Monday, March 26, 2007

Wife Beating: Jamil/Ghouse

Wife Beating in Qur'aan
Javed Jamil & Mike Ghouse
March 25, 2007
Wife Beating: Discipline or Abuse?
By Mike Ghouse

I encourage every one to do the ground work, when more of us can focus and subject the research to consensus among Muslims of all hues, most certainly Islamic Scholars and Imams, we can come to an understanding and set a benchmark resolution. The word of God is final, however, our understanding of the word isn’t. For this century, let’s start the work and finish it by the end of this Islamic year and develop the consensus, Insha Allah on the first day of Muharram Hijri 1429, we need to pass a resolution on the subject.

In the year 2000, 1,247 women were killed by an intimate partner. The same year, 440 men were killed by an intimate partner. Around the world, at least one in every three women hasbeen beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. As many as 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy. Forty percent of girls age 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or knowing someone has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend. – (Resources:,, and more)

Here is the title of my column in process “Wife Beating; Discipline or Abuse?” My contention is given the fact that no man, whether a Texan Cowboy, Brazilian Coffee picker, Tibetian Lama or an Arab Sheikh; Whether a Christian, Jew, Hindu, Muslim or an Atheist , can watch his wife in bed with a strange man. (or a woman can stand her husband in bed with a strange woman) and not react violently. It is nothing to do with civility or even religion; it is the possessive animal instinct in men and women DNA'd into us.

Thousands of women in the United States were killed by their husbands/boy friend, this is how the animalistic man behaves, and probably men were no different 2000 years ago regardless of their religion, ethnicity or national origins. Given this, God admonishes men, Hey guys, when you find your wife in bed with another man (full research is warranted on the word referenced above before we draw the conclusions), don’t kill them, hold yourselves, let her go, reconcile or discipline her. (Beating a child as are release of anger is abuse, feather touching them to let them know that it is a not an allowable behavior is disciplining the kids – that is what they refer to, hit by a pencil thin stick).

Again, I welcome to see Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar’s break through work. She has propelled research on the subject and we acknowledge her leadership on the issue. ( It is going to reinvigorate research on the word. The word "Idribuhunna" is usually translated as "beat them" in Sura 4:34. This word with the root "Dharaba" has a very long list of meanings. The word is used in Qur’aan in 10 different ways – for example the meaning is used 2 times, is used 9 times and is used 17 times (check the comment section below for all the words) ).

I am glad to see your effort; I have highlighted one of your paragraphs and repeated it at the beginning of your article below. Some of the ground work from Mohammad Irtaza and Irfan are listed in the comments section with their names. We will re-open the comments section for the public after we post a few comments from our members, then we will open up for the public. The word of God is final, however, our understanding of the word isn’t. Two thousand years ago, if God ordered Moses to go to Sinai, he would have gone on the back of a camel or walked. Today, he would fly. Meaning is still the same, but modes of understanding are different.

Mike Ghouse

Wife Beating in Qur'aan -- the Modern Context
Dr. Javed Jamil

The recent translation of the Quran by a woman is in the news all over the world just because it suits the designs of the forces of economic fundamentalism and feminists spawned by the culture that they created. In particular, verse number 4:34 of the Quran has come into focus with an attempt to disseminate the message that the Quran is cruel to women and even allows wife beating. There are apologetic Muslims who have been arguing that the context of the verse was set in the old Arabic world, and it has to be reinterpreted according to the modern context. Before discussing the meaning of the verse in question, let us first try to understand what the modern contexts of feminism and domestic violence are.

The biggest and perhaps the most destructive impact of the on-going march of economic fundamentalism was systematic, steady and substantial erosion of family system. This was the result of both the orchestrated designs to undermine family as well as the unintended adverse effects of the socio-economic transformation that was being pushed by the big business with all the possible means at their disposal. Misogamy grew in intensity. Making early marriage illegal, (while promoting premarital sex) banning polygamy (while promoting promiscuity and prostitution), making both the marriage and divorce difficult so that marriages become unpopular (while promoting live-in) highlighting incidences of atrocities on women within families (while trying to normalise the ever rising incidence of rapes) have been the chief steps in destroying the family system. This was obviously aimed at dissociating sex from marriage.

Thus the social apparatus built by the economic fundamentalists has led not only to the destabilisation of family, but also to almost its total annihilation. This has resulted in a number of social problems: domestic violence including abuse of women and children, divorces and separations, single parenthood, etc. Free mixing of men and women, the rise in sexual aggressiveness among women and the decreasing financial dependence of women on men have all contributed to the development of affairs both before and after marriage. Due to an increasing intolerance towards each other and total absence of endeavours to adjust with the spouse, extramarital affairs, sooner than later, lead to the break-up of marriages.

It is almost a universal fact that couples do expect primariness in their relationships; in places like India and Islamic countries, men and women do not even tolerate past relationships of their spouses. A man is highly unlikely to accept a woman in marriage if he knows about her intimate relationship in the past. They do not feel like entering where others have entered. Even women do have an exaggerated sense of exclusiveness and the knowledge of any past relationships of their spouses does not go particularly well with them.

In West, previous relationships are almost always not much of a problem for a new relationship to commence. But once they are in a relationship, they too do not tolerate any body else in the lives of their spouses. But such is the freedom in air and the provocation all around, that extramarital liaisons have become routine affairs. The new "Sexual Revolution" has given rise to domestic violence, which is different but much more dangerous than the Domestic violence in the old style family system.

Note the following facts about the ever rising incidence of domestic violence:

  • Every fifteen seconds, a woman is beaten by her husband or boyfriend. (FBI Uniform Crime Reports, 1991)
  • National surveys indicate that at least 2 million women are assaulted by their male partners each year. (Straus and Gelles, 1990)
  • The American Medical Association estimates that almost 4 million women are the victims of severe assaults by boyfriends and husbands each year, and about one in four women is likely to be abused by a partner in her lifetime. (Sarah Glazer, "Violence Against Women," CQ Researcher, Congressional Quarterly Inc., February 1993
  • Approximately 97% of the victims of domestic violence are women. (U.S. Dept. of Justice)
  • Violence by intimate partners is the leading cause of injury for women, "responsible for more injuries than car crashes, rapes, and muggings combined." (Centres for Disease Control)
  • In the United States, a women is more likely to be assaulted, injured, raped or killed by a male partner than by any other type of assailant. (Browne, A. and K.R. Williams, 1989)
  • Females are victims of family violence at a rate of three times that of males. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1993)
  • Abused women make up approximately 22-35% of women who seek medical attention at hospital emergency rooms. (Randall, 1988)
  • More than 50% of women are battered at some time in their lives; over one-third are battered repeatedly. (Peachey, 1988)
  • Approximately 70% of murdered women are killed by a husband, lover, or estranged husband or lover.
  • Approximately two-thirds of those murdered by intimate partners or ex-partners have been physically abused before they were killed. (Campbell, 1981, 1992; Wallace, 1986)
  • More than twice as many women are killed by their husbands or boyfriends as are murdered by strangers. (Kellerman, 1992)
  • Every day in this country approximately four women are killed by a male intimate partner. (Stout, 1991)
  • The nation's police spend approximately one-third of their time responding to domestic violence calls. (Domestic Violence: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, New Jersey Dept. of Community Affairs, 1990)
  • Estimates of the percentage of pregnant women who are battered run as high as 25%. (Flitcraft, 1990)
  • Abuse of pregnant women is the leading cause of birth defects and infant mortality. (March of Dimes study)
  • Most prevalence rate studies estimate that 28% of all adult women in a relationship are victims of domestic violence on an annual basis. (Anna Wilson, ed., Introduction to Homocide: The Victim/Offender, 1993)
  • Separated or divorced women were 14 times more likely than married women to report having been a victim of violence by a spouse or ex-spouse, accounting for 75% of all reports of battering. (Bureau of Justice, 1991)
  • As many as 50% of women killed by partners/husbands are murdered at or after separation. (Wilson and Daly, 1991; Barnard, 1981)
  • As much as 90% of the hostage-taking in this country is domestic. Domestic hostage-taking attempts to coerce a partner to return or remain in a marriage or relationship. 100% of these hostage-takers are men. (FBI, 1989)
  • 40 children are abducted by a parent each hour in the U.S. More than half occur in the context of domestic violence. More than 80% of abductions by parents occur after separation. Almost 40% of the abductions by fathers involve force or violence. (Finklehor et al, 1990; Grief and Hegar, 1992)
  • Domestic violence is increasing in Russia, with 14,000 women dying every year at the hands of their husbands or other relatives. (Amnesty Internatic)

Now, in this background, examine the verse that is supposed to support wife beating: " As to those women on whose part you fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), next refuse to share beds with them (and last) beat them lightly. But if they return to obedience, seek not against them means (of annoyance) for Allah is Most High, Most Great." (4: 34) It is clear from the verse that:

It is clear from the verse that:

The over-all aim of the directions is to save the family from breaking;

The strategy is not to let the issue going out of the house and giving it a chance to get resolved within the family;

The directions involve a situation where wife is arrogant or disloyal, and does not apply to women whose behaviour is within normal limits;

The steps to be taken are in an increasing order of harshness.

First, the husband is asked to use verbal tactics like lecturing, persuasion and admonition.

Second, if this fails, the husband is advised to isolate her within the house. Sexual separation is a very potent weapon for reform within the marriage.

Third, even if this fails, the husband is allowed to use physical measures.

Only when this fails, the husband must take the issue out of the family, either by seeking arbitration or by initiating the procedure of divorce or by seeking criminal action, in case she has engaged in any forbidden activity.

Whenever she reforms herself, the husband is warned against continuing mistreating her; he must return to her and live with her in love.

Though this verse is primarily addressed to men, its indirect application should also be there for situations where husbands are arrogant or disloyal to wives and are engaged in forbidden activities. There are various situations in the Quran where the instructions are either for men or women but they need to be applied in reverse cases too.

For example, the above verse talks of "disloyalty" by women. But there is no verse about what should be done if husbands prove disloyal and are engaged in extramarital relationships. Does this not mean that women too must first try to resolve the issue within their houses, first by admonishing them, second by refusing sex and last by seeking intervention of the other members in the family (like fathers and elder brothers) who can even use physical assault as means to reform them? This last one is necessary as women are normally not physically strong enough to beat their husbands and if they do so it may invite greater violence.

I have however heard cases where women actually beat their husbands (sometimes even by shoes) for their misdemeanours like drinking, gambling, etc. Similarly, the Quran talks of "80 lashes" for those men who label false allegations of disloyalty on their wives. (Surah Nur) But what if the wives label false allegations against men? As the underlying principle is that men and women committing equal crimes under similar circumstances must receive similar punishments, it applies that women must also be given 80 lashes if they make unsubstantiated allegations against their husbands or other men.

Wife beating allowed in the Quran is surely different from wife battering that is routinely seen in the world, more so in the Western societies. In the Quran, mild beating is allowed only in cases of disloyalty for the purpose of reforming women within the family and not let others know about their misbehaviours. In the modern world, wife battering is mostly the result of silencing them into submission, alcohol and other addictions and to continue their own extramarital affairs. It is almost always aimed at causing them pain or taking revenge rather than reforming them. Islam creates social conditions where women do not face problems of physical security on account of the drinking, gambling and other bad habits of their husbands. It is also to be stressed here that market forces have used the issues of wife beating and child beating for their own selfish ends.

It is clear that if women are battered for no fault of theirs or they are battered more than what is permissible, they can always seek revenge from the court. The Islamic court will have to use the principle of "punishment equal to the crime" in order to fulfil the demands of justice.

Dr. Javed Jamil is a Chairman of International Centre for Applied Islamics, India. His columns regularly appear at and now it will appear at this blog and eventually he will have a blog of his own at the new upcoming website


  1. From: "Faiz"
    Date: Sun Mar 25, 2007 12:57 am


    The word "Idribuhunna" is usually translated as "beat them" in Sura 4:34. This word with the root "Dharaba" has a very long list of meanings. In fact, this word is probably one of the most extensive and diversified in meaning in the Arabic language (Check Lane’s Lexicon available on the Web to appreciate the depth of this word). Many of these meanings are found in diverse situations in the Qur’an as follows.

    To travel, to get out: 3:156; 4:101; 38:44; 73:20; 2:273
    To strike: 2:60,73; 7:160; 8:12; 20:77; 24:31; 26:63; 37:93; 47:4
    To beat: 8:50; 47:27
    To set up: 43:58; 57:13
    To give (examples): 14:24,45; 16:75,76,112; 18:32,45; 24:35; 30:28,58; 36:78; 39:27,29; 43:17; 59:21; 66:10,11
    To take away, to ignore: 43:5
    To condemn: 2:61
    To seal, to draw over: 18:11
    To cover: 24:31
    To explain: 13:17

    There are many additional meanings of the word “dharaba” (with imperative plural “idhriboo” and pronoun “hunna”—feminine pronoun plural). One of these meanings is ‘to have passionate intercourse with them” and the other is “separate them” or “ignore them” and still other meaning is “explain to them”. The “beat them” is also one possibilitybut it must be said that from the Arabic lexicographic point of view, this world when used alone can also mean “to threaten to beat them”—like someone raising hand but not actually hitting. If God meant hitting, He would have added emphasis to the imperative and said “idhriboo hunna dharban” and not just “idhriboo”.

    Now, the question is “Why did Allah, the Most High use this unique word with multifarious meanings?” Well, it is because the “Nushooz” (mentioned in the same verse 4:34) can take different forms and circumstances—it could be adulterous behavior, or rebellious behavior, or stubborn attitude, or simply some incompatible spousal relationship caused by recalcitrance of wife (there is Nushooz from men as well mentioned elsewhere in the Qur’an) and all ‘nushooz’ will not fit all one remedial measure; in other words, one size does not fit all. I personally believe that all these meanings of the word ‘dharaba”, namely, ‘threaten them/ignore them/separate them/strike them off/have passionate intercourse with them/explain to them, as well as the meaning of “giving examples” of serious consequences of divorce) may apply to the verse 4:34, even though different meanings will necessitate different remedial measures. If you ask me “give us just one meaning of the word ‘dharaba’ that is most appropriate”, I would say “separate them/dissociate from them for the time being”. I base this meaning not only on the 4:34 but the next verse (4:35) that actually talks about ‘appointing arbiters’ from BOTH sides to patch up differences:

    4:35 If ye fear a breach between them twain, appoint (two) arbiters, one from his family, and the other from hers; if they wish for peace, Allah will cause their reconciliation: For Allah hath full knowledge, and is acquainted with all things.

    Apparently the wife is now (i.e., after ‘dharaba’) is with her parent family from where she is asked to provide an arbiter. If the wife was ‘beaten”, it is hard for me to think that the folks from the wife side or the wife herself would even be considering ‘patching up’---because I think beating can make the relationship only worse, not improve it. It is common knowledge that the wife beating is inexcusable. The Prophet of Allah (pbuh) never beat—are even threaten--any of his wives—even though he is reported to have ‘suspended’ his spousal relationship for a little while. I believe that amounts to “separate them/ignore them” of 4:34.

    In closing, I like to say that I understand Dr. Bakhtiar’s zeal for changing the usual misogynistic translation of 4:34. However, I could not call her translation of the verse 4:34 a “translation” but only her “understanding or exposition” of verse 4:34. I think the verses of the Qur’an need to be honestly “translated” appropriately or even variously, and their interpretation MUST be left to the readers. Expositions can be, and usually are, highly biased. They are perhaps no better (or even worse) than interpolations that we find so often awfully crowded in, for example, Dr. Muhsan/Hilai translation of the Qur’an.

    May Allah guide us all to the Right Path


    Date: Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:56 am

    [1:1] In the name of GOD, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

    [55:4] He (God) taught them how to distinguish.

    Peace be upon you.

    Please refer to the following translation of the verse [4:34] regarding "wife beating"

    [4:34] The men are made responsible for the women, and GOD has endowed them with certain qualities, and made them the bread earners. The righteous women will cheerfully accept this arrangement, since it is GOD's commandment, and honor their husbands during their absence. If you experience rebellion from the women, you shall first talk to them, then (you may use negative incentives like) deserting them in bed, then you may (as a last alternative) beat them. If they obey you, you are not permitted to transgress against them. GOD is Most High, Supreme.

    The word "Idribuhunne" is translated as "beat them" in the above verse. The root of this word is "DaRaBa". If you look at any Arabic dictionary you will find a long list of meanings ascribed to this word. That list is one of the longest list in whole Arabic dictionary. It can be said that "DaRaBa" is the number-one multi-meaning word in Arabic. It has so many different meanings, we can find numerous different meanings ascribed to it in the Quran.

    To travel, to get out: 3:156; 4:101; 38:44; 73:20; 2:273
    To strike: 2:60,73; 7:160; 8:12; 20:77; 24:31; 26:63; 37:93; 47:4
    To beat: 8:50; 47:27
    To set up: 43:58; 57:13
    To give (examples): 14:24,45; 16:75,76,112; 18:32,45; 24:35; 30:28,58; 36:78; 39:27,29; 43:17; 59:21; 66:10,11
    To take away, to ignore: 43:5
    To condemn: 2:61
    To seal, to draw over: 18:11
    To cover: 24:31
    To explain: 13:17
    Please reflect on the following verses which do not suggest wife beating but suggest amicable separation:

    [33:28] O prophet, say to your wives, "If you are seeking this life and its vanities, then let me compensate you and allow you to go amicably.
    [33:29] "But if you are seeking GOD and His messenger, and the abode of the Hereafter, then GOD has prepared for the righteous among you a great recompense

    The following verse reinforce the above understanding:

    [30:21] Among His proofs is that He created for you spouses from among yourselves, in order to have tranquility and contentment with each other, and He placed in your hearts love and care towards your spouses. In this, there are sufficient proofs for people who think.

    Thank you and may God guide us,

    M. Irtaza

  3. The practice of Prophet SAW was to encourage Sahaba's to think
    independently has to be valued in full. If we have to go to a far
    off place to learn, we have to do that. Learning is important, if
    not Prophet (pbuh) would have just given the answers to
    Sahaba without asking them what they thought. There is a big lesson
    for us to learn here. I have not read her translation yet, but she
    can't be more damaging than the Al-hilali translation that is given
    out freely in millions.

    Let there be various translations, it is the best thing that will be
    happening to us - it will knock off the monopoly of a few
    translations - it will make us think, why there are 15 versions, and
    why there are differences? Instead of blindly accepting one version
    and basing our belief on that. As our prophet wanted, let us think
    and this translation would propel us to think... further, the non-
    Muslims who would read, at least it holds them from jumping off the

    Jazak Allah Khair

    Mike Ghouse

  4. From: Imam Kamara AbdilHaqq Muhammad

    Subject: Wife beating

    AsSalaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullaah,

    I have been examining this 'ayah of the Qur'aan for a number of years and I have taught classes many times on it. Wife beating is neither "Punishment nor Discipline" it is wrong and not in keeping with the spirit and meaning of the Qur'aan or the correct Sunnah of the Prophet-saws.

    To assume this 'ayah is referring to sexual misconduct is incorrect, because many of the preceding words are incorrectly translated which leads a misunderstanding of the total 'ayah. If we suppose that disloyalty means a woman bringing another man to her husbands bed, then we may arrive at a conclusion like many translators or interpreters have, but if we find the concept of "disloyal" as meaning "untruthful, telling the husbands personal business, taking money, hiding money or assets of the family, or even more important not keeping the proper Islaamic conduct in and out of the home etc., then we may find a different understanding of this 'ayah.

    By the very fact that at the end of this 'ayah it reads: "but if they return to obedience seek not against them means (of annoyance): for Allah is Most High Great (above you all) A. Yusuf Ali Translation." Should signal to us that this is not a matter of sexual wrongdoing, simply because most (if not all) men's pride and egos would not accept a returning by them to the marriage bed nor would they trust them ever again (and this would be the case if a woman found herself in that situation) .

    Never the less if you are assuming this part of the 'ayah to be referring to adultery or lewd behavior the Law that has be prescribe by Allah-swt should come into the picture and that requires witnesses to testify as to what they witnessed. "If any of your women are guilty of lewdness take the evidence of four (reliable) witnesses from amongst you against them; and if they testify confine them to houses until death do claim them or Allah ordain for them some (other) way." 4:15 A. Yusuf Ali Translation with his comments or further explanations in parenthesis' I will Insha'Allahu Ta'aalaa being publishing my finding and understanding of this 'ayah in the near future. Meanwhile I want to mention that this 'ayah is either "misunderstood or falsely explained" for the benefit of those who want the female to be or remain less in worth than the male. I will give you a synopsis of my findings on that at another time.

    Here are some questions for you and your readers to reflect on. Did the Prophet-saws who is the 'uswah (prototype or model) for our behavior beat his wives, or curse them? Where is the Prophet-saws and his excellent behavior in interpreting or translating the Qur'aan?

    Who are we using to make comparisons to proper behavior for the Believing Muslims? The word DARABA when used by Allah-swt about Himself-swt, it reads: "He does (Allah) propound, put forth firmly (from the Arabic DARABA perfect verb form) to you a similitude from your own (experience): do ye have partners among those whom your right hands possess to share as equals in the wealth We have bestowed on you? Do ye fear them as ye fear each other? Thus do We explain the Signs in detail to a people that understand." 30:28 There are other 'aayaat of the Qur'aan that say "Daraba Allah" and never would we translate these 'aayaat as 'He beat or hit', but in the perfect form we could do so. We must use the model of the Prophet in our attempting to translate or relate the Qur'aan. Insha'Allahu Ta'aalaa when my work and writings have been concluded I will sent you a copy. I must remind those who try to either agree with the past and sometimes present translators of the Qur'aan or who want to keep this wrongful conclusion of the this 'ayah (4:34) promulgated to the common people, your explanations will not prevail forever.

    The truth will always stand clear from error or falsehood. Women are not our possessions, to contrary they are what we need and desire to make us wholesome and balanced. Respect them even when like us fall into stubbornness and become hardheaded. this is enough for now.

    May Allah-swt guide us all and help us to present the correct translations and interpretations of His Book.

    Jazaakumullahu Khaira
    Imam Kamara AbdilHaqq Muhammad

  5. These people are who beat their wives are barbaric savages...

    absurd thought -
    God of the Universe says
    don't beat your wives too hard

    just enough so they behave
    but first kick them out of bed



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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
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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.