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IslamQA: Some personal questions for Ikram Hawramani

Did you have any mentors growing up? Also, who do you look up to?

I had an uncle who introduced me to Said Nursī and who encouraged me to learn English. I took up English-learning from 7th grade and possibly my main mentors in life were Victorian novels.

Do you have any siblings?

I have a brother and two sisters.

Are you a hafiz?

No I am not.

What are some things you have had to unlearn?

I cannot really think of anything I have had to unlearn.

What inspires you?

The Quran, praying at the mosque, all beautiful things.

What book impacted you most?

Probably Ibn al-Jawzī’s Ṣayd al-Khāṭir (Quarry of the Mind) which completely renewed my Islam and changed the direction of my life. I have selected the most inspiring parts of this book and published them in my books The Sayings of Ibn al-Jawzi and The Way of the Spiritual Muslim.

What are the main lessons you have learned?

Please see my blog post: Advice to my younger self

And God knows best.
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