Sunday, September 19, 2010

In defense of Islam, pursuing a civil dialogue

In defense of Islam, pursuing a civil dialogue

Here is an opportunity for you to write a comment after the article at Dallas Morning News. Let the public know that a majority of us care for the world and every life. -

There is one more article in Dallas Morning News today, which I cannot find, I am in Louisville today with my wife.

If you wish to share this article, this is the link:

Please read the following from a thinker’s point of view in how we can change perceptions of the media in America and perceptions of the key allies. The ideas are explored in the following article link listed at the very bottom. If Muslims are serious in actions, rather than talking about Islam meaninglessly among ourselves, we need to get out and do things. Whoever talks big, it is time to tell them to act and not talk.

Insha Allah, I will complete the chapter “Blue print for Muslims, a 20 year planning” by the end of this year in my upcoming book on Islam. Those who criticize, please ask them to shut up, as the funds will go to the development of Muslim Agenda for the good of mankind. Remember, what is good for Muslims has got to be good for others and vice-versa, if it benefits us and not others, the idea will fail.

How Media has worked with Muslims

We have to recognize individuals who have been fair and just in the societies and support them and encourage them for the outstanding job they have done, “From a journalism point of view, unconscionably, we have accepted the inclusion of sensationalists and propagandists as journalists. They are generating ratings and revenues for the media barons. I believe this aspect of destructive propaganda journalism will also start correcting itself toward responsible journalism, which can restore the social cohesion of our society. This week's topic for the Texas Faith panel is an indication of such a movement.

The media in Dallas has acted responsibly this week, when Pastor Jeffress made incendiary remarks about Islam, whether one agrees or not. Steve Blow of the Dallas Morning News took on the responsibility to seek another opinion from someone like Pastor Bob Roberts. Blow offered an equally powerful, but peace making perspective, which the public has welcomed. “
The above two paragraphs are at:

Steve Blow – article one : Dallas pastor's broad-brush criticism of Islam goes way too far
Steve Blow – article one : Dallas pastor's broad-brush criticism of Islam goes way too far
Steve Blow - follows up with Bob Roberts, a recipient of the “Pluralist” award at the Unity day in 2009:

Two other Journalists we have recognized at the Unity day USA program, and who have become champions in standing up for the rights of all others, and Muslims are beneficiaries of such stand – they are Jeff Weiss and Sam Hodges. Look up at Dallas Morning News, particularly their anti-Islam stance and later the fair positions they have taken.

George Mason is another recipient of the Unity Day USA Award, who has spoken out… Rev. Bill Matthews is another one.

Here is what George Mason write -

Now the First Baptist Church is making overtures towards me, thank God, I am glad we did not take the stands of pushing people to dig in their heels. I believe, firmly believe the role of Muslims is to mitigate conflicts and nurture good will. Give room to people to step up and be normal.

Please take a look at the following 2 videos and the article as a response to the video llinks below.
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We cannot let a few destroy the social cohesiveness of our nation

My write ups at Dallas Morning New

This is the one I have talked about in the top of this write up

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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
Text/Talk: (214) 325-1916

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.