SHACKLED: A Journey From Political Imprisonment To Freedom – Part 11

On today’s episode, my grandpa explains what he believes is important for any leader or ruler of a government to know and implement in order to take the best care of their country.

Having experienced a horrible fate from a corrupt leadership and kingdom in Afghanistan after Nadir Shah betrayed King Amanullah and the people, he shared some wise thoughts that are applicable for not just leaders of government, but all people in the world.

Here’s the eleventh segment of the SHACKLED interview series.

The SHACKLED interview series will appear here on the blog as well as my podcast and on YouTube.

Adam: You experienced what happens when a leader or ruler of government becomes corrupt. What do you think is important for leaders and governments to know to take care of their people?

Khaled: Every government, every leader, must first be honest with themselves. If somebody is honest with themselves, they can be honest with other people. The people who aren’t honest with other people actually aren’t honest with themselves. To be honest and be true and faithful to the country and the people. Honesty with the people, but to have that, first be honest with yourself.

Read SHACKLED today.

My book – SHACKLED: A Journey From Political Imprisonment To Freedom – is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book retailers worldwide.

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.”

– Sara

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

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