About A Muted Imam
One of the markers of globalization is that most Western societies have become diverse, and pluralism is the new challenge. With Islam and Muslims receiving so much media coverage, it begs the question of nativity and the evolution of Islam, as it should be interpreted from a Westerner’s experience and perspective.
There are many mosques and communities filled with immigrant Muslims. Naturally, they have bought along their own culture and religious practices. We must contextualize the value of the immigrant experience.
The book Muted Imam, although speaking of events in Bermuda, sheds light on what should be an inherent right of expression in every part of the world. It speaks of Islam coming out of environments, as opposed to being parachuted in. This is the story of a man who climbs through isms and ideology to discover truth. There are some axiomatic questions posed in the book that may help shed the notion of Islam as a cultural phenomenon, while placing man and human consciousness at the center of the universe and the purpose of being.
The book emphasizes and re-emphasizes that attaining truth is the repository of the whole of humanity, and it dispels the notion of the Quran belonging to a sect, rather than to all of humanity. Muted Imam strives to give young people the courage and inspiration needed to stand up with open hearts, without fear of tradition to face modern challenges and see the wisdom already imbedded in the Quran. This allows us to reach new heights living together in a pluralistic world.
No-Frills Islam is a cut-to-the-bone essay on Islam. It pulls out the core principles of the religion, which was the thrust of what Muhammad brought to humanity. Readers will find the principles within are more likely to resonate with the average reader, whether Muslim, Christian, or even the non-religious.
Often it is language that causes divisions in understanding between people. That aside, the idea of purity of faith around or in a benevolent source of life needs to transcend ideological dogma and become the instrument through which humanity evolves to become more complete human beings.
This compelling book presents a pure description of Islam, without all the added traditions that come to be attached as an identity via its development and history. It begins by giving the five basic principles and their implications as they affect life and belief.
It’s Between What They Say
It’s Between What they Say is very timely, because increasingly the gulf between secularism and religion gets wider. Unlike the days of old, when there were tremendous conflicts between different religions, today atheism is perhaps a larger threat to the notion of religion or God than another belief. Therefore, the author includes atheism in his specter of beliefs, rather than belief versus non-belief.
Khalid A. Wasi promotes the idea that the survival and future of mankind is dependent on global re-education, the type that promotes humans being endowed with the ability to think, as opposed to being subjects of society. He makes the point that character is more than simple manners, but rather is a trigger with universal potency.
The author believes compassion is the password, which like a key, unlocks the ability for the world to evolve to its next phase. In spite of numerous wars, global conflicts, and atrocities that we see daily, we still live in the age of Aquarius, and enlightenment will prevail.
Discover the key to the genius inherent in many of the great souls and luminaries who have lit the path in religion, science, or art.
Humanity is an evolving consciousness and the human family is in conflict because of the lack of true dialogue between societies. Behavior embedded in love and compassion is the key to social salvation.
About the Author
Khalid A. Wasi wrote this book to clear up misunderstandings and distortions of Islam as it is has been presented. He is the founder of the first orthodox Muslim community in Bermuda and is a semi-retired businessman, currently working as a private business consultant.
The author grew up in Bermuda and has been a socio/politico activist for the better part of his life. He also served in Bermuda as a human rights commissioner for 13 years (one of those years as chairman of the education committee). He has met five world leaders, including having an audience with King Khalid bin Saud, now deceased. He currently spends considerable time in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, if not traveling.