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Letters to a Young Muslim

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Omar Saif Ghobash

Paperback, 272 pages



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


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