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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Biker's to draw Muhammad Cartoons in Phoenix

PRESS RELEASE

 Contact:
Mike Ghouse, President
America Together Foundation
Dallas, TX | Washington DC
(214) 325-1916

MikeGhouse@aol.com
www.AmericansTogether.org

Let the Bikers draw Muhammad Cartoons in Arizona


Mike Ghouse of America Together Foundation, has released the following statements.

Let this be clear to my fellow Americans, w
e all have a collective responsibility to communicate and understand different values and learn to respect the otherness of others. ( An appeal to add to Friday Sermons is also made at the bottom).  

Let the Bikers draw cartoons of the Prophet, look to this as an opportunity to follow the practice of the prophet, he was a mercy to mankind and it is time for Muslims to demonstrate that.  What did he do when he was harassed on his way to Taif? He prayed in the tradition of Jesus, "forgive them God, for they know not".  God's will was to show a way to build better societies by mitigating conflicts and nurturing goodwill and not aggravating it.  Thus he turned the other check as Jesus had and prayed for the well being of all.


This Friday, I urge Muslims around American Mosques to open up their hearts an minds of understanding, instead of sulking, retrieving to a corner, getting angry or harboring ill-will, I ask them to pray for the well being of Biker Americans in their Friday Sermons across the land and hopefully across the globe. Let them make an effort to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension or fear of the other.  Let’s do our part right and seek God’s help in repairing our relationships.


I request the Islamic Community Center in Phoenix to welcome the guests with abundant supply of bottled water, leave it on the tables outside. If I can make it, I would like to be there and meet with our biker brothers and sisters.  I am one of them in free spirit, and one of you in practicing Prophet’s kindness.  More details at:  www.AmericansTogether.org

The free speech is an enduring value and the hallmark of civilizations, and we simply cannot compromise on it, however much a few may abuse it.  Indeed, Free speech is one strong element that will bind Americans together. 

Criticism can fade away or rain on us depending on how we respond to it. Lack of conviction in one's faith breeds intolerance towards criticism, whereas firmness in faith can lead us to learn from criticism, explore the infinite wisdom and realize the strength of our faith (Imaan); a worthy feeling to have, instead of living in doubt and shooing criticism away.

We need to handle criticism of Quran, Islam and the Prophet with grace, and respond to it gracefully. At least it increases the chances of mitigating the conflict and restoring harmony. The other way around is fighting back, which guarantees further aggravation of the conflict and isolation. Let freedom of speech remain the corner stone of Islam.

I urge fellow Muslims to be open to all the criticism with confidence, let the doors of communications be open.  Islam stands on its own; it does not need our defense, and it is silly to protect God or the Prophet, they are not weaklings or our property to protect, they belong to the whole universe, don't they?

APPEAL FOR FRIDAY SERMONS:


I hope and pray that we will let the world know that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to mankind, through our acts.   God willing,  over a period of time, we will replace the wrong perceptions accumulated about us in the last 30 years,  and go back to good times of respecting each other. Ask your Imam to pray for the well being, safety and security of every American whether we agree with him or not. Prophet Muhammad was all about mitigating conflicts and nurturing good will, and let's consciously do that, so once again the world can believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to mankind.  



As Muslims we seriously appreciate the gains we have had, that far outweigh the tensions given by a few who know not.
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 References:




  • Criticism of Islam, Prophet and Quran
    http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2012/11/criticism-of-islam-prophet-muhammad.html
    Thank you


    mike
    Mike Ghouse, Speaker
    Motivation | Pluralism | Human Rights | Religion.
    (214) 325-1916 text/talk

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    Mike Ghouse is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator on PluralismIslam,IndiaIsrael-PalestinePolitics and other issues of the day. He is a human rights activist, and his book standing up for others will be out soon | He is producing a full feature film " Sacred" to be released on 9/11 and a documentary "Americans together" for a July 4 release.  He is a frequent guest commentator on Fox News with Sean Hannity and syndicated Talk Radio shows and a writer at major news papers including Dallas Morning News and Huffington Post. All about him is listed in 63 links at www.MikeGhouse.net and his writings are at www.TheGhousediary.com - Mike is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Is it Muhammad (pbuh) or his Message that is important?

IS IT MUHAMMAD OR HIS MESSAGE?
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was committed to get the message to the people – if we study him through our own God given intellect, by asking why he said whatever he said, we will find him to be one of the greatest communicators in the world. 

A majority of Muslims have gotten his message, its the message and not him. A few are still in the mode of worshipping him without realizing it. A few have put him on a pedestal equal to God. That was not his message.

Why must he have said the following?
1. I am going to die like you, and be buried like you;
2. I prefer to be buried in an unmarked grave;
3. Don’t make images of me; it is not me you need to focus on
4. No Anbiya should be treated anything less...that is the pinnacle of humility.
5. When he appealed to God that his message is not being received...

He wanted us to get the message of Tauhid, humility, equality and the essence of the message and not the messenger. He wanted us to get his message and not him. 
Don't you think Prophet would be happy with his followers if they follow his message and not become copy cats of what he appeared, or what he wore or ate. Doesn't that amount to idolatry. I rather get the essence of his message and be a Rahma to the world around me than wear a beard.

If it is not common sense, then it is not Islam.

By the way, this message will be posted at www.WorldMuslimCongress.com for the benefit of general public, both Muslim and non-Muslim alike.
Thank you

Mike Ghouse
www.WorldMuslimCongress.com
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In a message dated 5/27/2015 3:50:14 P.M. Central Daylight Time,

Dear Br Mike, Salaam
Please try to distinguish between the Shea'r of Rasulullah (S) and his directives. Shea'r  are his habits, his personal like and dislikes. That is not Hadith. If one does not follow his (S) Shea'r,  it is not a sin buy if one follow them too out of love for Rasulullah (S),he will be rewarded. It is optional.
Most of the items that you have enlisted fall in the category of Shea'r   Now you think where you stand?
Shamim
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Dear Mike,
Thanks for the clarifications. Frankly speaking I was so sad to have a learned Muslim judging the lawfulness of a bounty of God based on whether the Prophet or his companion availed of it. Such thinking will freeze Islam to the Prophet's era and make the statement of the following verse of the Qur'an null and void:
“Say: ‘Who has forbidden the beautiful (gifts) (zinat) of God, which He has brought forth for His servants, and wholesome means of sustenance?’ Say: ‘They are, in the life of this world, for those who believe, (and) especially for them on the Day of Judgment.’ Thus do We explain the signs in detail for those who know” (7:32).

What shocked me to the core is somebody writing in English, typing out his thoughts on a laptop, sitting possibly on a chair, wearing stitched 2-3 piece clothes - none of which the Prophet or his companions did, castigating others for quoting songs or cutting jokes as the Prophet and his companions never did so. The people who avail the innumerable bounties of God in this era that was not there in the Prophet's time but finding fault in such great gifts of God as song, music and humor seem to suffer cognitive dissonance - though I may be wrong. By the way to avoid giving any personal opinion i include below an excerpt from my duly authenticated book, Chapter 41.3 [Essential Message of Islam]:

In the Qur’anic discourse, God has created man in the finest model (95:4/Ch. 10), and has accorded him special bounties over the rest of creation (17:70/Ch. 10). These include, among others, the diverse avenues of recreations and entertainment, and natural art forms, which in turn are nothing but allurements (zinat, 57:20/41.1 above) of life and means of ‘play and amusement’ (6:32/ Ch. 8.2, 7:51, 47:36/41.1). While the Qur’an cautions humanity not to be deceived by them (57:20), or to make them their religion (7:51), its generic injunction on the lawfulness of all the beautiful things (zinat) of life (7:32/Ch. 25.4), gives no ground to discard or renounce them. Thus, there are traditions supporting the Prophet’s approval of the prevalent sports and recreational activities, that included, among others, singing, music and artistic dance performance.5

May I request Iftekhar bhai to pass copies of my jt publication if he is left with any to a few of the recipients of this mail as per his discretion.
Yunus
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In a message dated 5/26/2015 10:22:42 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, MikeGhouse@aol.com writes:
Dear Shamim Bhai,
Can you be relevant to the topic?
We need to be truthful to ourselves.
Shamim bhai,  
nobody can follow the prophet
it’s merely fancy talk.
1. Can you dress up like him
2. Can you marry 11 women, can you do two?
3. Can you ride on the camel
4. Can you be the Amin?   [YES, WHY NOT]
5. Can you be a mercy to a Jew, Hindu, Christian, pagan.[Yes, WHY NOT}..
6. We can make a substantial list... that you can talk but don't mean it. 
I follow a few things of the prophet in principle - like being the Amin and kind and without bias towards others.... be just, truthful and caring.

Mike
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The above is a continuation of the previous message
ALLAH - MUSIC - JOKES - AAKHIRA | WORLD MUSLIM CONGRESS
http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2015/05/allah-or-god-muslims-music-in-islam.html

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Allah or God, Muslims, Music in Islam, jokes and hereafter


This is a conversation on the net about 4 points an Imam raised, I thought his understanding was different than mine and it needed to be expressed.  Over the years, dealing with Imams, researching and writing over 1000 articles on Islam on almost most aspects of it, I have found many Imams knowledge came from rote learning without applying the God given mind.

I must admire the Imam that he responded agreeing to one mistake, and that is fine, we don’t have to agree.  If it is not common sense, then it is not Islam.  His response follows this note.
The conversation was closed with this note

Dear Imam,
Thanks for the response, I appreciate your integrity.

On my part – I am going to enjoy the Music, tell jokes and listen to them, call God or Allah to mean the same, and focus on my life on earth. I don’t need to rob my time from the present to give it to the Akhira, Akhira is automatically sequences, if I am good to my present, it translates into Good for the Akhira.

Jazak Allah Khair
Mike
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5/26/15
Salaam Imam Akmal,
I am responding to your 4 questions.

You have a right to your opinion and a right to understand Islam as your experiences allow you to.  Remember Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had said – I am leaving this book to you, obviously to mean for you to understand it, and one understands things with a reference to his or her experience. He did not say, hey look, I am assigning this task to Shaikh Present here, and whatever he sets is what you should follow.

 We have to learn to respect the otherness of other and accept the uniqueness God has blessed to each one of us.  Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is certainly my role model, but I do not do everything he did, nor do I intend to do everything he did.  However, I will follow his foundational Sunnah – Ameen, with all my heart, soul and mind, the Sunnah that lays the foundation for building cohesive societies. Isn't that is what God wants?
God has created an integrated and interconnected world in harmony and balance, and wants us to preserve and maintain that balance (55: 1-13).

Dear Imam Akmal,  with all due respect to your learning,  please think, Islam is a religion of fitra and thinking.  God would have made us Angels if he wanted to, but chose to make us beings that can think, think for themselves. Prophet would not have gone to Hira to meditate there for years
, at the age of 40, after pondering about life, religion, God, human suffering and the poverty, just as the Buddha did, Muhammad (pbuh) received revelations about oneness of God, and how to bring about harmony among the living, and commonness of humanity despite the differences.

Now coming to your points:
1.       "Do any of you know that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) taught any one though his words, actions and deeds about either poetry or music?

Response: Prophet did not teach to be musicians; his role was guide humanity towards living in peace and harmony and to be a good human being. Did he teach Medicine to cure ailments? Did he teach how to build things that will make one’s life easy – like cars and plane? Should we indulge in finding cures and innovate transportation methods?

2.      "Did Prophet Muhammad (SAW) encourage any of the sahabahs to be jokers!" 
Response: Prophet had a good sense of humor, and humor is a part of life. Indeed he said Islam is a religion of fitra. I don’t know if you know that or not. However, he did not open a comedy club, his mission was to teach how to be a better humans and how to build cohesive societies.  Humor is part of life and we should joke and enjoy the life.
3.      Our short stay in this life is extremely serious

Response: This is the problem – a serious problem among Muslims. It is a major flaw in your understanding of Islam.  God has given this wonderful life to enjoy and not to ignore it, thinking about Akhira without living the God given Hazira is cheating ourselves.     Our inabilities and in-capabilities should not cause us to escape into the Akhira. By God he has given this life to live it to the full, its Amana, we cannot cheat the present for the future. Live a full life my friend.

4.      No where in the Qur'an did Allah (SWT) call Himself ilah or God!
Response: So, you are limiting God, that he does not know any language besides Arabic?  My friends, God is all knowing and all present.  He is closer to us than our jugular veins – meaning he knows us before we can even think about it.  Did you forget that God in 49:13 had said he has created many tribes, nations and communities? Had he wanted he would have made us all factory specified, exactly alike?  He made us different with different thumb prints, DNA, race, religions, nations…  The best ones are not those who call him Allah, but those who respect his creation by any name. 

Let’s not commit the shirk of creating God and Allah; it is one and the same.

Here is my information, in response to yours:

Mike Ghouse
www.WorldMuslimCongress.com
www.ShariaLaws.com
 
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5.  Pluralism Speaker – (4 years old) http://www.mikeghouse.net/InterfaithSpeaker_MikeGhouse.asp
6.  Statistics – A year old http://mikeghouse.net/Discolosure.asp
Thank you

mike
Mike Ghouse, Speaker
Motivation | Pluralism | Human Rights | Religion.
(214) 325-1916 text/talk
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Mike Ghouse is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator on
Pluralism, Islam, India, Israel-Palestine, Politics and other issues of the day. He is a human rights activist, and his book standing up for others will be out soon | He is producing a full feature film " Sacred" to be released on 9/11 and a documentary "Americans together" for a July 4 release.  He is a frequent guest commentator on Fox News and syndicated Talk Radio shows and a writer at major news papers including Dallas Morning News and Huffington Post. All about him is listed in 63 links at www.MikeGhouse.net and his writings are at www.TheGhousediary.com - Mike is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.


Dear Imam,

Thanks for the response, I appreciate your integrity.

On my part – I am going to enjoy the Music, tell jokes and listen to them, call God or Allah to mean the same, and focus on my life on earth. I don’t need to rob my time from the present to give it to the Akhira, Akhira is automatically sequences, if I am good to my present, it translates into Good for the Akhira.

Jazak Allah Khair
Mike

Dear  Mike Ghouse:

Wa salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu wa maghfiratuh! I made a mistake with reference to poetry and music! Prophet Muhammad (SAW) did listen to both! As far as my other comments we will have to agree to disagree!

Yours in Al-Islam,
Akmal M. Muhammad
Imam Akmal M. Muhammad
Co-founder/Chairman/CEO
The Islamic Freedom Foundation, Inc. (TIFF)
2301 Glenallan Ave. STE 105
Silver Spring, MD 20906  



In a message dated 5/26/2015 4:32:13 A.M. Central Daylight Time,

Dear Believers:
As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu wa maghfiratuh! No one knows the intent that is in another's hearth as to why they do or don't do or say or don't say about something. Only Allah (SWT) knows the true intent of one words, actions and deeds, besides the individual himself. However, we can call a spade a spade if we see a spade! To call a person a murderer if we saw them commit murder is our responsibility! So, if a person wants to act like a fool then that is his right and we truly don't know his true intent; but one can say he acts like a fool! 

To say what Allah (SWT) will or will not do is a grave error! "So God will not take him to task if he says something 'thoughtlessly"  None of mankind has that knowledge! According to the comments of the Joker he has given a great deal of thought in what he says and do!

My questions to all: "Is this the example set by Prophet Muhammad (SAW)?" "Do any of you know that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) taught any one though his words, actions and deeds about either poetry or music?  "Did Prophet Muhammad (SAW) encourage any of the sahabahs to be jokers!" 

If you study history this foolish behavior was the way of the Romans, "Court Jesters or Jokers!" So, Joker are you striving to be pleasing to the West or to Allah (SWT)?

Our short stay in this life is extremely serious and we so-called leaders need to behave in a way consistent with the behavior of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to the best of our ability! Question: "So-call leaders, where are you leading the the believers? If this is the behavior of the leaders no wonder the Muslim Ummah is in such a sad state! 

No where in the Qur'an did Allah (SWT) call Himself ilah or God!  I pray you all stop calling Allah (SWT), God! Ameen!  Allah (SWT) is Most Merciful and Most Forgiving, therefore,correct the error of your ways and seek Allah's (SWT) Mercy and Forgiveness!

Yours in Al-Islam,
Akmal M. Muhammad
Imam Akmal M. Muhammad
Co-founder/Chairman/CEO
The Islamic Freedom Foundation, Inc. (TIFF)
2301 Glenallan Ave. STE 105
Silver Spring, MD 20906


From: yunus mohammed 
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 12:24 AM
To: Rafiq Lodhia
Subject: Re: FW: "MERA-NAAM-JOKER"


Rafiq Sahab,
My reply command couldn't address all the recipients. Can you circulate this sigh from my heart to all.

To all, "I think Rafiq Sahab is not astray or disobedient as a Muslim as some may think of him. I think when he sees his serious calls falling on deaf ear, he follows up with something humorous. Those who do not wish to hear from him can simply ask him not to send him any mails or simply delete his incoming mails. But if we start passing judgement on people we speak like God and I understand all the recipients of the chain mail are community leaders, I wonder if it is right for any of you to say about the other:  This is your way of life but perhaps you don't like to trod on it.

Let me quote from the Qur'an lest somebody may put a label on me:

God will not take you to account for any frivolity in your oaths, but He will take you to account for the intention* in your hearts. (Indeed) He is Most Forgiving and Gracious” (2:225).
I do not believe that Rafiq Lodhia Sahab has any bad intentions. So God will not take him to task if he says something 'thoughtlessly"; why should one be so harsh to him. May be I am myself disoriented.
Yunus, 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Muhammad (pbuh), the builder of cohesive societies

MUHAMMAD (PBUH) FOR COHESIVE SOCIETIES | WORLD MUSLIM CONGRESS
http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2015/05/muhammad-pbuh-builder-of-cohesive.html

 Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was the ultimate peacemaker; indeed he was known as “Rahmatul Aalameen, a mercy to mankind”. 


 He was blessed with an aptitude for “Conflict mitigation and goodwill nurturence, “and applied it successfully in every conflict that he encountered.    

He believed that every human should feel, believe and act as an equal with every human for the society to function well, and he instituted practices to inculcate those values. He further communicated God’s words that God loves those who are humble, as humility builds bridges.  He sternly discouraged arrogance as it kills relationships and is a source of all conflicts.  He lived by his words, and went on to say that all prophets should be treated equally (2:285),   and that all men and women get equal pay for equal acts (3:195, 4:124, 16:97, 33:35, 40:40, 49:13).

Towards the goal of creating heaven on earth, he established the "Amin Model," indicating a peace-building citizen.  This was a person who cared about fellow beings, was just, trustworthy, and truthful, around whom other people felt secure. This is the first Sunnah (tradition) of the prophet, providing a solid foundation for Islam.

God created an integrated and interconnected world in harmony and balance, and wants us to preserve and maintain that balance (55: 1-13).

If we follow the Prophet and his first and foremost Sunnah, and strive to be the Amins of the society, we will become peacemakers and show mercy to fellow human beings.  It would require building relationships and being inclusive in the tradition of Quran.

We need to reiterate the value embedded in innumerable verses where God calls on humanity to care for fellow human beings -- and assures Jews, Christians and others, that if they take care of fellow beings (good deeds) their rewards will be with Him. (2:62, 5:69) and they need not fear nor grieve. 
 

To be a Muslim is to be a peacemaker to mitigate conflicts and nurture goodwill for peaceful co-existence of humanity. Just about every activity of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was powered by this dual element.


We at World Muslim Congress believe in our obligation to create a better world for all of God’s creation; life matter and environment. We are pleased to commit to do our share of work in serving God’s creation.

With this intent, we have come together, with members of fellow community of faiths to organize  a think tank to create a better world for every one of the 7 billion of us. Thanks to the vision of Prophet Muhammad, and God bless us all.

IDEAL SOCIETIES 


My message is for general public, and usually includes a pluralistic message of Islam. My passion is pluralism, and highlighting the message of pluralism in Islam to create inclusive societies for the common good of humanity. Here is how we connect with fellow humans.

Dallas Morning News -  Pope Francis  speaks the truth http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2015/05/texas-faith-profiting-from-war.html




A MUSLIM'S REFLECTIONS ON MEMORIAL DAY

Please do not wish a "Happy Memorial Day" on this day; it is not a celebration to be happy about, it is rather an observance to commemorate and ponder. We observe the Memorial Day on the last Monday of May every year; remembering and honoring the men and women who remembering and honoring the men and women who sacrificed their life while protecting and serving our country.

I am pleased to share my thoughts, hoping you would find it to be a meaningful day for you. What will I do and what can you do is as follows.

Mike Ghouse is a Muslim speaker, thinker and a writer advocating Pluralism. His information is in 63 links at www.MikeGhouse.net 

Lesbian Rabbi Stands Up FOR Sharia Law

Rabbi Nafshi, thanks for standing up for the rights of others,  that is the right thing to do, and this Muslim and many more Muslims will stand up for your rights, the human rights of GLBT community in the pursuit of their happiness.  God's Sharia is not against you, but the man-made Sharia is, we see it practiced  in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sudan and Afghanistan, but not in 50 other Muslim states.

There is a great need for Americans to learn about it, the folks like Tea party folks don't use their own mind, and are driven by a few hate mongers who has everything to gain.  Here are two articles Genesis of Sharia Law and Fixing Sharia Laws at www.ShariaLaws.com that will give you a better understanding of the Sharia Law in our context, as it can be applied here in the United States.

Mike Ghouse
www.ShariaLaws.com 
www.WorldMuslimCongress.com
www.MikeGhouse.net
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Lesbian Rabbi Stands Up FOR Sharia Law
 Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 12:15 AM.

Robin_Nafshi
By Ben Barrack
If there is one group of people that would be put at the top of the list of Sharia law advocates for punishment, it would almost certainly be lesbian Jewish Rabbis like Robin Nafshi. Yet, in what can only be described as a case of Stockholm Syndrome on steroids, Nafshi is standing up for Sharia law. In so doing, she’s fighting for her own extermination.
In an op-ed that appeared in the Concord Monitor, Nafshi writes:
As the leader of a religious community with a wide range of political views, I am always cautious when speaking out on partisan issues. But sometimes, I must. Now is that time.
On Sept. 20, the delegates of the New Hampshire Republican Party adopted a Platform of Republican Principles. It contains 83 bulleted goals. Number 83 reads as follows:
“Take any and all actions possible to protect against the implementation of any part of Sharia law in New Hampshire, including legislation outlawing Sharia law.”
Sharia means “the way” in Arabic, and Sharia law guides all aspects of Muslim life, including daily routines, familial and religious obligations, and financial dealings. It is derived primarily from the Quran and the Sunna – the sayings, practices and teachings of the Prophet Mohammed.
Sharia law for Muslims is quite similar to Halakhah for Jews. Halakhah means “the way” in Hebrew and it guides all aspect of Jewish life, including daily routines, familial and religious obligations, and financial dealings. It is derived primarily from the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud – the sayings, practices, and teachings of the early Jewish Rabbis.
Why has the Republican Party singled out Sharia law? Why doesn’t it seek to protect against the implementation in New Hampshire of any part of Halakhah, or for that matter, Roman Catholic Canon Law?
Because the New Hampshire Republican Party and other states that have sought similar bans are playing off of what they believe to be a growing fear in this country. We live in a difficult time, historically. Extremist Muslims – a very small percentage of the overall Muslim population – have hijacked a peaceful religion and perverted it into something narrowly construed and intolerant of the West, Jews, Israel, democracy, women’s education and more.
The politicians who endorse anti-Sharia laws are exploiting Americans’ legitimate fears of ISIS, al Qaida, Hamas and other extremist groups in order to ostracize and discriminate against the American Muslim community.
As the stealth jihadists no doubt laugh their heads off (pun intended) at the level of sheer ignorance displayed by Nafshi, she fails to understand that not only is she advocating for her own destruction but in so doing, she’s facilitating it. In fact, those whom she chides for being opposed to Sharia law are further down on the list of candidates to be subjected to that law.
To use a fattened calf metaphor, in such a case the farmer has to provide the feed, the facilities, the care and ultimately slaughter said calf, which is an unwilling participant.
In the case of Nafshi, as the figurative calf, she’s doing all that for the farmer while also fighting off predators that would kill her, not to protect herself but to save herself for the farmer.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Was Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) a prejudiced man?

Prophet Muhammad Prejudiced | World Muslim Congress 
Absolutely not, God himself called him Rahmatul Aalameen- a Mercy to the Universe (Life and Environment). He did not have a bone of prejudice in him. There is no way, absolutely no way he could be prejudiced towards Jews, Christians, Pagans and others.

Even though a handful of big name Muslim Scholars from the past have painted him as biased towards fellow beings, he was not!  Prophet was an example of love and mercy. We have to be free from prejudice and be a Rahmat to fellow beings.

As Muslims we have to become Amins of the world, and learn about each other (49:13), we have an opportunity to shape a better world. For the last 20 years, we have been writing a series of articles called "
Festivals of the World" where we write the essence of each major religious festival without bias or prejudice. Many a Muslims believe and have great relationships with fellow humans from Atheist to Zoroastrians and every one in between.  The more we know about each other, the lesser the conflicts we will have and a secure world for everyone will evolve. 

As a follower of the Prophet, when I kiss the Torah and show reverence to God's words like he did, I don't become a Jew, when I stand up for the funeral of a Hindu, I don't become a Hindu... Quran is one of the greatest books of guidance for humanity and that is why the message is consistently universal... think about it! Quran is not for Muslims!

Well, if you wish to learn about festivals of the world, I will be happy to share - and it comes with every one's festival or commemoration, from within and with everyone. You can always place the name of the festival with my name- and you will get the info from Google - example - Janmashtami Mike Ghouse, from now on it will be the name of the festival and Pluralism with it as we are building team of all religious people to learn and share. 

Here is info about Shavuot by Rabbi David Mark,  if you like it, please share it. If we want a better world, we have to be a part of it, Prophet has shown the way, let's not forget that.  If you don't like to learn about other people and their festivals and commemorations, please let me, I will take you off the list. 

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Al-Baghdadi, you are dead wrong, you against all Muslims now

PRESS RELEASE

Mike Ghouse, President

America Together FoundationDallas, TX | Washington DC
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Muslims Challenge Al-Baghdadi’s Lunatic Message


Dallas, Texas – May 18, 2015. Al-Baghdadi, the self proclaimed Caliph of ISIL released an audio message on May 14, misrepresenting the values dearly held by millions of Muslims for fourteen centuries.  He said, "Islam was never a religion of peace. Islam is the religion of fighting” and added, “It is the war of Muslims against infidels."

Mike Ghouse, President of America Together Foundation said, “Al-Baghdadi has angered the entire Muslim world, no one thought he would stoop that low to flip the entire religion to suit crimes against Muslims and non-Muslims alike.  My concern is not only his lunatic statement, as many such men have come and gone, but it is the joy expressed by the war mongers that concerns me. It is, as if Baghdadi has reaffirmed their (false) belief about Islam, and now they can continue to malign Islam.”


We are just coming out of the two longest wars; they not only destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan, but cost billions of dollars and affected thousands of lives here in America.  Now the war Mongers want to put boots on the ground again in the Middle East that is not acceptable. 

Al-Baghdadi is a narcissistic dude and is for himself.  The truth is Quran advocates justice with mercy.  It directs the humanity to build cohesive societies where no human has to live in apprehension or fear of the other.  A few verses are referenced below.

The entire Muslim world has condemned Al-Baghdadi,  even the rival countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia have condemned, the OIC representing all of the 57 Muslim nations, British Muslims and American Muslims have condemned it. References are given below.

I hope that we capture Al Baghdadi and his soldiers and put them on trial.  We need to demand proof from Al-Baghdadi to produce support for his claim that, “It is the war of Muslims against infidels” from the Quran.  We hope the world will see that it is neither Islam nor the Quran, it is the bad guys.  The world should not let go of this opportunity to put the ISIL ideology die its own death.  We also urge the war-mongers among us to stop looking for excuses to destroy world peace.

Mike Ghouse
(214) 325-1916
MikeGhouse@aol.com 

References continued at: http://americatogetherfoundation.blogspot.com/2015/05/press-release-muslims-challenge-al.html


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Muslim Condemnations  
Baghdadi may have a force of 31,500 his side, and thus far he is the only spokesperson for the group, indeed he is the driving force for this self proclaimed rulership. 
Threat Matrix reports, “Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria number around 20,000 to 31,500 — a figure far higher than previously estimated, the Central Intelligence Agency has said.”

Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia’s Highest Religious Authority:  On August 19, Al Jazeera reported that Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, the country’s top religious authority, said that terrorism is anti-Islamic and said that groups like the Islamic State which practice violence are the “number one enemy of Islam”
IranAli Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, addressed the victories of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) against a fleeing Iraqi military in a meeting with Syria’s ambassador to Iran. “The expansion of terrorist elements of [ISIS] and their violent acts in Iraq was a warning for the region,” Shamkhani said. “There is a need for attention and action from governments and the international community.”
 
USA: On August 15, 2014, the World Muslim congress had called on Muslims to Dedicate Friday Sermons for the Safety of Christians, Yazidis, Shia and Other Minorities at Huffington post. World Muslim Congress of Dallas has urged Obama to go ahead degrade and destroy ISIS in an op-ed at Huffington Post on September 4, 2014.  Just about every American Islamic and Muslim organization has condemned it.  ING has compiled the list.

UK: Huffington Post reported, 100 Sunni and Shiite Imams from the U.K. came together to produce a video denouncing the Islamic State, releasing a statement that they wanted to “come together to emphasize the importance of unity in the UK and to decree ISIS as an illegitimate, vicious group who do not represent Islam in any way.”  
OIC - The Organization of Islamic Cooperation represents all the Muslim majority nations: The Islamic State Has “Nothing to Do with Islam,” Has Committed Crimes “That Cannot Be Tolerated.”  

Quranic Verse 

Quran remains a pristine, inclusive book of wisdom committed to building cohesive societies, where no human has to live in apprehension or fear of the other.  
Quran (55: 1-13):  God created an integrated and interconnected world in harmony and balance, and wants us to preserve and maintain that balance.

Quran; (
5:32) (Asad) “Because of this did We ordain unto the children of Israel that if anyone slays a human being-unless it be [in punishment] for murder or for spreading corruption on earth-it shall be as though he had slain all mankind; whereas, if anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he had saved the lives of all mankind.  And, indeed, there came unto themOur apostles with all evidence of the truth: yet, behold, notwithstanding all this, many of them go on committing all manner of excesses on earth

Quran: (1:1 and 114:1) From the very first verse in the first chapter to last chapter is addressed to the humanity, all the humanity.  Quran is a book of guidance for all.

Quran (49:13)
 (Asad) “O men! Behold, We have created you all out of a male and a female,  and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another.  Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him. Behold, God is all-knowing, all-aware.

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