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Letters to a Young Muslim

Omar Saif Ghobash

Paperback

9781509842605

 

In a series of personal letters to his son, Omar Saif Ghobash offers a short and highly readable 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 son to face issues others insist are not relevant, not applicable, or 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.

 

Contents

 

1. The Question You Face

 

2. The Gray Area

 

3. Landscapes of Islam

 

4. Wealth, Opportunity, and Repentance

 

5. Fragments of Memory

 

6. The Limits of What We Can Know

 

7. My First Dark Days

 

8. Who on Earth Told You That?

 

9. What Is True Islam?

 

10. 'Islam Is a Religion of Peace'

 

11. Crisis of Authority

 

12. Responsibility

 

13. The Perspective of an Outsider

 

14. Path to Fundamentalism

 

15. Violence

 

16. Role Models

 

17. The Challenge of Freedom

 

18. Violence

 

19. Role Models

 

20. The Challenge of Freedom

 

21. Our Complex Entanglement with the West

 

22. Revelation and Reason

 

23. Sermons and What to Expect in the Mosque on Fridays

 

24. Good Deeds and Bad Deeds

 

25. The Quran and the Search for Knowledge

 

26. How We Construct Ourselves and the Past

 

27. Men and Women

 

28. Free Speech and the Silence Within Ourselves

 

29. A Closer Look at a Moral Conundrum

 

30. The Muslim Individual