On today’s episode, my grandpa explains why he named me “Adam”.
Adam is an uncommon name in Farsi speaking cultures.
The word translates to “human”.
Given my grandpa’s horrendous adversities in life, he chose to give me a name for a greater purpose.
Find out why below.
Here’s the tenth segment of the SHACKLED interview series.
Adam: You named me…
Khaled: Adam! Because we have…we know we read it…the first human come into the world is Adam. Adam…when we tell to the child or somebody “Be Adam” we mean “be nice…be kind…be human”. I put the name Adam on you because Adam is the first messenger in the world. And then some of my friends asked me, “Why do you put his name as Adam?” I said, “Because we have no Adam here! There are no humans!”
Adam: (Speaking to camera) My grandpa jokes that there aren’t enough humans in the world so he named me Adam because my name means “human” in Farsi and is very rare for someone to have that name from Farsi speaking cultures.
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I wrote SHACKLED alongside my grandpa, as it chronicles his life from being imprisoned for decades when he was six-years-old.
The book has been receiving some incredible praise from readers already.
Here are a few reviews from readers:
A beautiful, spellbinding historical account of Khaled Siddiq’s life with photographs throughout the book. Adam Siddiq, the author, captured the essence, magnificence, and radiance of his grandfather, Khaled Siddiq, in this remarkable and awe-inspiring true story. It takes place in Khaled’s homeland, Afghanistan. A government takeover results in terror used as an instrument to control people, and led to the imprisonment of thousands of political prisoners for many years including the very young Khaled and his many close family members. Khaled’s life, along with his family, was about survival, sorrow, bereavement, injustice, grief, and a love that transcended broken dreams. Adam’s grandfather is the embodiment of resilience powered by patience, hope, and the gift of love bestowed upon him by family and generations of ancestors. He learned patience at a young age, and held on to hope and love while he and his family endured unimaginable hardship, deprivation, and imprisonment. He witnessed indescribable cruelty and inhumanity. This story, for me, was about surviving unending darkness through the light of love. Adam Siddiq, how fortunate you are to be a recipient of your grandfather’s legacy of love.
– Ilaann W.
If you’ve enjoyed books like Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl, or Long Walk To Freedom by Nelson Mandela, or any book or movie or story that has a profound depth to it with overcoming a horrendous situation….you will enjoy reading SHACKLED. Written by Adam, the grandson of Khaled, there’s an extra dimension that makes this book so special.
– Daniel P.
This is an amazing, inspiring, heart-wrenching and heart-opening story of a man who walked in courage and love even amidst the harshest treatment and circumstances from a tender young age. Masterfully and lovingly written by the equally inspiring Adam Siddiq, this book addresses the ultimate question we all face in life: How do we find inner peace and spiritual freedom when faced with hate and difficulty as we walk as human beings in this world? The bond and collaboration between elder and grandson shine through the pages of this book. If only we could all find the courage and honor to share the stories of our elders in such a devoted way.
– Donnaah S.
Gripping story, beautiful imagery and a necessary literary contribution to the global library… Also a unique perspective on this historical account for those seeking to delve deeper into Afghanistan’s truth from the 1932 coup to the 1979 Soviet invasion. The story reinforces the idea that our time is precious and nothing may be taken for granted, while encouraging generational bonding… Many complements to the author as this is a “must read.”
This was a Fantastic read!!
I literally couldn’t put the book down!
An inspiring tale that shows us how grateful we can be in life for everything that happens in our lives.
Recommended read for all.
– Holyworld Productions