We invite you to be a part of a greater vision to be shared at a National Conference of American Muslims. Rarely in human history has an opportunity existed before a minority to become a catalyst of change as it exists now before the American Muslims.
Date: Sunday, 19 July 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM
Place: Crowne Plaza Hotel,
Address: 14315 Midway Road, Addison (Dallas), TX 75001
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1. To consolidate our diverse community and raise a visionary leadership.
2. To engage with the due process, the governing institutions, and the civil society to create a dialogue of change.
3. To promote conflict resolution and constructive engagement that can offer diplomatic alternatives to military endeavors.
4. To work towards the common interests and welfare of both America and the Muslim world -- a win-win situation.
5. To work against Islamophobia and the negative stereotypes of Muslims in the West, and to help uplift the image and position of Muslims and their respective work in America and beyond.
6. To help raise a moderate and effective voice to invalidate extremism and bigotry.
To address why, how and what to do about this enormous responsibility before us we --a group of Muslims are organizing an exclusive and in-depth meeting in Dallas, Texas on July 19th of 2009.
You are a leader and an activist in our community; and you can play a vital role in helping shape this movement of change in our time. We cordially invite you to participate in this meeting, irrespective of your affiliation or inclination...
Our goal is to help bring about a leadership to create an effective political and social force of transformation both in the West and in the Muslim world. We commit to involve aggressively in dialogue and diplomacy and remain steadfast in constructive engagement and conflict resolution. America is a vital place to spearhead such a movement of change on the national and the international fronts.
Realizing our potential and responsibility we -- a group of sincere American Muslims - have been working on this idea for the last several years. Recently with the new vision and approach of the Obama administration and the promise of cooperation with the Muslims, we feel the urgency to spearhead this work and take it to the next level now.
Our upcoming meeting in Dallas is about consensus building, goal setting and fundraising for the cause. We are at the formative state. Therefore, Inshallah, whoever would come forward and take up the torch with us today would be the pioneer of peace and progress tomorrow.
If you prefer to spend your night with other participants in a less formal environment our members in Dallas would like to host you in their homes. (We have limited rooms, so priority will be given to the early applicants).
Please contact the following as soon as possible, whether you will be participating in the conference and if you would like to stay with a host family.
The Meeting Agenda
09:00 Introduction, Open Forum of Goal Setting and Consensus Building
12:00 Lunch Break
01:00 Establishing Resolutions
03:00 Fund Raising
04:30 Election of the Steering Committee Members and Election/Selection of Officers
06:00 Dinner and Discussion - Future Vision
If you wish to join us for an informal gathering on Saturday night, please contact any one of us from Adhoc committee or send an email to: Confirmattendance@gmail.com
Ruby Amatullah - firstname.lastname@example.org
Edip Yuksel - email@example.com
Mike Ghouse – MikeGhouse@aol.com
MUSLIMS FOR PEACE, JUSTICE AND PROGRESS
To be a Muslim is to be a peace maker, one who constantly seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence of humanity. God wants us to live in peace and harmony with his creation; Life and Matter.Our Mission is to work for a world of co-existence through inclusiveness and participation. As a member of diverse family of faiths, our efforts will be directed towards justice and equity to attain peace for the humankind with a firm grounding in commonly held values. We cannot have advantages at the cost of others. Such benefits are temporary and deleterious to lasting peace. We believe what is good for Muslims has got to be good for the world, and vice versa, to sustain it.
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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.