AuthorSheheryar Ahmad

Sheheryar Ahmed is currently doing undergrad in Computer Science from the University of Washington. He has served as a producer, director, editor and camera man of Muslim Television Ahmadiyya International. Ahmed also partakes in the Alislam web team, and has serves as secretary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association of Seattle, WA.

The Origins of Terrorism are Geopolitical, Not Religious

Originally published on Patheos.com Why didn’t we hear the term “Muslim terrorist” or “Jihadist” before the 1980s? Islam has been around for more than 1400 years but “Islamic” terrorist organizations were not to be found prior to 1980. The first Islamist terrorist attack was the bombing of the Tyre Headquarters in 1982. Was Islam different prior to the 1980s or was there some sort of fundamental...

Garbage and prophets

Originally Posted on NY Daily News Lynwood, Wash.: At the time of the Prophet Muhammad, an old non-Muslim lady decided to embarrass him in public. She swept her house and put all the garbage in a basket and threw it on him as he walked past her house. Much to her disappointment, he did not utter a single word of retaliation. She decided to go on with this tradition every morning. One day, the...

What America, Fourth of July means

Originally published in USA Today I was looking at my Instagram feed and saw a picture of an American Airlines plane. There was a disturbing comment that insulted America. His comment was made possible by an app that is an American invention, but he wanted to insult America? This comment made me realize how blessed I am to be in the United States. As an Ahmadi Muslim American, I want to thank...

Islam’s mark on racial equality

Originally published in Las Vegas Sun A white has no superiority over a black nor does a black have any superiority over a white except by piety and good action. These were the words of Prophet Muhammad during his farewell address. He not only taught Muslims to not discriminate based on race, but also showed it from his own example by assigning Bilal, an ex-slave, the critical duty of making the...

A way to give

Originally published in Seattle Times Twelve years ago, al-Qaida took nearly 3,000 innocent lives. I was too young to understand why, but I knew that the Islam I followed didn’t teach violence. I knew that the Quran condemns the taking of innocent lives; to kill a person is like killing all mankind. I knew Prophet Muhammad stated that God has made the blood, property and honor of every human...

Vigilance since 9/11 takes toll: Your Say

Originally published in USA Today Twelve years ago, al-Qaeda took nearly 3,000 innocent lives. I was too young to understand why, but I knew that the Islam I followed didn’t teach violence. I knew that the Quran condemns the taking of innocent lives. I couldn’t understand why, when Islam clearly condemns bloodshed, some people kill and call it an act for the sake of Islam. I have been...