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Halal Monk: A Christian on a Journey through Islam Paperback – January 17, 2015
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"The opportunity to 'listen in' on the author's conversations with a remarkable spectrum of Muslim scholars, spiritual leaders and artists is a distinct privilege. Halal Monk has enhanced my own appreciation for the richness and diversity of the Muslim tradition and my hope for a future where peace, compassion and justice can flourish." - Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International and former director of the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. It could not have been written any better by a Muslim - but then it is important that it was written by an upright, self-critical Christian. I will make the book a must-read for my students, both religious and non-religious." - Shaykh Bashir Ahmad Dultz, founding president and shaykh of the German Muslim League and co-founder and president for nearly 20 years of the Christian-Islamic Society.
"Profound understanding among Muslims and Christians is critical for civil health of the 21st century, and this book points in a promising direction." - Rev. William E. Swing, President and Founder of URI and Former Episcopal Bishop of California.
"Jonas succeeds in his quest to find common ground. And he is clear that common ground for its own sake has little meaning. To make a difference, it needs to lead to cooperative actions." - John Marks, Founder & Senior Advisor, Search for Common Ground
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Being a Muslim and knowing Jonas, made me longing to read this book as soon as possible once I heard it was available as e-book. Now, some weeks later I finishes the last page, and I don’t regret. The book is what it promised to be, a walk of an interested religious men trough the landscape of Islam, talking to a number of Muslims. He brings a honest image of a majority that includes more than a quarter of the world population, far from prejudices and clichés.
This book should indeed be required reading in all schools, no matter what religious background the students have. For non-Muslims a window with a view on the meaning of Islam and to the Muslim, an understanding of how a Non-Muslim with an open mind is looking at Islam
Perhaps a rare criticism, it was better for completion of the work to also invite a representative of "radical Islam" to have their say as well, they are there too and they fit into the overall picture of the community. To really understand the “ummah” one has to understand all of the parts of it.
All in all a healthy work being worth to recommend. The book is written from an honest search for the reason why so many people would adhere to something which is said to be so wrong.
The book is published in Dutch too under the name “Soefi's, Punkers & Poëten. Een christen op reis door de islam.”
Jonas is a men from who the Quran says in surah 3 aya 199: “And indeed, among the People of the Scripture are those who believe in Allah and what was revealed to you and what was revealed to them, [being] humbly submissive to Allah . They do not exchange the verses of Allah for a small price. Those will have their reward with their Lord. Indeed, Allah is swift in account.”
To be rewarded with all stars.
Yahya ibn Imeel.
The writer, a catholic, engages in a journey to uncover aspects of Islam in an original yet highly insightful way. Highlighting each aspect separately, and then engaging in a dialogue about it with religious leaders, musicians, linguists, etc... what a revealing and intriguing journey this proves to be!
But the true nature of this book is perhaps not –solely- to obtain a better understanding of Islam. As the writer says so rightfully in the introduction: “the true nature of sincere dialogue above all lies in the courage to confront the self”. A lesson often forgotten by today’s intellectual elite. This book should inspire them –and anyone- to have real dialogues again, especially with people from different opinions.
It certainly inspired me, in so many ways....
A very impactful read!