My Name Used to Be Muhammad by Tito Momen

My Name Used to Be Muhammad

Tito Momen was raised Muhammad Momen. He was born in Nigeria and was taught to observe the strict teachings of Islam. 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. His training to memorize the Qur'an began at age five. It was at this same age that he began copying the entire Qur'an word for word. He was being raised to emerge as a leader among clerics, capable of leading ...

Details My Name Used to Be Muhammad

TitleMy Name Used to Be Muhammad
Release DateNov 5th, 2013
PublisherEnsign Peak
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Religion, Autobiography, Memoir, Christianity, Lds

Reviews My Name Used to Be Muhammad

  • Emily Adams
    I think if I had rated this book immediately after we read it, I would have given it 4 stars, but my opinion has changed a bit after some reflection. Burke gave me this book for Christmas and we read it together this past month in less than a week as we were so fascinated by the story. While Tito's history is interesting and his conversion to Mormonism is quite remarkable, I found myself reflecting on the impact this story might have on the pool ...
  • Jolee B
    I may be more inclined to give this book a 4 or 4.5, but marked it 5, because I really want people to read it when it comes out (I read an Advanced Readers Edition). The only reason for lower marks is because it is a biography, so by nature, there are parts that move slower. (Not slow, just slower).Anyway, this is the true story of a Muslim who was converted to Christianity - specifically Mormonism - while studying to become an Imam (Islamic prea...
  • Nancy
    This is a frank and honest description of a very intriguing yet incredibly difficult paradigm shift; Islam to Christianity. Momen had an interesting and unique upbringing in Nigeria which is an integral part of his story. He was raised to be far more observant than the rest of Muslims his age, not only within the religion but also in his village. He was curious and intelligent which put him on the path for a colorful ride. What I appreciated abou...
  • Shadow
    "The next time I see him will be on the other side. I do believe he'll be there. At that point he won't be a Muslim and I won't be a Christian. We will simply be children of God." -Tito Momen
  • Jeff Head
    I read large excerpts of this book in an "LDS Living" magazine with my wife. Sorry for the length of this review, but what an incredible story!This man was raised in Nigeria to become a militant Islamic cleric and a leader of Jihad. His father sent him to a radical Sunni school in Syria and when he graduated from that he got an appointement to a highly sought after Islamic University in Cairo run by the Muslim Brotherhood.Through his own research...
  • Christopher Black
    This book gave an in-depth look into the Islamic religion which I admit I didn't really know much about. I bought the book thinking it would tell of his conversion to Christianity in general but I was surprised to learn that he actually converted to the Mormon church. He goes through his thought process and how easy it was for him to accept Joseph Smith because he had been taught his whole life to believe in the prophet Muhammad. The book doesn't...
  • Lauren
    Tito Momen’s Story is one of confusion, searching, falling, and finding. It is an amazing telling of a humble man who could not fake what he believed, even when it was ingrained in him from every angle. I was absolutely enthralled and amazed to see how each event in Tito’s life prepared him for the next one. It was an engaging and inspiring read. I especially loved the themes of self-realization, blessings in disguise, and the story of the pr...
  • alayne
    Really amazing story and definitely made me think about how blessed I am. So many times people have to go through insanely tough times after changing their life around. I think that's what makes me people afraid to change even when they know they should. This was a really inspiring story.
  • Deb
    This is a truly remarkable, faith-building book. It was particularly interesting to learn more about Muslim culture and practices in Nigeria. I was also intrigued by the descriptions of Cairo, Egypt and the prisons there. His conversion story feels a bit incomplete, but it is enlightening. I'd like to learn more about his current religious feelings and life. I was also hoping for pictures!I'm not sure where I learned about this book. Somehow it m...
  • Leslie
    I would love to meet this man. What an incredible story! My heart ached for him as a young boy living in an extreme fundamentalist Islamic city with a father who did not allow him many childhood freedoms. His life was spent studying and writing passages from the Quran and sitting at the feet of the imam. He was being groomed to become one. His father sent him to a radical Islamic school in Syria and when he was kicked out of there, made him atten...
  • Ginny
    I felt he entire book was long-winded with exhausting detail about every aspect of his life until he's released from prison. Then it ends. Just like that. What happened after he was released? What did he do for a living? Did he marry? Have a family? Ever see his cousins again? I would like to know these things especially after feeling very involved in his daily life up to being released.
  • Lisa
    Wow! Amazing! Very brave and honest. Highly recommend!
  • Patti Raney
    Amazing story, of what one man endured for his new found faith.
  • Eustacia Tan
    This may be a book about conversion, but the thing that struck me the most was that it was really a book about the need for religious tolerance.You see, Tito Momen (formerly Muhammad Momen) was raised under a very harsh interpretation of Islam. He was even sent to be educated at a very radical school that hated America and Israel and preached the Jihad of war. So when he converted to Mormonism, he not only lost his family and the girl he loved, h...
  • Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
    "I was blindfolded, disoriented, and afraid. I was still in leg irons and handcuffs as two men holding each of my arms pulled me through a labyrinth of hallways. Eventually we stopped and I collapsed to my knees. I could tell that there were other prisoners nearby. I could hear them crying and screaming. It sounded as if they were being tortured. I was so scared. Oh Lord, I thought, Help me. Please."-Tito MomenWhew! This was one fabulous biograph...
  • Andrea
    When I heard about this book I was intrigued. I've often felt that ignorance breeds hatred, especially when it comes to other cultures and religions, so I jumped at the chance to review this book hoping to gain a better understanding of what Muslims believe.My Name Used To Be Muhammad is very eye opening to the practices of Tito's particular group of Muslims. It was interesting to learn how various groups have interpreted the Qur'an so differentl...
  • Asim Shaiban
    well this book is attacking our beloved Muhammad peace and blessing be upon him in an indirect way . this book gives an imaginary hope for those who wants to stay as a mormon or Christians .you can't tell me that because a Muslim become a Christian, Christianity is a true religion ask yourself why did he become Christian , what is wrong in Islam ?? where are the mistakes in Islam The writer never give a real reason to show the readers why he lif...
  • Danica
    My MIL bought us all this book because she thought it was such an interesting and touching story. She was right! This was a fascinating look into one man’s experience being raised in a very extreme Muslim family/village and paying a terrible price for converting to Christianity. It was like hearing someone share a super interesting story. Well written but not flowery, and a very worthwhile read for me.
  • Julie
    This is the story of a Muslim boy brought up in a harsh Muslim Brotherhood environment. Beatings were common for small infractions. His mother was not allowed to leave their property or speak back to her husband. Unquestioned obedience was expected of all, first to the father, and higher up to the local Imam. When Tito went to college he started asking questions (not allowed) and was expelled from the university. Not only was he expelled, but his...
  • Josephine
    This was not just a book about a man who served 15 years in prison as a result of religious persecution, although that was in there. It was not really even about a Muslim man who converted to Christianity, specifically the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, although that was in there too. No, this book was so much more than that. It was about a broken man who found healing and peace through the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. By...
  • Susan
    This book is a good alternative to A Thousand Splendid Suns. It gives you a taste of the Muslim culture without the heart wrenching. There were parts of his story that I felt were glossed over to perhaps save face. Also, some rationalizing of his poor behavior that bugged, but the main point of the book is him finding redemption and forgiveness through Christianity. I thought that in itself was powerful. We have all made choices in our lives that...
  • Linda
    Well, all I can say to my Goodreads friends is, you should read this. Recently written, it's a true story of one man's journey that is very applicable to today's world. A child raised and groomed by his Muslim extremist father converts to Mormonism and pays a price beyond comprehension. It will give you a wrenching view of what it means to live where there's little religious freedom. Our Branch President here in Kyiv Ukraine works for the U.S. St...
  • Michele
    A heartbreaking amazing journey. I was so impressed with Tito and what he went through for his beliefs. I found it astonishing that he would keep the Word of Wisdom in prison. I would think that with food being so scarce that would be the first thing to fly out the window. He is an amazing Saint and I hope he has now found happiness. I found the ending left me wanting more. Did he get married? Has he found peace in Ghana? What is he up to now? I ...
  • Preston
    I read this book on the recommendation of my wonderful daughter, who introduced me to Goodreads earlier this year, and lent me her copy of this book on our last visit.I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, once I started reading it, it was difficult to put down. This is a straight-forward, personal narrative of a humble man's life. I am not often touched by biographies but his story is especially moving. A good book for anyone who feels uplifted and i...
  • Heidi
    The idea of a devout Muslim man converting to Christianity is fascinating, so I had no problem putting this book on reserve in a hurry. The story itself is interesting because his conversion is so dramatic. The writing is good, but it does have that Deseret book feel to it, where the book is currently being sold. In spite of the writing, I hope some of my friends read this book so we can discuss his courageous conversion.
  • Marsha
    Amazing story of an incredibly brave man I have met and enjoyed a family dinner with. He is a man with courage in his own understanding and revelation with the conviction to stick with it no matter what. The story flows easily and to hear him in person is even more riveting. The Q& A session was the most enlightening.
  • Tanner
    I really loved this book. Living in Africa and the Middle East added to my personal enjoyment of the setting of the story. One thing I really appreciated about this story was Tito's willingness to be open about his life (the bad, good, and ugly). I'm very impressed by his faith and highly recommend 'My Name Used to Be Muhammad'.
  • Freddie
    I would have given this book 4 stars, if it weren't for the first third of the book being slower and kind of boring. I really enjoyed the story but I feel like the writing could have flowed a little better. I also feel like some of the first few chapters could have been condensed.
  • Carol Guthrie
    I like it yet I found some of the descriptions difficult to digest. I would have preferred not to know the details of his womanizing and drinking but I think that he wants us to realize the depth of his change. I found his honesty refreshing. Tito is someone I would like to meet.
  • Chelsie
    This is an amazing story! The things he went through because of his conversion and even before, make me feel so blessed for where I was born and the religious freedom I have. There are some parts that are a little hard to read, but I felt like it was tastefully done.