On May 11, the world's second most populous Muslim country, Pakistan, marked a historic election. But as Pakistanis rushed to the polling stations to cast their vote, more than 4 million people sat home, separated and disenfranchised.
When my parents enrolled me in a Catholic school in Pakistan, our neighbors expressed a concern: Will my faith be at risk because of attending a Catholic school? As it turns out, the Catholic school taught me the lost Muslim value of grappling with disagreements in a non-threatening way.
One of the core fundamental beliefs in Islam is to honor all revealed books, not just the Quran. Muslims believe in earlier texts in their original form, and the Quran specifically mentions the Scrolls, Torah, Psalms and Gospel.
Ahmad joined a group of "Jihadis" who emphatically rejected the notion of violence in the name of Islam. Instead they were waging a Jihad of the pen, not sword. They were letter writers, not sword fighters.
In my experience, all Muslims would agree on one thing: that the United States provides them with more freedom, more security, more opportunity, and more peace than the country from which they emigrated.
Irshad Manji claims that not just Muslims, but the Quran and Islam itself need reformation. In doing so, Manji ignores the possibility that the owner's manual might be fine, while the issues lie with the owner.