In Arabic, Irshad means "guidance." My mission: to teach a critical mass of people the skills of moral courage -- doing the right thing in the face of our fears.
This mission has been a life-long journey. Growing up in a violent household, I made a commitment to use my education for good. That meant thinking for myself.
At my Islamic school, I challenged dogma and got expelled at age 14. Later, studying Islam on my own, I made a truly surprising discovery: It's possible to reconcile faith with freedom. That discovery led me to write two internationally best-selling books about reforming Islam.
I'll soon launch my next book, Don't Label Me, about how to heal the Us-versus-Them divisions that are ripping apart America and much of the world.
In all that I am and all that I do, I stand for the responsibility to ask questions -- and the right to do so, free from fear.