In my books From Islam to Secular Humanism
and Freedom of Religion…Freedom from Religion I have
shared my philosophical journey and my dreams of a secular
I dream of a world in which children will
experience nurturing, affection and love in their families
rather than poverty, neglect and abuse.
I dream of a world in which teenagers will be
taught science, psychology and philosophy in schools and
encouraged to develop rational and creative thinking rather than
have blind faith in holy scriptures.
I dream of a world in which young adults will
associate sex with caring and love rather than sin and stoning
I dream of a world where women and men will have
equal rights and privileges.
I dream of a world where men and women will
enjoy not only freedom of religion but also freedom from
I dream of a world where free thinkers will be
cherished rather than persecuted under the blasphemy law.
I dream of a world where writers will have the
right to write rather than living in fear of fatwas if they
share their truth publicly.
I dream of a world where church and state,
mosque and law, synagogue and politics and temple and parliament
will be kept separate.
I dream of a world where human conscience will
be more sacred than God. I dream of a world where people with
physical disabilities and mental illnesses will be treated with
care and compassion rather than neglect and prejudice.
I dream of a world where people from different
races, religions, languages and nationalities will feel part of
the same family, the human family. I dream of a world where
there will be no killing in the name of God, religion or
I am well aware that these are my personal and
global dreams but I believe that we are the product of our
dreams as they inspire us to create a better world. When our
dreams are shattered, we start to disintegrate individually and
In the 21st century, humanity is at a crossroads
and all of us have choices. We can choose the path of
self-destruction and commit collective suicide or choose the
road of peace with ourselves, and harmony with other human
beings as well as Mother Nature. I hope we choose the path of
peace and harmony based on secular humanistic principles so that
we can grow to the next step of evolution by becoming fully
human individually and collectively. I hope our tomorrows are
better than our yesterdays.
Dr. Khalid Sohail
Creative Psychotherapy Clinic
Whitby Ontario Canada