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The Blood of Lambs: A Former Terrorist's Memoir of Death and Redemption Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Kamal Saleem
is now an American citizen. He has appeared on various news programs and has spoken at Stanford University, the University of California, and other institutions nationwide.

Lynn Vincent
is a features editor at World magazine and the collaborative writer of four books, including the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed memoir, Same Kind of Different as Me. She is a U.S. Navy veteran.

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Beirut, Lebanon



It was at my mother's kitchen table, surrounded by the smells of herbed olive oils and pomegranates, that I first learned of jihad. Every day, my brothers and I gathered around the low table for madrassa, our lessons in Islam. I always tried to sit facing east, toward the window above the long marble sink where a huge tree with sweet white berries brushed against the window panes. Made of a warm, reddish wood, our table sat in the middle of the kitchen and was surrounded by tesats, small rugs that kept us off the cool tile. Mother sat at the head of the table and read to us from the Koran and also from the hadith, which records the wisdom and instruction of Allah's prophet, Muhammad.

Mother's Koran had a hard black cover etched ornately in gold and scarlet. Her grandfather had given the Book to her father, who had given it her. Even as a small boy I knew my mother and father were devout Sunni Muslims. So devout, in fact, that other Sunnis held themselves a little straighter in our family's presence. My mother never went out without her hijab, only her coffee-colored eyes peering above the cloth that shielded her face, which no man outside our family had ever seen. My father, respected in our mosque, earned an honest living as a blacksmith. He had learned the trade from my grandfather, a slim Turk who wore a red fez, walked with a limp, and cherished thick, cinnamon-laced coffee.

Each day at madrassa, Mother pulled her treasured Koran from a soft bag made of ivory cloth and when she opened it, the breath of its frail, aging pages floated down the table. Mother would read to us about the glory of Islam, about the good Muslims, and about what the Jews did to us. As a four-year-old boy, my favorite parts were the stories of war.

I vividly remember the day in madrassa when we heard the story of a merciless bandit who went about robbing caravans and killing innocent travelers. "This bandit was an evil, evil man," Mother said, spinning the tale as she sketched pictures of swords for us to color.

An evil bandit? She had my attention.

"One day, there was a great battle between the Jews and the sons of Islam," she went on. "The bandit decided to join the fight for the cause of Allah. He charged in on a great, black horse, sweeping his heavy sword left and right, cutting down the infidel warriors."

My eyes grew wider. I held my breath so as not to miss a word.

"The bandit fought bravely for Allah, killing several of the enemy until the sword of an infidel pierced the bandit's heart. He tumbled from his horse and died on the battlefield."

Disappointment deflated my chest. What good is a story like that?

I could hear children outside, shouting and playing. A breeze from the Mediterranean shimmered in the berry tree. Mother's yaknah simmered on the stove -- green beans snapped fresh, cooked with olive oil, tomato, onion, and garlic. She would serve it cool that evening with pita bread, fresh mint, and cucumbers. My stomach rumbled.

"After the bandit died," Mother was saying in her storytelling voice, "his mother had a dream. In this dream, she saw her son sitting on the shore of an endless crystal river, surrounded by a multitude of women who were feeding him and tending to him."

I turned back toward Mother. Maybe this story was not so bad after all.

"The bandit's mother was an observant woman, obedient to her husband and to Allah and Muhammad," my mother said. "This woman knew her son was a robber and a murderer. 'How dare you be sitting here in paradise?' she scolded him. 'You don't belong here. You belong in hell!' But her son answered, 'I died for the glory of Allah and when I woke up, He welcomed me into jannah.' "


My mother swept her eyes around the kitchen table. "So you see, my sons, even the most sinful man is able to redeem himself with one drop of an infidel's blood."

The Blood of Lambs © 2009 Arise Enterprises, LLC

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  • File Size: 912 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416577807
  • Publisher: Howard Books (March 14, 2009)
  • Publication Date: April 7, 2009
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001VT3KWY
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"The Blood of Lambs" is a gut-wrenching autobiography by former terrorist Kamal Saleem (not his real name). With the assistance of Lynn Vincent, the memoir of this former terrorist's road from horrific existence to redemption is graphically laid out for the reader, offering understanding into how a terrorist is manufactured by an aggressive culture. A review on the cover calls this a riveting read, and it certainly is! Saleem recounts his experiences from the tender age of FOUR YEARS OLD that led to his becoming a feared Islamic warrior. Now, his calling is to courageously defend America and awaken the people of the land he loves to awareness of the terrorist threat with which he used to be affiliated. This is an engrossing and shocking read that is bound to change the reader's perspective on our world.

This is an emotional, engrossing and educational read.
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I wouldn't call this an enjoyable read; not because it wasn't a good book. But rather it was very scary to read. It makes you face the truth of what is going on right under our very noses here in America.

You are led to understand why these terriorists behave the way they do. They are born and raised to hate the "infidels". If these "infidels" are killed you will get to (what they consider to be) heaven.

It is sad to take small children and raise them to believe in hatred of others; to have them believe that it is fine to kill another human being in cold blood. How sad and disturbing is that?

This book is a real eye opener as it explains why these radicals want to kill us with all of their hearts.

This is a story that is important for everyone to read. You can't go about your daily lives and not consider what is going on around you every minute. Though you can't live your life in fear, you must certainly keep your eyes open.

Thank you to the author for coming forward at his own peril and at the peril of his family members, to educate Americans about this very real danger. This story is very compelling.
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This book is an eye opening account of a young man's journey through hatred and terrorism to love and redemption. This in itself makes the book a very enjoyable read.
As you follow along with his account you will be amazed, hopefully your eyes will be opened and you will see the depth of the hatred that radical Islam holds for us here in the west and just how far they are willing to go in order to kill us.
I would also like to thank the author for writing it; our prayers go out to you and your family.
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From chapter one I couldn't put this book down except to eat and sleep. Exquisitely written, forthright, honest, factually telling and dynamic in style and content. "Saleem" takes you inside the mind and life of a young boy born into Islam, living in West Beirut, who at the age of 6 begins his training and indoctrination in terrorism. Be warned, this book is blunt, detailed, and holds nothing back. His journey progresses violently as he becomes a highly trained terrorist for the cause of Islam where the slogan of the Muslim Brotherhood is "Allah is our objective! The Prophet is our leader!The Koran is our law! Jihad is our way! Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope!"-taken from page 82. He tells of his training, where funding for the jihadists operating world wide came from, how they carried out attacks, and what is planned for the future. Saleem reveals the tactics, psychology and methodology of recruiting the poor and needy canvassing areas such as prisons, university campuses, and also neighborhoods where unemployment is high and welfare abounds. The doctrine of 'al toqiah' -lying to infidels for the sake of Islam was and is practiced. Yet for someone who seems forever encased in terrorism and violence, a day like none other happens and the elite hate filled terrorist comes into contact with something he cannot murder...truth. This book will challenge and tilt the minds of certain individuals and their current held erroneous beliefs. I highly recommend this book!!!
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The Blood of Lambs is the life story of a warrior trained at his mother's knee, near the shores of Lebanon, to wage the war that is radical Islam. Wounded during a jihad recruiting maneuver in America, he fell helpless into the arms of strangers. He fiercely resisted and mistrusted their kindness, but eventually the love of Jesus Christ disarmed the hate that guns and bombs could not. The description of his ultimate moment of surrender is so real, so vivid, you will carry it in your heart forever.

Kamal Saleem (a pseudonym) is a brave man who has faced up to his past and made public a former life devoted to death. It is a wake up call for America. We have a heart for foreigners -- but this will be our undoing if we do not recognize our enemies and face them head-on.

He asks us to stop pretending. Many Muslims are kind and gentle people, but likely one in ten has declared war on our way of life. We must examine the patterns of jihad and Sharia law, remaining constantly vigilant at home and abroad. His prayer for us is that we will never meet a man like he was. Thank you for sharing your story and your life with us, Kamal Saleem.
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