My Name Used to Be Muhammad (Hardcover)
The True Story of a Muslim Who Became a Christian(edit)
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Tito Momen was raised Muhammad Momen. Born in Nigeria, he was taught to observe the strict teachings of Islam.
Beginning at age five, he woke at 4:45 every morning to attend the mosque and perform dawn prayer with the other men in his village. At age six, he began memorizing the Qur'an by copying the entire book word for word. He was preparing to become a cleric capable of leading a jihad, or holy struggle, to convert nonbelievers to Islam.
But Tito's path took an unexpected turn when he was introduced to Christianity. His decision to believe in Jesus Christ cost him his family and his freedom. Sentenced to prison, Tito expected to spend his remaining days enduring a life sentence in an uncivilized Egyptian prison. For fifteen years, he suffered and waited and prayed. "I never gave up hope," Tito says. "I never stopped believing."
Although he was falsely imprisoned, beaten, and ridiculed, Tito's remarkable true story is one of faith and forgiveness, as well as a witness that God does hear and answer prayers.
“My Name Used to Be Muhammad” is a life changing book! It was fascinating to me to learn about what it was like to grow up in an Islamic community with very extreme beliefs and rules. Titon Momen’s story about finding Christianity makes me reflect on my own Christianity and resolve to be a better Christian. I am a better person for having read this book. It was easy to read, and hard to put down. I marvel at Tito’s faith and optimism. If he can remain positive in his trials, then I know I can be more positive in mine. I am grateful to have read such a wonderful book, and look forward to reading it again. —Tom Castleton
- Size: 5½" x 8"
- Pages: 208
- Year Published: 2013
About the Authors
Jeff Benedict is the author of eleven critically acclaimed books, including Little Pink House, The Mormon Way of Doing Business, and Without Reservation. His articles have been published in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, and he appears as an expert on network news and cable television programs. A frequent public speaker, Mr. Benedict teaches writing at Southern Virginia University.
One of the most amazing books I have ever read.
by Steven - reviewed on October 27, 2013
"My Name Used to Be Muhammad" is one of the most amazing books I have ever read. I couldn't put it down. I finished it just moments ago, and the book has changed my life forever. In many ways, Tito's story is terribly tragic. He is disowned by his family, he loses the love of his life, he is repeatedly beaten and mocked, and he suffers fifteen years in prison for his beliefs before finally being released in 2006 for medical reasons--particularly diabetes, stroke, and heart problems. But at the same time, Tito's story is one of glorious redemption. Through all of his trials, Tito finds the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is a greater gift than all of the wealth in the world. Tito's experiences bring to my mind the words of the Lord to Joseph Smith while in Liberty Jail: "My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes" (D&C 121:7-8). Tito's life is a reminder to me that no matter how dark life may seem to be, Christ will never forsake us. He will ALWAYS be there. One note: In the book, Tito does not mince words in his descriptions of abuse, drug and alcohol use, sexuality, and harsh prison life. Some of his descriptions are graphic and are obviously not meant for children. However, for adults of all Christian faiths, I offer my highest recommendation for "My Name Used to Be Muhammad". Download it. Read it. And change your life because of it. You won't regret it.
An eye-opening, testimony-building story.
by Debbie - reviewed on August 29, 2013
It's hard to imagine some of the experiences people are subjected to in non-Christian parts of the world. This story was told from the heart with an honesty and sincerity that was gripping. I learned a great deal about the Muslim/Islam way of life and about the sacrifices that are made when embracing Christianity. Tito helped me appreciate the religious freedom I enjoy and I'm grateful for his story being told.
by Stephanie - reviewed on November 16, 2013
Because he was his fathers favorite son, when Muhammad Momen was a little boy he was groomed to become an "imam" or a holy leader in his community. This required much sacrifice and dedication, even memorizing the Qur'an by copying it diligently, verse by verse. Muhammad wanted very much to please his father and as a teen was thrilled to be accepted into a prestigious Islamic private school. He was disillusioned however when he arrived at the school to discover it wasn't so much an institute of higher learning as it was a place to indoctrinate and brainwash young male teens to follow the teachings of extreme Islam. The teachers were very abusive going so far as to beat students who asked questions that were contrary to Islamic teachings. Muhammad stands up for himself and his friends eventually finding himself expelled from 2 schools, hurting his fiancee Aaban by cheating on her, drinking alcohol, and smoking. As he falls further and further away from Islam he finds himself falling closer to Christ. He attends church with a friend and discovers the healing love and acceptance of Christianity when he attends the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cairo. Eventually seizing the opportunity to be baptized, Muhammad changes his name to Tito (the Italian version of Titus) and embraces the gospel tightly. This dedication to Christ eventually leads to imprisonment where he was given a life sentence... Never giving up hope and never giving up on his faith, Tito tells his story of life as a child of extreme Islam, his conversion to Christianity and paying the price for his dedication to God by serving 15 years in terrifying conditions. A prisoner in a corrupt system of government. All I can say about this book is wow. It really brings to life what it is like to be a child of Islam. How they live day to day. And why they do what they do. What is expected of them. This book is eye-opening, educational, faith promoting, and heart wrenching all rolled into one. Once I started this book, I could NOT put it down. I needed to know what happened to Tito Momen. This man is courageous. I would love to meet him. Wow. I mean. WOW.
by Courtney - reviewed on November 22, 2013
I found this book to be less a story about a Muslim converting to Mormonism but a Muslim converting to Christianity. You needn’t be a member of my church to enjoy and learn from his experiences. There are just so many things to learn from Tito’s life. My Name Used to be Muhammadnofollow is a wonderful story of faith, repentance, and the healing power of the Atonement. Tito was raised to be able to lead a Jihad, and while it didn’t turn out exactly like his father had planned, Muhammad DID have a holy struggle. It began with a simple questioning of his upbringing, and it ended with a change of name, a change of religion, and a change of heart.
The honestly and intimacy invoked a deep sense of humility.
by Kelly - reviewed on November 30, 2013
Reading this account of Tito Momen's life had so much contrast to my own experiences I had to keep reminding myself that it was true. His ability to relate his experiences with such honestly and intimacy invoked a deep sense of humility. His life is a remarkable testament to the scripture "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it (Matthew 16:25)."
A powerful story of conversion and hope under the most difficult of circumstances.
by Heidi - reviewed on November 20, 2013
A powerful story about a man who grew up Muslim yet eventually becomes a Christian. But he pays a high price for doing so, he is completely disowned by his family, he loses the woman he loves, and he's thrown in an Egyptian prison for 15 years. The book is a fascinating and heart-wrenching account of the suffering inflicted by religious extremism. It's sad to read about how instead of using faith to encourage obedience, all too many of those Tito is surrounded by use fear and intimidation and violence. It's not too surprising to read about Momen's trip back to Nigeria only to discover that many of those he once new had joined Al Qaeda. After reading about Momen's struggles both internal and external, I truly have a greater appreciation for the freedoms available, here in the United States. Despite the suffering that Momen undergoes the book remains hopeful and there are plenty of examples of God watching out for him even under the most horrendous circumstances. A heart-wrenching but ultimately hopeful read.
Amazing story about an amazing person!
by Cathy - reviewed on November 25, 2013
I was really amazed by this story. It's not very often you hear of a Muslim converting to any Christian religion, let alone the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was amazed by the very different way that Tito was brought up, the customs of the Muslim people seem so very foreign to me. I was amazed by his trials after he became a member of the LDS church. But I was most amazed that even when in the midst of these terrible trials he never once lost his faith or wavered, even when it would have been easy to or when it would have saved him even more trials. This book is very raw and honest, there were several of the more mild swear words, there was talk of sex, but nothing overly explicit. It's definitely not a book written for kids, but I think that it's a book that's well worth reading.
by rhonda - reviewed on November 16, 2013
5 STARS This book was very interesting. I can understand a little more about Muslims what they believe and why some hate everything different. This starts out telling about his life from the time he was about 5. About what they learned and what they were kept away from. He doesn't speak of Muslim religion with bitterness or angry. He just tells what his life was like growing up. Explains why and how come he did some things or didn't do. About his regrets and wrong things he did and why. To me it seemed like a real honest look back at his life so far. I like the culture of the different countries he was in and the differences he encountered. I was also surprised that the Qur'an has more of Mary's story in it than the Bible does. The story just flowed and was so interesting. I was sad to see it end. I admit that I have taken the freedoms that I have for granted. I am glad that Tito now has more freedom. The scene with his father for the last time brought me to tears. I am grateful that I was able to read Tito's story. I was given this ebook to read and asked in return to give honest review of it by Netgalley. I want to see some of his drawings. Also want to help others who have gone through some of the same hardships for believing In Christ too. This is a powerful book. Thank you for sharing your story and your life. Published November 12th 2013 by Ensign Peak 278 pages ISBN:9781609077105
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