Invocation by Imam Shakoor
With G-d’s Name The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer
You are the Creator, Our Lord, The Cherisher, The Sustainer, The Evolver, The Caretaker of everything you created. It is you who created us when you shape and form our father Adam and his mate from the dust of the earth (Upon them be peace).
Our Lord, when you created the first parents and called them Adam you have connected all of us, the human family and we are forever thankful and grateful to you.
Our Lord, thank you for the Scriptures you reveal to the Prophets through the Angel Gabriel, and bless us to obey this message.
Bless us to hear, understand and learn from all of your messenger you sent to us from the beginning with Prophet Adam, Noah, our second father Abraham, Lot , Isma’il , Isaac, Jonah, David, Jacob, Joseph, Aaron, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad and to the ones not mention may your prayers and peace be upon them.
Our Lord, we thank you for all the great women you have giving us especially the mother of Moses and the Mother of Jesus, (upon them be peace).
Our Lord the Creator, bless us with Peace here in the United States of America and bless us with Peace in Africa, Asia, Europe, Palestine, Israel, and all other area where Peace is so badly needed. Bless our Religious leaders, The Imams, Rabbis and Ministers to bring out the best of Scriptures for the good of all humanity.
Bless them and all of our elected officials with the best leadership and guidance to serve the citizens of their great cities.
We ask that you bless our families, we pray to you that you bless us to stay connected as people of many faiths, as one community, as one family; the human family.
Our Lord, we are thankful to for all your blessing, gifts, and favors that we can never keep a record of and most of all for you having your mercy upon us. Our Lord; bless us to be good servants to you so that we can be good to humanity and bless us always to obey your will.
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August 19, 2013| Dallas, Texas
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Mirza A Beg
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.