AuthorSohail Husain

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.

Justice is key if US is to shake off civil war ghosts

Originally published in Financial Times Are we stuck in the civil war era of the 19th century? (“George Floyd and the story of the Two Americas”, FT View, June 3). The backlash of unrest on America’s city streets exposes two unresolved problems. The first is the immediate issue, which is an egregious absence, or at the very least, a massive delay of legal justice when it comes to felonies...

We must address underlying reasons for teen violence

Originally Published in Pittsburgh Post Gazette on February 26th, 2018 The school shooting in Parkland, Fla., should sound a panic alarm for lawmakers to prioritize a probe into the underlying basis for the surge in teen violence. The 800-pound gorilla may well be the ease of access to heavy-duty firearms. But we should also pull our heads out of the sand when it comes to the rampant problems...

Letter to the editor | Homegrown terrorism a threat to our nation

Published on The Tribune-Democrat website on June 17th, 2017: The shooting this week at a GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, attests to the terrifying reality that no one, not even our highest elected officials, are safe from the disturbing growth of violent acts nationwide. What is particularly troubling is that the alleged assailant, James Hodgkinson, appears to have...

Terrorists are not part of true Islam, which teaches love

Originally Published by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette In the wake of the horrific attacks in London and Manchester, this Muslim-American firmly believes that any cleric who incites violence or hatred should be serially banned. What else needs to be clarified is that the suicidal perpetrators had no connection with the true teachings of Islam. They brutally took innocent lives right at the start of the...

Muslim-American praises Obama for separating ISIL from Islam

Originally Published in Penn Live  As I reflect upon 2015, this Muslim-American praises President Obama for separating ISIL from Islam. Unlike some caustic contenders for the Oval office, Obama advised the nation to “enlist Muslim communities as some of our strongest allies, rather than push them away through suspicion and hate.” My Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (www.alislam.org) has...

America’s Islamic allies

Originally posted in Tribliv This Muslim-American believes President Obama deserves praise for separating ISIL from Islam. Unlike some caustic contenders for the Oval Office, Obama advised the nation to “enlist Muslim communities as some of our strongest allies, rather than push them away through suspicion and hate.” The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has been at the forefront of the ideological...

Muslim-Americans have a religious duty to protect the United States from harm

Several states have appropriately beefed up security at military recruitment centers in the wake of the Chattanooga shooting tragedy. This Muslim-American would add that the best way to counter the threat of radicalization (of any group) is to inculcate the golden values of loyalty and common respect. That’s why a bulk of the youth of my Ahmadiyya Muslim Community joined in parades across...

Amid agony, Muslims should follow the prophet’s peaceful stance

This Muslim-American is pained, on the one hand, to witness violent extremism perpetrated in the name of Islam, for example, by the Islamic State group or Boko Haram, and on the other hand, to see noxious caricatures that defame the Prophet Muhammad drawn in public demonstrations by Islamophobes. Both entities are completely ignorant of the noble character of the prophet, who defended the rights...

A Muslim’s reaction to torture reports — tactics are just wrong

Originally publish in the New Haven Register Halloween was over a month ago — a day to revel over ghoulish characters and hideous images. And now we are supposed to be in a season of merry. These days, though, it seems like scenes reminiscent of Halloween continue to haunt us. The latest dread is the report released last Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee about the CIA’s use of torture...

4 reasons why Ramadan is a great time to talk to a Muslim

Originally published in the New Haven Register   Have you ever passed by a Muslim woman with a headscarf and wanted to ask her what motivates her to live out her faith?     Have you ever thought to strike up a conversation with a Muslim colleague over his views on Muslim extremists in the news?     But were you too afraid to ask? Or maybe the moment wasn’t right.  ...