Born a Gangster's Daughter: My Mother's Story

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Amina was born in Dubai in the 1970s. As a child, Amina was brutally beaten by her father. As she came of age, she was cruelly discriminated against in favor of her brothers. But as a woman she nonetheless persisted in her love for her family, which was at the center of her life.

Managing to connect her father with life-saving medical attention at a time when he was dangerously close to death, she subsequently witnessed what appeared to be a miracle. Her grateful father became a...

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Amina was born in Dubai in the 1970s. As a child, Amina was brutally beaten by her father. As she came of age, she was cruelly discriminated against in favor of her brothers. But as a woman she nonetheless persisted in her love for her family, which was at the center of her life.

Managing to connect her father with life-saving medical attention at a time when he was dangerously close to death, she subsequently witnessed what appeared to be a miracle. Her grateful father became a famous businessman and a fervently devout Muslim. Delighted with his apparent change of heart, Amina felt as though her loyalty had been rewarded. Sadly for her and for many other people, she couldn't have been more mistaken. She soon discovered that her father was, in fact, a gangster, hiding behind the shield of religion.

This true tale is more than a disturbing account of hypocrisy, corruption, and betrayal. Thanks to Amina's 14-year-old daughter, Maha, who skillfully brings her story to life in these pages, it is also an inspiring testament to the power of speaking the truth, of bringing meaning to suffering, and of discovering what truly matters in this life.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780991757602
  • Publisher: Maha Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/10/2012
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Maha Al Fahim, who wrote Born a Gangster's Daughter at age 14, is passionate about the role of education in ending social ills such as child abuse, discrimination, and criminality. This is her first book.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2014

    A beautiful message from a gifted young author Maha Al Fahim wri

    A beautiful message from a gifted young author
    Maha Al Fahim writes about her mother with such a visual and emotional density. This is a quote from her Goodread site:
    "Let us call the world to come together – every child, every woman and every man. Let us draw a bigger picture, one that enters every home, every heart and brings together every voice.
    Let us listen to the helpless cries of the abused and neglected children. Let us listen more deeply to women who are being abused, blamed and discriminated against, while trapped in cages of injustice, fear and shame, with no option but to suffer in silence.
    I have seen with my own eyes the happiest dreams of unfortunate victims change to their worst nightmares. I have seen their lives shatter while their families fall apart. Their hearts have burned and their eyes have seen nothing but misery.
    Let us transform all the voices and sounds of hopelessness into a beautiful melody that plays to the world. No matter how dark things get, the sun of justice will eventually rise. The birds will sing our stories to the world. Rainbows will dazzle with color in a sky that is no longer grey." 

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    This is a fascinating story about a young woman┬┐s brave emergenc

    This is a fascinating story about a young woman’s brave emergence from a wealthy Dubai family whose culture and values she could no longer tolerate and whose business practices she found ethically and morally reprehensible.
    Amina never set out to be brave. In this personal account written on her behalf by her teenage daughter, we come to know a quiet and loyal young girl who wanted nothing more than to win the love of her family. She had no idea that there was anything amiss about the beatings that she and her siblings received as children. Nor did it seem unfair to her that, as the eldest daughter, she was responsible for taking care of the home and her siblings from the time she was seven years old.
    She was not one to complain and even if she were, her parents made it clear that if she said anything, she would be beaten and thrown out of the house. As a child, she lived in constant fear of abandonment.
    Despite or perhaps because of the less than supportive conditions in her home, Amina made up her mind when she was in primary school that she would solve her own problems and take responsibility for her own destiny. Her parents may have placed little value on education, but she intuitively saw it as her chance at a better future. Throughout her childhood and youth, she steadily worked at her studies and eventually received a university degree in business. And soon thereafter, to her great joy, she married a highly educated man with a kind and noble spirit.
    Her marriage took her to Canada where her husband completed post-graduate studies, where they started their family, and where Amina saw both boys and girls being treated and valued equally. Returning to Dubai, she and her new family found a welcome place within her family of origin – until she inadvertently discovered family secrets that could not be denied.
    Apart from telling a fascinating story, one of the gifts of this book is in its honest depiction of the lifelong influence of childhood trauma, of the all-consuming impact of cultural and familial decrees, and of the indelible desire to win our parents’ love, regardless of how they have treated us.
    If Born a Gangster’s Daughter were a fairytale or a feel-good Hollywood movie, standing up to her father and expressing her disapproval of his corrupt and inhumane business practices would have been all that Amina would have needed to step forth into a brave and bold new life. But this is a real life story, not a fairytale, and real life demands that we not only take the big risks but that we also commit to the far less dramatic and far less glamorous lifelong healing that such risks often give rise to.
    It is obvious that sharing her story and breaking longstanding cultural taboos against speaking publicly about one’s family, something that few women in her culture have dared to do, is not something that Amina has undertaken lightly, but her desire to adhere to moral principle, to the precepts of her Muslim faith, and to her innate sense of justice gave her no choice. This is a courageous book and will be an inspiration to many.
    Review by Donaleen Saul

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

    Good

    Good story

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