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The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of…

The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of Persecution & Perseverance

by Qasim Rashid

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Think all Muslims are the same? Think again. Mr. Rashid takes the reader to Pakistan, the United States and elsewhere as he discusses Muslims, Islam and the internal struggle between different faiths (different branches of Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, atheism, etc.). Some of these stories might be very familiar: a Christian tells Rashid (who is an Ahmadi Muslim) he can be "saved" by converting and accepting Jesus Christ. Others may not be so familiar but are very personal and poignant: Muslims attending prayers at the mosques, only to be gunned down by terrorists.

And to add complexity to this story: the call for bandages, water, help is answered. The community helps each other, while the Pakistani government tries to "bribe" the families of the deceased, while perhaps not bothering or even outright ignoring the violence in the mosques. Rashid's book discusses the nuances of this, and how Ahmadi Muslims are the target of outright prejudice. As the author is an Ahmadi Muslim, so most of the text focuses on that. But we also see pieces of the lives of Christians, Hindus and others who live in Pakistan. Many of them, for most intents and purposes of the government, do not exist. I'd been aware of this, but it's still something to think about when living in some place like the US. Which is in no way perfect when it comes to religious differences (or much else...), but it's an intriguing contrast to consider.

It is clear that not all Muslims, Pakistanis, etc. are a monolith, despite perhaps what Western media may say. I didn't feel the author was the greatest writer in portraying the difficulties and troubles, but the book in itself is invaluable. He provides insights and thoughts about some of Pakistan's political history (ie Benzair Bhutto), noting that while she made mistakes politically, he acknowledges he owes personally for allowing his wife to continue her education via a scholarship. And I found that quite poignant.

Unfortunately this book likely won't be read by those who need to read it the most. It might not be a keeper or one you'll want to read again, but even if don't know the least little bit about Islam and Muslims (I am no expert at all, but I have had friends who were), it's definitely worth picking up. Don't let the cover put you off in any way, keep an open mind and realize Muslims have their own struggles in their religion too. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 098939770X, Paperback)

The Wrong Kind of Muslim is a call to unite those of all faiths and of no faith in the struggle for universal freedom of conscience. Since 9/11, terrorists in Pakistan have killed over 40,000—and counting. Often risking his life, Qasim Rashid journeys into the heart of that terrorism to unearth the untold story of those silenced by Taliban suicide bombings, secret police torture, and state sponsored religious persecution. Rashid exposes the horrifying truth about growing radicalism in Pakistan and its impact on Western security. But most importantly, Rashid uncovers the inspiring untold story of millions fighting back—and winning.
"A heartfelt memoir of Muslim-on-Muslim discrimination and oppression. A harrowing yet hopeful story of modern-day religious persecution." - Kirkus Reviews. The Wrong Kind of Muslim is the Recipient of the Kirkus Star, Awarded to Books of Exceptional Merit

“In his adopted home of America, Qasim Rashid has experienced stereotyping and discrimination as a Pakistani-born Muslim. In his native home of Pakistan, Rashid and his family are subject to persecution because their Ahmadi Muslim faith is considered heretical by many in the Sunni Muslim majority. Rashid’s heartfelt story compels admiration for him and a deeper appreciation for America’s guarantee of religious freedom.” The Honorable TIM KAINE, United States Senator

“The Wrong Kind of Muslim is a significant and alarming book. It tells the story of growing religious intolerance in Pakistan, a nation profoundly important to American security, where the acceptable bounds of faith have become ever tighter in recent years. Victims of persecution have included Christians and Hindus, but also Muslim believers whom Islamists deem heretical. The book demands attention as a passionate call for peace and wide-ranging toleration.” Baylor University Distinguished Professor of History DR. PHILIP JENKINS, Author of Images of Terror: What We Can And Can't Know About Terrorism and recognized by The Economist as “one of America’s best scholars of religion”

“The Wrong Kind of Muslim is a young American’s personal journey into his heritage and religion as a vehicle into the history and ongoing phenomenon of faith-based persecution and target-killings in Pakistan – starting with a childhood bullying incident in Chicago. A compelling account, often painful, sometimes uplifting, told with honesty and humor. A must-read for anyone who cares about human rights, humanity, freedom of expression, thought and conscience, not just in Pakistan but anywhere in the world.” Pakistani Journalist and Film Maker BEENA SARWAR, Former Fellow at Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard

"The Wrong Kind of Muslim is an inspiring book that should be in every high school and college classroom around the world. It educates and motivates its readers, whether in the East or in the West, on how to overcome ignorance and extremism peacefully—even in the face of bitter persecution." President & CEO, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, MUHAMMED AHMAD CHAUDHRY, Leading Education Advocate

"A gripping narrative and a compelling argument. It is a response to the burning question of why religious freedom is worth risking one’s life and the lives of one’s family. Rashid’s beautiful soul shines throughout this page-turner, as does the indomitable spirit of the Ahmadiyya community, ever true to its motto: “love for all, hatred for none.” Rashid will win your heart and inspire you, without ever telling you what to believe. He will invite you to share with him, and challenge you to share with the world, the story that is yours alone to tell." Rabbi MARLA JOY SUBECK SPANJER, Interfaith Activist

"In one word, heroic." USA President Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, DR. BILAL RANA, MuslimYouth.org

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:03:40 -0400)

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