In Arabic, Irshad means "guidance." My mission: to help people live with integrity and wholeness, especially those who feel limited by culture, religion, or society.

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 finding my voice, asking questions, and thinking for myself.

At my Islamic school, I asked too many questions, and got expelled at age 14. Later, studying Islam on my own, I made a truly surprising discovery: It is possible to reconcile faith with freedom.

My journey has brought me to where I am today – speaking, writing and teaching not just about Islam, but also about moral courage. I stand for the human right to question, free from fear.