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Losing My Religion: A Call For Help Paperback – September 1, 2004
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If so, you are not alone, and could benefit from LOSING MY RELIGION: A CALL FOR HELP. Throughout the book, Lang, tackles such difficult questions and comments put forth to him by second generation Muslim Americans (and Canadians), converts, doubters, apostates, evangelists, and others. He uses the Qu'ran, the hadith, and numerous resources from both Muslim and Non-Muslim scholars of Islam, but most importantly, he also uses reason. What results is a rare book which squarely addresses issues facing the Muslim community, with a particular emphasis on current Mosque culture and the place of rationality in Muslim thought and discourse.
Its important to note at the outset that Lang is not some Muslim hack or discontent who wishes to change the religion to suit his desires. Reading the book, it is quite clear that he is a devout Muslim who takes his religion, including the rituals very seriously (he prays regularly, and very often in the Mosque). His compassion, love and concern for his family and his mother also shine through.
The book is divided into three sections: in the first part, Lang addresses his first experience with the Qu'ran, which led directly to his conversion.Read more ›
As an American convert to Islam I found this book comforting, due to the challenges I have faced in adapting to my local Muslim community. I found, as many converts do, that while Islam itself is pretty straight forward, the cultural/political dimensions of many masjids in the US are positively Byzantine (pun intended). Prof. Lang does not have ready solutions for the problems he describes, but he does offer an essential approach -- dialogue. My only reservation about this book has nothing to do with its merits (5 stars), but rather I fear that the people who would benefit the most from it, such as mosque administrators and imams, will not read it.Read more ›
Dr. Lange takes his correspondence with disenfranchised and disenheartened Muslims; North American converts, North American born, and Foreign born, and formulated responses to their concerns and doubts about Islam. The common thread in all of these many people is the corruption in the practice of Islam caused by centuries of cultural bias and parochial influence. The cause is well-known to so many Muslims not only in North America, but the world over.
Additionally, Dr. Lange is trying to resurrect the practice of reason, which was at one time the hallmark of the Religion, and now an unencouraged, forgotten practice, relegated to ancient history.
Unfortuately, the ruling parties at the North American Masjids(Mosques) are insistent on riveting their operations and customs solidly to cultural norms of the middle-East, which discourage thought and repress women, and have resulted in a massive absence of Muslims from North American Masjids.
Through excellent research and argument, Dr. Lange identifies the bones of contention between the disenfranchised and the Masjid elite, its deep-seated roots and causes. Although the cure for the disease has yet to be worked out, a problem recognized is a problem half-solved.
Sadly I fear this excellent work will be ignored by those who could benefit from it the most; the entrenched who are in possession of the Masjids. The change will come slow, if at all, and will take a great deal of courage. Dr. Lange is to be commended for his excellent work, which could very well serve as the linchpin for change and progress in North American Islam.
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This book identifies a major problem for the muslim communities in north america. However, the approach for the solution is based on personal perceptions rather than an in-depth... Read morePublished on May 14, 2014 by Mohamed Rabie
I believe this guy is either and idiot or a fake. He is making $$ hand over fist in muslim countries because they actually believe he is converted.Published on April 16, 2014 by cgr
Dr. Lang, being a mathematician correctly uses logic and reason in his criticism of unquestioning acceptance of Hadith. Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by farooq
I am a Muslim by birth and still I find Dr. Lang is touching a lot of my fears and questions through his great well written book. Read more
Dr. Lang does our Ummah a great service by courageously detailing the challenges facing Muslims in the 21st century.Published on October 1, 2009 by Atif Fareed
I am a Muslim born and raised in the US. I attest that this book does have good aspects to it, however when it comes to hadith Lang is completely off track. Read morePublished on April 15, 2009 by Zamsaf
This is a great book - I think the author has an excellent writing style. I won't summarize it, as others have done so already. Read morePublished on February 1, 2009 by Aynur
This book is one of the few books that caught my attention from the first page and wouldn't let go until I reached the last.
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this is a very good book i bought 2 of these gave 1 to my uncle he enjoyed it very much. he thought it was a very interesting book he's not even a Muslim. i would buy it again. Read morePublished on September 19, 2007 by A. Ghazy