Muslim Mom Raises Son to Reject Supremacist Ideology

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A Bahraini girl is carried by her mother during a funeral prayer, on May 28, 2013, in the village of Karzakkan, south of Manama. (Photo: Mohammed Al-Shaikh / AFP / Getty Images)

Clarion Project’s National Correspondent Shireen Qudosi appeared on We’re Just Talking About It (WJTA), discussing how she’s raising her son to reject supremacist ideology. WJTA is a freshly-launched podcast featuring an informal conversation about Islam and Muslim cultures. According to podcast host Jason Howk, it’s the conversation America should have started on September 12th, 2001. The show is produced and co-hosted by Hollie Fleck, an Emmy-award winning television news reporter. 

In episode 9, Shireen shares:

  • “I didn’t want my son to have a Muslim name”  — Forecasting ethnic and religious clashes, seven years ago Shireen decided she didn’t want to expose her son’s Muslim heritage through his name.
  • “It needs to be a conversation”  — Shireen gives advice to other Muslim parents who might be struggling with identity issues.
  • “This is not his burden”  — Listen to why Shireen doesn’t expect her son to follow in her footsteps as Muslim Reformer.
  • “Children are built for play and wonder”  — A look at how understanding a child’s natural state can help parents build a more supportive environment for their children.
  • “Certain children I’ve met in my life or learned of, that I really hope aren’t forgotten, we remember them in our prayers at night”  — Using prayer as a bridge for building empathy and selflessness.
  • “Is it a He … is it an It … is it an Intelligence”  — Shireen envelopes prayer into a dialogue to help break a rigid ideological foundation. Shireen believes if Muslim parents are more comfortable exploring what the “Great Intelligence” is with their children, it makes it that much more difficult for others to convince their child that Divinity is anger and thus harder to radicalize youth. 

Click here to listen to the full episode.



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Shireen Qudosi

Shireen Qudosi is Clarion Project's National Correspondent.

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