The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of Persecution


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Why Write This Book?

May 28, 2012 was the 2-year anniversary of the Taliban’s attack on two mosques in Lahore, Pakistan. That day, the Taliban murdered 86 Ahmadi Muslims and 1 Christian. The Pakistani Police watched it happen from a safe distance, and even now have made no arrests. Why?

The Wrong Kind of Muslim is the first book of its kind. It relates these untold accounts of persecution and torture, directly from those living and dying under Pakistan’s oppressive regimes. This book gives voice to their forced silence. A silence which, if broken, is punishable with arrest, fine, or death.

My Fellow Americans Will Benefit From This Book

The extremism growing in Pakistan has already impacted America, and will continue to impact America. For example, just 27 days before The Taliban committed the Lahore attacks in May 2010, they trained Faisal Shahzad to detonate a car bomb in Times Square, NY. Fortunately, Shahzad failed:


The same Taliban group that trained Faisal Shahzad to kill in New York City, also murdered 87 innocent people just 27 days later in Lahore. As Americans, it is crucial that we understand how this extremism originated, where it gains strength, and how to combat it peacefully and effectively. Having extensively studied, published, and experienced Pakistan’s bigotry firsthand, the solutions I provide in the The Wrong Kind of Muslim genuinely address this problem.

I gave the below interview the day of the Lahore attacks, May 28, 2010.


My Fellow Pakistanis Will Benefit From This Book

Many of you have met Ahmadis and many more are told to stay away. So don’t worry, this is not a religious book. Instead, its a story of your fellow Pakistanis who were once Muslim, then declared non-Muslim, then labeled worthy of death, and now being murdered in cold blood.

We can certainly disagree about religious beliefs, but we both know that this bigotry and intolerance is not the Nation Jinnah founded. This book is a step towards that free and secular Pakistan for which our forefathers—both Ahmadi and non-Ahmadi—shed their blood. Keeping that in mind, this book asks and provides a path to stop the bloodshed.

In Conclusion

I was hardly three years old when it became a crime for me to call myself a Muslim in Pakistan. Now, my son is three. My sincere hope is that this book helps move hearts and minds so that when I take my son to visit the land of his ancestors, he will be treated as an equal, not as a criminal.

Thank you for reading this. I hope you enjoy reading the book.



About the author

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Qasim Rashid

Qasim Rashid is a best-selling and critically acclaimed author, practicing attorney, visiting fellow at Harvard University's Prince AlWaleed bin Talal School of Islamic Studies, and national spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA.

Qasim’s new book #TalkToMe: Changing the Narrative on Race, Religion, & Education is due out in December 2015. #TalkToMe is a non-fiction memoir on how the power of dialogue can overcome racism, xenophobia, intolerance, and violence.

Previously, Qasim published EXTREMIST: A Response to Geert Wilders & Terrorists Everywhere (2014), which became an Amazon #1 Best Seller on Islam.

Qasim’s first solo-authored work is the critically acclaimed book, The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of Persecution & Perseverance (2013).

Qasim regularly publishes on TIME, The Huffington Post, Washington Post, Daily Caller, and CNN. His work has additionally appeared in USA Today, The Daily Beast, National Public Radio, Virginia Pilot, among various other national and international outlets. He also regularly speaks at a variety of universities and houses of worship, and interviews in a variety of media including the New York Times, FOX News, Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International, Huff Post Live, Al Jazeera, NBC, CBS, Voice of America, among several other national and international outlets.

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