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About this eBook and Audio

Spiritual dehydration. This is what Umm Zakiyyah says is at the root of the soul feeling overburdened by the obligation of Salaah, the five foundational prayers of the Muslim. 

“When I was struggling to hold on to my faith,” she says. “I used to dread when it was time to pray. Just mustering the strength to perform ablution and stand for Salaah felt so overwhelming... So, whenever I found myself standing (or sitting) for prayer, my heart wasn’t really in it, and deep inside, I felt spiritually empty.”

In this book and collection of audio reflections, Umm Zakiyyah, internationally acclaimed author and soul-care mentor, reflects on why Salaah often feels burdensome to so many Muslims and how the believer can hydrate their spiritual veins through understanding the immeasurable mercy and blessings of the formal prayer.


About the Author

Known for her soul-touching books and spiritual reflections on the Qur’an and emotional healing, Umm Zakiyyah is a world-renowned author and soul-care mentor.

Umm Zakiyyah studied Arabic, Qur’an, Islamic sciences, ‘aqeedah, and tafseer in America, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia for more than fifteen years. She currently teaches tajweed (rules of reciting Qur’an), tafseer (explanation of the meaning of the Qur'an), and tadabbur (deep reflections on the Qur’an) via

Daughter of American converts to Islam, Umm Zakiyyah is the internationally acclaimed, award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, including novels, short stories, and self-help. Her books are used in high schools and universities in the United States and worldwide, and her work has been translated into multiple languages. Her work has earned praise from writers, professors, and filmmakers. Her novel His Other Wife is now a short film.

Photo of Umm Zakiyyah in blue hijab