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What Everyone Should Know about Islam and Muslims

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A book by Suzanne Haneef

Written by an American Muslim, this work presents a brief yet comprehensive survey of the basic teachings on the significance of Islam's central concept, faith in and submission to God. It introduces the reader to how Muslims feel about various aspects … see full wiki

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  • Oct 17, 2011
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I’ve long wanted to know more about Islam, but I didn’t want to read one of those books by a Christian explaining why “their” God isn’t ours, or by someone trying to tell me the danger “their” faith represents. This book by a self-described “devout Christian” who “later discovered Islam” seemed like just what I needed, and it’s certainly been an interesting read. For myself, I’m a “devout Christian” with no intention of changing but every desire to learn more…

This book certainly taught me more, not only about what Muslims believe, but also about how my own faith appears to others, and how easily we misunderstand each other while using the same words.  I learned a lot about beliefs, traditions and language, saw head-coverings through different eyes and shared a desire to see an end to injustice and oppression. While we cannot agree on everything, the author’s conclusion that “Muslims and Christians share many similar beliefs, values, moral injunctions and principles of behavior” is well-stated. And while I found some of the author’s misunderstanding about my faith painful, they certainly put into perspective my own misunderstandings about hers.
 
Disclosure: I’ve searched for a book like this for a while and I really enjoyed it.

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