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- ASIN : B07VP22SC2
- Publisher : Bookstand Publishing (July 27, 2019)
- Publication date : July 27, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2035 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 327 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,739,205 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Alaji accepts this world, and builds his own life around the huge obstacles that society sets in his path. He is guided by his love of music and his faith in Allah.
The book is written in a discursive style that reads much like a private diary. Yet Alaji is a literate and clear writer, and his own conflicts, ambivalences, and successes are poignantly portrayed.
While this is the personal memoir of one black man’s journey, it reaches far deeper into the larger societal issues facing black men and women in general, especially those needing assistance, and the governmental programs available to them. Bilal tells his story in a brutally honest way and while I found myself disappointed at some of his choices, I cheered his indomitable spirit as he refused to let the system define him. Bilal lays it all on the line in a vulnerable manner exposing himself in a way not often seen in today’s culture, especially the male culture.
While Bilal enjoyed some initial success with music, his admitted mistakes in judgment brought forth harsh and vindictive women, which ultimately led to trouble with the law. Three/four children later he finds himself in the government managed housing system, which is one of government’s worst run programs.
Bilal’s faith provides a great source of motivation and for those unacquainted with the Muslim religion it opens the reader to a better understanding. Ultimately a hopeful and inspiring story, Bilal has delivered an intimate portrait of his own life. Open and unembellished, Bilal clearly has wisdom to share and possesses a good hand for storytelling. This courageous memoir has key moments of rawness and inspiration, and will be especially helpful for those navigating the Black Muslim experience in the present day.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review--this is it!
Alaji, born and raised in New York, recounts the story of his life, from childhood to present day, as he strives to succeed as a son, brother, father, spouse and friend. At times, his words and actions made me squirm with discomfort; however, I found his unapologetic narrative refreshing in its honesty. In this day and age of social media, where everyone seems to put up a good front and share only the positive side of life, Alaji’s willingness to show vulnerability is a welcome antidote to persons’ personas on Facebook, where they project an image of perfect beings who experience only happiness and share only the accomplishments of themselves and their children.
As a flawed human, I struggled with Alaji’s descriptions of things like the corporal punishment he inflicted on his daughter, how his second wife’s pregnancy came about, and his views about mental illness, but in the end, I realize that it’s not for me to judge this man or his choices, but instead to simply to be willing to accept it as his truth. I’m grateful that he’s willing to tell his story, and tell it well (though, it could have used a bit more editing). My favorite part of the book is the epilogue, in which he writes, “Too often, we like to wallow in self-pity over what was done to us as opposed to looking at our own contribution to the situation. Nothing happens to you without your permission. The sooner you take accountability for whatever occurs in your life, the sooner you will be in charge of your life” (296). Well said.