Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Terrorist's Son by Zak Ebrahim

If you’re drawn to stories of individuals who provide inspiration through their resolve to make a positive difference in the world or just simply limited in your reading opportunity, then I strongly recommend this stirring 93-page book. It can easily be read in one sitting but don’t be fooled by its brevity. It packs a powerful message.

At the tender age of seven, Zak Ebrahim’s life was turned upside-down. He is the son of El-Sayed Nosair, an Egyptian-born American citizen, currently serving prison time for his conviction in the 1990 murder of Rabbi Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defense League, and for being an accomplice in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. After these horrific events, Zak, his siblings, and American-born convert to Islam mother, endured a life filled with disdain, death threats, shame, and poverty not to mention moving more than 20 times within a 10-year period. How does one recover from such a troubling and dreadful childhood?

Zak now dedicates his life to speaking out against terrorism and its perpetual cycle of violence. In his book he shares how the brunt of his father’s actions nearly devastated his life. But with the passage of time he was able to impugn the senseless dogmatism adhered to by the terrorist mind-set, leading him on a path that rejects extremism’s teaching of hate and violence and instead promotes tolerance and peace.

In addition to The Terrorist’s Son, you may also want to check out Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef. Mosab is the son of one of the founding leaders of the terrorist group Hamas. His story, as well, is a gripping account of how he turned his back on terror and violence.

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