Muslim American Gives Thanks



Originally Published on and The Hartford Courant.

On Thanksgiving, this Muslim American gave thanks for enjoying religious freedom in America. The first pilgrims to the New World, the Puritans, wearing their traditional bonnets and trousers, fled an intolerant Europe. Today, in places like France, Muslim women are banned from wearing headscarves in public places.

What’s worse, in some Muslim countries such as Pakistan, my community — the Ahmadiyya Muslim community — is criminalized merely for calling ourselves Muslims.

In America, you can wear whatever head covering you choose and profess your faith freely without harm. That is why I believe it is my religious duty to protect my country and to express thanks for its freedoms — last week and throughout the year.

Sohail Z. Husain




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Dr. Sohail Husain serves as President of the Association of Ahmadi Muslim Scientists USA. He has also served in various leadership positions within the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Assoication and the local community. At his day job, he serves as an Associate Professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on investigating the molecular basis of pancreatitis, which is a painful, inflammatory disease of the pancreas. Dr. Husain considers the practice of writing as both a crucial professional engagement, as well as a powerful means of personal expression.

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