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Haroon Moghul was thrust into the spotlight after 9/11, becoming an undergraduate leader at New York University's Islamic Center and forced into appearances everywhere: on TV, before interfaith audiences, in print. Moghul was becoming a prominent voice for American Muslims even as he struggled with his relationship to Islam. In high school he was barely a believer and entirely convinced he was going to hell. He sometimes drank. He didn't pray regularly. All he wanted was a girlfriend.
But as he discovered, it wasn't so easy to leave religion behind. To be true to himself, he needed to forge a unique American Muslim identity that reflected his beliefs and personality. How to Be a Muslim reveals a young man coping with the crushing pressure of a world that fears Muslims, struggling with his faith and searching for intellectual forebears, and suffering the onset of bipolar disorder. This is the story of the second-generation immigrant, of what it's like to lose yourself between cultures and how to pick up the pieces.
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By ahmed mohamed ebrahim on 03-31-18
Confusion with no solution
With the historical transition taking place in the Muslim world , I always appreciate young Muslims growing up in the west who reflect on their experience as practicing Muslims in our modern time and share it with others.
What I don’t appreciate is when they turn it into sharing nothing but confusion without offering any hints to solutions, and when they look down at their faith and community as if the problem is always the corruption outside but not the weakness within.
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