HAPPY JULY 4TH

Drive Carefully and think of including as many as you can in the celebrations,let each one celebrate in his or her own way. A must read article - July 4th is one of the best Muslim Holidays to celebrate -
God bless America
Mike Ghouse

Friday, July 3, 2015

July 4th is one of the best Muslim Holidays

July 4th, Muslims and America | World Muslim Congress
http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2015/07/july-4th-is-one-of-best-muslim-holidays.html

As you read through the article below, you will find every reason to claim July 4th as a Muslim Holiday also. It has given us life, liberty and paved the way in pursuit of our happiness.

I am planning to move to Washington, D.C.,  to work on the things that I have been working for over 20 years as a volunteer; i.e., doing my share of work in  building a cohesive America, where no American has to live in apprehension or fear of the other.


Holiday Reading: Weekly bulletin # 27 – July 2, 2015


July 4th, Tipu Sultan, Muslims and America - A great opportunity for Muslims to become a part of the American Story.  

We have to be proud of our combined heritage, our journey began from the birth of our nation on July 4, 1776.   Two of the three first nations that recognized the sovereignty of America were Muslims; Morocco and Mysore (India), read on. ....  We have come a long way in being 'equals' that our founding fathers had envisaged in our immortal declaration of independence.

....Now, no one will dare denigrate African Americans, Jews and the GLBT communities.  However, Muslims are an easy target to heap negative statements without any consequence. Time has come to put an end to the loose talk and hold them accountable. However, we need to do our share of the work  in becoming fully participating members of the society to earn a dignified space in ....   I hope you find this article meaningful and share it with your friends.   



Bad Islamic books in the market need to be shelved. 

Over a period of time, the books written by Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Kathir, Hasan Banna, Qutub, Maududi and their likes have been unfortunately equated with Quran. While Quran is the eternal guidance, their work was a product of 'their times', and whatever they wrote was a reaction to the tough situations they were dealing with, and certainly lacked the universalism of God and the Prophet that Quran preaches, both were referred to as God of the Universe and Mercy to the Universe.   

LINK - http://thearabdailynews.com/2015/06/29/bad-islamic-books-need-shelved/ 




Ghouse speaks about Fox News - 
How do we change the world around us? 

Today, we are at cross roads of leaving behind 100 lousy years of post-colonial trauma, and setting up the next 100 years.  This is the time for us to shape our destiny…

One of the major flaws in our thinking is our misplaced focus on Akhira. We need to invest our time in fixing this flawed thinking and change the future of Muslim Ummah. Two major things have happened thru the power engagement; He has stopped attacking Quran in the last two years and had agreed to (but has failed a few times) to use the phrase “Radicals among Muslims” instead of “Radical Muslims.” It was a huge concession! 




A discussion about Pluralism in Islam from Quran and the Prophet

One of the character building activities of Muslims is to be non-judgmental, indeed we utter the phrase " God alone is the master of the Day of Judgment" at least 17 times a day, but yet we jump to conclusions without taking the time know.  

Pluralism is not a religion, it is simply an attitude of live and let live, it is not a mixture of things either. You are who you are, and I am who I am, when we learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness of each one of us, conflicts fade and solutions emerge.   Discussion includes two verses from Quran and two practices of the Prophet to make the point.



RAMADAN ARTICLES:


Successfully changing perceptions about Muslims, and changing ourselves, a movie will be made subject to funding. 

It is a successful story of changing perceptions about Muslims and mending our own behavior to align with what can be called an Islamic behavior. It’s a big report – A new paradigm for the Muslim world - What is Sacred, Flag, Holy Books, Mother, Freedom of Speech?
Sacred Film is about a successful real life event set in Mulberry, Florida coupled with a compelling romantic story built around the Quran burning incident. 

The film skillfully manages conflicting issues of freedom of speech v what is sacred; safety of Americans v violent reactions; and radicalism v. pluralism. It is an embodiment of conflict mitigation and goodwill nurturence based on teachings of Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad. It is a model for building cohesive societies.  Indeed, the concept is encouraged by major institutions.

Through “Sacred”, the world will witness positive changes taking shape; it encourages what Muslims ought to be – the Amins, and how they will be perceived by the society at large. 

Sacred is an exemplary story of ordinary Muslim Americans working with fellow Americans of different faiths in forging a new paradigm; a cohesive America where no American has to live in tension, apprehension or fear of the other.

 Sharia-ism, a drama 

Please watch this docu-dram to understand the difference between Allah's Sharia, and man Made Sharia.  There are three good paragraphs about the difference between Allah's Sharia and man made Sharia  in the article "Bad Islamic books" above. Allah's Sharia is always right, but the one we made is as human as we are.  This is a 32 Minutes documentary  produced by Hasan Mahmud in cooperation with several Muslim organizations including World Muslim Congress.  

Genesis : http://sharialaws.blogspot.com/2013/02/genesis-of-sharia-law.html


Rohini Salian, India's new Hero  



A great country ensures her population enjoys a sense of security, where each person feels safe. Every now and then a few short-sighted men take short cuts to justice cutting themselves short, besides others in the process.  When things go astray, out of control, Lord Krishna had predicted, and to me it sounds like the law of nature, that someone from among us will appear and restore Dharma. These are men and women who see a big picture and not a selfish "me, me and me only.”  Here comes Rohini Salian, the woman we need to salute.
LINK - http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2015/07/rohini-salian-we-salute-you-you-are.html



What is a cohesive America look like?


Here is a 10 Minutes video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMXsTo4VYh8
If you like and want to donate to carry the work - please visit: http://americatogetherfoundation.com/donate/




My responsibility would be to conduct dialogue and encourage understanding within the Muslim community, and with other religious communities.  Our goal is to earn a dignified social, religious, political and cultural space in the society-at-large through active engagement. 

In dealing with most situations, we will adopt the ideals of the prophet; conflict mitigation and goodwill nurturence in our endeavors in building a cohesive America, where every American enjoys his or her life in the pursuit of his or her happiness.

Please tell us in three bullets with or without short explanations, the three most important priorities that American Muslims should undertake now.  Send an email toMuslimVision2020@gmail.com 


When you are in DC, please feel free to call on me. 

Thank you,

Mike Ghouse

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Mike Ghouse speaks about Fox News and the power of engagement (Sean Hannity), Akhira and committment

POWER OF ENGAGEMENT | World Muslim Congress.com
http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2015/07/mike-ghouse-speaks-about-fox-news-and.html

This is the outline of my speech at the Plenary session 
of AMU conference,  “Intellectual crisis of the Muslim Ummah; Rethinking traditions solutions" held at Aligarh Muslim University on April 6 and 7th in 2015. The video link is included at the end of this script.

PREFACE
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was a visionary, who understood the issues and hopelessness of the Umma after the fall of the last Mogul.  He knew modern education was the only way to pull the community out of the quagmire.

He took the bold steps to establish the educational institution despite the opposition and hurdles. It is perhaps the first "Muslim" university in the world where Muslims were taught subjects other than memorizing Quran and Hadiths. He paved the Middle path for us with Deen and Duniya together that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had advocated.

We went back in to slumber and remained dormant for nearly a hundred years.  Thanks to the VC General Zameeruddin Shah, Pro-VC Brig Ahmed Ali and Professor Rashid Shaz for having the courage to resuscitate that vision and bring critical thinking back to AMU. We have to admire the staff and volunteers who supported them without any reserve.

I pray that AMU will become one of the high profile Muslim Universities in the world, and hope we all can pitch in to make that happen.  I am not an Alumni of AMU, but my spirit has always been with AMU since I learned about Sir Syed in my school days. I was completely surprised when my sister in Bangalore told me that it was her dream to be at AMU campus as well.   Insha Allah, her dream may come true next time when I visit the campus, hopefully to speak about Pluralism in Islam.

I believe AMU was looking for critical thinkers who can challenge the prevailing practices and take the Ummah forward to live the God given life on this earth to the fullest possible extent.
PART-I: COMMITMENT
Salam Friends.

Has anything ever happened by itself? No matter what it is, getting a job, raising a family, going to war, building cohesive societies,  going to moon or coming to Aligarh – someone caused it. 
This conference would not have happened by itself; it needed a driver with passion and a strong commitment.

Ray Bradbury had once said, 
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy... Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.… Whatever you can do or dream that you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

When you are not committed, and if something goes wrong, your attitude would be, “ I knew it, I knew, it was not going to work out  for me” or “I should have listened to my friends” and on and on… you find every excuse to justify the small set back to get out of the situation.

Let me ask you this, if you fail yourselves, why should anyone give you a pass? Why should anyone support you if you are hesitant?
Dr. Abdul Hamid Abusulayman beefs it up, “There is a clear distinction between doubts and problems. Doubts provoke obstruction, frustration and discouragement, where as problems inspire motivation, action and diligenceOn the other hand when you are committed, and if things go wrong,  your attitude would be “Oh, I have to do this to get there, hurdles will not be hurdles any more, but become stepping stones to get to the destination with all the detours.

One of the greatest examples of commitment was delivered by Tariq Bin Ziyad; when he crossed the Gibraltar Channel, he burned the ships. There was no going back, period.

Such is the power of commitment and let’s give a big round of applause to Dr. Shaz, his staff, volunteers and the management of AMU for their strong commitment to make this event possible, and guess what, Aghaz to acha hai, and Anjaam will have to be shaped by each one of us.  
Congratulations Dr. Shaz, God is with you, and indeed, we are with you!

PART II - FREEDOM
This conference, "Intellectual Crises of the Muslim Ummah: Rethinking Traditional Solutions" is a timely event. Today, we are at cross roads of leaving behind 100 lousy years of post-colonial trauma, and setting up the next 100 years.  This is the time for us to shape our destiny…

And it begins with freedom.  When Adam and Eve were given the options and consequences for each action, God gave them complete freedom and stuck to his words.

When Adam and Eve chose to eat the forbidden fruit… God knew they were wrong, but God did not get mad, or slapped them left and right… instead, he accepted their choice, he did even not stop them… Friends, we are born with freedom and we must live with freedom. There is no compulsion in what you believe, and we must value freedom as the most important value of Islam.

PART IV - AKHIRA AND HAZIRA

One of the major flaws in our thinking is our misplaced focus on Akhira. We need to invest our time in fixing this flawed thinking and change the future of Muslim Ummah.

We have a choice to be herded, or shape our own destiny.  We need to boldly challenge what is taught to us in our mosques. God has given us this life to live it to the fullest, and not throw it away for Akhira.

I have not been to a Mosque in Aligarh yet, but every Mosque I have been to, keeps pounding on Akhira. Life is a trust given to us, and how can we do qiyanat with it, how can we jump to Akhira without living the Hazira? How can we cheat the present for the future? We need to be honest with today to be truthful with tomorrow.

When you are talking to your parent or child, how do you feel if he or she is thinking something else… instead of being with you, he or she is somewhere else? That is how God would feel, he gave us this life to live, and instead of living it, we are jumping to the Akhira.

The Akhira is a poor excuse for those who are unable and incapable to deal with what is given, and simply find refuge in Akhira. Next time you hear someone talk about Akhira, please tell them that it is a poor excuse for not making good of this life, and Akhira is sequence after Hazira and we cannot jump to Akhira without living the Hazira.

PART V - POWER OF ENGAGEMENT

How many of you have heard about Fox News?  How many of you have heard about Sean Hannity? He is the 2nd most popular talk show host in the United States.  He is one of the most hated guys not only by Muslims but the progressives as well.

The story I am about to tell is an eye opener and hopefully change your mind.  I call this the power of engagement, when you engage with people there is always a chance to bring about a change. If you don’t, you don’t even have a chance.  I did not have to go to China to learn this, I learned right here from Mother Teresa, she said, “If you want to bring peace, go talk with your enemy.” Indeed, that is the truth.

When I go back to the States, I will be doing my 100th appearance on his TV show and probably 50+ on his National talk show radio.

Two major things have happened thru this engagement; He has stopped attacking Quran in the last two years and had agreed to (but has failed a few times) to use the phrase “Radicals among Muslims” instead of “Radical Muslims.” It was a huge concession!  Furthermore, the biggest accomplishment for Muslim community through his promise was the change in the tone of several of the right wingers.  Representative Peter King, Chairman of the Homeland Security said this on April 15, 2013 when CNN camera honed on him in the evening right after the Boston Marathon bombing…

Hear the rest of the story in the video athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDMuE4bdYW4

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Muslim integration plans for July 4, 2016

MUSLIM INTEGRATION PLANS FOR JULY 4, 2016 | World Muslim Congress

http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2015/07/muslim-integration-plans-for-july-4-2016.html

You have to read the full story about July 4th, to fully grasp the 2016 July 4th plan. 

Muslims and Americans: a shared heritage since July 4, 1776.

http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2015/07/july-4th-and-muslim-americans-tipu.html



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Please note that an overwhelming majority of American Muslims live up to the ideals of their religion to live and let live, and to mind their own business as all other Americans live up to the ideals of their religions. But there is an anomaly formula built into every group. It is always a 1/10th of 1% of people in every group who don't get their religion right, be it racial, regional or religional.

Let's focus on what represents the ideals of 99.90% of humanity.

In August 1776 the Mysore gazette reports Tippu celebrating July 4th. The other nations who recognized our independence were king of Morocco and king of France; two Muslim nations were among the first three to recognize American independence.

Our plan is to be fully integrated in our society; these are the some of the small steps that each individual can take, leading to building a cohesive America.

Most us, be it Indians and or Muslims, know very little about fellow Americans who were born and raised here. The other way around is equally legitimate. Most of us have remained on side lines and in our own silos….

We are afraid to go in to certain neighborhoods, we even lock the doors of the car firmly, guess what, the others are equally afraid of us.

When we learn about each other, myths fade and solutions emerge.

To resuscitate our combined heritage between the United States, India and the Muslims, I propose celebration of July 4th to honor the pluralistic ethos of India with Prophet Muhammad’s pluralistic Medina Charter.  

Consider these: 

  1. America is blessed with 318 Million Souls
  2. At least about 3.2 Million souls are Muslims
  3. That is for every Muslim, there are 100 non-Muslims in America.

What can we do?

We can do a lot of things, but the simplest among all is – to mail a post card or a personal email.

The card will be simple, and invites fellow Americans to have a hot dog or hamburger at your place or park or a mosque on July 4th
How many will attend? One, two or three, everyone has his or her own things to do on that day, but how many will receive the post card? 100!

If we do this every year, there is a chance that we would have met at least 10 out of 100 – but all of them have received a card.

July 4th is the most patriotic holiday and we owe it to America to make this nation strong and safe and respectful of all of us.

What is the cost? Not much compared to the results

There will be do’s and don’t 


a.  There is so much to talk about you, your kids, family, crime, job, education… the new freeway, green technology….

b.   Don’t sell your religion, no matter what the temptation is.

c.    Don’t discuss religion – it is guaranteed to mess it up, you will be too eager to present your religion as the best in so many sneaky ways, and it will mess up all the good you do.

d.    Don’t discuss politics; you’ll regret it no matter how smart you are.

e.    If you are unable to resist selling religion, please remember clearly that Islam is superior to you, and not to them. If you sell Islam, please remember your own limitations, they don’t see it, nor will you see the beauty of their religion.

f.     Become the Amin of the society – Prophet had good relations with all of humanity, did he not? People trusted him; they believed he was just, and honest. They felt safe around him… can we follow him

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Pluralism in Islam - a video discussion.

VIDEO: Pluralism in Islam | World Muslim Congress
There are no conclusions, we have simply made an effort to understand pluralism, and we request the people who watch will carry on their own discussions, it is simply a process of learning. Please share it with your friends.

The presentation includes - a 20 minutes talk on Pluralism in Islam with a few verses from Quran and examples of the Prophet that are highlights of pluralism followed by commentary by Imam Zia Sheikh and discussion by fellow Muslims.


PLURALISM IN ISLAM VIDEO




Pluralism is respecting the otherness of others and accepting the God given uniqueness of each other. In this video, Mike quotes from Quran and the Prophet's examples, and how pluralism is a way of life in Islam.
  1. Presenters: Dr. Imam Zia Sheikh, Adam Rasheed and Mike Ghouse
  2. Participants: Dr. Khawaja Nauman Anwar, Sana Anam Anwar, Dr. Mona Kazim Shah, Moazam Syed and Dr. Amer Suleman
  3. Video by: Bombay Photography
  4. Produced by: Mike Ghouse of World Muslim Congress, a think tank in Dallas.
  5. Sponsored by:  Mani Rahman,  Dr. Nauman Anwar and Dr. Amer Suleman for making this video possible.
We invite sponsor to produce a few more videos.
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bad Islamic Books fabricated by Muslim scholars need to be shelved

Bad Islamic Books | World Muslim Congress
http://www.worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2015/06/bad-islamic-books-fabricated-by-muslims.html


Don't jump to conclusions, it is not the Muslim thing to do. 

Muslims never had the freedom to speak out, even though freedom of speech is one of the greatest values of Islam.   Quran positively asserts on freedom – there is no compulsion, period!

In the 1400 years of our history, we did not get a chance to question anything lest the tyrant deputies of Caliphs (after the first four righteous ones), dictators and Monarchs would make us disappear in a hurry.  Thank God for the western societies, and in particular America and Canada, we have the Allah given freedom to cherish and enjoy  the life and have noting to complain. The Verse from Sura Rahman 55:13 (Y. Ali) perfectly describes our situation, "Then which of the favours of your Lord will ye deny?"  None! We can think, write, speak, and question everything in America, Alhamdu Lillah (Praise the Lord)!

 Ibn Taymiyyah denounced Mongols for not following Sharia

Over a period of time, the books written by Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Kathir, Hasan Banna, Qutub, Maududi and their likes have been unfortunately equated with Quran. While Quran is eternal guidance, their work was a product of their times, and whatever they wrote was  a knee jerk reaction to the tough situations they were dealing with, and certainly lacked the universalism of God and the Prophet that Quran preaches, both were referred to as God of the Universe and Mercy to the Universe respectively. 

Sad Situation


The Country of Jordan is under pressure to remove the books of Ibn Taymiyyah, and Egypt has already done that. This goes against the freedom of speech, we cannot undo the books that are already written, even though they are wrong.  Instead we should produce books that are reflective of Islam – of equal treatment, non-judgmentalism, justice and mercy to all of the humanity.  Good books will chase the bad books out of circulation.

Had God wanted, he would have wiped Satan out, but he chose to keep him and let him tempt humans to go astray, while he gave us guidance to stick to the right path. It was the question of free will and freedom to chose again, it is a God's gift to humanity.  They should not have wiped the books, they could have stored them in a Library and marked,  "these were the books written by scholars of the past, and should not be equated with Quran. They are flawed."

My conservative friend Ryan Mauro asked, "
What actions should be taken when mosques include these materials in their libraries as authoritative texts, though? " The response should be consistent with freedom, "Those books should be locked up and made available for research, and or labeled "Questionable book - finding the truth is your own responsibility". 

Why are those books wrong?

Quran mistranslations: Verse 1:7 reads – God help me walk the right path, and not the path of those who went astray or earned your anger.  Now, the people of that time probably asked Ibn Kathir, who were the people that went astray? He was neither resourceful nor his audience had the ability to reason – he said, Christians!  And those who earned his anger? He said, Jews!  Good lord, that is not only wrong, but sinful to misquote Quran. I gave a full power point presentation of Chapter 1:1- 1:7 at the Parliament of Worlds religions in Melbourne in 2009 to a shocking audience, and that is another full story.

Let’s reason with Ibn Kathir without defending him, he lived from 1300 and 1373 A.D., right after the crusades, and he must have felt that would be the right answer after what the European men did to Muslims in the name of Christianity.  Six hundred years later in the 1920’s Hilali Khan translated Quran, and adopted what  Ibn Kathir wrote, whereas the other two translations from the same decade by Yusuf Ali and Picktall did not.

It was very irresponsible! Indeed,  copy of that translation was freely distributed to millions of Jews, Christians and Hindus, all you had to do was call the toll free number and you get the book. This translation was the source of Islamophobia, and rightfully so, why should a "Muslim God" tell them to hate Jews and Christians? The bad translation created a Muslim God out of a single God for the whole humanity. Thank God, that translation was corrected in 2012, but there are still many verses that need correction (check out
www.QuraanConference.com for the list of the verses).


What about Sharia Books?  

Allah's Sharia (a way of life) in Quran (2:225-245) says, “Those who intend to divorce their wives shall wait four months; if they change their minds and reconcile, Allah is the forgiver, merciful. If they go through with the divorce, then Allah is hearer, knower.” (The wives have the exact same rights)

American Sharia ( a way of life) gives 3-6 months waiting period to finalize a divorce, except in Nevada where it requires half that time.

Sharia Laws (or Men’s Sharia) allows, "The man can utter divorce three times in a row" and the marriage is over. The woman who had built her life with him, and raised the children is out on her own." This is not Islam and this is not Quran. 
Critical thinking

Somewhere in our history, we took off on the wrong path, or we were prevented from questioning Quran, Prophet, Allah and Islam.  I thank the lord for blessing me with that ability, and as a result, I have  a very strong faith in Islam.  I was able to reject all that was dished out to me,  and learn Quran afresh from a critical point of view; from the pluralistic point of view.  I questioned everything.  Now, the more I question, the more wisdom I find in Quran about sustaining cohesive societies. 

I feel sorry for the faith of some of my fellow Muslims who do not have the confidence in the books they believe. Once I challenged Pastor Robert Jeffress and did the same with Pastor Terry Jones, “I will give you the right translation of Quran, take your time, and then we will discuss in public, and if you find three faults in Quran, and we agree to it, I would give up my religion and join you.” Such was my faith, a strong Imaan and I feel sorry for the weak faith in those men who thought the Pastor may find faults in Quran. I can never forget an Imam telling me that I should not have challenged him, what if he finds three faults?  The man did not have faith because he never learned to question.

The free speech is an enduring value and the hallmark of civilizations, and we simply cannot compromise on it, however much a few may abuse it. We believe in free speech and that is the only way societies will grow. As Muslims we seriously appreciate the gains we have had, that far outweigh the tensions given by a handful of miscreants.
Freedom is a God given gift that we should cherish! God could have stopped Lucifer from tempting Adam and Eve, he could have stopped Adam from consuming the forbidden fruit, and he could have prevented Jesus from the crucifix, Moses did not have to speak up against Pharaoh, Muhammad (pbuh) did not have to endure persecution. God Almighty could have stopped everyone in the tract, but he did not, he gave us the freedom to choose how we deal with conflicts and restore harmony.
Quran positively asserts on freedom – there is no compulsion, period!

No matter how much the radicals among us may resent the western democracies, without free speech, Islam did not have a chance of being preached here, and Muslims would not have  practiced Islam in America, had the western democracies followed the policies of a few Muslim nations where you cannot even pray in public other than Islam.

We need to honor the freedom of speech, in the long term that is what will endure. 

 ADDENDUM TO THE ARTICLE:
Thanks for pointing out the mistake, “and he could have prevented Jesus from the crucifix.” My apologies for the same, and I am pleased to add this note instead of removing the mistake.  As a Muslim, I believe Jesus was beamed up.

This is the most critical difference and the root cause of much of the conflict between Christians and Muslims.  There was a pastor in Syria in and around 850 AD, who was seriously concerned about losing his flock to Islam, and he figured how to capitalize on it to regain his losing membership.  He said something to this effect “that Quran is a false book written by a false prophet” and to this day, you hear similar words echoing about Islam in different places of worship. 

Then in 1142 AD the first Quran translation was “made” in Latin with full of errors to mischaracterize Islam, Quran and the Prophet for the political gains of the European kings threatened by the invasion from Arab kings at that time. I will write the full story some day about it. 

On our part we addressed a similar situation in Dallas.  On August 23, 2010, Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church (don’t hold against the church, it was him) said on camera, “Quran is a false book written by a false prophet.” He and I debated for a week,  and then finally we held a Quran conference to address some of those issues, and the link www.QuraanConference.com will give you all the videos and story of the conference. It was a powerful event and first of its kind and has not been repeated.

New age Islam readers will have the stomach to watch some of the videos, but most people will not – they will be seething with anger for what they hear on the videos.

The only way to address the difference is given in Quran – that is to accept the difference and live with it in the most civil manner.  Elsewhere God says, he could have made us all alike, but chose to make us different and then adds the best ones amongst you are those who understand each other.  You don’t have to agree to live in peace, but respect the otherness of others. 

God’s wisdom shines through this verse.  109:6 (Asad) “Unto you, your moral law, and unto me, mine !" and 109:6 (Y. Ali) “To you be your Way, and to me mine.” And 109:6 (Picktall)” Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion.” 

By the way Christians, Jews and others will not go to hell for holding a different belief; God assures them that if they are good to fellow beings, he will recompense them for their care.  

[2:62] Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who (1) believes in GOD, and (2) believes in the Last Day, and (3) leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve. Similar things are said, in 5:69, 22:17 etc.

Another great quote from Ghulam Mohiyuddin,  "If we call their Book false, they will call our Book false! Let us learn to respect the Books of others." 

Mike is a speaker, thinker, writer, pluralist, TV-Radio commentator and a human rights activist committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. His info in 63 links at
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Jordan under pressure to ban Ibn Taymiyyah's books & Egypt will remove the books

By: Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff Date of publication: 10 June, 2015



Leaked correspondence claims works by the medieval Islamic scholar have been used by the Islamic State group to justify its barbaric massacres.
Owner of publishing houses are reportedly withholding the works of a medieval Islamic scholar amid claims a total ban is imminent.

Ibn Taymiyyah's books are also reportedly being prevented from entering Jordan, although no official statement has been released by Jordanian authorities.

The move, if confirmed, follows the killing of a Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh, who was burned to death in Syria last year by the Islamic State group. It is further claimed that IS is highly influenced by the work of Ibn Taymiyyah.

A 12th century Islamic scholar, Ibn Taymiyyah is considered to have had considerable influence in the development of contemporary Wahhabism, Salafism, and Jihadism.

He sought the return of Sunni Islam to what he viewed as earlier interpretations of the Quran, and was known for issuing a fatwa and declaring jihad against Mongol rulers on the basis that they did not follow Sharia, and thus were not "truly" Muslim.

Some experts believe that the Islamic State group have exploited the idea of Ibn Taymiyyah's fatwas as justification for their barbaric acts.

The reported "decision" was hailed by Egyptian TV presenter Islam el-Behery, who praised Jordan and King Abdullah for the move.

"This is the beginning," he posted on Facebook. "Today, officially, the Jordanian Department of Press and Publications is implementing a ban on the books of Ibn Taymiyyah.

"Jordan becomes the first Arab country taking such measures against the books of the murderous Ibn Taymiyyah and to confront terrorism in deeds not just words. Bravo Jordan and King Abdullah," he added.

But Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, a Salafi Islamist Jordanian-Palestinian writer, and a former jihadist, did not share the presenter's sentiments.

"The folly of withholding the books of Sheikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah or banning them on the pretext of Islamic State's mis-comprehension of his fatwas is as bad as allowing books that directly insult our religion and prophets," Maqdisi tweeted.

An official decision is yet to be announced by Amman authorities.

Jordan's minister of Islamic affairs, Hayel Dawood, has denied that he or his ministry had issued any decision regarding any ban on the books, saying that the leaked correspondence was a draft proposal that he had not yet examined.

Dawood said a decision regarding the ban will be "issued soon" - and that an internal inquiry had been opened regarding the leaked correspondence.

Al-Araby al-Jadeed's
 correspondent in Jordan, Mohammad Fadilat, confirmed that no such ban had yet taken place.

A conference is due to take place next week to discuss IS ideology and to look into whether university courses featuring Ibn Taymiyyah's work should be changed, reported our correspondent.
- See more at: http://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2015/6/10/jordan-under-pressure-to-ban-ibn-taymiyyahs-books#sthash.gP3s2iWU.dpuf
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Egypt to remove books of Ibn Tamiyah, Ibn Baz and Ibn Uthaymeen

http://www.doamuslims.org/?p=3861

Names of scholars whose books are to be removed or confiscated:-
– Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab
– Imam Ibn Taymiyyah
– Sheikh Ibn Baz
– Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen
– Sheikh Abu Ishaq al-Huweini
– Sheikh Mohamed Hussein Yacoub
– Sheikh Mohammed Hassan
They have already confiscated 7000 books and CDs from mosque libraries in Cairo, Alexandria and Giza. The authors of these materials include:
– Sheikh Wagdi al-Ghoneim
– Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi
– Sheikh Muhammad al-Maqsood
– Yasser al-Burhami
– Sheikh Abu Ishaq al-Huweini
– Sheikh Mohamed Hussein Yacoub
– Sheikh Mohammed Hassan
The ministry’s department is currently launching an inspection campaign on mosques and libraries in all provinces, to make sure they are free of any books and media calling for “militancy and extremism”.

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