“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”

Islamic Problems with Islamism (pt. 2)

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Islamic Problems with Islamism (pt. 1)

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The False Promise of Islamism

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Ideology and Religion

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Profile

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...

A keen sense of social justice and fairness

Shahid has worked at our law firm for several years now. During the time that I have known him, he has been a dedicated and highly contributory staff member. He goes well above and beyond the call of duty, to help clients seek justice and is extremely empathetic and sensitive to their needs. Shahid has a keen sense of social justice and fairness, attributes that differentiate him from many, making him a special part of our team. He is a genuinely caring person and brings a lot of cheer to our...

Possibly the greatest thinker I have ever met

“Shahid is a brilliant ‘thinker’, someone that cuts through problems, to see straight through to the causes, and thus potential solutions, on just about any topic you want to throw his way. In today’s world, full of seemingly impossible conflicts, humanitarian crises and increasing hatred, for sure we are in need of people like Shahid. Shahid puts forward ideas for a more intelligent kind of activism, whereby we can work with market forces, that are seemingly impossible...

He called for a unifying message sent out to multinationals

Rohingya was just a word at first. Then it morphed into a horror story as I averted my eyes from the graphic images that accompanied the lurid texts. Some things are hard to ‘un-see’. And some things just call out to you as a fellow human being. My interest in the plight of the Rohingya heightened when the seemingly angelic persona of Aung Sang Syu Kii came to personify evil – her silence, I felt contributed to the unholy massacre that was unfolding before the eyes of the world. Then I...

Patient, funny and friendly

Protect the Rohingya joined consultations with both Jamila Hanan and Shahid King Bolsen, earlier this year, on how multinational corporations can be held accountable for human rights violations in the countries where they do business. Shahid put forward the idea of lobbying multinational corporations, to speak and act on the Rohingya issue and so the Unilever campaign began, as part of #WeAreAllRohingyaNow. He elected to put his full support behind the outreach project as opposed to the boycott...

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...