Thursday, February 28, 2008

Muslim Ismaili envoy to OIC

Sada Cumber, Ismaili Muslim
the new envoy to OIC.

Congratulations to Mr. Sada Cumber for his appointment as a special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Countries. Thanks to Jason Embry for writing such a fine piece (appended below). Indeed, I was gunning for that position and had sent a note to the state department about it. I am pleased to see Mr. Sada Cumber has been appointed. He is he right guy. At least in his last days, the President has done some thing right, it is a good decision and Sada will deliver results. When Barak takes over the office, Sada certainly can change the false perception that the same President had manufactured ”they hate us" without any substantiation and no Journalist ever asking him to prove.

Our country needs a person who can unite the nation together, and bring the people from every race, ethnicity, nationality, culture and faiths together to rededicate our pledge in one nation under God with liberty and Justice.

One nation is a concept where we learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness of each one of the 301 Million of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge. Barak will be a catalyst to realize the American vision of one nation under God.

Mike Ghouse
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Bush taps Austin man to reach out to Muslim world
Cumber's new post is announced in Oval Office.

By Jason Embry
Thursday, February 28, 2008

WASHINGTON — President Bush tapped Austin technology executive Sada Cumber on Wednesday to represent the United States to Muslims around the world.

Cumber, chairman of SozoTek Inc., an imaging technology company based in Austin, was named presidential envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, which comprises 57 Muslim countries.

"The core of his mission," Bush said in announcing the appointment, "is to explain to the Islamic world that America is a friend — is a friend of freedom, is a friend of peace, that we value religion."

Cumber, a native of Pakistan, is the first U.S. envoy to the organization. He has founded six companies in 25 years. He was previously CEO of Psionic Technologies Inc., an Internet security software company that Cisco Systems Inc. acquired in 2002, and he's active in the Ismaili Muslim community in Austin.

Bush said part of Cumber's role will be to correct misperceptions about the United States. "A lot of people love America, don't get me wrong," Bush said. "After all, there's a lot of people trying to come here because of what we stand for. But we've got work to do in certain areas."

Cumber did not speak during his brief appearance with Bush, other than to thank the president.

Gov. Rick Perry has in recent years appointed Cumber to the Texas Economic Development Corp. and to an advisory committee for the Emerging Technology Fund, which awards grants and supports research that can turn into jobs in some technology fields. He also served on the board and executive committee of the 2006 World Congress on Information Technology and several advisory councils at the University of Texas.

Austinite and longtime Bush aide Karen Hughes, who as an undersecretary of state oversaw a global public relations mission to help engender good will toward the United States, said she had advocated the creation of the envoy post.

"This organization brings together all the Islamic countries in the world, and so I felt it was important that we have a high-level presidential representative to that organization," Hughes said. "I believe Sada is a perfect choice because he combines an immigrant's love of his adopted country, America, with a knowledge of his home country, Pakistan."; (202) 887-8329

Mike Ghouse
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    Do you still think this guy is good as the US envoy to the OIC? Giuliani is the biggest Islamophobe there is, and Cumber DONATED to his campaign!

    BTW, the link I left on the other comment has been REMOVED from the internet.

  2. Robin,

    YOu and I may have a problems with Sada Cumber contributing to Guiliani, who is a Number #1 Islamaphobe, no, the guy who is eager to put american interests in harm's way by his eagerness to create chaose.

    Sada may be able to communicate better with the OIC guys see our point of view and work on improving relations for the benefit of all.

    Could you find a person who is free of any criticism? If you do, please let us know.


  3. Hi Mike,
    I don't pretend to have another name to offer up, but this was BUSH's idea to appoint an envoy, and he came up with a character like this? Please read Mike, this is a quote below concerning the agenda of the first OIC meeting Cumber will be attending.

    "The issue of Islamophobia has high priority on the agenda," the OIC said. At the meeting, an OIC panel will release its first report on Islamophobia."

    And a guy who contributes to the campaign of someone who has Daniel Pipes on his team

    Granted, the contribution was made prior to Pipes joining the Guiliani "team", but I think Mr. Cumber has some explaining quite frankly. Guiliani has been a LONG time outspoken Islamophobe and Cumber contributed to his campaign! Do you think that if the OIC knew this they would have accepted him as envoy? At the very LEAST it would have raised a few eyebrows if not gotten him a helpful hand out the door Mike. This in my mind is just utterly shameful, it's just yet another case of this administration trying to shove one of their own down the Muslim world's throat.



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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.