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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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Loved this book!

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

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  • 03-03-18

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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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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Poignant and relevant

This book although dealing heavily with Islam is more than that. It’s a father’s advice to his sons and it is very beautiful and relevant for everyone wishing to raise their kids in their faith or the absence of it.
A great read for everyone including those who lament the need of tolerant voices from within the religion and the religious.

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Self Propaganda by a Confused Culture

Another self declared “Islamic Reformer” pumped by political ideology and oil money and looking down at his people and culture (if it is really his) and dignifying others without any reasonable or deep analysis. Just sick and tired of those fake “reformers”. I am guessing Sief was extremely annoyed and utterly confused by these letters.

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Thank you Bu Saif

What did you love best about Letters to a Young Muslim?

It is a book we should have been reading long time ago, it shows the truth about Muslims and Islam and it is the answer to all those who degrade us Muslims because of our believes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Letters to a Young Muslim?

When he went to religion class in UK and had to enter a Christian class because of the Muslim scholar who had it all wrong.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Every moment moved me as I can see the resemblance in our family. As a father myself, I would want my son reading this book and I would wish for myself to one day reach the levels like Bu Saif and make a difference myself.

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A great book

A great book. As Muslim, it helps me to think a lot about the things around me.