Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The True Story of a Muslim Who Became a Christian

Today I want to tell you about a book I'm currently reading which has made me so grateful once again that I am an American with so many freedoms! I love learning and I am finding this book to be fascinating! My Name Used to be Muhammad is the true story of Tito Momen--a Muslim who became a Christian. Jeff Benedict has given life to his words in this tale of religious fanaticism from one side of the spectrum and how lives change when a person is given the freedom to choose.

Do you know very much about the religious culture of Islam? I didn't. I've often wondered about the Quran and the belief system that many terrorists have used as an excuse for violence. I appreciate Tito's story because he shares that there are many good people who believe and practice Islam--it is only those, like his father who take things to complete extremes who do damage. Unfortunately, in many parts of the world that kind of religious fanaticism leading to violence and abuse is the law and anyone who tries to move away from it, like Tito, is punished, jailed, even executed. This story is one of hope and a sharing of a great faith which I admire greatly.

I applaud Benedict and Momen for sharing this story and hope that you might enjoy reading it too.

Let me introduce you to this book: My Name Used to be Muhammad

Tito Momen was raised Muhammad Momen. He was born in Nigeria and was taught to observe the strict teachings of Islam. At age five he woke at 4:45 every morning to attend the mosque and perform dawn prayer with the other men in his village. Training to memorize the Qur’an began at age six. It was at this same age that he began copying the entire Qur’an word for word. He was being raised to emerge as a leader among clerics, capable of leading a jihad, or holy struggle, to convert nonbelievers to Islam. However, Tito’s path took an unexpected turn when he was introduced to Christianity. His decision to believe in Jesus Christ cost him his family and his freedom. Tito thought he would spend his remaining days enduring a life sentence in an uncivilized Egyptian prison. For fifteen years he suffered and waited and prayed. Tito said, “I never gave up hope. I never stopped believing.” Although he was falsely imprisoned, beaten, and ridiculed, Tito’s remarkable true story is one of faith, forgiveness, and testimony that God does hear and answer prayers.

About the Author
Jeff Benedict is considered one of America’s top investigative journalists He has published several acclaimed books, including Out of Bounds and Pros and Cons. His work has also been published in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, among other publications, and he has appeared on ESPN, NBC Nightly News, CBS’ 48 Hours, and ABC News.
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