to ask ur advise related to ur article empathy in marriage and pls reply to my email. Jzklh sister…

    Wassalam

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Wa alaikum as salam! Thank you for your kind comment. My email is howtobeahappymuslim@outlook.com. I will try to send you an email too.

      Reply
  5. Albatros

    Assalamu Aleykum sister. I am reading The Secret by Rhonda, and till now I have read many many books in Law of Attraction and Subconscious Mind, and I think they are incredible. We are Muslims, and of course we don’t believe everything that is written there, but the most of it is true. They believe that the ‘Universe’ is responding to them, but we Muslims know that is Allah (subhanehu we teala) that is responding to us. We know that when we make a Dua to Allah (subhanehu we teala), we must believe that the Dua will be accepted without doubt, so I think that is the connection with the Law of Attraction. Make Dua to Allah, and believe that you will take what you wished for, and start to feel it like you already have it, while giving gratitude to Allah (Subhanehu we teala) multiple times a day. I think this is the correct way of using the Law of Attraction. May Allah (subhanehu we teala) give you happiness in this world and Ahirah. Assalamu Alejkum.

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Wa alaikum as salam warahmatullah wabarakatu! Thank you so much for your positive and enlightening comment! You really explained how to use the Law of Attraction in an Islamic way. May Allah swt bless you with peace and joy in both worlds too.

      Reply
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  8. Ezzati

    i knw we have talked personally in email, but may Allah bless you fr this effort sister. very enlightening <3 ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Thank you dear Arifah for your kind words. May Allah bless you too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  9. Latifa

    Salam mrs Salam Super, I recently found your site after a search to have some positiveness when trying to help my brother who is recovering after years of an addiction and to create more strength to รฉducate my doughter and my direct environment and of course myself to be a better and positive muslim. Sometimes it seems hard nowadays in the Netherlands where we live.
    Keep on with the good work!
    I would like to buy ร  copy of your book, but Amazon does not sell it anymore. Where can I buy it.
    Wa aleikum Assalam

    Reply
    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Salam dear Latifa,

      Thanks so much for your kind comment on my website and may Allah bless you for caring about your family and trying to help them.

      Also thank you for your question about my book. The book is still on amazon and here is the link:

      http://www.amazon.com/How-Happy-Muslim-Insha-Allah/dp/099038764X?ie=UTF8&keywords=how%20to%20be%20a%20happy%20muslim&qid=1461328721&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

      You can also just type “how to be a happy muslim” in the search box.
      Also, I have a youtube channel and I am in the process of recording the audio book on youtube. Here is the link:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRueNFLb-kk&list=PLX6VwlphDnIyhWm0c7VaEZrOk1nWAQjas

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

      Reply
  10. Murtala

    masha Allah, this is a great effort for both worlds. May Allah SWT accept your work as Sadaqatu Jariyya.

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      JazakAllah khair and thank you Murtala for your kind words. Ameen.

      Reply
  11. Dr. Tahseen Fatma Azmi

    Assalamualaikum Dear Sheima,

    You indeed inspire me and am sure many others!
    Allah Bless (Aameen)

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Wa alaikum as salam warahmatullah wabarakatu dear Dr. Tahseen, Thank you so much for your kind words! May Allah bless you too!

      Reply
  12. Dr Tahaseen Fatma Azmi

    Alhamdulillah Hadana Li Haza

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    Praise to be Allah of awareness, motivation in this article. May Allah bless you to continue using pen and other activities.

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    1. Sheima (Post author)

      Thank you for your kind comment. May Allah bless you too.

      Reply

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