Author Archive: Shireen Qudosi

Shireen Qudosi is a Top 10 North American Muslim Reformer. She founded Qudosi Chronicles shortly after 9-11 when she noticed a widespread failure in honest conversations about Islam. Since it’s launch, Qudosi Chronicles has developed a broad and diverse following that has helped spark Muslim reform.

Shireen is half Pakistani, half Afghan and a Sufi American Muslim who feels strongly that Islam is fated for an evolutionary leap in consciousness. And that leap is necessary in order for a global world of people to take the next collective step in advancing human dignity and excellence.

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Maher vs. Aslan: The Real Issue is Language

Maher vs. Aslan: The Real Issue is Language

| October 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

Muslims have been hailing “touchdown!” ever since Reza Aslan went on air calling Bill Maher’s arguments “facile” and a pair of CNN Tonight hosts as “stupid.” Maher was grilled for his blanket statement on Muslim nations, throwing out that, “People were not giving enough attention to Islamic violence and oppression.” CNN Tonight hosts Alisyn Camerota […]

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The Art of Everything: Contemporary Muslim Artists on the Meaning of Art

The Art of Everything: Contemporary Muslim Artists on the Meaning of Art

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Scrolling through my Instagram account, I see a stream of nauseatingly perfect images. These pictures aren’t expressions of an inner self; they’re not raw images of both beautiful and chaotic moments in time. Instead, they’re moments stolen from serendipitous existence, manufactured to perfection. In the process, they rob us of a natural opportunity to experience […]

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Eid and the Spirit of the Season

Eid and the Spirit of the Season

| August 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

  Originally written for Aquila Magazine As Ramadan and a much-looked-forward to Eid al-Fitr return to us this year, we take a moment to pause and reflect the true meaning of Eid. Unlike other holidays, Eid is not a stand-alone holiday; it is the celebratory period after the Islamic month of Ramadan in which we […]

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His Throne Upon Water: A Message for a Disjointed Ummah

His Throne Upon Water: A Message for a Disjointed Ummah

| August 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

“And it is He who created the Heavens and the Earth in Six Days – and His Throne had been upon water.” – Surah Hud 11:7 Although this verse appears as a small inconspicuous line of text, when tugged it unravels layers of coded meanings and offers us a more profound understanding of God. It […]

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Does Islam Offer the Key to Happiness?

Does Islam Offer the Key to Happiness?

| June 5, 2013 | 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, the last surah in the Qur’an, […]

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Please Stop Telling Us to Abandon Islam: An Open Letter From a Muslim Reformer

Please Stop Telling Us to Abandon Islam: An Open Letter From a Muslim Reformer

| May 17, 2013 | 20 Comments

In the last two weeks, I’ve twice come across conversations where I’m either directly or indirectly encouraged toward apostasy. The first was two weeks ago, when I bumped into the fiery Nonie Darwish, and a second more sincere outcry today on Facebook from a dear lady with whom I’m in the midst of cultivating a […]

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Why are Sufis Islam’s Most Deviant Heretics?

Why are Sufis Islam’s Most Deviant Heretics?

| April 9, 2013 | 4 Comments

For Sufis, there’s a thin veil between the world of man and the natural world, and it is our work to lift that veil. In that, we follow the Hermetic tradition of “as above, so below,” — something shared with Jewish mysticism. It’s our belief that the cosmic order of the heavens can be found in the smallest […]

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Why Some Muslims Don’t Celebrate Birthdays

Why Some Muslims Don’t Celebrate Birthdays

| March 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

  Some of the more fundamental types don’t celebrate birthdays with the justification that there’s no basis in Islam for it. Yet, I know plenty of the same group who celebrate the prophet’s birthday. Regardless, just because Quran didn’t explicitly speak on the subject, doesn’t mean birthdays should be crossed off. Anti-birthday types argue: “Even […]

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Why Nonsense is So Important

Why Nonsense is So Important

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

A child brings many blessings, but one that isn’t really talked about that much is how a child enables us to be child-like again. I love madness, silliness, things that don’t make sense, and just having a good time doing things other people might question my sanity for. Before you, I didn’t really do those […]

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Flicking Angels

Flicking Angels

| December 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

I was about 8 years old when I first learned about the Islamic belief in two angels on our shoulders who make note of all our thoughts and acts. Scribes, they’re called – one noting all things good, and the other all things bad. I felt quite uncomfortable with this. I thought, “I’ve already got […]

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American Leadership Ten Years After 9/11

American Leadership Ten Years After 9/11

| September 10, 2011 | 2 Comments

Liberals may joke about people who live in the sticks – the truck driving, plaid wearing variety. The type that sit on their front porch chewing a blade of grass with a shotgun resting on their lap. They may be labeled as uncultured but they definitely cannot be labeled stupid. If you trespass with intent […]

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9-11 Ten Years Later: Where Liberal Media and Muslim Narratives Fail

9-11 Ten Years Later: Where Liberal Media and Muslim Narratives Fail

| September 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

When watching G.I. Joe as a kid, I knew Cobra Commander was an inherent baddie. Of course, I was about 20 years too late for the propaganda to have any effect on me; the Cold War was long over. G.I. Joe would never survive today. And for that I feel a little at loss knowing […]

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Response to National Review’s Feature Article “Uncharitable: Zakat is Not About Charity, but Jihad”

| April 23, 2011 | 16 Comments

Response to National Review’s Feature Article “Uncharitable: Zakat is Not About Charity, but Jihad”   Dear National Review Editors, Your publication of Andrew C. McCarthy’s piece, “Uncharitable: Zakat is Not About Charity, but Jihad”, featured April 23, 2011, is a complete disappointment to your standing as a leading conservative publication, as well as to journalism […]

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Hate Comes to Orange County

Hate Comes to Orange County

| March 4, 2011 | 3 Comments

Anti-Muslim Protest in Yorba Linda Signals Growing Close-to-Home Hatred of Muslims ICNA Relief hosted a February 13, 2011 charity fundraising dinner in Yorba Linda, CA. ICNA (The Islamic Circle of North America) aimed to help raise money for women’s shelters and help relieve homelessness and hunger in the United States. The event was disrupted by […]

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