Qasim Rashid

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Qasim Rashid (born July 21, 1982) is an author, human rights activist and attorney. He previously served as the national spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA[1]. In 2019, he announced his intention to run for the Virginia State Senate.[2][3] He is the author of several books including The Wrong Kind of Muslim and Talk To Me.

Qasim Rashid

Born (1982-07-21) July 21, 1982 (age 36)
Alma materUniversity of Richmond, T.C. Williams School of Law
Known forHuman rights activism

Early career[edit]

Rashid is an attorney who received his J.D. degree from the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law.[4] He served as Executive Editor of The Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business.[citation needed]

Activism[edit]

March on Washington[edit]

In October 2010, Rashid rallied a group of Muslim youth to march on Washington, raising slogans of "Love for all, hatred for none" as a part of the "Muslims for Peace" campaign.[5] In August of the same year, the New York Times ran a feature story on Rashid, covering his outreach efforts in the American Midwest.[6]

Public Outreach[edit]

Rashid has written for numerous outlets including Time Magazine, NPR and The Independent.[7][8] His essay I believe in love for all, hatred for none was featured on NPR's This I Believe.[9] As a freelance author he has written on Donald Trump's so-called "Muslim ban" and other current affairs such as the 2019 Christchurch shooting and the subsequent debate on gun control.[10] Rashid has testified before the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.[11]

Controversy[edit]

Rashid is a critic of certain clerics in the Muslim world.[12] His Huffington Post article[13] has been criticized online on the popular Muftisays.com forum.[14]

Muslim charity Islamic Relief cancelled a planned Twitter chat to be held with Rashid after extremists threatened a Twitter storm of the event and a boycott of Islamic Relief should it go ahead.[15]

During an interview, Rashid responded by saying "I never said I speak for others. According to me, I do represent mainstream Islam. But mainstream Islam does not accept me. I represent the Ahmadiyya interpretation of Islam to the best of my ability."[16]

Works[edit]

Rashid has authored three books, The Wrong Kind of Muslim, Extremist: A Response to Geert Wilders & Terrorists Everywhere and Talk To Me: Changing the Narrative on Race, Religion, and Education and has co-authored and co-edited two books, Towards a Greater Jihad and By the Dawn's Early Light.[citation needed]

The Wrong Kind of Muslim[edit]

This book, released in June 2013 was Rashid's first solo attempt in authoring a book. The book received financial support through crowd-sourcing.[17] The book looks at the treatment of Ahmadi Muslims and other minority faiths in Pakistan. Rashid conveys the stories of those who were jailed, injured, and martyred for their faith. He also seeks to explain why they maintain their faith.

Talk To Me[edit]

Rashid newest book Talk to Me, was published on May 17, 2016. As stated on Rashid's website, TalkToMe is a non-fiction memoir from inspiring thought leaders on how the power of dialogue can overcome racism, xenophobia, intolerance, and violence.[18] The book highlights the importance of meaningful and moral conversation between people of all faiths, ages, genders, etc. in order to facilitate better understanding and tolerance and promote a more peaceful society.

Hannah and the Ramadan Gift[edit]

Rashid will release his first children's book through Penguin Publishing, titled Hannah and the Ramadan Gift.[19]

Political career[edit]

In 2019, Rashid announced he was to run as a Democratic Party candidate for Virginia Senate District 28.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Rashid is an Ahmadi Muslim, is married with three children and lives in Virginia.[21] A common theme in his written works and activism is the support of an American identity and lifestyle within the Islamic value system.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Silver Lining of Donald Trump's Refugee Ban". Time. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  2. ^ "Opinion: If America valued its citizens like New Zealand, we'd have gun controls". The Independent. 2019-03-18. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  3. ^ "Meet Qasim". Rashid for VA Senate. 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  4. ^ "Qasim in a MicroQasm « Qasim Rashid". Qasimrashid.com. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
  5. ^ "Home".
  6. ^ Freedman, Samuel G. (2010-08-06). "Muslim Sect Uses Brochure Campaign to Push for Peace". The New York Times.
  7. ^ "Qasim Rashid". Time. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  8. ^ "Qasim Rashid". The Independent. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  9. ^ Qasim Rashid (2010-08-03). "I believe in love for all, hatred for none « Qasim Rashid". This I Believe. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
  10. ^ "Opinion: If America valued its citizens like New Zealand, we'd have gun controls". The Independent. 2019-03-18. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  11. ^ "Meet Qasim". Rashid for VA Senate. 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  12. ^ Rashid, Qasim. "Tackling anti-Ahmadiyya bigotry isn't a job for the MCB – they're part of the problem". facebook.com. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  13. ^ "10 Fabrications Muslim Leaders Need to Stop Making About Ahmadi Muslims". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014-10-02.
  14. ^ "Fraud of Qadiyani Qasim Rashid". muftisays. Retrieved 2014-10-02.
  15. ^ "Islamic Relief Worldwide". www.facebook.com.
  16. ^ "The Real Revolution Online Radio by Real Rev". Blog Talk Radio. Retrieved 2012-03-16.
  17. ^ Rashid, Qasim. "The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of Persecution and Perseverance". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  18. ^ "Talk To Me". Qasim Rashid, Esq.
  19. ^ https://www.publishersweekly.com/iowa-edit/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/79195-rights-report-week-of-february-4-2019.html
  20. ^ "Meet Qasim". Rashid for VA Senate. 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2019-05-10.
  21. ^ "Meet Qasim". Rashid for VA Senate. 2016-03-28. Retrieved 2019-05-10.