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Very nicely written and so exciting. Regarding what the author has been through, many of us have encountered such thoughts and conflicts at one point especially when you travel to another culture and start to think that you have always taken your religion and beliefs for granted..You start thinking "Could I be wrong?" "why we are right and others are wrong?" "How come everyone thinks he is the right?" "Why should I keep practicing such rituals and in fact we are unaware of their purposes?" then you start questioning theism and the very existence of God!! If God is there, why there are only few people contacted by him? why life is unfair??
I enjoyed the book so much since it tackled my thoughts and what I've been through. However, I was disappointed since I found the author's arguments for quitting the religion making sense (yet not too strong as they didn't depend on his readings in theism and comparative religions) and his way back was not based on analytical arguments. Every time he returns back to his faith merely depended upon emotional rather than mind decisions. He mainly suffered the need to be controlled by God's power to be a good person. He was afraid to get lost and become a pervert, bad guy without God following him!! All these are the "ABC" of atheists' claims which say that people created the idea of "GOD" as they needed it, to feel safe and that this unfair life is not but a transient state and they would experience the absolute fairness in the afterlife....That's why religions are said to be for the weak people...And again, the author always correlated his belief in God with Islam..He didn't show us why believing in God means believing in Islam..Being the last religion is not an argument as there are other religions as Sikhism (mentioned in the book) and Bahaia...I needed to find logical answers for my worries, but I didn't...Yet it's very nicely represented and eloquently written..I enjoyed how the author expressed his feelings in details, although I found some parts a little bit complex and too philosophical especially at the end of the book like discussing time and memory (Most of this chapter was out of context).
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Ground Zero Mosque: The Confessions of a Western-Middle-Eastern Muslim
Limited preview - 2011