From Shaherazad Umbreen
Thanks for inspiring me with your book Kristiane. I found it hugely enlightening and as a thank you I have named a shoe after you, “Dream then Do in Silver.” I love how you champion the empowerment of women and that is what my brand is all about. Profits go to educating women living in poverty. My website is www.shoesbyshaherazad.com
Thanks again. I think you’re absolutely amazing.
From Ghulam Rabbani
Respected Ms. Kristiane Backer,
From Baghdad – Iraq
Dear Ms. Kristian Baker,
Assalam Alikum Kristiane,
I am Hamza, Egyptian pharmacist and young brother of yours, I finished reading your book and I loved it! I am not used to reading books, but when I started reading your book, I had the feeling that I am travelling and enjoying the experiences. The book took me through a journey to places I wished to visit, and introduced me to other aspects of Islam which I never touched before, it made me better spiritually and showed me the beauty of Sufism (which I had no idea about other than that it is kind of Bidaa), it taught me to be modest and always open my mind and think and not take things as it is. The book made me happy and sad and excited and gave me the feeling of having an actual travel journey, not on religious sides only but in general matter and knowledge of life 🙂
Lastly, I had many non Muslim Friends from Canada, America, Poland, Slovakia and England, and I was thinking about a modern non traditional way to introduce Islam to them, your book is exactly what meets their interests!! and they will not feel that some one is preaching them! This Christmas I bought 5 copies and sent it to them as Christmas gift, and they liked it and started reading.
May Allah bless you and bless the work you do and always inspire you as you inspired me and other Muslims and non Muslims.
Thank you so much for telling your story in this very interesting book and I hope to see you in some event somewhere around the world.
I pray you are well at the beginning of a New Gregorian Year. The blessing of Allah we have in being reminded of the virtue of Lady Maryam and Prophet Isa and the great exemplars in the predecessors of Prophet Muhammad is truly a big blessing.
“I gave a good neighbour and friend a copy of your book for Christmas and I have this afternoon received the following testimonial which I thought I should share with you:
“Thank you so much.
Kristiane would not claim to be perfect or always right, but she is always honest. Totally honest. That is so refreshing.
As I read her book I made a mark in the margin every time she, or someone, or the Quran, said something that I know is in the Bible. There must be well over a hundred such marks in my autographed copy.
I feel I should write to her and thank her. ”
I have pointed Tony to the address on your site and you should receive a personal note of gratitude from a practising Christian missionary for your writing.
I hope that after the LFT dinner you will be able to share some of your experiences with senior students at the Madressa on how you have lived Islam over the past two decades and managed to communicate across cultures and faiths.
With prayers for your continued success in 2013 and beyond.
I just finished reading your book, mashaallah wonderful!!!!! I am proud of you, may Allah bless you and reward you, well done!!! Many aspects of your story really touched me as I have very similar experiences, especially with men, it is really a story. I am still more or less silent despite completing my PhD in islamic law opened me some door for more presentations and speaking opportunities.
Had a late night, couldn’t put your book down, was 3am before I forced myself to stop reading, had to be up at 7am for a 4 day trial!
Cried at 2 points in the book, once when you prayed with Dr Amina, for IK and JG’s happiness on their wedding day, what a BIG heart!
And secondly what you tell the lady about her grandfather’s car crash (crying on tube this morning).
Best book I’ve read this year. So open and honest. Reading very slowly as I want to take it all in.
It was a great pleasure to meet you in person, and your book was a great read, particularly the section dealing with the healing of the soul.
I continue to make dua for you and your successful efforts in propogating Allah’s message.
(As one Goethe fan to another “Was glänzt, ist für den Augenblick geboren, Das Echte bleibt der Nachwelt unverloren”).
I have just finished reading your book which I found in a charity shop and bought because I am interested in why people make life changing decisions such as changing their beliefs. Your book was very interesting and I learned a lot about MTV (which I knew nothing about at all) as well as Islam (about which I have already read several books). I was very moved by your journey into the heart of Islam and it makes me feel hopeful for the future of a ‘western’ Islam which seeks to translate the essentials of Islamic belief into western culture. I am speaking as a Christian who is dismayed by the violence and intolerance I see in Muslim countries and here in Europe. I can see the sacrifices that you have made for your faith as you were unable to find a suitable Muslim husband and have not had the full family life that you must have hoped for. I pray that you will be rewarded for your faithfulness. I will be following up with books by Annemarie Schimmel and Gai Eaton, suggestions that I have got from your text. There is much that is beautiful in Islam and I would like to know more about it. I hope your book is widely read.
I had the chance to meet you a few months ago at one of the events organised by Emerald. Through our conversations, I had highlights of your personal story and you told me about your book launch in Sept. I was really looking forward to reading it and also I wanted to share it with my friend’s wife, an English lady who since she lives in Singapore has wanted to learn more about Islam but did not know “where to start”. She is from a Christian background but did not receive any religious education from her parents. She has recently embraced Islam and asked me some guidance. I thought your own story could help her at all levels of her new path and so I sent her your book. She said that it strengthens her conviction of embracing Islam. I wanted to share with you her feedback I have just received:
“I just wanted to email to thank you so much for the book you gave me by Kristiane Backer. I couldn’t put it down…& in parts I was in tears! So inspirational & very well written. Thank you again for the book. Lisa Xxxx”
Reading your personal journey to Islam has emphasised her commitment toward Allah.
May Allah reward you for devoting yourself in bringing the essence of Islam to the centre of Western societies. May Allah’s blessings light up your path and lead you to eternal love, happiness and success.
This a delightfully written book describing Kristiane’s spiritual journey to redefining herself and being much happier and content with her life and choices. One is proud of the role model she has established and counters much of negative stereo type hype in the media about her chosen faith. She is a tremendously impressive ambassador of the faith of Islam and the book provides a great insight into what motivated her to embark on the spiritual journey and what she has achieved and shown a true reflection of the faith. Highly recommended book.
This isn’t a gentile stroll through a life mapped out in the luxury of certainty, but of a courageous leap of conviction into a journey unknown. The highs and lows of a life during and post an MTV heyday are depicted in detail, living amongst a host of islamic scholars and close friends, but whilst also among the regulatory stellar stars of the music industry showbiz.
As a literary wordsmith the writer isn’t a novice (leaning on her journalistic experiences) and possesses sufficient tools in her locker to depict colourful recreations of meetings, people’s reactions, exotic locations, architectural and environmental observations in the East, Middle East, North Africa and Europe; all entertainingly contrasted, and well supplemented with authentic quotes from Quran, Hadith and poetry from mystics and philosophers. The conclusions to each decision are logically argued with clear thought processes.
Whether misunderstood, sometimes wronged or taken advantage of, her eyes and heart are never diverted from observing the higher acts of human kindness and reciprocation that she observed throughout the muslim world. For established muslims this is a refreshing path of discovery of a known world by new eyes and new muslims will find the unearthing of a great deal of relevant information helpful and a source of encouragement from a bright mind. In this time of mass misinformation on Islam the non-muslim reader will gain a much needed insight to this incredible faith’s practicalities and philosophies in the modern world; throughout this serious business, however, this book will also entertain with a cool sense of (rare Anglo-German) humour.
With the Berlin Wall reduced to installation art and the global triumph of liberal capitalism assured, a mesmerisingly beautiful European television presenter experiences a crisis of the soul. Through a chance encounter with an international sports star she is propelled into a domain which makes her question the most essential precepts of her existence; through losing the world, she ends up gaining the universe.
The above text reads like a précis for a contemporary work of magical realism, and notwithstanding the entirely factual nature of the first English-language edition of From MTV to Mecca (German and Dutch versions having preceded this volume), the narrative of former MTV and NBC Europe icon Kristiane Backer at times mirrors that of Pamuk and Calvino: there is a certain reflexivity and profundity that fans of The Black Book or If on a winter’s night a traveler will doubtless recognise and admire.
If anything, however, Backer’s work proffers an even scarcer modality: that searing luminosity concomitant with the sincerest quests of the soul. It is rare indeed for the limitations of even the most glamourous designer lifestyle to be perceived so acutely, and rarer still for an individual to surrender so honestly to a path whose call few heed. The transcendence required for both these actions entirely penetrates this book.
From MTV to Mecca represents nothing less than a journey of enchantment: it is no exaggeration to state that this is one of the most important works to be published in any genre since the year 2000. Anyone with the remotest interest in literature, spirituality, intercultural dialogue or pop culture will regard this book as a reference point; an inspiration; in short, a treasure!
It’s such a well written book. very matter a fact, honest and inspiring. you don’t have to be a Muslim to enjoy it.