Aab-e-Hayat is the Arabic term which indicates to Water of Life. The one missing star because of all the loop holes in the story. Both of them face challenges in their own way, but are always with eachother: سالار اور امامہ. They both appeared to know it but readers don't. We will delete all irrelevant comments.
No, I think english readers especially my brother who cannot read urdu like this would love to have this story in an English form. There is no continuation of characters as in their personalities are poles apart from the way they were depicted in Peer e Kaamil. Not only was Imama being a source of strength for many in Peer-e-kamil annoying but foolish in the first 6-7 chapters. All in all, even if Aab-e-Hayat wasn't the best book penned down by Umera Ahmed then it certainly wasn't the worst either. There is no continuation of characters as in their personalities are poles apa I wanted to give this book 1 star but only gave it 2 because the last 200 pages were good since those were the ones that were not about the two main protagonists.
I wanted to hear the lovers talk, their whispers but, apparently that's not the Pakistani Urdu novelist's style. But it was really annoying. Sibt-e-Ali and Salar's long talk on usury, it was definitely a phenomenal part of the book like its counterparts in Peer-e-Kamil صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم. I read it during my exams I was that desperate lol. While reading Aab e hayat I was like that there is no need to write second part of peer e kamil. Negative and one-sided portrayal of a sect of Muslims, which reflects the culture of intolerance present in our society. Peer-e-kamil is still my favorite.
What I did expect was another heart-wrenching, eye-opening story with some other social evil being tackled with. Not only was Imama being a source of strength for many in Peer-e-kamil annoying but foolish in the first 6-7 chapters. You will love to read this novel. While it didnt do that, this book did however confirm my misgivings about it. Who are ready to fight the oppressive world and keen to establish a pure islamic society and financial system.
After admitting this dream and asking Salar to make her a dream home, Salar gives her are-you-crazy look and says her demands are impossible to meet, she immediately shuts off and thinks he is making fun of her dreams. I asked myself, after going through all those hardships, how could she be so greedy, it was just so incomprehensible to me. Overall it was an absorbing, engaging and somewhat eye-opening read. Problem is I've read and liked such novel where only plot revolve around the love life of two main leads but what's really off putting in this love story is a its boring and b the character of Umama. I love Peer e Kamil and thats one of the reasons I didnt want to read this sequel because I did not want it to spoil Peer e Kaamil for me.
I thought it will be as good as peer e kamil but was very disappointed. On the other hand, there is a woman with that man, torn and devastated for nine years, but eventually finds peace with him. This is a very positive step although it may seem idealistic but it's definitely not shallow or naïve. I love Peer e Kamil and thats one of the reasons I didnt want to read this sequel because I did not want it to spoil Peer e Kaamil for me. It has pulled me towards realizing what ''eternal life'' in the ''hereafter'' means, what ''Jannah'' means! Umera Ahmad says that the purpose of writing this book was to, stop those who are going on wrong path. Yes the main characters were Salaar and Imama, but painted on an entirely different canvas.
Also, I did read a lot of pages which indicate that I didn't entirely hate it. It was like digging a mountain to find a rat. Did skip story of their adopted daughter a few pages Going to reread the book after Ramadan Happy Ramadan. They both appeared to know it but readers don't. She can seek refuge from her family with strangers for freedom of religion but she cannot help Salar in the biggest venture of his life more than giving him advice and looking after his family like she can have no role besides being a housewife. And their children are also the best one. The plot has gotten so much better, I have got to say.
For a fact, the thing that bothered me with this novel the most was that why it was not more of a romance, why didn't it have the fairy-tale twists and turns of Peer-e-Kamil صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم. ! However, the most disappointing part of the story was the climax, 'Turp ka Patta' Life which is continued with new challenges. پیر کامل سے آب حیات کا یہ سفر پر لطف رہا ہے. He is the one who has to go with everything, because he has become Kamil. For me Peer-e-Kamil ended with Salaar and Imama's reunion. She says they are also like Adam and Hawa Bibi life faces many things when we are living like couple, happiness, sorrow, grief and so on.
Later on the Peer-e-Kamil Novel was also translated into English language with the same name. While it didnt do that, this book did however confirm my misgivings about it. Writer Umera Ahmad says it is the second part of Peer-e-Kamil S. A very very important read at a very important stage in my life. I think it only created hype but couldn't unfold in that manner.
Let me know if it's worth another chance and I might try to dive into it again. In the next half of Novel there kids, you don't only envy to them but starting to hate them. We moderate every comment before showing it to website. The novel is full of flaws, Inconsistent, Ir relative. Her concerns are genuine and i feel her there.