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The Anatomy of a Prophet: My Response to Huffington Post Critics

The Anatomy of a Prophet: My Response to Huffington Post Critics

| October 1, 2016 | 2 Comments

Writing for Huffington Post, Amer Aziz submits a response article to my controversial House Homeland Security Committee Hearing on radical Islam, where I engage in a historical discussion on Prophet Muhammad and early Muslims. In typical fashion becoming of Muslims holding onto a crumbling identity under the pressure of free thought, Aziz writes: However, Shireen Qudosi, […]

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Answering Questions From Muslim Traditionalists

Answering Questions From Muslim Traditionalists

| September 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

I received a flood of inquiries and complaints from Muslim traditionalists after last week’s testimony at the House Homeland Security Committee Hearing on Radical Islam. The top complaint I hear is about my tone. To that, I say: You’ll see my tone and rhetoric shift depending on the audience and issue, but this is the […]

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Is the Last Verse in the Quran its Most Powerful Message?

Is the Last Verse in the Quran its Most Powerful Message?

| September 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

If happiness is a state of mind, we have to question how much control we really have over it when our mind is under the influence. Islam forbids intoxicants, of course. But there is an intoxicant more powerful and dangerous than drugs or alcohol: thoughts. Surah 114 An-Nas, the last Surah in the Qur’an, draws […]

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Is Malala’s Response to Modesty on the Beach a Form of Slut-Shaming?

Is Malala’s Response to Modesty on the Beach a Form of Slut-Shaming?

| August 31, 2016 | 2 Comments

“No disrespect to Malala, but this kind of dichotomy thinking where it’s all or nothing positions people against each other. A woman can wear whatever she wants but by saying she’s wearing “nothing” when she’s just wearing less, is another form of slut-shaming. Malala isn’t intentionally slut-shaming, but the language she uses still carries that […]

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Why Are Islamists Rising as Scholars and Community Leaders?

Why Are Islamists Rising as Scholars and Community Leaders?

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the ongoing struggle to balance Muslim-American rights with Muslim American accountability, there was a little known event that set a new landmark in the fight against Islamism. On March 25th, 2016, the Islamic Society of Wichita (ISW) canceled their fundraising event due to local community pressure. ISW planned on hosting guest speaker and professed […]

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The Fourth War: Spiritual War

The Fourth War: Spiritual War

| August 22, 2016 | 1 Comment

[An Invocation] We bow our heads in prayer during invocations and benedictions. We offer prayers for “name that city” when a terrorist attack hits.  But between these moments, God is forgotten, faith is forgotten, humanity is forgotten. A prayer isn’t a spiritual pit-stop in our day, even if it happens five times a day.  A […]

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Nice, France: Bastille Day Truck Rampage Not an Isolated Incident

Nice, France: Bastille Day Truck Rampage Not an Isolated Incident

| August 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Inan act of sheer horror up to 84 people, including two Americans and 10 children, were killed yesterday in Nice as a Muslim terrorist plowed through a crowd of people watching Bastille Day fireworks. Devastating live video showed blood and contorted bodies in the aftermath of a 1.2 mile distance of zig-zag pattern driving designed […]

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A Muslim Woman on Dating, Relationships, and Marriage

A Muslim Woman on Dating, Relationships, and Marriage

| August 15, 2016 | 2 Comments

Dating While Muslim The Muslim problem with dating — if we can call it that — is almost always one of culture than religion. Having tried the ‘marriage experiment’ once, I know that religion doesn’t play a role in the day-to-day, but culture definitely does. The same problem exists when dating while Muslim. It’s not about whether the guy […]

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The Five Deaths

The Five Deaths

| August 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Excerpt: “How I Became a Muslim Reformer” THE FIRST DEATH: The first death was the death illusion and success that I chased initially, throwing away law school to take on reform work and relative poverty in the early years. When revolution means everything to you because you know what comes after a revolution, you’re going […]

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The Journey to Reform: What Comes First, the Path or the Person?

The Journey to Reform: What Comes First, the Path or the Person?

| August 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Excerpt: “How I Became a Muslim Reformer” There are only so many times something is a coincidence before it’s a synchronicity. Life itself has been one big synchronicity. And there have been dreams with very clear messages, some that wouldn’t make sense in words, others that haunt me. And there have been experiences that connect […]

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The First Catalyst for Reform

The First Catalyst for Reform

| August 13, 2016 | 1 Comment

Excerpt: “How I Became a Muslim Reformer” In the States we didn’t have the same larger grounded sense of community like we had in a small German town. It was easy to get lost in America. Everything was already so spread out and disconnected. I just sort of disconnected too. And then – in the most […]

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America, the Land Where Children Appear on Milk Cartons

America, the Land Where Children Appear on Milk Cartons

| August 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Excerpt: “How I Became a Muslim Reformer” We moved to America, the land where children appeared on milk cartons. It was a jarring environment and I struggled with it. While adapting to American culture was incredibly hard compared to Europe, the stories of the American Revolution and the promise that is America stoked a profound […]

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From Iran –> Turkey –> Germany

From Iran –> Turkey –> Germany

| August 13, 2016 | 1 Comment

Excerpt: “How I Became a Muslim Reformer” We made our way to Iran, where my dad had some family. We ended up staying there for several months, maybe longer. The Iranian Revolution had already happened but things were still relatively normal – mostly. Women started covering their hair in public. There was talk of religious […]

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What It Was Like Growing Up in Pakistan

What It Was Like Growing Up in Pakistan

| August 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Excerpt: “How I Became a Muslim Reformer” My story starts with my parents. My Afghan father and Pakistani mother were living in Kabul during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. My father, Mohammad, was strong and stoic with a poor temper. He came home one night and told my mom she had two hours to pack […]

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