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Published: Monday, Nov. 11 2013 8:30 a.m. MST

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Sandy, UT

I just read "My Name Used To Be Muhammad", and there is no word to describe it but stunning. It is an incredible story, and he is an incredible man.


Powerful book. It isn't for a younger audience, as it contains chapters which are honest in depicting the immorality of exposure to a oversexual "western' culture. My 11 year old boy powered through it ahead of me and we had to have some frank discussions. The book is very self disclosing and doesn't paint things comfortably. It is very honest and the voice of Tito is frank and honest if not at times naive. A must read for anyone wanting to understand the cultural battle being waged today in the clash between Islam and Christianity.

Orem, UT

Brought tears...just reading this story.

American Fork, UT

Thank you for this insightful and wonderfully written story.

Gallatin, MO

Sounds like a good book to read. What I have read hear has brought tears of joy as one embraces the Love of God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. Thanks for sharing.

Surfers Paradise, AU

Wow, so amazing. We "hear" about such experiences but never get to read them first hand like this. Thank you for making this available.

Salem, UT

This sounds like a truly inspirational story. So glad to read of something positive and inspirational!.

Magna, UT

“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.”

I cannot express it any more succinctly. The more that people understand we are ALL children of God, and treat each other accordingly, the better this world will be.

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Far East USA, SC

I did not grow up in Utah.

I was fortunate to be in a neighborhood with a lot of boys my age. (always easy to get enough for a baseball or football game)

I knew these boys from the 1st grade all the way through high school.

A couple of the boys went to the same church I did, so I knew what religion they were.

I never asked or knew what church, if any, the other boys went to. It did not matter one bit.
They were good kids.

Isn't that the way it should be?

Lincoln, NE

I read an abridged version of Tito's memoir in LDS Living a few months ago. The story captivated me and resonated with me and my family profoundly. The level of this man's faith and endurance is very powerful. I've been looking forward to reading this book ever since. Thank you for telling your story, Mr. Momen, and thank you Mr. Benedict for helping capture the words. An important story.

City, Ut

Wow. Thanks for this story.

Twice this week in the DesNews have been stories of Islam, showing the two faces of those who are Muslim.

I also loved the other story of Aden Batar, a Muslim refugee in Utah who is the head of the refugee program for Catholic Community Services.

The biggest impression I come away with from both these stories is that the choice for Muslims is the same choice for everybody else--of any religion, or of no religion:

To believe in, have and exercise love, kindness and compassion for their fellow humans....Or not.

Cedar Hills, UT

We live in a world that goes out of its way to make excuses for the Muslim faith and the Nation of Islam and the barbaric way they manage their religion. It is time we call it as we see it and stop trying so hard to sugar coat things. From this post we read "one who had been persecuted — beaten and threatened with death — for believing in Jesus Christ." Now I ask does Christianity or the Jewish Faith or the Hindu Faith turn to violence when someone leaves their ranks and joins another faith? Which religion reacts with violence ...documented and predictable? MUSLIM!!! Yes say it people - MUSLIM!!! What does that say about the Muslim faith? Yes yes we know it is only the extremists but the FACTS are the majority of Muslims outside of the US ARE EXTREMISTS. Muslims in the US live in fear ...even in the US ...to speak out for fear of being hunted and targeted for death. This sounds more like the Mafia than a religion. True religion is all about peace. False religion is all about vengeance and hate.

SomewhereIn, UT

Thanks for sharing this. I too read the abridged story in LDS Living and was touched in ways that words cannot sufficiently describe. I treasue that feeling.

Thanks, Tito, for your example of courage and faith.

Chris from Rose Park
Hartford, CT

This was a touching story. Thanks for writing it.

Please just calm down. I know wonderful Muslims. I don't believe there is a stat saying that more than one of every two Muslims is an extremist terrorist. I doubt it's even close to that.

spring street

The Muslim fundamentalist he belonged to is no more a reflection of Muslim's then the Mormon fundamentalist are a reflection of the LDS Church or any other Christian religion.

spring street


and yes the mormon fundamentalist do engage in the same types of behaviors, I have worked with some of those brave enough to leave.

Dave M
Louisville, KY


Do other faiths sometimes turn to violence when someone joins another faith? Yes, sometimes some of them do.

Which religion reacts with violence? Many would have to cop to this (at least the individual adherents thereto).

The majority of Muslims outside of the US are extremists? That seems highly unlikely. You will have to provide some statistics and a proper context. From all the news I get and interviews I hear, I take it that many (probably most) most devout Muslims want nothing to do but live their lives and have the extremists leave them alone.

I understand that there appear to be more extremists among Muslims. But I recall the "troubles" of Northern Ireland. There is also the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda.

Pleasanton, CA

And the Muslims call US "crusaders"?

wj, UT

Great story, thanks for sharing

American Fork, UT

Religion makes us hate one another like nothing else can.

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