Episode for July 14, 2022

Qasim Rashid and Aisha Sultan Episode 645

 Qasim Rashid earned his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law and has a long track record of serving diverse communities in Virginia. This includes his work to combat domestic and sexual violence against women, uplift the incarcerated through prison chaplaincy, serve his neighbors through blood drives and highway cleanups, and advocate for children’s education.

Qasim channels his passion to serve the marginalized by working with national and international non-profit organizations that advance women’s rights, improve water, food, shelter, healthcare, and education access for children living in poverty, and fight to protect the religious freedom for all people. To that end Qasim has written numerous books, given hundreds of interviews, and testified before the US Commission on International Religious Freedom to protect the rights of persecuted religious minorities around the world. Likewise, Qasim has worked with the US Government to improve national security here at home, while upholding the United States Constitution as the supreme law of the land.

In addition to his humanitarian commitments, Qasim works as a consultant to help major organizations, small businesses, and non-profits improve their corporate strategies, messaging, and innovation. He loves interfaith dialogue, running marathons, reading, and spending time with his wife and children. Qasim and his family attend worship services at the Masroor Mosque in Manassas.

Qasim Rashid is a human rights lawyer and author. His new book is for kids and it’s called Hannah and the Ramadan gift. 

AISHA SULTAN is a nationally syndicated columnist and features writer. Her work connects with parents trying to balance work and home life, while raising kids in a complex, digital age.

She chronicles the lives of families – those intimate relationships in which we battle and love most intensely. In their daily decisions, their small victories and defeats, readers look for someone with whom to connect. Aisha’s ability to authentically share these struggles, from the poignant to the hilarious, brings readers back week after week.

The Society of Features Journalism has repeatedly recognized her commentary as among the best in the country. The Asian American Journalists Association honored her coverage of the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., with an Excellence in Print national writing award.

She is a former Knight Wallace Fellow, during which she took a sabbatical at the University of Michigan to dive into how technology is changing modern family life.

She also produces videos and films, hosts a weekly podcast, speaks at conferences and frequently appears on television. Her work has appeared in more than a hundred print and digital publications, including The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Quartz and runs weekly in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

She is producing a series of short films about race relations in the heartland and a collection of essays about being a Muslim mom in the Midwest.

She lives in St. Louis with her husband and two children.

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