Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Bangladeshi Hindus Harassed

Bangladeshi Hindus Harassed
Muslims outraged at the treatment of Bangladeshi Hindu Citizens.

Dallas, Texas : June 5, 2007.

The World Muslim Congress expresses outrage at the Municipal Council of Chakuli, in Mirpur, Bangladesh for evicting families from their ancestral Homes.

These homes belong to Hindu families of Bangladesh, and we appeal to the Government and the Municipal authorities of this Muslim Majority nation to heed the call of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), who had set the model for treating people of other faiths and minorities with dignity and honor. In the treaty of Medina, prophet had assured every resident of the City full freedom to practice and live their life as they knew. A nations character is defined by the way it treats its people who believe and practice differently.

We appeal to the Government of Bangladesh and the United States Congress to take immediate action to halt the demolition of the homes, and urge people of conscience to call their Congressman, Senators and other representative to make the call to Embassy of Bangladesh.

To get information about your representatives, log onto: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home

Bangladesh Embassy in Washington DC
3510, International Drive NW
Washington, DC 20008, USA
Telephone : (202) - 244 - 0183
Fax :(202) - 244 - 7830/2771
Email : bdootwash@bangladoot.org

Mike Ghouse, President
World Muslim Congress

10,000 fear eviction
The Daily Star, June 6, 2006

10,000 fear eviction
Special Correspondent

Over 10,000 Hindus in one of the largest Hindu enclaves in the city at
Chakuli, in Mirpur-12 are living in gnawing fear of losing their
ancestral homesteads and an age-old temple as the Cantonment Board
authorities put a claim on the land.

Officials with bulldozers yesterday reached the place to demolish the
village but called off the operation due to rain, locals said.
Residents there said they could produce all documents to prove that
they have inherited the land from their ancestors.

"We have lived here for generations, if there is a proper land
acquisition by the government we shall definitely respect that
decision, but what is happening here today [Tuesday] does not have any
legal basis whatsoever," said Narayan Sarkar, a carpenter by
profession, living on a small piece of land he said he inherited from
his forefathers.

The crowd of worried men and women grew to over 150 as this
correspondent talked to them. "When our parents learnt about the first
acquisition back in the sixties, they went to the court and won the
case against the government," said a visibly shaken Sudhir Chandra
Sarkar, president of the Durga temple committee and a community
leader, showing copies of relevant documents.

The entire process of acquiring the area for extending Dhaka
Cantonment was started again in 1973 under "confidentiality",
residents said. The community of Chakuli was kept completely in the
dark as the Ministry of Land allocated twenty acres of land to the
Ministry of Defence in 1992. The Deputy Commissioner's (DC) Office in
Dhaka, based on the 1992 allocation, prepared a handover note and
handed over the land to the cantonment board.

"There was no notice, no communication whatsoever from the DC office,
we only learnt about the handover years later in 2000 when cantonment
personnel put a claim on our homes," said Sarkar.

"At present, there is an injunction from the High Court and a status
quo order on our village, but the army does not want to look at
anything," said a local resident.

The Ministry of Land and the DC office's handling of the matter, as it
shows on paper, has been so amateurish that the local people termed it
"a story of gross corruption". None of the gazettes by the ministry
specifically points out any plot number or size of the acquisition of
the land, according to documents obtained by The Daily Star.

"Our suffering and feeling of uncertainty today [Tuesday] is the
result of gross corruption at the Ministry of Land and the DC office,
we want to know where the money for the land acquisition went," said
Narayan Sarkar.

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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 (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.

URL- http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2013/08/planned-muslim-response-to-quran_18.html

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.