Category: MUSLIM REFORM

Trump’s ‘Islam Speech’ Invited The Muslim World To A Renaissance

| May 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
Trump’s ‘Islam Speech’ Invited The Muslim World To A Renaissance

Originally published in The Federalist President Trump understands the most direct path to change is to work in people’s self-interest, to cater to advancement through mutual gain — a strategy that also won him the election.   President Trump embarked on an iconic first foreign tour this weekend to the Middle East that started with […]

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

| October 1, 2016 | 6 Comments
The Anatomy of a Prophet: My Response to Huffington Post Critics

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

| September 30, 2016 | 1 Comment
Answering Questions From Muslim Traditionalists

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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The 8 Things I Keep Hearing From Muslims

| September 27, 2016 | 9 Comments
The 8 Things I Keep Hearing From Muslims

As a Muslim Reformer, I get to hear from a patchwork of Muslims, especially in response to the more challenging public statements I make. Most recently, the statement that rattled many was the testimony and Q/A segment of a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Radical Islam. This is all part of the process, as […]

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The Higher Jihad

| October 14, 2014 | 1 Comment
The Higher Jihad

The word “jihad” strikes a nerve among most Americans, Muslim or otherwise. For Westerners, jihad invokes images of an Islamic Red Dawn. For Muslims, it leaves many of us unsettled and often unable to answer questions about what jihad means exactly. We shuffle uncomfortably and stumble for an answer; we’re not entirely sure. We’ve seen […]

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Maher vs. Aslan: The Real Issue is Language

| October 2, 2014 | 1 Comment
Maher vs. Aslan: The Real Issue is Language

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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His Throne Upon Water: A Message for a Disjointed Ummah

| August 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
His Throne Upon Water: A Message for a Disjointed Ummah

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

| May 17, 2013 | 20 Comments
Please Stop Telling Us to Abandon Islam: An Open Letter From a Muslim Reformer

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

| September 10, 2011 | 0 Comments
9-11 Ten Years Later: Where Liberal Media and Muslim Narratives Fail

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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Raheel Raza on “The Clash of Civilizations”

| January 12, 2011 | 2 Comments
Raheel Raza on “The Clash of Civilizations”

A recent evening with Raheel Raza, hosted by the Kehilla Academy in Los Angeles, opened the doors to a wonderful lecture on “The Clash of Civilizations” and lead to an interesting post lecture discussion with audience members. The “Clash of Civilizations” is a term made popular by the fateful events of September 11. And while […]

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Is Writing in the Quran Really That Blasphemous?

| November 19, 2010 | 1 Comment
Is Writing in the Quran Really That Blasphemous?

  Stemming from the story of a Muslim activist who received defiled pages of the Quran, pages that were without question tagged with graffiti, the question that comes to mind is what exactly qualifies as defilement? The Quran is treated by Muslims with the utmost respect. It’s to be kept at a high place in […]

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Which Muslims do We listen to: The Case for Reformists and Why Ground Zero’s Imam Rauf Doesn’t Fit the Bill

| September 20, 2010 | 0 Comments
Which Muslims do We listen to: The Case for Reformists and Why Ground Zero’s Imam Rauf Doesn’t Fit the Bill

Which Muslims do We Listen to? The Case for Reformists and Why Ground Zero’s Imam Rauf Doesn’t Fit the Bill In the wake of the ninth anniversary of 9/11, there has been an outpouring of emotion, not so much regarding the lives lost on that frightful day, but rather about the tolerance, or lack thereof, […]

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The Problem with “Anti-Islam”

| September 10, 2010 | 0 Comments
The Problem with “Anti-Islam”

Exposing truth bandits and the dangerous role they play in the struggle against a radical Islam.   These days, just about everyone knows the West has an Islam problem….or Islam has a West problem – depending on what side you’re on if any. Even the most news-obtuse people are being bombarded with rising headlines on the […]

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A Response to a Robert Reilly Interview

| August 18, 2010 | 0 Comments
A Response to a Robert Reilly Interview

  The Closing of the Muslim Mind What Went Wrong and What Can be Done?   While currently reading Robert Reilly’s The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis, a book I highly recommend, I received an email from a Qudosi Chronicles reader asking my opinion on a recent […]

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