“There are no shortcuts to changing the system” “When they distort  articles I have written…” “We just have to stop looking to our ‘leaders’ and start looking to each other” “Most of us are poor” “You will not liberate yourselves by toppling a puppet government” “There is possibly nothing more alienating than violence” “No one owns ideas”

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Shahid is well known as a ‘thinker’ that comes up with workable solutions to the increasing problems we are facing in today’s world. He has been a strong voice within the Muslim community against extremism. His work over the past few years he has been focused on encouraging people to direct their anger and frustrations away from meaningless violence and into meaningful actions instead, to help bring about a fairer society for all. One area of focus which Shahid draws attention to, that...

Thinking outside the box was always one of the most important features of Mr. Bolsen

“His ideas have impressed us and motivated us to participate, especially after the Rohingya campaign that has achieved good results over a short interval of time and after we got the attention to the multinational companies investing in the Myanmar economy. The campaign adopted his strategy of reaching out to the companies so they can intervene immediately in ending the atrocities and genocide committed by the Government of Myanmar against the Rohingya. We started finally saw ourselves...

His vision can be used and applied to achieve justice

“This is extremism!” He said to me. These words were the very first he told me when I commented on one of his posts saying that all the present regimes are just facades since not one single government is applying the Islamic Sharia and there is no real democracy anywhere. I replied that the only way out of this is to take up arms and fight them since they are corrupted. I finished it off by saying that the only way to achieve the needs of the peoples is armed resistance. Before this...

He rejected all forms of violence directed against states or governments

From the various private conversations I had with him, I was able to perceive how he rejected all forms of violence directed against states or governments. This rejection was based on a wide knowledge about the freedom experiences various countries of the world went through, and which were often fruitful. His outspoken attitudes against violence placed him so notably in opposition to all the conventional jihadi currents. ~ Abu Umar...

There’s no such thing as a heartless ‘good cause’

Whenever something like this happens, I always find myself thinking about what both the victims and the perpetrator were doing a few hours before; they woke up, dressed, ate, talked to friends and family, laughed, noticed things, had thoughts, feelings. It does my head in. Someone they made smile in the morning was screaming about them a few hours later, weeping, praying for their safety. And whoever carried out the attack; were there not hundreds of things permeating his senses that should...