we are heading in the right direction, A large gathering turned up on the second day to listen to Sheikha Aisha’s presentation ‘Promoting literacy: path to peace and prosperity’.
"The speaker informed the listeners about the outstanding work undertaken by Reach Out To Asia to improve adult and child literacy and education levels, throughout Asia."
“Driven by compassionate Islamic values, the world wide community of Muslims will work together in reaching out to the needy irrespective of their race or religious beliefs. This is the philosophy of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists and all those who support its work,” Sheikha Aisha told the conference."
Muslim philanthropists join hands to fight common foesPublished: Sunday, 6 April, 2008, 01:30 AM Doha Time Delegates from Qatar among others at the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists at Istanbul recently
SENIOR officials of Qatar’s Social Development Center (SDC), led by Dr Noora al-Hanzab and general manager Amal al-Mannai, were among the 200-odd participants from 31 countries at the inaugural World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists in Istanbul last month.
According to an SDC communique, prominent among those who attended the conference was HE Sheikha Mayassa bint Hamad al-Thani.
Representatives of more than 100 contributors supporting foundations and NGOs came together at the Istambul meet for the 3-day congress under the theme ‘Facing challenges and finding solutions’, attracting government officials and academic speakers from all continents.
The congress aimed to create strong philanthropic networks, making better use of available funds and human resources to combat critical global issues such as poverty, HIV/Aids, poor education, environmental degradation and religious extremism, the press note said.
Besides Sheikha Mayassa, the Istambul event was attended by Doha Academy founder Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh al-Thani and world leaders including the Organisation of Islamic Conference secretary general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, UK Minister of International Development Shahid Malik, UN secretary general’s advisor Dr Nafis Sadiq, special assistant to the US Secretary of State Farah Pandit and World Council of Religions for Peace chairman William Vendley.
Speakers stressed the need to focus on education because of its ability to empower current and future generations in developing effective solutions to alleviate poverty and lead to peace.
Sheikha Mayassa called upon philanthropists to be strategic in their thinking and giving and develop partnerships to reduce overlap and inefficiencies.
A large gathering turned up on the second day to listen to Sheikha Aisha’s presentation ‘Promoting literacy: path to peace and prosperity’.
The speaker informed the listeners about the outstanding work undertaken by Reach Out To Asia to improve adult and child literacy and education levels, throughout Asia.
“Driven by compassionate Islamic values, the world wide community of Muslims will work together in reaching out to the needy irrespective of their race or religious beliefs. This is the philosophy of the World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists and all those who support its work,” Sheikha Aisha told the conference.
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PLANNED MUSLIMS RESPONSE TO QUR'AN BURNING BY PASTOR JONES ON 9/11/13 IN MULBERRY, FLORIDA
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 (www.UnitydayUSA.com) 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.
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.