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December 10th, 2010

Cracks in the Crescent now a Google Edition eBook

Cracks in the Crescent (252 pages) is about Hussein Wario’s upbringing as a Sunni Muslim in Kenya, his conversion to Christianity and the ensuing persecution. It is now available as an ebook. You can read it  on the Web, Android phones, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Nook, Sony devices and other supported eReaders. To start reading, please click HERE. Thank you.

Here is a sampling of some of the reviews:

This book should be read by any and all Catholic clergy and laymen interested in Islam. While some of the information provided will call for great tact and sensitivity if shared with Muslim friends and acquaintances, it will readily furnish the needed resources and references required to help both Muslims and non-Muslims come to a clearer understanding of Islam and its growing influence in our world today. Dr. Philip Blosser, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, Sacred Heart Major Seminar

…Elegantly written… The New Oxford Review

…Must read… The Standard Bearer

…Excellent… Rev. Otto Kaiser, Associate Professor of Religion, Global University (Assemblies of God)

If you are unfamiliar with Islam and its beliefs, this is an excellent book to have on hand. Christians should know what Muslims think about Christianity and the author has written a book unlike any other that I have read on the subject of Islam. This would also be an excellent book to give to Muslims because it shows quite clearly where they have been misinformed about Christians and in particular Jesus. If you have Muslim friends you want to get this book! Interviews & Reviews, Canada

The fact that it is autobiographical adds an important dimension that most books on Islam lack…. very special. Dr. R. Greenway, PhD, Professor of Missiology

Truly remarkable testimony of God’s grace… engaging and moving… Dr. Rex M. Rogers, PhD, President, SAT-7 USA

Hussein Wario is a Kenyan Christian of Sunni Muslim background. He blogs regularly here. You can listen to his testimony here or read it here.

November 10th, 2010

Alert: My Testimony Is not for Sale

The story of God’s work of grace in my life is not for sale. Jesus Christ paid it all. I did not do anything to earn my salvation. I have been sharing this testimony free of charge for more than two decades. Listen to it here. Read it here. Read more about it here.

Many asked me to put the story in writing. Now my autobiography, Cracks in the Crescent, is in print. You can get your copy here.

Surprisingly, some reputable online retailers tout it as hard-to-find, rare and out-of-print book. They use these labels to justify their outrageous pricing even for used copies. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw some of their prices, especially one of them, which is a whooping US $346.13—22 times more than the cover price. Is this still capitalism or a rip off? Why would they mislead people when even their tag “Usually ships in 3 weeks” shows these retailers must be buying directly from me? Here are some examples:

On Books A Million a new copy sells for between US $193.32 and 346.13.

On Alibris a new copy sells for between US $115.44 and 230.24.

Here are a few things to note. First, Cracks is not a P.O.D. (Print or Publish On Demand) book. There are thousands of copies in print. If you would like a copy, you can order it from Amazon.com, Google, my website or visit these bookstores. Secondly, if you are just interested in the first few chapters, you can read it (my upbringing, conversion and persecution) for free on Google Books here. Thirdly, if you would like to get a copy, it retails for US $15.99 and there is an offer for free shipping.

To minimize any distortion of the testimony—some unhappy Muslims have made attempts to distort testimonies of ex-Muslims including mine—I have come up with some guidelines you can read here. Please feel free to print my posts in any non-commercial publication provided you include this copyright notice: “© 2010, Hussein Hajji Wario. All rights reserved. Originally published at http://www.cracksinthecrescent.com.” You can also duplicate audio of my testimony for your own use or for your organization as long as you are not charging for it.

I hope these guidelines are clear. Please feel free to contact me with further questions. Have a blessed day!

The story of God’s work of grace in my life is not for sale. Jesus Christ paid it all. I did not do anything to earn my salvation. I have been sharing this testimony free of charge for more than two decades. Listen to it here. Read it here. Read more about it here.

Many asked me to put the story in writing. Now my autobiography, Cracks in the Crescent, is in print. You can get your copy here.

Surprisingly, some reputable online retailers tout it as hard-to-find, rare and out-of-print book. They use these labels to justify their outrageous pricing even for used copies. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw some of their prices, especially one of them, which is a whooping US $346.13—22 times more than the cover price. Is this still capitalism or a rip-off? Why would they mislead people when even their tag “Usually ships in 3 weeks” shows these retailers must be buying directly from me? Here are some examples:

Here are a few things to note. First, Cracks is not a P.O.D. (Print or Publish On Demand) book. There are thousands of copies in print. If you would like a copy, you can order it from Amazon.com, Google, my website or visit these bookstores. Secondly, if you are just interested in the first few chapters, you can read it (my upbringing, conversion and persecution) for free on Google Books here. Thirdly, if you would like to get a copy, there is an offer for free shipping. This limited time offer will end on Friday, December 31, 2010.

To minimize any distortion of the testimony—some unhappy Muslims have made attempts to distort testimonies of ex-Muslims including mine—I have come up with some guidelines you can read here. Please feel free to print my posts in any non-commercial publication provided you include this copyright notice: “© 2010, Hussein Hajji Wario. All rights reserved. Originally published at http://www.cracksinthecrescent.com.” You can also duplicate audio of my testimony for your own use or for your organization as long as you are not charging for it.

I hope these guidelines are clear. Please feel free to contact me with further questions. Have a blessed day!

http://solagrace.org/audio/by/title/testimony_of_jussein_wario

http://husseinwario.com/blog/book/

http://books.google.com/books?id=OENqmSqKkDkC&source=gbs_navlinks_s

http://www.booksamillion.com/search?raresearch=1&id=4866468415725

The story of God’s work of grace in my life is not for sale. Jesus Christ paid it all. I did not do anything to earn my salvation. I have been sharing this testimony free of charge for more than two decades. Listen to it here. Read it here. Read more about it here.

Many asked me to put the story in writing. Now my autobiography, Cracks in the Crescent, is in print. You can get your copy here.

Surprisingly, some reputable online retailers tout it as hard-to-find, rare and out-of-print book. They use these labels to justify their outrageous pricing even for used copies. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw some of their prices, especially one of them, which is a whooping US $346.13—22 times more than the cover price. Is this still capitalism or a rip-off? Why would they mislead people when even their tag “Usually ships in 3 weeks” shows these retailers must be buying directly from me? Here are some examples:

Here are a few things to note. First, Cracks is not a P.O.D. (Print or Publish On Demand) book. There are thousands of copies in print. If you would like a copy, you can order it from Amazon.com, Google, my website or visit these bookstores. Secondly, if you are just interested in the first few chapters, you can read it (my upbringing, conversion and persecution) for free on Google Books here. Thirdly, if you would like to get a copy, there is an offer for free shipping. This limited time offer will end on Friday, December 31, 2010.

To minimize any distortion of the testimony—some unhappy Muslims have made attempts to distort testimonies of ex-Muslims including mine—I have come up with some guidelines you can read here. Please feel free to print my posts in any non-commercial publication provided you include this copyright notice: “© 2010, Hussein Hajji Wario. All rights reserved. Originally published at http://www.cracksinthecrescent.com.” You can also duplicate audio of my testimony for your own use or for your organization as long as you are not charging for it.

I hope these guidelines are clear. Please feel free to contact me with further questions. Have a blessed day!

http://solagrace.org/audio/by/title/testimony_of_jussein_wario

http://husseinwario.com/blog/book/

http://books.google.com/books?id=OENqmSqKkDkC&source=gbs_navlinks_s

http://www.booksamillion.com/search?raresearch=1&id=4866468415725&qisbn=9780578001555&chunk=10&qsort=p

http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?qsort=p&siteID=BMAI54k.xMY-6bJvSC2hb2j9kKSb5V.rLA&qisbn=0578001551

&qisbn=9780578001555&chunk=10&qsort=p

http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?qsort=p&siteID=BMAI54k.xMY-6bJvSC2hb2j9kKSb5V.rLA&qisbn=0578001551

July 21st, 2010

New Oxford Review Reviews Cracks in the Crescent

I am grateful to Dr. Philip Blosser, Professor of Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, for reviewing Cracks in the Crescent and for the New Oxford Review for publishing it in the July/August issue. Here is an excerpt from the printed article. You can read the rest of the article after the jump.

Cracks in the Crescent. By Hussein Hajji Wario. Bethany Press. 252 pages. $24.95 [sic]. [Error. Book retails for $15.99.]

Since the events of 9/11, Christians in the West have become increasingly interested in what makes the Muslim world tick. Writers and publishers, for their part, have begun turning out a growing number of books introducing Western Christians to the world of Islam. Offerings from Catholic publishers include Jacques Jomier’s The Bible and the Qur’an (Ignatius Press, 2002), Dan iel Ali and Robert Spen cer’s Inside Islam: A Guide for CatholicsIslam Unveiled (Encounter Books, 2003), and Giorgio Pao lucci and Ca mille Eid’s interview-based volume, 111 Questions on Islam: Samir Kha lil Samir, S.J., on Islam and the West (Ignatius Press, 2008), to mention but a few.

Hussein Hajji Wario’s Cracks in the Crescent warrants special notice. Two facts set this book apart. First, Wario is not only a former Sunni Muslim with years of experience in an Islamic culture, but unlike many Muslims was thoroughly educated in the esoteric aspects of Islam. Second, the arguments he uses to expose Islam — arguments honed by years of experience of debating Muslim peers after his Christian conversion — are drawn from the extensive literature of Islam itself, not merely the Qur’an, but Islamic history, Seerah (the life of Muham­mad), Sunnah (specific words, actions, and practices of Mu hammad), and Hadith (narrations based on the words of Muhammad shedding light on the Qur’an and matters of jurisprudence), and Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence). The purpose of his book, Wario says, is to help both Muslims and non-Muslims seeking answers about the true nature of Islam.

Wario was educated in traditional Islamic schools, called ma drassa, in Kenya during his formative years. Upon graduation he served as a madrassa teaching assistant and as a muadhin, the man who calls Muslims to prayer, in his native hometown. The first fourteen chapters of his book chronicle his upbringing in the monolithically Muslim community of his Kenyan Orma tribe, the shocking persecutions that followed his Christian conversion in 1989, and his emigration to the United States, where he attended Hope College in Michigan. The final two chapters deal thematically with the distortions behind the “Jesus of Islam” and the “Promised Comforter,” whom Muslims understand to be Muhammad.
Western readers will be startled to read Wario’s account of the tight, hierarchical network of Muslim clerics who strictly oversaw every aspect of Wario’s education. All of life revolved around the madrassa and local mosque. As soon as he was old enough, he was taught to read and write Arabic, and then to read the Qur’an. Along with fellow schoolboys, he still bears scars from the floggings they received when they misspelled or mispronounced words from the Qur’an.

Since Islam recognizes the virgin birth of Jesus and considers Him a human prophet, it is not surprising that Wario’s first awareness of Jesus came not from Christians but from hearing a Muslim cleric state that Jesus would return at the end of the world for the final judgment. His first serious encounter with Christianity came, however, only after a Christian headmaster at a government school took him under his wing, helped advance his education by a transfer to a better boarding school, then invited him to his home over the Christmas holidays and invited him to church. These events precipitated a crisis in which all of Wa rio’s Muslim commitments and prejudices about Christians were put to the test. After months of conflicted reflection, they were eventually found wanting. Among the more humorous of these was the preposterous fable he and his childhood classmates had been told that Muslims who attend Christian services received a “stamp” on their buttocks that earmarked them for Hell — a story he hilariously and decisively undermined for his childhood friends after his conversion while swimming with them.

A significant dynamic in Wa rio’s conversion was the evangelical seriousness of the Christians he encountered, their witness, their willingness to invite him to church, to give him a Bible, to instruct him in the faith, and to make the guarded arrangements necessary for his baptism and incorporation into the Christian community amidst a religiously hostile social environment. From his description, these Christians appear to have been, for the most part, Pentecostals, Baptists, and those from the Reformed tradition. In any case, the Christianity Wario absorbed fostered in him an evangelical earnestness about winning his Muslim family and friends to the Gospel. At every turn, he boldly confronted his friends and other Muslims with inconsistencies he found in Islam and challenged them to accept the Gospel. Sometimes his boldness verged toward brazenness, as when he flouted the fasting regulations of Ramadan while staying with his family.

None of this, of course, won him any friends. News of Wario’s conversion spread like wildfire, and his community rose up in outrage against him. The very idea that teachings of the Qur’an might be questioned in discussion, let alone contradicted, was considered unthinkable insolence. Wario was repeatedly assaulted physically. One student who heard about his conversion traveled 120 kilometers in order to beat him up. Offers were made to literally “buy him” back, on the assumption that he must have been paid to convert to Christianity. Ominous plans were made to forcibly convert him back to Islam. His family arranged for him to see an exorcist. Attempts were made on his life. His sister attempted to poison him — a fate he only narrowly escaped by a vague intuition that something was wrong on the occasion when she served him a drink. To add insult to injury, he was sometimes criticized by Christians who misunderstood his motives.

Keenly aware that few of his Muslim contacts would ever seriously consider conventional arguments of Christian apologetics because of their Muslim religious conditioning never to question what they were taught, Wario learned to focus on undermining the credibility of Islam by examining its own authorities, principally the writings of the Qur’an and Hadith. Muslims remain pervasively ignorant of certain key elements of their faith, according to Wario, for three reasons: (1) discussion about the Qur’an is censored in many Muslim countries and communities; (2) there is a decided lack of adequate accessible resources, such as Hadith collections, for Muslims to learn readily about the esoteric aspects of Islam; and (3) scare tactics that are constantly employed to deter Muslims from exploring Christianity, which would assist them in discerning the inner distortions of Islam, such as the Qur’an’s nonsensical claim that the mother of Jesus is Miriam, the sister of Aaron, the brother of Moses.

Among the more interesting points raised by Wario is the doctrine of “abrogation,” by which Muslims attempt to reconcile contradictions in the Qur’an. For example, Mu ham mad’s early, more amicable “revelations” in the Qur’an calling for peaceful co-existence of Muslims with Jews, Christians, and the patrons of pagan gods in Mecca contradict his later dic ta calling for the slaying of all infidels — Jews and Christians included. While there are many peace-loving Muslims who insist that Islam only calls on Muslims to defend their religion, Wario argues that the doctrine of “abrogation” renders this view either naïve or mendacious because it demands the supplanting of Muham mad’s earlier call for peaceful co-existence by his later call for violent conquest. “Islamic scholars prevaricate when dealing with the latter verses of the Qur’an,” says Wario, “because these verses essentially prove that Osama bin Laden is…[living] in accordance with what Allah has decreed.”

On one occasion, when seriously outnumbered by a crowd of young Muslim men, Wario was asked why he left Islam. He knew that any answer he gave justifying his rejection of Islam would upset his audience, so he chose to reference an esoteric doctrine of Islam and replied that he left their religion because the Qur’­an, in a text glossed over by Mus lim scholars, clearly states that all Muslims will go to Hell no matter how piously they have lived. Much to the disbelief and consternation of his listeners, the Muslim cleric at the local mosque confirmed his claim. The esoteric Muslim doctrine that all Muslims are destined for Hell, if only temporarily, presents a dilemma that most Islamic scholars do not like to admit, says Wario, but proves that Islam borrowed from the Zoroastrian religion and its idea of a bridge over Hell.

Islam borrows, in fact, not only from Judaism, Christianity, and Zoroastrianism, but from pre-Islamic Arabian paganism. Few books have been more inflammatory to Muslims than Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses (1988), a novel whose title refers to a group of Qur’anic verses in which Muhammad allows for prayers of intercession to be made to three pagan Meccan goddesses: Allat, al-Uz zá, and Manat. Rushdie received a fatwa, a religious declaration calling for his death, by none other than Ayatollah Khomeini, the supreme Muslim leader of Iran, in 1989. The passage is inflammatory because the Qur’an states clearly that Muham mad recited these “Satanic verses,” and this poses a threat to his credibility as a prophet of Allah—a detail Islamic scholars have an interest in covering up. Furthermore, the “Satanic verses” would tend to undermine the Islamic claim that Muhammad is the “Promised Comforter,” who, in the New Testament at least, is the Holy Spirit promised to “lead you into all truth” (Jn. 16:13), not error.

There are other problems with the Islamic claim that Muhammad is the “Promised Comforter.” For one thing, the Hadith clearly states that the angel Gabriel is the Holy Spirit, a claim reinforced by the Yusuf Ali commentary on the Qur’an. Fur ther more, Muhammad, as the “Promised Comforter,” did not continue the mission of Jesus, but followed his own agenda of jihad against non-Muslims, including Christians. In fact, parts of the Qur’ an falsely accuse Jesus of telling His disciples to take His mother Mary as a god and a member of a trinity of gods.

The most embarrassing aspect of Muhammad’s life to Muslims who know, however, are his sexual indiscretions — his exorbitant number of wives even by Muslim standards (official accounts state that he had eleven wives; others as many as twenty-five [sic]) [book reads "nine and eleven" on page 16 instead of "eleven... twenty-five"]; his marriage to Aisha when she was only six or seven and still playing with dolls, according to the Hadith, a marriage that was consummated when she was nine years old; his proposal of marriage to the beautiful Umm Salama on the day of her husband’s death; his marriage to Zainab, the wife of one of his adopted sons, Zaid bin Haritha, after pressuring them to divorce; the Hadith’s statement that he was given the strength of thirty men to service all of his wives every day and night in his old age; etc.

By far the most interesting point that Wario discusses is the “Jesus of Islam.” Even though the Qur’an and Hadith depict Jesus in ways that are often grossly distorted, they inadvertently accord Him tremendous attributes that show His vast superiority to all the prophets mentioned in the Qur’an, including Muhammad — attributes including His sinlessness, that He would be a revelation and a mercy for mankind, and that He was uniquely protected (along with His mother, Mary, “chosen above the women of all nations”) from Satan at birth. The Qur’an says that Jesus is a “word of Allah,” and a “spirit” from Him who became flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit (the angel Gabriel in Islam). Miracles of Jesus are acknowledged, whereas no incontrovertible miracles are attributed to Muham­mad. This is not to deny the multitude of bizarre distortions in Islam concerning Jesus, but it certainly suffices to provoke wonder at how Muslims can believe that God would send Islam as a religion to abrogate and supplant Christianity, when, even by Islam’s own account, the “prophet” who brought Christianity is superior in every respect.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Wario for the courage of his response to Christ’s call to follow Him out of his Islamic community in Kenya, at great personal cost; for his elegantly written chronicle of those events; and for this rare glimpse into the more esoteric doctrines of Islam. This book should be read by any and all Catholic clergy and laymen interested in Islam. While some of the information provided will call for great tact and sensitivity if shared with Muslim friends and acquaintances, it will readily furnish the needed resources and references required to help both Muslims and non-Muslims come to a clearer understanding of Islam and its growing influence in our world today.

Read the rest of the review here.

Start reading the first four chapters here.

If you would like a copy, buy it on Amazon or autographed copies here.

March 1st, 2010

Autobiography

Countless books have been written on the subject of Islam, making it a daunting task for the reader to select a good one. The lack of consensus among Islamic scholars also makes Islam a very complex topic. These scholars, who supposedly have the task of clearing the confusion in Islam, tend to prevaricate (beat around the bush) when questions that could help to decipher Islam are asked. As a result, ordinary Muslims and non-Muslims are generally victims of misinformation, rummaging through this morass trying to grasp Islamic teachings. Therefore, it is imperative for one to read a book with a clear, concise, and coherent message in order to gain a proper understanding of Islam. Cracks in the Crescent unravels some esoteric aspects of Islam by conspicuously illustrating them throughout my upbringing as a Muslim, my conversion to Christianity and the ensuing persecution. It is an objective appraisal of Islam that utilizes Allah’s word, the Qur’an, and Prophet Muhammad’s sayings, the Hadith, to make its case. (Read the first four chapters HERE.)

WHERE TO BUY

There are a few thousand copies of Cracks in the Crescent in print and are available at Hope College, Calvin College, Reformed Book Outlet and Cornerstone University bookstores and Schuler Books & Music in the United States and CPRF Bookstore in Europe.

Also available at Amazon.com

You can also buy securely using PAYPAL here. You don’t have to have a Paypal account because a credit card, debit card or a check is accepted. Free shipping. Offer ends Friday, December 31, 2010.


March 1st, 2010

Reviews

Cracks in the Crescent (252 pages, paperback, printed by Bethany Press International) has received excellent reviews. (You can read the first four chapters HERE.) Here are samples of what readers and reviewers have to say. So far, it has received nothing but five star ratings on amazon.com

A must read for anyone interested in Muslim-Christian dialogue. An intense story of the author’s struggle to leave Islam, the religion he was raised up in, and the numerous attempts on his life for embracing Christianity. Along his journey, the author discusses several inconsistencies with Islam between theology and its practice and how it affects the Muslim-Christian dialogue.

The author was formally trained in both an Islamic Madrassa and a Christian University—having experienced both religions in personal and dramatic ways. It is from this perspective that he is able to discuss these controversial issues in ways few others could.

David V., College Station, TX.

Informative and Well Written. Excellent. This book presents the stark contrast between Christianity and Islam in a true story narrative. Anyone who is interested in knowing the difference in thought and belief between the two should buy this book and read it.

Steve M., Philadelphia, PA.

Very informative

Charles R.W., Grand Rapids, MI.

truly remarkable testimony of God’s grace…engaging and moving…

Rex M. Rogers, President, SAT-7 USA

He meets his detractors at their level and because of his knowledge of both the Bible and Qur’an, is able to handle questions from Muslims with ease. If you are unfamiliar with Islam and its beliefs, this is an excellent book to have on hand. Christians should know what Muslims think about Christianity and the author has written a book unlike any other that I have read on the subject of Islam. This would also be an excellent book to give to Muslims because it shows quite clearly where they have been misinformed about Christians and in particular Jesus.  If you have Muslim friends you want to get this book!

Interviews & Reviews, Canada

Found it helpful

Dr. Larsen, Professor of Islamic Studies

The fact that it is autobiographical adds an important dimension that most books on Islam lack…. very special.

Dr. R. Greenway, Professor of Missiology


Free Shipping. Offer ends Friday, December 31, 2010.



Newspaper & Magazine Review

“Must read”

Standard Bearer

“Readers will learn much about Islam from a man who has experienced the best and worst of it.”

Grand Rapids Press