Title: What would a Muslim Say?
Author: Ahmed Rashid
“What would a Muslim say?” is a book that tries to answer several questions associated with the Islam. It aims at providing a clear & definite of what Islam truly is. Written in the epistolary form, this book is basically a compilation of email conversations of the author with people who came up with their questions.
The author had these conversations as a volunteer for an online website whyislam.org, that seeks to clear people’s doubts regarding the Islam and thus bring forth the true picture of Islam. Thus, this book covers a wide range of questions that crop up in our minds.
From the meaning of the words ‘Islam’ & ‘Muslim’ through the basic beliefs of Islam to the topics like Marriage, Sex, Homosexuality, Islamic Law and the behavioral conduct of the Muslims, this book covers almost all the points of concern.
The book or I would rather say, the emails are written in a formal yet friendly manner, which helps us grasp what the author is trying to say. The basic realization that comes after reading these conversations is that whatever sounds disagreeable in Islam is not the real Islam. Things are sometimes shown out of context and at other times, the extremists are to the blame.
The author cites verses from the holy Qur’an at every other point to make his point. And he does succeed in making his point. But I didn’t find the explanation that he gave for the homosexuals very convincing. Besides that there were some questions in my mind that were not featured in this book. But that doesn’t mean anything because the author has just worked as an editor here.
I feel the author does succeed in his purpose. There’s also a 2nd volume of this book which covers some more topics. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about the Islam.
My Rating: **** (4/5)
What do you think about this book? Do you have any questions about Islam that need an answers? Do share your thoughts. Thanks.
*I was given a copy of the book by the Author, in exchange for a review. Views expressed are entirely personal and unbiased.*