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How to Be a Muslim ☁ [PDF / Epub] ☀ How to Be a Muslim By Haroon Moghul ✎ – A young Muslim leader's memoir of his struggles to forge an American Muslim identityHaroon Moghul was first thrust into the spotlight after 911 as an undergraduate leader at New York University's Isla A young Be a MOBI ò Muslim leader's memoir of his struggles to forge an American Muslim identityHaroon Moghul was first thrust into the spotlight after as an undergraduate leader at New York University's Islamic Center Suddenly he was making appearances everywhere on TV talking to interfaith audiences combating Islamophobia in print He How to Epub / was becoming a prominent voice for American Muslims Privately Moghul had a complicated relationship with Islam In high school he was barely a believer and entirely convinced he was going to hell He sometimes drank He didn't pray regularly All he wanted was a girlfriendBut as Haroon discovered it wasn't so to Be a MOBI ó easy to leave religion behind To be true to himself he needed to forge a uniue American Muslim identity that reflected his own beliefs and personality How to Be a Muslim is the story of a young man coping with the crushing pressure of a world that shuns and fears Muslims struggling with his faith and searching for intellectual forebears and suffering the onset of bipolar disorder This is the story of the second generation immigrant of what it s like to lose yourself between cultures and how to pick up the pieces.

About the Author: Haroon Moghul

Haroon Moghul Be a MOBI ò is the author of “The Order of Light” and “My First Police State” His memoir “How to be Muslim” is due in He’s a doctoral candidate at Columbia University formerly a Fellow at the New America Foundation and the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School How to Epub / and a member of the Multicultural Audience Development Initiative at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of ArtHaroon.

10 thoughts on “How to Be a Muslim

  1. Jenny (Reading Envy) Jenny (Reading Envy) says:

    Haroon Moghul is best known because he was an undergraduate leader at New York University s Islamic Center before during and after 911 He became a spokesman for a religion that internally he was not actually all that sure of I learned so much in this book and I think it is important reading The central conflict between Muslim teachings and American culture and how Haroon struggles through them relationships that he fails his struggles with depression and identity This would have been a five star book if the writing had been better There are some major grammatical issues throughout not like mistakes in typing words but in general sentence construction This is a review copy for a book that doesn't come out until June so I'm hopeful that they will really tackle some of those Without that work it's still worth the read because of the journey and what you will learn about one person's experience being Muslim in America In the current environment where Muslims are vilified and repressed a reminder that each life is an individual story with its own struggle is in itself a very important thing Thanks to the publisher for providing an early copy via Edelweiss

  2. Siria Siria says:

    Haroon Moghul rose to national prominence in the wake of 911 as an undergrad leader at NYU's Islamic Center His memoirs promise a look at what it's like to be an American born Muslim pulled between personal faith and public identity Sadly this book doesn't uite deliver Partly this is because the book is marketed around Moghul's prominence as what he terms a professional Muslim and yet steadfastly refuses to get into any kind of detail about his career beyond the fact that he's mostly made miserable by it and that he's dropped out of grad school twice because of that But mostly it's because as the book progresses it becomes ever an exercise in navel gazing religious guilt and tortured MFA style writing Moghul undeniably had a tough time in his twenties—marital breakdown mental illness heart problems—but reading How to Be a Muslim feels less like discovering the insights that Moghul gained because of this than it does being asked to play the part of the therapist I was increasingly uncomfortable with that even before I reached the part where he talks about something that happened while separated from his now ex wife He and another woman whom he describes as coy and scandalous watch a movie about Hitler as some kind of weird foreplay before she declares that she wants to bite his cheek and they have sex Who knew there could be a version of we were on a break even jarring than Ross Geller's?A disappointment

  3. Murtaza Murtaza says:

    A great memoir by an author I know well It is in a sense of coming of age story for someone caught in the position of being stuck between two identities and very sincerely struggling to believe in something that they feel they cannot deny The writing was often very funny but above all it is a heartfelt and sincere account of one persons own struggles in the modern world Light easy and thoughtful reading that is highly recommended to people of all backgrounds

  4. Natasha Natasha says:

    The trials and tribulations of Haroon Moghul are certainly an interesting tale to be read not only by Muslims but by anyone wanting to understand about Muslims in general Certainly being a minority is hard enough and add to the current Islamophobia surrounding the world it is indeed challenging for the writer to convince non Muslims and even himself of the sanctity of the religion

  5. R R says:

    One of my favorite things about How to be a Muslim was the authors honesty He was very open about his life and the struggles he faced while he was a young kid in high school to a college student in NYC We all spend great portions of our lives trying to find ourselves so it was interesting to read about how the author navigated through life to find himself I'm a huge fan of memoirs and How to be a Muslim is certainly one worth reading

  6. Richard Needham Richard Needham says:

    I will admit that this book was a struggle to finish and I was disappointed with it in the end I wanted to learn about what being a Muslim in modern day America is like some insight into Islam as a religion and perhaps the reality vs expectations of a Muslim growing up in the United States I read the book after hearing an interview with the author who came across well and piued my interest I do think that I learned from this book and it met my basic expectations in that regard What made reading a challenge was a lack of consistent theme and development of ideas and experiences the author had physical and mental and many romantic challenges growing up some just alluded to which left me hanging and into adulthood uite independent of his religion and these seemed to get in the way somehow In better hands those challenges could have enhanced rather than detracted from the narrative His experiences after 911 when he was a student at NYU and was thrust into the limelight were interesting as were his extensive travels and sometimes excruciating explorations of his mind and soul But his epiphanies toward the end “Talk to God Haroon” from his Imam seemed to lead to confusion the last chapter discusses under four numbered headings how to smooth out the highs and lows of being bipolar and then all is wrapped up neatly with a paragraph on how he has progressed through time ad space as a Muslim Only I just don’t get this whole journey Isn’t that basically what we all do in our journeys through life substituting “Christian” or “Jew” or “skeptic” perhaps I would give this author a try again but hope for a compelling read

  7. Karyl Karyl says:

    I've always been fascinated by religion but this book has shown me that my knowledge of Islam though greater than most Americans' is sorely lacking Moghul does an excellent job of informing his readers of the true Islam the religion of love not the fundamentalist version that leads to suicide bombers and membership in al aeda It's also a coming of age memoir one in which we journey with Haroon as he grows from a teenager who wants to fit in with his peers in white America to a man who realizes he cannot deny either Mohammed or his God and tries to come to terms with the fact that he deserves the salvation that his religion offers As a result there is a lot of pages where we live in Haroon's head with him The issue with this is simply that it becomes uite clear throughout that Moghul was a philosophy major and he tends to throw in various philosophers and their themes mid sentence without much of an explanation He also tends to use rare and difficult words ones even I've never heard of and I have a fairly decent grasp of the English language I began to feel as though I was back in my freshman year of college taking a class called Religion Ethics taught by a professor who delighted in being as obtuse as possible and in failing as many students as he could For me this memoir would have been much effective had Moghul dispensed a little bit with trying to impress his readers with how smart he is He truly doesn't have to impress us with which words he uses or the philosophies he references; it's clear how smart he is just by his writing I do appreciate his use of uotes from the ur'an as well as discussions from various Muslim scholars on what these verses mean But some of the discussions on philosophy and being were so muddled by such unusual words that I felt lost And stupidI wish every American would read a book like this to realize that Muslims are not to be feared that they're part of the Judeo Christian tradition that their religion does indeed recognize both Moses and Jesus as prophets that they're our brothers than we tend to think This book demystifies Islam to some degree and makes it accessible for even an agnostic like me

  8. Allan Dyen-Shapiro Allan Dyen-Shapiro says:

    I met the author when he gave a talk on his book at the Miami Book Fair I came to the talk with a goal A writer of fiction myself I had just sold my first story with a Muslim character However I'd yet to attempt a Muslim POV character because I did not know enough to pull off the interiority reuired I enjoyed Moghul's banter at the talk with several audience members revealing shared experiences of growing up Muslim I decided to purchase the book and enjoyed a brief conversation with the author when I had him sign it In reading it I was indeed offered further insight into the experiences that formed Moghul as an American Muslim I especially appreciated the insights coming both from his study of philosophy and his study of Islam The author acuainted me with Muslim scholars of which I was not previously aware and pulled it together into a coherent worldviewThe book was also a story of a man growing up bipolar a serious mental illness These parts were poignant and definitely gave insight into his characterThe one limitation is that he grew up rich as did everyone he mentioned knowing in the book Certainly with his experiences heading up the NYU Islamic Center he encountered Muslims of varying social classes So why did he only speak of those who are rich like his family? I don't know It also ends on an uncertain note It would seem from reading this that personal issues and dealing with mental illness had overwhelmed the political activist on peace issues and largely silenced him But listening to the author speak told me this wasn't true at all He has morphed into an activist for Muslim Jewish dialog a venture of increasing importance given the fusing of many strands of bigotry in alt right America Was the abrupt ending meant to allow for a seuel? I couldn't tellRegardless even if not a smooth narrative and whose life ever is? this book contains sufficient insights to be well worth reading

  9. Ruby Ruby says:

    Islam is a religion yes but Islam is also a cultural identity a heritage an ethnic marker a civilization and sometimes these things than faithTo be Muslim is to be the stunted descendant of giants to live in the ruin of your own civilizationWhen we're not taught about boundaries about the value and dignity of our bodies we're rendered vulnerable to anyone who preys on our ignorance

  10. Stephen Brusatte Stephen Brusatte says:

    This is a fantastic book I am a scientist and don't often read memoirs or books on religion not that I am anti religious But this book belongs up there with my two favorite memoirs of the last several years Hillybilly Elegy and Dreams From My Father Haroon Moghul tells a story that hasn't often been told in this format and which is increasingly important in our angry and polarized times what it is like to grow up as as Muslim in the United States What I loved best is that Moghul weaves together his own story of growing up the son of Pakistani immigrant doctors; struggling with his faith in high school and having his beliefs reaffirmed through a chance trip to the Middle East; serving as the leader of NYU's Muslim student center during 911 and much with the story of Islam as a faith culture and history I embarrassingly know very little about the history of Islam and the central tenants of the faith and in a stealth way this book delivers the Cliffs Notes version I learned a lotBut ultimately this is the story of one very fascinating person There are dark moments and reflections on mental illness family and career struggles and deeply personal doubts All throughout however is a raw honesty and a sense of humor with some beautiful prose and killer turns of phrase 'every journey has its potholes and its assholes' I'm going to borrow that one The author is relatable and you find yourself rooting for him as he tells his storyHighly recommended to anyone with an interest in religion culture and modern American life

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