Sunday, January 14, 2007

Unityday USA - 9/11 Comm

Mike Ghouse September 10, 2007

Updated Report:
Pictorial Album:

This years theme: Co-existence

Sunday, September 10, 2006 - 4:15 to 7:00 PM
Doubletree Hotel - Midway@ LBJ Freeway, behind Wal-Mart
4099 Valley View Ln, Dallas, TX 75244 (972) 385-9000

Unity Day USA is born to express that each one of the 297,018,658 of us, are part of
the mosaic that America is, each one of us needs to remain connected with the other
to bring us all in one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.

We pleased to invite you to attend the UNITY DAY USA. The event is free but confirmation are needed to ensure adequate refreshments. RSVP to : with your details
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This year's theme is: Co-existence & Harmony

This years' theme is co-existence, our religious prayer leaders will seek the guidance from scriptures of the faith they would be representing, our Mayors and Civil servants will also talk about the same theme for a community to thrive, and what we as individuals can do to work towards it.

Greetings of Peace:

We the people of the United States of America, of every faith, race, ethnicity, culture and background, gather to pray for peace, unity and security of our nations and the world.

Unity Day USA is about coming together as Americans and expressing our innate desire to rededicate our pledge; one nation under god with liberty and justice for all.
Unity Day USA is about coming together as Americans to appreciate, respect and honor the God given uniqueness to each one of the 297,018,658 of us.
Unity Day USA is born to express that each one of the 297,018,658 of us, are part of the mosaic that America is, each one of us needs to remain connected with the other to make us one nation under God.
Unity Day USA is born out of the great tragedy and enormous suffering that Tuesday, September 11, 2001 brought to all of us, and it is from this day forward, that we pledge to continue to foster healing and unity.
When & Where
Sunday, September 10, 2006 : DoubleTree Galleria Hotel, LBJ @ Midway, behind Wal-Mart.
4:15 – 7:15 PM

1. Purpose and need for Unity day
2. Prayer leaders representing every faith group will be leading prayers.
3. Mayors and honored guest will be talking about Unity Day
4. Key Note Address about the need for co-existence under one God
5. Events Concludes
6. 7:00 Post-Event Refreshments and Reception.
7. Last year’s Unity Day, Thanksgiving Day, Shanti shanti, Evening of Wisdom and Holocaust commemoration programs will be broadcast on DVD between 4:15 and 5: OO

Participating Organizations
We thank the following organization for expressing their support by attending the event, please send your information, we will continue to update the press releases and our website with the same at . Please send to
Foundation for Pluralism -
World Muslim Congress -
Memnosyne Foundation –
Orbits of Influence -
Hare Krishna Temple of DFW -
Zoroastrian Association of North Texas -
Baha'I Faith -
Jain Society of North Texas -
Federation of Jain Centers of North America -
DFW Hindu Temple Society of North Texas -
Adat Chaverim Synagogue -
The National Association Of Muslim American Women -
Academy of Guru Granth Studies -
Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation -
Muslim Community Center -
Kurdish Human Rights Watch -
Orthodox Christian Church -
Center for Spiritual Living -
Dallas Masjid Al-Islam
American Clergy leadership conference
Masjid Warith Deen Mohammed
Family federation for world peace
American Family Coalition
ILE Olokun Sanya Awopeju of Texas -
The Church of Living God, Oak Cliff
International Shinto Foundation-
Mera Ticket -
Sikh Temple of North Texas -
Somanatha Kshetram of North America (SKNA) - WWW.SRISM.ORG/
Plano Indian Lions Club -
Hazara American Welfare Association, Inc.
Ismaili Muslim Community of North Texas
Art Spirit - Center for Spirituality -
Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam -
Texas Muslim Womens foundation -
Madinah Masjid of Carrollton -
American Muslim Forum -
The Lone Star Crescent -
Muslim Alliance Southwest
Institute of Medieval and Post Medieval Studies
American Muslim Task Force
Center for Global Diplomacy
Islamic Association of tarrant County
Brahma Kumaris of Dallas -
Department of Justice, Community Relations -
India Association of North Texas -
American Federation of Muslims from India
United Nations Association of Dallas
Unity Church of Arlington
IANT - Free Medical Clinic
911 Unity walk - Washington DC -
Dallas County Republican Party
Dallas County Republican Party
Pakistan American Congress
The Freedom and Justice foundation -
North Texas Islamic Council
This list will be updated with your participation...please send to:
Prayer Leaders (confirmations continue)
Prayer theme is co-existence and would be based on the scriptures led by our prayer leaders along with the graceful presence of the clergy of the respective faiths. If you know of any faith that is not in the realm of the following faith groups, please let us know, we will include

American Native Religions: Aztec - Theresa Ybarra
African Yoruba : Oloriya Aina Olomo
Baha'i: Kevin and Regina Rafraf of Baha'I’s of Dallas.
Christian: Father Seraphim Hipsh with Orthodox Christian Church
Hindu: Swami Nityananda Prabhu, Hare Krishna Temple
Islam: Imam Zia Sheikh, Irving Islamic Center.
Jain: Kirit Daftary, President, Federation of Jain Centers of North America
Sikh: Dr. Harbans Lal of Academy of Guru Granth Studies
Wicca: Bryan Lankford
Zoroastrian: Dr. Poras Balsara, Zoroastrian Association of North Texas and Dr. Firdosh Mehta, former President of FEZANA (Federation of Zoroastrian Association of North America.

Honored Guests (will be updated on the website- after the event)

Last years reports:
Full report :
Pictorial report :

Opportunities to serve in the following areas, to coordinate, follow up and manage: Stage, Sound & Light, Speakers, Guests, Refreshments, Reception, Welcoming and Parking.
To lend your help to this initiative, please send your name and volunteer preference to
Mike Ghouse (214) 325-1916
3928 Brazos Dr, Carrollton, TX 75007

Studies in Religious Pluralism and Pluralistic Governance.

Our mission is to encourage individuals to develop an open mind and an open heart toward their fellow beings. If we can learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness to each one of the Seven billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge - I believe knowledge leads to understanding, and understanding to appreciation of a different point of view. - Mike Ghouse

Upcoming Events of Understanding:

1. An Evening with Islam - Understanding Islam - Saturday, 10/28/06
2. Thanksgiving Celebrations - Cultural Pluralism on Saturday, 11/25/06
3. An Evening with Christianity – understanding Christianity – Saturday, 12/23/06
4. Holocaust Commemoration – Sunday, Jan 28th, 2007
5. An Evening with Hinduism – essence of Hinduism – Saturday, Feb 24th, 2007
6. Check the website for updates...
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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

Mike Ghouse
Text/Talk: (214) 325-1916

Mirza A Beg
(205) 454-8797


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.