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  1. June 21, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Dear Qasim,

    I just finished your wonderful book. I am an Eastern Orthodox priest of a parish founded by Orthodox Christians from Syria. Now they, too, are facing the violence of Muslim fundamentalism. Such evil exists in all religions, Qasim, and I have dedicated my ministry to teaching, as St. Paul calls it, the better way, which is love. It begins as you have noted with small intolerances and grows into grand genocidal schemes. I appreciate very much what you are doing and will recommend your book.to others. God be with us all.

    Fr. Antony Hughes
    Cambridge, MA

    • July 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Thank you Fr. Anthony. God bless you for your work and I am grateful you took the time to read my humble effort. God be with you and keep you in His blessed light always.

  2. M Karim
    June 24, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Peace, I saw your book advertised in the MKA Connect newsletter, and copy arrived today. It is compelling and so important for our times. Will you be signing copies at the Jalsa this weekend, if so, I will bring my book for your inscription. Wishing you every success with this journey. Peace, Sister M. Karim

  3. Shariq
    June 30, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Any idea when its going to be available on Ibookstore?

    • July 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Sorry for the delay in responding. Early September at the latest. Although if you download the Kindle app now on your i device, you can purchase it through Kindle still.

      • Shariq Qureshi
        July 20, 2013 at 1:57 am

        JazakAllah brother Qasim, So here goes another first. Have downloaded the app and bought the book 🙂

  4. Immy Uddin
    July 18, 2013 at 7:25 am

    What an excellent read, such a tragic tale of hardship and suffering – I truly hope that all people whoever you are in whatever positions you hold, take on board the message that state sponsored persecution is fundamentally wrong, and each one of us has a responsibility actual no.. We have a moral obligation to do whatever we can to stop those that oppress and bring suffering to all people of faith and no faith, no matter if even that means a chat with our own children about developing tolerance and peace with all mankind.

    I highly recommend this book to all, a journey into a world many of us can’t even imagine or chose to ignore – either way Qasim hits the nail on the head with his personal accounts as well as actual events to describe in horrific details about the persecution of minority groups and for whatever reasons being allowed and more shockingly being encouraged by said governments. Love for Humanity should always come first- without this we simply operate as animals.

  5. mike malzahn
    August 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    i agree totally. love of humanity should come above all. that’s the problem with religion,love of god comes above all.

  6. Qamar Ahmad Fazal
    August 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Qasim, I believe your book has not elaborated as why in the” Land of Pure” things went wrong against the Ahmadiyya community in 1953 and to control the situation first Martial law was imposed.Regarding persecution of people or community who is in Minority as per faith has prevalent in the history of Islam. Take the example of Ummayyad and Abbasiyyad “Khilafat’s” What Mughul Emperors did with their brothers and Uncle’s is part of the history. Why the Government’s of Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia have taken action against only Ahmadiyya community in their countries.Kindly elaborate on it.

  7. Kim Collazo
    September 22, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Dear Qasim,
    I just finished reading your book. It is amazing! This is a human rights horror story. I had NO idea that this was going on. I thank you for educating me, so that now I can in turn, educate others and spread the word. I work in the library at Glenbard South and am really looking forward to meeting you when you come to speak in a few weeks. This book spans every religion (I am Christian), and speaks to everyone. I recommend this book to people of all faiths, or of no faith. It does not matter. Everyone needs to know this is happening in our world. Everyone should have the basic human right of freedom. Freedom of CHOICE. Freedom of expression. Freedom of religion. Thank you Qasim for working so hard to bring this human rights story to life.

    • September 22, 2013 at 9:22 am

      Thank you for your kind and compassionate words Kim. I eagerly look forward to meeting you very soon too!

  8. Munira Kapacee
    October 1, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I hope you and your family are in good health.
    I purchased your book at the book stall during jalsa.
    Mash’allah you have explained everything so perfectly. Your approach had me caught throughout the book and your sarcasm really gave me the giggles. It is heart breaking that all that is related in the book is in fact reality and I pray may Allah Almighty gives us all the strength to tackle these hardships with tolerance and peace. And I would like to thank you for reminding us what we should be aiming and praying for.
    I just want to add how really nice it was to read the way you showed your appreciation towards your wife at the end. I don’t know how many men would actually openly do that 🙂 let’s hope now the numbers will increase 👍
    May Allah always give you and your family a happy peaceful life. Ameen.

    • October 2, 2013 at 12:05 am

      Thank you for reading and sharing your inputs. I appreciate it immensely. Thank you for your prayers. 🙂

  9. Yahya
    October 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm


    Assalam Alaikum: As a ‘revert’ to be, I have enjoyed and gained much from your articles in the Huffington Post. I was worried about the verse (4.34), yet after reading the whole of the Qur’an, I can see that it needs to be placed in proper context. I find the disparity between what the Western Media says about muslims and the actual conduct (of those who i know) quite broad. I look forward to reading your book and hope your community, collectively, sees better days. .

    I hope that the Islamic World embraces the Middle Way and condones the idiotic readings of Islamic texts that is sullying the nature of a Great Philosophy/Religion. Readings which are welcomes, and maybe even ‘stoked’ by those powers whose material interests are to sew discord in certain areas in the world.


    November 14, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Assalaam Alaikum, Qasim Bhai..!

    I am a member of AMJ, India and Advocate by profession. Just introduced to you and your recent publication via FB posting of Fox News weblink by Mr. Razi Ahmadi. Thanks to brother Razi Ahmadi. I am much eager to read your recent publication – God bless you Qaim Bhai on penning-down the atrocities against religious minorities and raising your voice for all the minorities….will be glad to get connected to you personally..!! Allah-Hafez.

  11. Salma
    January 11, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Asalaamoalaikum Qasim sb,

    Mashallah, Mashallah, Mashallah what a blessed piece of work. It truly hits home and renews pride and belief in faith, peace, truth and our beloved motto ‘Love for all, hatred for none.’ May Allah bless your work and may the world read this book for an insight into (and result in the sincere desire to seek) the truth. Amen. God bless humanity!

  12. May 3, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Dear Qasim bhai AA, When do you think extremist will be available?


  13. Rev. Andrew Brownlee
    May 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Mr. Rashid, I am a protestant minister, and I use the words of people like you, and the honourable Yahya Hendi, and others as guideposts in my sermons and bible studies. We must all work together, and love together, lest we perish together. I will continue to pray for your success, and may almighty God grant you peace and understanding.

  14. James Beery
    May 9, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Dear Mr. Rashid,

    I am a fundamental Baptist born again Christian and I found your article “What Prophet Muhammad would say to Boko Haram” to be very thoughtful and insiteful. I do have a question however regarding the use of the Koran to justify Muslim actions. I have read that the Hadith has higher authority over the Koran when there is a conflict between the two. This is due to the nature / concept that resolving the conflict is accomplished by using a policy that says the last / most recnt statment / verse is more important than the first, when it is Koran verses the Hadith that is. Can you explain this in more detail because if that is the case, I have read where Muhammed the Prophet allowed / encouraged the killing of many people regardless of their age, gender, etc. Thank you,

    • May 9, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Hi James,

      Thanks for reading and thanks for your comment. Actually the exact opposite is true — the Qur’an always supersedes the hadith. Here’s a great article that talks about this in detail: https://www.alislam.org/books/essence/chap3/chap3.html Let me know what questions you have once you get a chance to read through this.

  15. May 9, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Dear Mr. Rashid,
    Thank you for the strength and courage and light you offer to the world. I just watched the your interview on Fox News. Congratulations on your persuasive ecumenicism. We need more religious, political and business leaders who think like you.
    Salaam alaykom. Shalom. Dominus vobiscum. Have a nice day. :o)

    • May 9, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you for watching and for sharing your kind thoughts! God bless and God speed! Wasalaam

  16. June 2, 2014 at 8:33 am

    In my opinion Qasim you’re doing a brilliant work I totally agreed with. We should do all work for human rights.that’s all.

  17. December 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    As salamu alaikum wa rahmatullah. I’m commenting on your article titled Five Race Issues Everyone Needs to Know. Those 5 issues are in the forefront of the mainstream media and what the White conservatives are hanging their hats on. They’re uncomfortable issues but, nevertheless, are critical to the discussion of Racism White Supremacy. I like your take on the 5 issues and I will push for more dialog around those issues.

  18. Sidrah Mirza
    December 27, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I hope you are in good health. I recently read your book “The wrong kind of muslim” and it was inspirational, as well as heart breaking. May Allah bless your work and may the world read this book. Amen. I truly loved reading your book, and believe the contribution you made is invaluable. Jazakamullah.

  19. Adrianne
    January 7, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    I appreciate you and all you do. Thank you.

  20. Eve Zamath
    January 18, 2015 at 1:22 am

    I am praying for you that the true God Jesus will draw you through the Holy Spirit of God and show you the real true God is.

  21. Joseph Kwesi Mensah
    February 18, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Mr. Rashid, I read your article in USA today with a lot of interest. I do not condone the deliberate “Murder” of any human being. The i” interest I have is the deafing silence of yours when it comes to the atrocities of “Isis and ” isil” which way you care to call them. Are the “Yizidis” not minding their own business? What about the Coptic Christians of Egypt? Are thes. ancient peoples residing there peaceful alongside other religions? Where was your eloquent voice when others are slaughtered by muslims brandishing machetes? Barbarism of such nature is it inherent or is it the result of constant drumbeat heard from some “so-called” imams? I grew up in Ghana and attended school with Mohammed Adams a really, really good person whom I call not just a friend but proud to call a dear brother. Growing up with Adams, most fridays I will miss morning classes ( classes went from 8 am until 4 pm) to accompany my “brother” to prayers evening though I did not understand a word.but endure the agony of not knowing the proper way to confortably sit and prostrate reverently. I did it week in and week out why? Because He was not just a friend but a brother. Don’t get me wrong he came with me church on Sundays with me. He did not have a clue what the rituals meant and rest of the service was, was there because he cared. A devout Muslim and an equally devout Catholic bonded together not because of religion but because of pure humanity. Please Mr Rashid, let your humanity rise above religious sentiments or beliefs and grieve equally when non muslims are also slaughtered as you eloquently did for the innocent victims of Chapel Hill. Grieve and let your voice be heard for the victims of Isis, the victims of Boko Haram, the victims of sectarian violence in Indonesia. Salamalaakum. Peace be unto tge Prophet. Joseph Mensah. Columbus Ohio.

  22. Matt
    March 3, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Qasim spoke at a Dupage County (IL) Social Science institute this past Friday. I typically go through the day hearing speakers out of obligation rather than for personal growth. I sat in on his first session “Islam for Smart People” and was blown away. I have never been more impressed by a speaker than I was Qasim. He was sharp intellectually, but also kind, incorporated humor, and was absolutely engaging. I learned more about Islam in an hour and twenty minutes than I had in my life. I then sat through his second session on how to teach the topic. It was absolutely amazing to hear how he was with all the people in the room. He answered questions for a majority of this session and had honest and genuine answers to all the questions answered. I am anxiously awaiting both of Qasim’s books to arrive so i can continue what he started, an eye opening education on Islam.
    Thank you for taking the time to make the trip and to be so humble in your words.

    • March 3, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you Matt. It was a privilege to speak before such a wonderful and passionate group of individuals. I welcome your feedback once you’ve had a chance to dig in to the books!

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