Thursday, August 2, 2007

Minneapolis Bridge Kindness

Minneapolis Bridge Kindness

Muslims Offers Condolences to Victims and Survivors of Minneapolis Bridge Catastrophe and encourages Blood Donations

Dallas, TX - August 2, 2007. The World Muslim Congress encourages every one to donate blood and the funds to the victims and survivors of the Minneapolis Bridge Collapse, there is a shortage of blood type 'O', please donate.

To help one in need is helping the whole humanity, we are a nation of kindness and goodness and we need to take care of each other " echoed Mike Ghouse, President, World Muslim Congress.
Here are the other organizations attending to tragedy in kindness;

WASHINGTON, DC – Aug. 2, 2007 (MASNET & News Sources) On August 1, 2007, media outlets were rocked as Minneapolis witnessed the collapse of its 8-lane, I-35W bridge, a main artery in the Minneapolis/St. Paul (Twin Cities) area. Reports indicate as many as 30 people missing, 79 or more injured, with the medical examiner's office confirming four fatalities.

MAS Freedom (MASF), as the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS), offers its condolences to everyone affected by the I-35W bridge collapse, and offers appreciation to Senator Amy Klobuchar, Governor Tim Pawlenty, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Ryback, and Congressman Keith Ellison (reported to be arriving on the scene today), for their quick response and efforts on behalf of those in need during this crisis.

"Pulling together in this critical time of need is incumbent upon us as a community. Please distribute this announcement widely in order to facilitate assisting as many people as possible," implored MAS Freedom Executive Director, Mahdi Bray.

The Muslim Community is urging Muslim community members within proximity of the catastrophe area to organize blood donation drives. Alternatively, community members are encouraged to contact Red Cross centers or Memorial Blood Centers of the Twin Cities area to make an appointment to donate blood.

CAIR - MINNESOTA - ST. PAUL, MN, 8/2/07 - The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today called on Muslims in that state to donate blood to help those injured in yesterday's deadly bridge collapse in Minneapolis.

To offer your support in this time of crisis, please contact the following:

MAS Service Corps
Phone: (319) 892-0256

Red Cross
Phone: 1-800-448-3543
Memorial Blood Center (Between 9AM and 9PM)
Address: 3200 Main St., NW, Minneapolis, MN - Phone: (763) 210-0032
or Address: 737 Pelham Blvd., St. Paul, MN - Phone: (612) 871-6636

Memorial Blood Centers is reporting a critical shortage of Type 'O' blood.

Survivors of the bridge collapse are also encouraged to register as 'Safe and Well':
Family Assistance Center
Holiday-Inn Metrodome
1500 Washington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: (612) 871-7676.

So far the Red Cross reports having provided more than 2,000 meals and more than 3,000 snacks to families and first responders on the scene, in addition to providing counselors to provide comfort to those affected by this disaster. If you are unable to give blood please visit the Red Cross website to learn about other ways in which you can help.

Sen.Klobuchar has already announced that up to $100 million in funds for rebuilding and recovery of the 1,900 foot bridge, while Transportaton Secretary Mary Peters has announced a $5 million grant to help pay for rerouting traffic patterns around the disaster site.

U.S. government officials have also sent help from the national Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the FBI, the Coast Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Contact MASF toll-free at 1-888-627-8471 or by sending an email to


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quraan burning

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.