My Dear Friends,
I also felt compelled to share these public endorsements for The Wrong Kind of Muslim with you first. They will appear on the back cover. As you can see, we were able to get support from some of America's most respected and leading intellectuals, thought leaders, and scholars. Also, I did not include it here for the sake of brevity, but the foreword was authored by Dr. Atif Mian, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Princeton University.
I hope you enjoy reading these endorsements. Likewise, I encourage you to share these with your family, friends, and network. After all, your investment is what made these endorsements possible.
“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 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
“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 the Harvard Kennedy School
"The Wrong Kind of Muslim uncovers the layered realities of the intrafaith strife within the Muslim world. By authentically telling the story of Ahmadiyya persecution, Mr. Rashid may have unleashed a torrent of controversy among the religious hardliners who live to define other’s faith and fate. This riveting book is guaranteed to leave you longing for more. A must read." Scholar, Writer, Speaker, Philanthropist, DR. FAHEEM YOUNUS, Founder of Muslimerican.com
"The Wrong Kind of Muslim is a candid, harrowing, and deeply poignant account of arguably the most painful social tragedy in Pakistan's national history. In this masterfully told exposé, Mr. Rashid not only gives voice to the silent, but he also eloquently discusses the pathology of terrorism around the world, offering a powerful solution that is both sound and practical. In one word, heroic." USA President Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, DR. BILAL RANA, MuslimYouth.org
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