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From the ambassador of the UAE to Russia comes a bold and intimate exploration of what it means to be a Muslim in the 21st century.

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.

©2016 Omar Saif Ghobash (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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Wow!

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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Eye opening

I found the book to be very insightful. Although I am not Muslim myself he discusses issue that cross age, gender and religious affiliations.

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Important book for all

This book is an important read for anyone; not just Muslims. It contains valuable life lessons, as well as more understanding of how a young person could make right or wrong decisions. I listened on audible since I drive long distances and now I plan to buy the book so I can go back and refer to passages that were important to me.

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Loved this book!

I can't say enough about this book. Educational and emotional. Beautiful and thoughtful.

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7th century vs. 21st century muslims


? do muslims want to live in the 7th century or the 21st century
? are there eloquent modern muslim voices that speak to this issue
? is it helpful to put this discussion in the form of loving fatherly advice

omar saif gobash has a russian mother and an arab father
he is widely and well educated and works as an UAE ambassador
but what he wants most is to do is give his beloved sons good advice

the book takes the form of affectionate, paternal instruction and caution
even those with no affection for the arab world, can respect his trying to be a father
i found the book an enlightening and encouraging guide to today's arab world


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Love and respect to you Omar

I have always thought there will be a courageous Muslim to come out and express the truth of the reality our Arab/Muslim world. I have raised my 5 kids with similar attitude and witnessed a clash from the family and community. This book have confirmed that there is a way to change our situation in the Muslim world. I am a Palestinian and I am proud of you and your courage, Omar. My sincerest respect to you and your family. God bless you.

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Everyone, Muslim or not, needs to read this.

This book highlights some of the current moments of disarray and doubt that many Muslims throughout the world are suffering from, and the author sheds light on many different issues and even talks about how one can possibly overcome some of these issues. It is a very impactful, wise, and beautifully written piece of work that dissipates some of the more horrible points of view they Islam has acquired, especially from the West. I hope everyone gets a chance to read this and broaden their viewpoints about Islam.

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It had everything I expected from it and more

Fantastic collection of letters that shine light on many of the struggles between being a good person and a good Muslim, and how I can take responsibility for the good I want to see in the world. The narrator did well with how he read this book, it carried the personal tone & closeness of the author. Great listen!

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Outstanding.

This text is one of the most honest, thoughtful examinations of one man's relationship with his faith.

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Interesting

It’s an enjoyable listen, very calming. I found that I learned a lot about Islam from this book, realizing how much more I should endeavor to find out. I was surprised that the authors views are generally quite liberal or at least liberal in comparison to what I expected or assumed, however that may say more about my own assumptions rather that Islam or the Muslim majority countries. This book did a lot to check my assumptions about Islam and it’s practice in general so for that reason I quite liked it. I will say that at points it feel repetitive.