Letters to a Young Muslim
Omar Saif Ghobash
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.
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
13. The Perspective of an Outsider
14. Path to Fundamentalism
16. Role Models
17. The Challenge of Freedom
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