Clarion’s National Correspondent Shireen Qudosi often gives public talks during which she’s asked why there aren’t more secular Muslims speaking out against the Islamists like she does.
In this podcast, Qudosi pulls from her own experience on factors that hold secular Muslims back from being more expressive and open about their secular beliefs. She shares what she had to go through — and what she forced herself to go through — to break away from her family’s control and reshape how she saw herself.
Qudosi says, “One of the questions I always get asked during a live talk is, ‘Why aren’t more secular Muslims speaking out?’”
Here is her response in part:
“We’re going to have a hard time speaking out if we’ve never been taught to speak out, if we’ve never been rewarded for it … if every time we’ve speak out, we’ve been punished for it.
Everything is regulated and deeply controlled. When you have an entire population of people told how to think, what to believe, it’s going to be really difficult for those Muslims to grow up and be able to express themselves.”
Qudosi then pulls from her own personal experience as a guide for secular Muslims. Listen: