Sunday, March 18, 2012

A Muslim dream, what is yours?

I have a dream, that one day, we the Muslims will become fully participating and contributing members of the society, and never stand on the side lines and let others take away our due share.

There was a disappointment for me when I attended the statue inauguration of Martin Luther King Jr.,  in Washington DC.  It was further disappointing that of the 40,000 people who came to see the grand opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, a new Dallas Landmark on Trinity River, I was the only Muslim, there wasn't any. Deep down, like all religious groups, we have our own percentage of bad ones, but 99% of us are good people that the other 99% in other religious group don't know about us resulting in false perceptions about us.  Don't we want to change this? 

Here is one small step toward achieving that goal - to be normal beings in the normal society. We have to facilitate a positive change, and have formed America Together Foundation to encourage participation from all. Our programs are designed to bring Americans together from every race, ethnicity and faith to get to know each other...and learn to live with goodwill.   

Please take a look at the Sharia Symposium note below.  You can also organize the event in your city, it takes a minimum of $10,000 to do it right  and to negate the false perceptions out there about Sharia; a way of living one's normal life. We have to differentiate between culture and religion, the Sharia Muslim Americans follow will not affect any one, just as the Jewish Halaqa does not affect any one. Let's learn to act before we "have" to re-act. This is a serious matter we cannot overlook it, sitting around will not cut it.

Your support can take this organization to new levels, join us and become partners in making America, an all inclusive nation. America is waiting to embrace us all, we need to step up.

Every one of us can take care of the family, keeping up with our faith, earn a living, and be a part of the society. I encourage you to roll up your sleeves and leave a legacy of serving others as others have served us. At the end no one will be buried with their wealth and I have seen folks who refused to give donation to women in desperate situations and have seen them go from the world. I will be sharing an article that is pending publication - Muslim Priorities. Where do we need to focus to have a safe, peaceful and prosperous future for all of us Americans and American Muslims. 

You can support our efforts by sending a check to America Together Foundation, 2665 Villa Creek Dr, suite 206, Dallas, TX 75234- We are a non-profit organization details are at 

Thank you.

Mike Ghouse
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Mike Ghouse is committed to building a cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. He is a speaker, thinker and a writer on pluralism, politics, civic affairs, Islam, India, Israel, peace and justice. He is a frequent guest on Sean Hannity show on Fox TV, commentator on national radio network, writes weekly at Dallas Morning News and bi monthly at Huffington post, The Smirking Chimpand other periodicals. His daily blog is

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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

Mike Ghouse
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Mirza A Beg
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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.