Friday, October 9, 2009

Fighting Domestic Violence

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Fighting Domestic Violence
New book is a study of domestic violence in a cross-cultural context

Arlington, TX – October 1, 2009 – Domestic violence is a global phenomenon occurring among people of all races, ages, social economic status, educational, and religious backgrounds. Advocate M. Basheer Ahmed, M.D., believes that in order to develop culturally appropriate interventions in addressing this issue, it is critical to understand this subject within a cross-cultural context. In relation to this, he presents Domestic Violence Cross Cultural Perspective, a comprehensive and eye-opening book released through Xlibris.

Family roles, values, customs, and expectations are deeply rooted within a person’s culture and religious traditions. Many community and religious leaders are not familiar of the incidence of domestic violence among immigrant population and lack the knowledge of the effect of domestic violence on the victims, their children, the legal implications and the resources available for them.

In its opening chapter, Domestic Violence Cross Cultural Perspective summarizes various topics discussed related to psychodynamics of abuse, cross-cultural, Islamic, Jewish and Hindu perspective. The other topics covered are effects of domestic violence on children and the legal aspects of domestic violence. The last chapter gives a detailed description of the development of a domestic violence program for the immigrant community.

Written for health professionals, religious, and community leaders in a simple language, Domestic Violence Cross Cultural Perspective addresses the aspects of domestic violence from different cultural and religious orientations and suggests strategies to help victims and perpetrators.

About the Author
M. Basheer Ahmed, M.D., is the Chairman and the Executive Director for the Muslim Community Center for Human Services, North Texas. He obtained his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, and completed postgraduate psychiatric studies at Glasgow University in Scotland. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and a distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a Former Professor of Pshcyiatry, South Western Medical School, Dallas-Texas. In 1985, Dr. Ahmed established a private practice in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the founding Chairman of Muslim Community Center for Human Services, an organization which provides free medical and social services to indigent residents of Dallas-Fort Worth area. He has presented and published many papers on domestic violence.

Other Contributors: Prof. Hernandez, Dr. Najma Adam, Dr. Zainab Alwani, Dr. Toby Myers, Ms. Avayam Ramani, Ms. Rosalyn Hubbard, Ms. Erin Hendricks J.D. and Ms. Talaun Thompson

For further information and to purchase the book, please contact:
M. Basheer Ahmed M.D. at 817.907.6080
Discounted Price: $14.00 (Retail price: $20.00)

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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.