Ahmed Rashed is today’s guest on The Segilola Salami Show. Ahmed shares with us his journey immediately post 9/11 to becoming a public speaker and advocate for Muslims. I assure you, you need to click play now to listen to this most intriguing conversation with Ahmed Rashed.
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About Ahmed Rashed
Ahmed Lotfy Rashed was born in Egypt and raised in Maryland. During his three years of graduate study, he served as Public Relations Officer for the Muslim Students’ Association. It was at this time that Ahmed started talking about Islam at various churches, temples, and schools. He became known for his informal and approachable demeanour. His ability to break down complex religious and historical contexts for audiences earned him high reviews. Since coming to Boston in 2004, he has been an active volunteer at several mosques in the Greater Boston Area. He has been the head instructor for the local Islam101 class since 2006. Also, he has been a volunteer for WhyIslam.org since 2009. He has presented Islam at schools and churches, and he has hosted visits to several major mosques in the area. He is currently pursuing a degree in Islamic Studies from Mishkah University, with a Master’s thesis on Interfaith Social Activism.
After listening to this episode, this is what Ahmed wants the listener to take away:
- One of God’s gifts to humanity is the gift of speech. It is through dialogue that we can come to greater understanding and peaceful relations.
- It is a dark time we live in, but we are trying to push back against the ignorance and fear and hatred with patience and authentic information and knowledge.
- Many times we are blindsided by our negative emotions: fear, disappointment, anger, resentment, etc. We become intolerant of the shortcomings we see in others, but we don’t look closely at ourselves.
- Humans make mistakes, often even critical and chronic ones, but the final arbiter is God … not people.
- I have to constantly remind myself that “only God knows best.” When a person begins to assume that they are free from their ego or self-interest, then that is the beginning of their descent into evil.
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