Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A challenge to Muslims, are we fit to be Americans?

The answer is obvious, most of us are and those who aren’t need to catch up, it is your home, your nation and your permanent address, most likely you will be buried here, you can be rest assured that you grave will remain untouched for centuries.

We need to protect and defend the very culture that allowed us to be who we are and who we want to be. Other than democracies only the privileged achieve their dreams. America has welcomed us, embraced us and we need to do our part; to be participants and contributors towards the peace, security and prosperity of our nation.

A decade ago, I had challenged the “excuse producers” among us that the Jews control the media. I had said baloney to that and took upon the challenge to prove it otherwise. Thank God a bunch of us formed MRRP Muslim Rapid Response Team in February 2005 and fired of letters to the media and received the coverage, and at least the public got to hear a different point of view when accusations were leveled against the Mosque in Richardson including Imam Zia Kavakci.

I was told that the Indian Muslims can never be the Prime Minister of India, I said baloney to that and experimented forming Dallas Indians group with 1700 Members in it, literally every  “who is who” among Indians are a part of the group,  with about 25 Muslims in the group. As long as we are fair and represent all Indians, any Indian can be the Prime Minister of India; so far we do not have that caliber. Those who can are pulled down by the fanatics among us while the good ones simply watch and do nothing.

We assume that we will not be given a space in the conservative media, I said baloney to that and wrote articles in conservative magazines including the front page hate site where in I have called Spencer “misinformed” and he has published it under the title “One Islam”. Been on Sean Hannity, a tough battlefield where we will not be given the space. Over a period of one year and 20 appearance on his show and 16 on his nationally syndicated radio show, I have moved from being slaughtered (a few Muslims actually liked it) to being assertive to get my words as the last words.  I have told Hannity that he was wrong and have been aggressive with Brigitte Gabrielle, Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller and have called on them to tell the truth to the American People. Hannity does not agree with me but values my take on the issues.

Why am I writing this?

It is to encourage a few among us to spend the time in getting in to the media and changing the false perceptions about Islam and Muslims. We can co it, if we quit wasting time on things that don’t matter in the discussion groups.

I am writing this particularly to those who discount it as “self glorification” I am challenging your capabilities to get involved, why don’t you do it?  I know you can do it better than most of us, but you are not willing to do and instead spend time in back biting.

Thank God, over 1000 article have been published on Islam and Pluralism in papers such as Tehran Times, Arab News, Jakarta post… and of course several ones in the United States including Washington post, Huffington and few other including my home town paper, Dallas Morning News.

I have introduced a few aspects of Islam in most of the pieces I write; the articles are not about Islam, but about the society in general and have added the Islamic take on issues. I was told that non-Muslims have come to appreciate the little knowledge here and little there about Islam and aborbing the positive values of Islam one at at time, while a few Muslims have appreciated learning about the wisdom of other religions.  We are all part of the large familiy of religions and we must know each other (Q 49:13).

Here is a list of 25 ( of the 33) articles I have written along with others in Dallas Morning news in the last six months, please log in and respond to the notes, have your presence in every aspect of the society.   

  1. TEXAS FAITH: Did the King James Version of the Bible change the world?

  1. Texas Faith: Should women be required to have a sonogram before undergoing an abortion?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: What to make of Rep. Peter King's hearings into Muslim American radicalization?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: How do we keep the debt from limiting the future of younger Americans?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: Will Facebook kill the church?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: The Blessings and Burdens of Life Online

  1. TEXAS FAITH: Religious institutions and assimilating immigrants

  1. TEXAS FAITH: How would you advise President Obama on dealing with leaders like Hosni Mubarak?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: What's the role of religious faith when there are no good choices?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: What can religious groups do to help along the Mexican border?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: Why do some religious affiliations produce more political leaders?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: What do you do when you see someone showing signs of mental deterioration?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: Which religion stories merited more and better coverage?

  1. Texas Faith: Why not worry about your theology?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: How should chaplains deal with Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: Was Oklahoma out of line with Sharia amendment?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: How do you view God?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: Why does fear sell on the campaign trail?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: Does firing Juan Williams improve our understanding of religious diversity?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: Should Christians (and other non-Hindus) beware of yoga?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: Why do our faiths shape some political views, but not others?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: Why is there such a lack of religious knowledge?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: Why do we pray for Christopher Hitchens?

  1. TEXAS FAITH: Should faithful focus on charity or justice?

  1. Texas Faith: What religion stories should the media focus on?
Mike Ghouse, President of America Together foundation is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day, and is available to speak at your place of worship, work or in seminars and conferences.

Through the Foundation for Pluralism, Mike champions the idea of co-existence through respecting and accepting the otherness of other, and is committed to nurturing the pluralistic ideals embedded in Islam through the World Muslim Congress.  He is a speaker thinker and a writer on the topics of pluralism, cohesive societies, Islam, interfaith, India and Peace. His work is reflected in 4 website's and 27 Blogs at http://www.mikeghouse.net/

1 comment:

  1. Well said, Mike. I appreciate your work.
    Sanjeev Sabhlok



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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 (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.