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In a series of personal letters to his sons, Omar Saif Ghobash offers a short and highly listenable manifesto that tackles our current global crisis with the training of an experienced diplomat and the personal responsibility of a father. Today's young Muslims will be tomorrow's leaders, and yet too many are vulnerable to extremist propaganda that seems omnipresent in our technological age. The burning question, Ghobash argues, is how moderate Muslims can unite to find a voice that is true to Islam while actively and productively engaging in the modern world. What does it mean to be a good Muslim? What is the concept of a good life? And is it acceptable to stand up and openly condemn those who take the Islamic faith and twist it to suit their own misguided political agendas?
In taking a hard look at these seemingly simple questions, Ghobash encourages his sons to face issues others insist are not relevant or not applicable or that may even be Islamophobic. These letters serve as a clear-eyed inspiration for the next generation of Muslims to understand how to be faithful to their religion and still navigate through the complexities of today's world. They also reveal an intimate glimpse into a world many are unfamiliar with and offer to provide an understanding of the everyday struggles Muslims face around the globe.
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By Breeann Silbernagel on 01-28-17
Wow. I must admit I do not believe I have ever read a book written by a Muslim, at least not one about Islam. I am a Christian, and haven't ever listened deeply about issues pertaining to another religion. I have received my knowledge from the surface level of social media posts and newspaper headlines highlighting death and destruction. Omar reads the letters himself, which adds to the intimacy and heartfelt nature of his message. He urges everything from brave questioning to logical thought to fierce compassion and understanding. He is a brilliant man, in both head knowledge and heart knowledge, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone of any faith. This is my surprising book find of the last year. My only regret is this is his only published book and I want to hear more.
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