Monday, January 28, 2008

Muslim Service Flag hoisted

Muslim Service Flag hoisted
2008 Humanitarian Award Recognizes Dr. Basheer Ahmed's Accomplishments

Another Muslim hoists a proud community service flag in the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metroplex. The more goodthings we can do, in our service to mankind, the more respect we will earn in the society. I am pleased to share this momentous occasion at the Tarrant County Medical Society's Annual dinner event on Friday, January 25th, 2008 in Fort Worth.

Dr. Basheer Ahmed was recently honored with the 2008 Humanitarian Award from the Tarrant County Medical Society, an organization representing more than 3000 physicians in the local area. The Humanitarian Award honors a physician for exceptional volunteer service above and beyond the scope of a medical practice. The award ceremony took place on January 25, at the Fort Worth Club. The ceremony was started with a convocation by Imam Moujahed Bakhach of Fort Worth.

In addition to his expertise as a psychiatrist, M. Basheer Ahmed, M.D., is a fundraiser, community mental health advocate, and social activist. Over the past 15 years, he has served as Chairman of the Board and Executive Director for the Muslim Community Center for Human Services located in Fort Worth. This organization offers a free medical clinic with a special emphasis on understanding the Muslim community, free counseling services, a free domestic violence hotline, health fairs, and other services to those in need.

A native of Hyderabad, India, Ahmed, immigrated to the United States in 1968. Prior to this, he obtained his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karuchi, Pakistan, and completed postgraduate psychiatric studies at Glasgow University in Scotland. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry. He is also a distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

In addition to his educational and philanthropic accomplishments, Ahmed has held faculty positions at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, NY; Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; and was professor of Psychiatry at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas. In 1985, Ahmed established a private practice in Fort Worth, Texas.

Ahmed is past president of the Islamic Medical Association of North America and past president of the Islamic Association of Tarrant County.

The meeting was attended by the executive committee of the Tarrant County Medical Society, past recipients of Humanitarian Award, the members of the Medical Society, the board members of MCC for Human Services, volunteer physicians of Al Shifa Clinic, and many supporters of MCC projects.

Board Members of the Muslim Community Services who attended the event.

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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.