Thursday, May 5, 2016

10 Reasons You Should Not Fear Muslims

A great article, must be read and circulated time and again.
Mike Ghouse
World Muslim Congress
Courtesy : Beliefnet
When I was a toddler, I was terrified of ladybugs. There was just something about how different they looked that made me fear and despise them. To me, they looked harmful. As I grew older, I learned that ladybugs are not only absolutely harmless to humans but also extremely beneficial to us because they feed on landscape pests without harming our plants or other harmless bugs. Knowing this, I no longer am scared of ladybugs and I actually enjoy their presence.
There are millions of Muslims living in the United States and I can guarantee you that every single one has either directly faced some sort of hateful discrimination or knows of a Muslim that has. According to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, a Muslim American is a victim of a hate crime every three days. Recent polls show that more than half of Americans have an unfavorable view of Islam. Sadly, Muslims are today's ladybugs.
As a Muslim American who continually strives to do everything I can for the betterment of my community and this nation, it is saddening to see this hate. Yet just as my fear of ladybugs was caused by my ignorance about them, similar is the case with how Muslims are currently viewed. It's time to change that. Let this be the piece that does away with your unwarranted fear of Muslims.
Here Are Ten Reasons Why You Should Not Be Afraid of Muslims:
1. All terrorists are Muslims EXCEPT the gigantic majority that aren't.
According to the FBI, 94 percent of terrorist attacks carried out inside the United States from 1980 to 2005 have been by non-Muslims. Keyword: Non-Muslims. Looking overseas, less than 2 percent of terrorist attacks carried out in Europe in the past five years have been by Muslims.
If this miniscule percentage isn't calming enough for you, I can present better. From 9/11 to the end of 2015, less than 0.0002 percent of Americans killed were killed by Muslims. No matter where you look, every single statistic will scream to you that there is absolutely no valid association between the over 1.6 billion peaceful Muslims in the world and the terror committed by those who hijack our religion.
Furthermore, if you insist on using these single-digit and decimal statistics to justify such an association, I strongly suggest that you consider the double-digit statistics regarding non-Muslims and acts of terrorism.
2. Muslims do not plan to take over America with our religion.
One thing more hysterical than my childhood fear of ladybugs is this unfounded fear that Muslims plan to take over this country and impose Sharia law. The fact of the matter is that this is absolutely untrue as the majority of Muslims actually want to adopt American customs and ways of life, according to the Pew Research Center.
But let me humor the Islamophobes: Even if Muslims wanted to take over this nation and turn the White House into a super cool mosque (which totally isn't the case), we would not be able to. Muslims make up less than 1 percent of the total U.S. population. We are a minority of a minority and never in history has 1 percent of a nation's population succeeded in taking over the other 99 percent. To put things into perspective, this would be equivalent to a toddler taking over an entire elementary school during nap time.
3. Speaking of toddlers, if you are scared of Muslims then you should be terrified of toddlers.
More Americans were killed by toddlers than by Muslims in 2013. And in 2014. And in 2015. And every year for the past several years.
Based on these facts, you should be more afraid of toddlers than you are of Muslims, or more realistically, less afraid of Muslims than you are of toddlers. Please remember this the next time you are on an airplane with a Muslim. Speaking of airplanes, you are more than 11,000 times more likely to die in an airplane accident than from a terrorist plot involving an airplane.

4. If you are scared of Muslims, then you should also be afraid of household furniture.
Recent data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that since the 9/11 attacks, which have caused Americans to become terrified of Muslims, Americans have been just as likely to be crushed to death by unstable televisions and furniture than they are to be killed by a Muslim. On this same note, in the time it took you to read this far, at least one American has died from a heart attack. In the time it takes you to finish this article, at least one American will have died as a result of suicide. By tonight, at least one American will have died as a result of distracted driving. By the time you wake up tomorrow morning, an American child will have died as a result of gun violence.
Meanwhile, not a single American would have been harmed by a Muslim as all of this is happening. Rather than fearing Muslims who pose no harm, why not work to address the aforementioned preventable deadly leading causes of death plaguing our nation?
5. When we say Islam teaches peace, we really mean it.
There is no bigger award for those who promote peace than the Nobel Peace Prize. That being said, 5 out of the 12 past people who have won this award have been Muslims. So if all Muslims are terrorists because a single digit percentage of terrorists happen to be Muslim, then all Muslims are peacemakers because 42 percent of Nobel Peace Prize winners in the past 12 years have been Muslims.
6. Muslims play an essential role in fighting terrorism at home.
Many polls and studies conducted in the last few years show that Muslims have played a crucial role in helping law enforcement find terror suspects in the United States. In fact, a recent study by Duke University showed that Muslim Americans helped catch more terrorism suspects and perpetrators than the United States government itself. Furthermore, many Muslims have served and currently serve in the military to help protect this nation from terrorists.
7. Muslims hate ISIS just as much as you do.
Here is a fact that is not well known to many: Muslims are the the largest victims of ISIS's terror as well as the largest victims of all terrorism in general, according to theU.S. State Department. Muslims want to defeat terrorism just as much as any other American, if not more. This is why we have Muslims like Niloofar Rahmani, Kubra Khademi, many Muslim youth, and various Muslim groups and scholars that have done much more to combat ISIS than Islamophobes like Donald Trump ever will.
8. Muslims are doing amazing work in the United States.
We want to help our fellow Americans. We actually enjoy helping. You don't have look far to find evidence of this. Just last year, Muslims raised over $100,000 to rebuild burned black churches, raised nearly $200,000 to help the San Bernardino victims, and donated 30,000 water bottles to help alleviate the current Flint water crisis. Even Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha, two Muslims who were killed by a hateful non-Muslim terrorist, were recently awarded the MLK Unsung Hero Award for their significant contributions to social justice, equity or diversity, and having made a positive difference in the lives of others.
9. Muslims are helping break gender stereotypes.

This nation we live in is a seen as a symbol of freedom and opportunity and Muslims lead the nation by example. American Muslims not only hold more college degrees by proportion than the general U.S. population, but also make up the second-highest level of education among major religious groups. To add, American Muslim women hold more college or postgraduate degrees than Muslim men and aremore likely to work in professional fields than women from most other U.S. religious groups.
Nearly all Muslim Americans agree that women should be able to work outside the home and a significant majority believe there is no difference between men and women political leaders. It is easy to see that Islam encourages women to aspire for greatness and use their success to help others, this is why the youngest doctor in the world is a Muslim woman and the first university in the world was founded by one as well. In addition, the same Islam that Americans are afraid of has granted women rights of equality thousands of years ago that women in the United States don't have to this very day. While an Equal Rights Amendment still has not been passed in the U.S. allowing women equal rights as men, the Quran granted this right to women long before this nation was ever founded.
10. Muslims have been in the United States for centuries.
The history of American Muslims goes back more than 400 years. Scholars even estimate that a quarter to a third of African slaves brought to this nation were Muslims. Despite the unfortunate circumstance of our first arrival, Muslims played a significant role in the establishment of this nation. And despite all the hatred we continue to receive, we want to play a role in making this nation great and safe.
Twenty-one Muslims were killed by the Taliban in Pakistan this week and I'm still waiting for the world to respond as furiously as they would have if the victims were non-Muslims. As I ululate the names of the 21 Muslim university students killed on Wednesday, I ask myself: Why are Muslims hated because of terrorism when we are the largest victims of it?
There is not a single day that goes by that I don't think of Deah Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha and how they will never be able to continue carrying out the amazing work they were doing because they were hated and killed simply for being Muslim.
I am Deah Barakat. I am Tamir Rice. I am Yusor Abu-Salha. I am Sandra Bland. I am every single American that has died as a result of hate and unjustified fear. On behalf of all Muslim Americans, I urge you to rise above your unfounded fears and trust in the truth that implores you to accept us as equal citizens of this nation. Look past our hijabs and long beards and see the love we have in our hearts. And please, stop seeing us as terrorists when it is terror that we resist. We want to help defeat terrorism and we want to help make this nation great, all you have to do is grab our hand. We have it extended out. 

Omar Alnatour is a Palestinian-American college student. He is one of the biggest voices on the Palestine-Israel conflict on Twitter with his tweets being featured on Huffington Post, CNN, , Buzzfeed, The Independent, Al Jazeera, Vice News, AJ Plus, RT News, and Mondoweiss.

A Pakistani-turned-Texan breaks down 6 misconceptions Americans have about Muslims

I came to generous Texas from Karachi, Pakistan to get my graduate degree in June of 1985 in the sweltering, 105-degree heat. I loved it. I met my beautiful wife, a first generation Mexican-American who came from a Catholic immigrant family, in school. And I loved it more. After leaving university, I got my first corporate job with the largest oil company in the largest oil state in the world. And it just kept getting better.

Now, 31 years, one fairly fulfilling corporate career, one stint as president of the largest homeless shelter in Collin County, and two college-going kids later, I think the best years for me and my country are still ahead of us.
At the entryway to my home stands an artsy statue of Ganesh, the Hindu God of wisdom and removal of obstacles, given to me on one of my visits to India. It’s next to a framed print of Jesus at the Last Supper, given to me by my wife. A few steps further there is a tapestry wall hanging with some Koranic verses in Arabic that was given to me by my mother for good luck.
You will find a splattering of the Eye of Fatima amulets all over my home, to ward off the evil eye. I am superstitious that way, call me old fashioned. In my family room you will see a very thick book on the Holocaust, to remind me of the evils that have existed in the world. Oh yes, I have a wooden cross in my home office, another gift.
I would like to clear up a few juicy misconceptions about me, as a Muslim, because there are many like me, hidden in plain sight, that you may never get to know.
1. So why do you hate the Jews?
For the record, I don’t hate Jews. In fact, I have been very inspired by Moses, the Jewish medieval sage Maimonides, and Albert Einstein. I can recite the 10 commandments, I believe in the eight levels of charitable giving of Maimonides, and I am still trying to comprehend Einstein’s Theory of Relativity well enough to explain it to my kids. Visiting Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem, is on my bucket list. I believe Israel has a right to exist peacefully with its neighbors. One of my biggest supporters and mentors in graduate school is Jewish, we used to watch Twin Peaks together with his family. My dentist is Jewish, my accountant is Jewish, my orthodontist (a really good one) is Jewish. I have hired some very smart Jewish employees and worked for a talented Jewish executive. I made my first political contribution to (who else?) Bernie, a Jewish politician. My kids are Bernie-minded, I got coerced, call me a pushover.
2. How do you practice Sharia Law in the US?
This may come as a shock to many, but I don’t have much familiarity with Sharia Law, so I don’t practice it. As a teenager in Karachi, I didn’t know what this was. The laws of the land of the free and the home of the brave are good enough for me, thank you. We may have too many over-reaching government regulations, but that is another discussion for another time. No to beheadings, no to stonings for adulterers, no to chopping off the hands of thieves, no to concubines in a Harem, no to slavery, no to killing for apostasy, no to punishing gays. I am more of a “When I do bad I feel bad, and when I do good I feel good, and that is my religion,” person to quote Abraham Lincoln. And I do keep copies of the Bible, Torah and Geeta in my home alongside the Koran, for reference.
3. When would you kill an infidel as instructed by the Koran?
I have great relationships with “infidels.” I married one. I despise ISIS and what they stand for, beheadings, sex slaves and all. I find the Koranic verse “If you kill one innocent person, it as if you have killed all of humanity” more to my taste. I have not just survived, but thrived among Christians, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Jews and atheists. They are my friends, relatives, colleagues, and bosses, and I love it. Sorry to disappoint, but you will not be seeing any violence from me unless you take away my TV when I am watching Game of Thrones. Then all is fair in love and war.
4. Are you part of a sleeper cell awaiting instructions for Jihad?
Truthfully, I love my sleep and will never do anything to sleep in a cell by myself, if you get my drift. So, no, I am not part of any sleeper cell. This term is quite new to me. I am not waiting for any ET-style communication from a religious body, alien planet, ISIS, or any other banned or not-banned terrorist organization. The only Jihad that interests me is one that is charitable: treating others well, helping the less fortunate members of my family, taking care of my old mother, raising my kids with good values, and yes, another Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl ring. That is the extent of my Jihad. It involves no killing, although I have to admit, when the Giants come to play in Arlington in the September season opener, I may use some mildly offensive language during the game.
5. Would it make you mad if I insult your prophet?
You are free to say bad things about Prophet Mohammed in my presence, my blood pressure would not change an iota. I may feel disappointed, but that would be the extent of it. Cartoons of the prophet would have the same effect, and even may get a chuckle out of me. In fact, I have a couple of cartoons of Prophet Mohammed on my iPhone from the last Mohammed Cartoon event held in Garland in 2015. I thought they were funny and actually very creative. And no, I would not go shooting anyone in my neighborhood for that, but also because I am very non-violent person, and I don’t own a gun. Feel free to burn the Koran in my presence. If it is a cold winter day, I may just enjoy the warmth, and I will throw in a Bible, Geeta and Torah, just for grins.
6. Why are your Muslims values at odds with America?
I love pizza and sushi, and love to smoke brisket and BBQ. I fry two turkeys every Thanksgiving. I go to at least two Dallas Cowboys games every season and dream of a playoff win. I vote. I believe in the right to speak freely. I believe in the constitution written by our forefathers. I speak openly against any kind of discrimination. I make charitable contributions. I respect all religions. I treat women with special respect, especially my wife, just ask her. I wear shorts and T-shirts in the summer and sometimes in the Texas winters. I tip waiters 15 percent. I celebrate all religious holidays. I put up a Christmas Tree every year in my home and expect gifts when I wake up on the December 25. I love to see the apple drop and yell Happy New Year! at midnight. I dislike most politicians. I hate our growing debt. If any of this is un-American, then I am guilty of being un-American.
I do not drink or eat pork. I go to the mosque and read the Koran occasionally. I ask for forgiveness for my sins frequently. I would like to make the obligatory trip to Mecca one day. I ask for divine guidance to keep on the path that avoids harm or grief to others. I believe in the equality of all my fellow human beings regardless of race, color, religion or sexual orientation. I believe a society that believes in justice, kindness, and freedoms, is the best society.
Some may still dislike me for my name and my faith, but many won’t, because I live in a country where people are fair and just.
Zulfi Ahmed is an insurance executive living in Plano. Email:

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Passionate debate erupts over the future for women in Islam

Indeed, I agree with Zahra, Muslim understanding of Islam needs reform and not Islam.  Hibaq at the very end could have said, both Human rights and Islam go hand in hand, however the abuse of Sharia Law is what needs to be prevented. Farah's focus on the millennials was perfect. Ayan started with the Pew Survey, which is very questionable and even though I wrote about it, and have talked about it on Fox News - it needs more mileage to counter her arguments.  Here is the link questioning the Pew Survey at World Muslim Congress Hiba's comment was great, but somehow it did not make the impact - that is if you want the change the course of the boat, you have to be in the boat.

It is a good discussion, all of them made good points.

Mike Ghouse
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Sparks flew when Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who lives under a fatwa for her condemnation of Sharia law, came face to face with fellow Somali women’s activist Hibaaq Osman

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Religious freedom wins in Malaysia, both Islam and Christianity win, it is a landmark ruling.


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Contact:  Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916

Religious freedom wins in Malaysia, re-conversion to Christianity is a landmark ruling.
Washington, D.C., April 6, 2016 --  The World Muslim Congress welcomes the landmark ruling by a High Court in Malaysia that recognized the  freedom of religion is a fundamental human right.

The right to follow one’s conscience is the God given right of every human.  When Adam was given the choice to eat or not eat the forbidden fruit with the given set of consequences, Adam ‘chose’ to eat the fruit. God could have stopped him, but God wanted to set an example of living up his own word and what freedom should mean until the human race lives on.

The court struck down a decades-long government policy that had made it tough for Christian converts to renounce their former Islamic faith without the consent of an Islamic court. The had another great judgment in the case of Lina Joy.
The Association of Churches in Sarawak praised the decision "as a ratification of the fundamental right to freedom of religion in Malaysia," Herald Malaysia and Christian Today reported.
"This judgment reaffirms the supremacy of the Federal Constitution, which under Article 11 defends every Malaysian citizen's right to freedom of religion," the group said.
High Court judge Yew Jen Kie of the Kuching High Court, Sarawak state granted the petition of Rooney Rebit asking judicial authorities to declare that his belief in Jesus Christ was a fundamental human right.
Rebit, 41, from a village in Sarawak, was born a Christian but was converted to Islam by his parents when he was about 10 years old and renamed Azmi Mohamad Azam.
Judge Yew ruled that Rebit is "free to exercise his right to freedom of religion and he chose Christianity.''
Indeed, Mr. Rebit is free to exercise his right to freedom; the Quran says 2:256,... Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error ...” This is Islam's unambiguous affirmation of freedom of faith, which also applies to changing of faith. The Qur'an illuminates before the humanity the two highways [90:10], one of which leads to salvation. Islam is an invitation to the highway toward salvation, but it is based on FREEDOM OF CHOICE (”
We applaud the ruling as it clarifies the propaganda that Muslims compel others to stay in their fold through coercion and compulsion, which was never true or Islamic, even though it was practiced by a few Muslims.

We appreciate the efforts of the Government of Malaysia to uphold the inalienable rights of her citizens, which are God given and inherently Islamic.  We seek God’s guidance in helping us restore the pristine Islam of freedom, justice and mercy to mankind. Amen!   

Dr.  Mike Ghouse is a fellow at World Muslim Congress, a think tank committed to removing the dust Islamic practices has gathered over a period of time.  To be a Muslim is to be a peace maker, who seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful existence of humanity.  
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Muslims Used To Love Living In Tennessee — Now It's A Nightmare

Muslims Used To Love Living In Tennessee — Now It's A Nightmare

Courtesy of Buzz Feed

"In November 2011, Geller and Spencer both attended a conference in Nashville promoted as the “first true national conference on Sharia and the Islamization of America.” National groups were finding fertile ground in Tennessee."

Note:  They did not invite me to the conference, but have claimed on the Wikipedia entry that I chose not to attend. 

" Ossama Bahloul, the imam of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, recalls feeling deeply uneasy when LGBT groups expressed their support during the campaign to stop the building of his mosque; recently, he declined to support one of these groups in return." 
“You might find it very confusing,” Bahloul says. “Politically, how am I going to support someone who is against my personal values? Because he supports my existence? And the very conservative person shares with me the same values — but he is against my existence.”

Standing up for the rights of all humanity is the Muslim thing to do, however, just like the conservative Christians, Conservative Muslims are opposed to the LGBT.  I am glad, I was one of the first few Muslims in America to have seen a clear distinction between the rights of individuals and have supported and would defend the rights of LGBT community. What they do is between them and God, I have no right to pass judgments against any one.  Thank God, Congressman Keith Ellison stood up for their rights and finally I believe (Needs to be verified) ISNA also recognized the right of each human, hetrosexual or homosexual. 
This article is worth reading, its quite long, but there is a lot to understand here. Article at: 

Muslims Used To Love Living In Tennessee — Now It's A Nightmare

Muslims Used To Love Living In Tennessee — Now It's A Nightmare

Role of Majority Muslims to Combat Terrorism

Role of Muslim Majority - WorldMuslimCongress.Com
There is a couplet in Urdu language, which roughly translates into, whatever you want to do, go ahead and start, as you march forward, people will join you in the movement and bring the needed change.  Dr. Basheer Ahmed is that lone ranger, he started the Muslim Community Center for Social Services some 20 years ago, he struggled with it, but within a few years of hard work, commitment and dedication, it has become an important institution in Texas. You have to read about it at:  Dr. Basheer Ahmed, has undertaken another initiative to nurture goodwill among Muslims of different backgrounds at Iqra.

Mike Ghouse
World Muslim Congress
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Role of Majority Muslims to Combat Terrorism 

This is no longer news that the Muslim Terrorists are creating havoc by indiscriminate killing of innocent Muslims and Non-Muslims all over the world. It is just a matter of where and when?  It is followed by media frenzy.   Then interfaith groups convene. Sometimes I am summoned to speak to such peace loving groups about Islam. I try to emphasize that Islam promotes justice, equality, peace and harmony in the world and that these attacks are not representative of the followers of Islam. A more complex discussion evolves in trying to understand or explain the recurring attacks, and how to stop them.

In my humble opinion, one of those factors is:

1)  The Current Role And Image Of US And Western Countries In The Mideast.

The Muslim resentment of the United States and the Western countries and visive has peaked in recent years.  As a Muslim American, I find it alarming.

If I may, the ground reality is the immense atrocities of wars we spearheaded in the Muslim world. Half baked and mind boggling snippets of information fed through the media and other social outlets fanned hate and anger among Muslims. It is being attributed to the foreign policies of the western countries, especially the United States. For that, the United States has been losing its popularity and respect in the Middle East and South Asia since late 1960s. It was mainly due to its perceived policy of “20th century colonialism." Here in the United States, our words of promoting human values, dignity to human life, justice and equality do not match our politically correct behavior abroad.

The US foreign policy in the Middle East does not have any significant effect on ordinary US citizens. Here, all of us rejoice the freedom of speech, economic stability, law and order, and an equal opportunity to actualize our dreams. However, there are people here who clearly see the negative consequences of these US policies in the Middle East and other Muslim Countries. They are not afraid to point out that these policies are created purely to expedite Armageddon and for economic gains in the United States and Europe at the expense of the Muslim citizens in the Middle East, and they are not hesitant to call the US “the most terrorist country in the World” (

The illegal invasion of Iraq by the United States led to the deaths of at least one million people, destabilized the entire region, and created extreme conditions in which militant groups like al-Qaeda spread like a virus, eventually leading to the current era of ISIS. . (Dahr Jamail  “Report Shows US Invasion, Occupation of Iraq Left 1 Million Dead”, Truthout | Report)

During the Iraq war and thereafter, innocent people were not only rounded-up, tortured and imprisoned; hundreds of thousands were also killed. Lots of photos were posted on-line. The Abu ghuraib photo-reports were much too much even for the members of congress. These actions created tremendous hate and anger among Muslims in Middle East against the United States.

The disastrous NATO intervention in Libya destroyed the infrastructure, turning the country into a hotbed for extremism and allowing militant groups like ISIS to spread west into North Africa. Thousands of Libyans were killed, and hundreds of thousands became refugees.

Until very recently, Obama government was being pressured to bomb Iran for the same reason Bush attacked Iraq. If Iran were attacked, the US would have been responsible for the creation of another vintage of ISIS, worse than the Iraqi ISIS.

There may not be a peace in Middle East until Western powers leave the area and stop installing regimes for their personal short term economic gains.

In the midst of a multitude of terrorist groups, we seem to have overlooked the real problem. Bypassing, circumventing, avoiding or just out right partiality has now unfortunately left with only one solution. That is, a complete withdrawal by the West from any involvement in Middle East affairs. There is no doubt that more people will die. It will still be much less than that being caused now by the indiscriminate bombardment of the region being shelved by the West, including Russia. If western countries would just leave, and stop arming the “favorite” Muslims, the fuel and the oxygen for this firework would be gone. Unfortunately, the greed, the desire to control a people and continue to exert remains far too tempting for the powerful and the mighty. These factors are ever so vivid to any Middle-Easterner lay man. And this begs a question -
“Are these factors not enough for Muslims in Middle East to show resentment, anger, hatred and revenge towards US and their allies, including Russia? 


The ensuing anarchy in Muslims lands has also given rise to heart wrenching events. The bombing of a mosque in Iraq killing hundreds of people who were performing Juma prayer on the first day of Ramadhan-a very sacred day for the Muslims. One hundred and fifty (150) Muslim children are killed in Pakistan by Muslim terrorists without any mercy, 300 school girls kidnapped and taken away from the families in Nigeria, Muslim terrorists shoot a group of Ismaili Muslims in a bus in Pakistan, and people are picked out from a bus and killed because they were Shias. All this is being done under the name of Islam. What a merciful Islamic behavior demonstrated by Muslims upholding the good name of Islam (A Peaceful Religion).

Muslim Terrorists are operating under different names and different motives. Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Booko Haram, Al-Shahab, and hundreds of other groups are promoting violence in the name of Islam. Now, ISIS established a Muslim Khilafath and is promoting a more severe and brutal regime.

After these Muslim terrorists kill innocent people in the name of religion, the “moderate” Muslims, and even countries, typically react by issuing press releases and edicts (Fatwa) condemning the terrorists’ acts and apologizing for their behavior by labeling them un-Islamic and deviant. These press releases and Fatwa had no effect on terrorists.

Every time the media broadcasts Muslim terrorist acts, we accuse them of Islamophobia. We Muslims immediately give the statistic that 90% of the terrorist attacks are committed by Non- Muslim, though correct. Yet, fact remains, none of these terrorist acts are committed under the name of the religion. (I admit there are incidences like bombing of the abortion clinics, but they are extremely few, isolated and duly addressed...) Our denial will retain status quo.

What is the Solution?

The majority of the victims of Islamic terrorism are Muslims, and the majority of Muslims regard the terrorist’s activities as unislamic. However Muslims must take responsibility to control terrorism in the name of Islam.  Muslims need to stop sectarian violence and the spread the jihadi Wahhabi ideology resulting in death of thousands of Muslim throughout the world. If the majority of Muslims (95%) take this challenge, then terrorism can be controlled. By not taking any action, we are giving sanctions for terrorism. There is not necessarily a need for a complete reformation of Islamic faith, but Muslims do need to consider some reformation of radical Islamic ideology and reflect on the true Islamic spirit. Moderate Muslims must spread the correct message of Islam by refuting the Jihadi ideology.

Faith is a matter of relationship between God and human beings. The reformation of Muslims ideology is only possible through education, logic, and critical thinking. As long as some dominating groups try to impose their rigid and sometime illogical ideas in the name of religion, we cannot bring any change in the ideology. Mandating one interpretation of the Quranic message is not desirable and should be replaced with interpretations according to the needs of the time.

No matter whatever the underlying factors are. TERRORISM is not the answer as it will cause more death and destruction, and it is not a rational approach to the solution.

Therein lays a unique opportunity of historical proportion for Muslims. Along with millions of other peace loving American Citizens – across the board – we can work together to find a peaceful solution - towards national and international harmony.
Dr Basheer Ahmed is the chairman emeritus Muslim community center for human services Dallas TX. He can be reached at     mbahmed05@


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Planned Muslim Response to Qur'an Burning by Pastor Jones on September 11 in Mulberry, Florida

August 19, 2013| Dallas, Texas

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We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.

Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”

God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.

We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration ( held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.

Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.

As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.

We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.

We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.

We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.

Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.

Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.

We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.


Thank you.


The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.