Category: LETTERS TO MY SON

The Five Deaths

| August 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
The Five Deaths

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?

| August 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
The Journey to Reform: What Comes First, the Path or the Person?

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

| August 13, 2016 | 1 Comment
The First Catalyst for Reform

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

| August 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
America, the Land Where Children Appear on Milk Cartons

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

| August 13, 2016 | 3 Comments
From Iran –> Turkey –> Germany

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

| August 13, 2016 | 0 Comments
What It Was Like Growing Up in Pakistan

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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Hanger or Belt.

| July 29, 2016 | 3 Comments
Hanger or Belt.

I was about 6-years-old and living in the suburbs of Germany with my parents and my 12-year-old-brother, Omar. My brother and I did what any other siblings did at that age – we fought a lot over stupid things. And I did what most younger siblings do – went and complained to my parents. Except one […]

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She Rises: When Wild Women Find Each Other and Form a Pack

| July 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
She Rises: When Wild Women Find Each Other and Form a Pack

Home has never been where I live. Home has been people, ideas and communities. I’ve found pieces of home here and there – a dive boxing gym run by a Vietnam War veteran, the eternal blue sky of Mongolian ancestors, and The Mago Circle. SHE RISES is a project I’ve collaborated on this year that talks […]

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Why Nonsense is So Important

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments
Why Nonsense is So Important

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

| December 10, 2012 | 2 Comments
Flicking Angels

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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The Real America

| July 17, 2010 | 1 Comment
The Real America

There is a fable of a day, of a time so far away. Of a place now decayed, where gallant knights fought to create the place we now call the United States. No fatal force nor tyranny could call to question with brevity the valor these men had – now an antiquity. No cries of […]

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Among Refugees, Mothers and Children Must Always Come First

| July 17, 2010 | 1 Comment
Among Refugees, Mothers and Children Must Always Come First

In the plight of people, especially refugees, we must always, always do what we can to protect women and children first. This is without question and without compromise. The condition of a woman in a third-world mindset is one of the greatest cruelties, especially if she is a mother, and worse if she is a […]

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Children of Men

| July 17, 2010 | 0 Comments
Children of Men

In the weathered time for dawn, Darkness loomed within the forlorned, A young girl, innocent was, learned the secret of the thorns. In a dark vestal bound, lay a secret buried found. Two squired priests of Earth, told heavenly tales not of mirth. Till one night, through God’s will One came running down with a […]

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What Causes Racism and Hate?

| July 17, 2010 | 0 Comments
What Causes Racism and Hate?

In Letters to My Son, Muslim Reformer Shireen Qudosi tells the story of how hate, racism and wars are born.   And He Loved Them A crowd of people people loomed in Dark so near. Hatred and fear veiled their eyes. A void these people had become, nothing to them but the beat of someone […]

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