Salvation cannot be attained through our actions, but only through God’s mercy.
CHICAGO (PRWEB) September 29, 2014
In reference to the actions of ISIL, President Obama stated, “No God condones this terror.”
Pakistani-American and Muslim, Waleed Khan explores whether God is merciful to rebel actions in his new novel, “Reyyan’s Penance.” During the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, fictitious Reyyan witnesses his brother’s execution and loses his sense of morality and good in the world. Under his wealthy aunt’s lax supervision in America, Reyyan rebels into a playboy who selfishly indulges his carnal desires.
In this coming-of-age story, Reyyan learns his actions have consequences and struggles with the idea that God may or may not show him mercy.
“Salvation cannot be attained through our actions, but only through God’s mercy,” Khan said. “Our intentions and actions are a way of persuading God to grant us salvation.”
Through Reyyan’s search for understanding, Khan immerses his readers in South Asian and Middle Eastern cultures as well as inferences from Islam. Knowledge and understanding of all three are important to fully grasp current world events.
About the author
Waleed Khan is a Pakistani-American who grew up in the Middle East and the United States. He attended New York University and works as a strategy and finance executive. Khan also invests time in volunteer organizations, including Chicago Cares.