FREE CHAPTER from Ahmad Climbs A Mountain

FREE CHAPTER from Ahmad Climbs A Mountain

The following free chapter is chapter six of Ahmad Climbs A Mountain. The latest self help eBook from Islamic Self Help’s founder Ismail Kamdar.

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Here is chapter six of Ahmad’s journey. Enjoy!

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Chapter Six: The Valley of Self-Doubt


Ahmad climbed for a few more days. He stopped at nights to rest in various caves and inns along the way. He was surprised to find that there were many inns operating along the mountain path. He had always assumed nobody climbed the mountain at all.

Yet as he climbed, he kept running into people. Some were resting. Some had given up and were headed back. Others had stopped at certain points and settled there.

The innkeepers fell into this last category. They did not have the determination or motivation to keep climbing to make it to the other side. But they recognized a need for inns at every significant point on the path. So, one by one, people settled at strategic stops on the mountain and set up inns to assist the travellers.

Ahmad was grateful for these inns, as they provided moments of comfort on what was otherwise an uncomfortable climb.

On the third day of climbing, Ahmad reached a valley-like segment of the mountain. There was a steep downhill incline into a small enclosed area, surrounded by the mountain’s tall wall-like slopes.

In this valley, there was an inn called “The Doubters Club,” and it was surprisingly crowded. Ahmad entered the inn and found over two dozen middle-aged people drinking coffee, hanging around, chatting, playing cards, and just having a good time.

He booked a room for the night and settled down at a corner table to have a cup of coffee. As he sat and waited for his coffee, Ahmad was joined by two middle-aged men. He recognized them as the two men he had seen playing chess when he first entered.

They had finished their game, noticed the newcomer, and decided to welcome him. “My name is Abdul,” said the first man, “and this here is Rashad. What brings you this high up the mountain, kid?”

Ahmad introduced himself and explained his purpose. The two men had a good laugh. Rashad explained why, “We were just like you when we first set off. But the higher we climbed, the harder it got. We realized then that we were never going to make it. So why bother?”

Abdul continued, “So, we settled here in this valley and opened this inn. We realized that there would be many more like us – foolish youngsters who think they can climb the mountain – so we provide them with some fun instead. Why try what you can’t do, hey?”

Ahmad did not understand what was going on. Were these two men seriously trying to talk him out of his goal? They didn’t even know him and already assumed he couldn’t succeed.

“What makes you think I can’t climb this mountain?” Ahmad replied. “Many others have done so before.”

“Not that many,” Abdul replied, “Many more stop here and turn back. Few make it beyond this point. Let me ask you this: have you ever climbed a mountain before?”

“No, but…” replied Ahmad. He wasn’t given time to complete that thought.

“So, you have no experience then!” Rashad said. “You are chasing a dream without any experience, skills, guide, or assistance. How foolish is that? You should just back out now while you still can… People die further down the road.”

“I tell you what,” said Abdul, “spend a few nights here. Enjoy the entertainment we have to offer. Think it over, and be realistic. I’m sure you’ll make the right choice then. Don’t go throwing your whole life away over a foolish dream.”

With that, they left Ahmad alone with his coffee and his thoughts. Ahmad spent the night at the inn but did not get much sleep. He was consumed with thoughts of self-doubt.

What if I fail?

What if there is nothing better on the other side?

What if I am wasting my time?

What if I am wasting my youth?

What if something happens to my family while I am away?

What if I die?

The “what ifs” flooded his mind one by one, and they were unbearable. Ahmad had not experienced such extreme negative thoughts before. He generally considered himself an optimist and a dreamer.

However, these questions did seem very realistic to him. They made sense. They were grounded in logic. And they all pointed in one direction: Run away!

Run back to the comfort of your home and do not chase any scary dreams. Why risk the hard route when an easier one exists?

Filled with such dreadful thoughts, Ahmad decided to pray for guidance again. He stood for fifteen minutes in prayer that night. After praying, his mind continued to fill with “what if” thoughts, but this time they were different:

What if I never try?

What if I go back and regret not trying and the regret lasts for the rest of my life?

What if something life-changing lies on the other side?

What if I can do it, and I never find out because I turned back too early?

What if I am about to accomplish something amazing?

What if I am closer to my goal than I think?

What if this is the one thing I need to do to truly enhance the quality of my life?

These new thoughts gave Ahmad perspective. There will always be questions, doubts, and fears. But the pain of not knowing whether we are capable is worse than the pain of trying and failing.

He was now determined to put the doubts aside and push forward towards his goal.

The next morning, Ahmad woke up early and continued on his journey. He left quietly without meeting the doubters; he certainly did not want to deal with their negativity again. Leaving them behind, he set on up the mountain accompanied by his renewed self-confidence.

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Now Available: The First Islamic Self Help Fiction eBook

Now Available: The First Islamic Self Help Fiction eBook

Alhamdulillah, I am really excited to announce the launch of my first Islamic Self Help fiction eBook: Ahmad Climbs A Mountain. I spent the bulk of 2017 writing, editing, and improving this one book.

The idea for this book actually came to my mind on a Jumah morning. I immediately sat down, and started mind Islamic Self Help Fiction mapping it. So I am really excited to launch it on a Jumah morning six months later.

This book is a new style of writing for me, and so far, the reviews I received from test-readers have been really positive. I’m really excited to know what you think of the book too.

I decided to frame my entire self help system for achieving goals as a fictional story. This new method led to the formation of this exciting tale of a young boy climbing a mountain.

Through the story, you will learn everything you need to know about setting and achieving goals.


Where is it available?

The eBook is currently available at Amazon Kindle, Gumroad and Payhip. You can even get a preview of the first chapter for free at Amazon. The links are listed below:

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FAQs about the book:

Q: Isn’t fiction Haraam?
A: No, Fiction is not Haraam. It is the content that matters. A beneficial fiction story is Halal, and is considered an extended metaphor/example/parable. Fiction is not considered lying as there is no attempt to deceive anybody.

Q: Is the book for adults or children?
A: The book is written primarily for young adults who are working towards their life goals. However, people of all ages can enjoy and benefit from it.

Q: Is the book available in paperback?
A: Not at the moment. It is only available as an eBook for the foreseeable future.

Other eBooks by Islamic Self Help

Getting The Barakah – Islamic Self Help’s premiere eBook. Getting The Barakah focuses on Time Management tips and techniques.  All of which are grounded in Islamic principles. Furthermore, It is currently our fastest selling eBook. Get your copy here.

Best Of Creation – An Islamic Guide to Self Confidence. This exclusive eBook will show you how to build your confidence. It will also teach you to overcome your fears, redefine your mistakes, and step out of your comfort zone.

Every principle in this book is grounded in Islamic teachings. This eBook will help you grow in both confidence and spirituality. Click here to purchase.

Discover Your Hidden Gems – Islamic Self Help’s first workbook. This workbook contains six activities designed to help you discover your strengths, weaknesses and to set your goals accordingly. Get started today!

Homeschooling 101 – Learn about this alternative method of education with our exclusive eBook. In this eBook, discover ten reasons to consider homeschooling. We have included a step-by-step guide to getting started. Zohra Sarwari provides an exclusive foreword to the eBook. Buy it by clicking here.

Themes of the Quran – This unique eBook summarizes the core theme of each Surah of the Quran. This eBook is divided into 30 chapters, each summarizing the themes covered in one Juz of the Quran. Get your copy today and gain a deeper understanding of the Quran.

Visit our ebook store for our full range of Islamic books!

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An Author’s Regret: Why did I publish my book

An Author’s Regret: Why did I publish my book?

Note: The story ‘An Author’s Regret’ is based on several true stories and has been fictionalized in order to protect the identities of those who inspired it.

Ahmed’s Story An Author's Regret

Ahmed always wanted to be an author. He was really excited to write and publish his first book, but had no clue how publishing works. In February 2009, at the young age of 21, Ahmed had completed writing his first book. It was a 250 page novel entitled “How the night speaks to me“.

Ahmed was really excited at what he had produced and immediately began sending manuscript copies to several publishers. One by one, Ahmed’s hopes and dreams were dashed as publisher after publisher either rejected his manuscript or did not reply at all.

Ahmed began to think that perhaps he wasn’t destined to be an author. That he should stick to his day job and put aside his dream of becoming a published author. Then something happened…

Ahmed Gets Published

In March 2010, a new publishing house contacted Ahmed with an offer to publish his book. However, as he was a new author and not a proven commodity, they made the following deal with him:

  1. They will pay him a set fee of $2000 for the book as well as 100 copies of the book.
  2. They will become the copyright owner of the book.
  3. He will not receive any royalties from the book.

Ahmed looked at the contract multiple times. He was sure that it felt off, but it was his only option. It was either this or not be published at all. Reluctantly, Ahmed signed the contract and signed off his rights to the book.

One year later, in March 2011 after a lot of hassle and long wait, his book was finally published and available to the public. He collected his $2000 and managed to sell his one hundred copies for an additional $2000. Altogether, he made $4000 of his first book, not bad!

The Best Seller

Ahmed did not write another book for a few years. He did not feel like writing when he realized that all that hard work did not really bring in much money. He wondered how other authors made a living of their books and decided to just focus on his career instead. This went on for several years.

During the next five years, How the night speaks to me become an international bestseller. Over one hundred thousand copies were sold worldwide. The publisher celebrated and made a lot of money. Ahmed’s family celebrated having a best-selling author in the family.

On the surface, Ahmed seemed happy but deep inside he felt regret and resentment. Even if the publisher had offered him a 10% royalty rate, he would have made an additional $10’000 on his book. Instead the publisher was profiting off his hard work, while he struggled to make ends meet.

Discovering Self-Publishing

In 2014, Ahmed had an awesome idea for a new book, and excitedly sat down to write it. Within four months, he had produced a really awesome new Self Help book on Time Management. But he was reluctant to publish it. His last experience left him with a bitter taste for publishing and he knew he had another Best-Seller on his hands.

Ahmed’s manuscript sat on his PC for months, as he struggled to find a way to publish it which seemed fair and profitable for the author.

Then in October 2014, he discovered an online course in Self-Publishing. He enrolled in the course for $500, and learned many new things including the following:

1) How to generate ideas for books

2) How to write a book in 60 days

3) How to design his own covers

4) The different methods of publishing

5) How to self-publish his eBook

6) Digital marketing through email, Facebook, blogs, Google, and others

A New Era

Ahmed was really excited with what he had learned and decided to go ahead and test it out. In April 2015, he started a new blog and built up an online following of loyal readers. These were people who loved his writings and appreciated his hard work. They were just one thousand people, but each of them were important to him because they truly appreciated and benefited from his writings.

Eventually, he built up the courage to Self-Publish his eBook on his blog for $10 a copy. Each of his loyal readers purchased a copy and he made $10,000 in the process. Furthermore, he was now in direct contact with his readers, receiving feedback from them on the book, improving further editions based on their feedback, and gaining ideas for new books from them.

Slowly over the next two years, Ahmed wrote more and more books. Eventually self-publishing over a dozen eBooks. Each sold thousands of copies and Ahmed was able to transition from the working class to his dream of a fulltime author.

No Regrets

Ahmed regretted publishing his book in 2011. Even today it still stings, as the book continues to sell thousands of copies every year, and he will never see a single cent from it.

But he did not regret investing $500 in the online course on how to self-publish. He did not regret starting his own blog. And he did not regret self-publishing his eBooks.

Today Ahmed lives a comfortable life, benefiting thousands of readers while doing what he loves as a source of income. All it took was one online course that changed it all for him.

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