HAPPY JULY 4TH

Drive Carefully and think of including as many as you can in the celebrations,let each one celebrate in his or her own way. A must read article - July 4th is one of the best Muslim Holidays to celebrate -
God bless America
Mike Ghouse

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Do Muslims want results?

Do Muslims want results?  Here you go!
http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2015/07/do-muslims-want-results.html



Dallas, Texas, July 4, 2015 --  It has been a very successful day today, our press release, "Happy 4th - Muslims are an integral part of American Heritage," has made it to 70+ Newspaper and still counting, we hope it will make it to 100 by Sunday. 

Nothing will change if you do nothing about it.  Our goal is to change the false perceptions about Muslims - and it won't happen by itself, we have to do something about it.

The most 
pragmatic thing to do is to interact with fellow Americans and fellow humans, so they can see you are not what the media portrays Muslims to be. This was how Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) established his credentials - by earning the trust of people around him by being truthful, just, honest, and trustworthy, indeed he was called Amin by fellow humans who were not Muslims, and if we follow that example conflicts will fade and solutions will emerge.

The second pragmatic thing to do is to let the world know that you care about fellow beings, and do your share of work for the safety, security, peace and harmony of every member of the society at large.  God in Quran repeats innumerable times that if your care for your fellow beings, you need not worry about your future. 

We spent the whole night and the day in sending the press releases to news media, and am pleased to share the results; 


  • 70 news outlets have published the news ( listed below)
  • 20 websites have published the press release
  • 25 Yahoo groups have received the emails

For every negative news, we will post positive news.

Time to rejoice, thanks to the media for carrying the following news, this is our effort towards changing perceptions about Muslims.  The more good we can upload, the more it offsets the negativity. It takes time and money to carry on this effort.

Please donate generously - our goal is to raise $60,000 thru December this year, all donations of over $100 will be listed by the name, and smaller donations will be lumped as general donors at www.AmericanTogether.org- this site on the left panel from the moment money starts flowing. 

Please donate: http://americatogetherfoundation.com/donate/


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your donations are tax deductible.
 
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PRESS RELEASE

American Muslims consider July 4th as one of their cherished holidays. We uphold, protect, defend and celebrate the values enshrined in the U.S. constitution.

Happy 4th - Muslims are an integral part of American Heritage

July 4, 2015, Washington, D.C. - "America is the greatest nation on the earth and indeed, Muslims are a part of the American Heritage since the day America was born, Upon declaration of our independence on July 4, 1776, two of the first three heads of states who recognized the sovereignty of the United States were Muslims and one of them was a Muslim from India.”  Mike Ghouse, President of America Together Foundation.

Morocco was the first country to recognize the independence of the United States of America, and signed the Moroccan-American Treaty of Friendship, the first of its kind. Friesland, one of the seven United Provinces of the Dutch Republic, was the next to recognize American independence (February 26, 1782) and Tipu Sultan, the King of Mysore State (India) was the third. 

“America means everything to Muslims, and the biggest thing is freedom. Muslim Americans have every reason to claim July 4th as a Muslim Holiday. It has given us life, liberty and paved the way in pursuit of our happiness. There is no other country in the world that offers genuine freedom, freedom of speech and of conscience.”

The concept of equality is etched and nurtured in the Muslim psyche in every ritual and spiritual practice of Islam.  Prophet Muhammad delivered similar words in his last sermon as are in our immortal declaration of independence.  ." Muslims hold this declaration close to their hearts and as American Muslims, "We hold these truths to be self-evident..."

The raging inner battle among Americans to keep the state and church apart resonates with Muslims living in America as Quran speaks out to them, 49:13- "O mankind! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. The noblest of you, in sight of God, is the best in conduct. God Knows and is Aware." Indeed, knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance of the otherness of other and appreciate a different point of view without having to agree with it.

Honoring merit appeals to Muslims, you can be who you want to be and Muslims gloat about their ability to raise on the basis of their merit. The Prophet tells his own daughter that she will not get a free pass to paradise because she is a daughter of the prophet; she has to earn it on her own through good deeds to fellow beings, such is the emphasis placed on merit and individual responsibility. That is what capitalism, democracy and America are all about.

Immigrants in general and a Muslims in particular love the idea that you are innocent until proven guilty. They see the wholesomeness of justice in America and they love America for it. An observant Muslim recites at least 17 times a day that God alone is the judge and we must refrain from judging others.

As American Muslims we uphold, protect, defend and celebrate the values enshrined in the U.S. constitution. Our faith reinforces the creed of "One Nation under God, with liberty and justice for all."

Islam is indeed about freedom of conscience, justice and liberty.  You can read the full story at AmericansTogether.org 

Friday, July 3, 2015

July 4th is one of the best Muslim Holidays

July 4th, Muslims and America | World Muslim Congress
http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2015/07/july-4th-is-one-of-best-muslim-holidays.html

As you read through the article below, you will find every reason to claim July 4th as a Muslim Holiday also. It has given us life, liberty and paved the way in pursuit of our happiness.

I am planning to move to Washington, D.C.,  to work on the things that I have been working for over 20 years as a volunteer; i.e., doing my share of work in  building a cohesive America, where no American has to live in apprehension or fear of the other.


Holiday Reading: Weekly bulletin # 27 – July 2, 2015


July 4th, Tipu Sultan, Muslims and America - A great opportunity for Muslims to become a part of the American Story.  

We have to be proud of our combined heritage, our journey began from the birth of our nation on July 4, 1776.   Two of the three first nations that recognized the sovereignty of America were Muslims; Morocco and Mysore (India), read on. ....  We have come a long way in being 'equals' that our founding fathers had envisaged in our immortal declaration of independence.

....Now, no one will dare denigrate African Americans, Jews and the GLBT communities.  However, Muslims are an easy target to heap negative statements without any consequence. Time has come to put an end to the loose talk and hold them accountable. However, we need to do our share of the work  in becoming fully participating members of the society to earn a dignified space in ....   I hope you find this article meaningful and share it with your friends.  


America is one of the most beautiful things that has happened to Muslims. As American Muslims we uphold, protect, defend and celebrate the values enshrined in the U.S. constitution.



Bad Islamic books in the market need to be shelved. 

Over a period of time, the books written by Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Kathir, Hasan Banna, Qutub, Maududi and their likes have been unfortunately equated with Quran. While Quran is the eternal guidance, their work was a product of 'their times', and whatever they wrote was a reaction to the tough situations they were dealing with, and certainly lacked the universalism of God and the Prophet that Quran preaches, both were referred to as God of the Universe and Mercy to the Universe.   

LINK - http://thearabdailynews.com/2015/06/29/bad-islamic-books-need-shelved/ 




Ghouse speaks about Fox News - 
How do we change the world around us? 

Today, we are at cross roads of leaving behind 100 lousy years of post-colonial trauma, and setting up the next 100 years.  This is the time for us to shape our destiny…

One of the major flaws in our thinking is our misplaced focus on Akhira. We need to invest our time in fixing this flawed thinking and change the future of Muslim Ummah. Two major things have happened thru the power engagement; He has stopped attacking Quran in the last two years and had agreed to (but has failed a few times) to use the phrase “Radicals among Muslims” instead of “Radical Muslims.” It was a huge concession! 




A discussion about Pluralism in Islam from Quran and the Prophet

One of the character building activities of Muslims is to be non-judgmental, indeed we utter the phrase " God alone is the master of the Day of Judgment" at least 17 times a day, but yet we jump to conclusions without taking the time know.  

Pluralism is not a religion, it is simply an attitude of live and let live, it is not a mixture of things either. You are who you are, and I am who I am, when we learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness of each one of us, conflicts fade and solutions emerge.   Discussion includes two verses from Quran and two practices of the Prophet to make the point.



RAMADAN ARTICLES:


Successfully changing perceptions about Muslims, and changing ourselves, a movie will be made subject to funding. 

It is a successful story of changing perceptions about Muslims and mending our own behavior to align with what can be called an Islamic behavior. It’s a big report – A new paradigm for the Muslim world - What is Sacred, Flag, Holy Books, Mother, Freedom of Speech?
Sacred Film is about a successful real life event set in Mulberry, Florida coupled with a compelling romantic story built around the Quran burning incident. 

The film skillfully manages conflicting issues of freedom of speech v what is sacred; safety of Americans v violent reactions; and radicalism v. pluralism. It is an embodiment of conflict mitigation and goodwill nurturence based on teachings of Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad. It is a model for building cohesive societies.  Indeed, the concept is encouraged by major institutions.

Through “Sacred”, the world will witness positive changes taking shape; it encourages what Muslims ought to be – the Amins, and how they will be perceived by the society at large. 

Sacred is an exemplary story of ordinary Muslim Americans working with fellow Americans of different faiths in forging a new paradigm; a cohesive America where no American has to live in tension, apprehension or fear of the other.

 Sharia-ism, a drama 

Please watch this docu-dram to understand the difference between Allah's Sharia, and man Made Sharia.  There are three good paragraphs about the difference between Allah's Sharia and man made Sharia  in the article "Bad Islamic books" above. Allah's Sharia is always right, but the one we made is as human as we are.  This is a 32 Minutes documentary  produced by Hasan Mahmud in cooperation with several Muslim organizations including World Muslim Congress.  

Genesis : http://sharialaws.blogspot.com/2013/02/genesis-of-sharia-law.html


Rohini Salian, India's new Hero  



A great country ensures her population enjoys a sense of security, where each person feels safe. Every now and then a few short-sighted men take short cuts to justice cutting themselves short, besides others in the process.  When things go astray, out of control, Lord Krishna had predicted, and to me it sounds like the law of nature, that someone from among us will appear and restore Dharma. These are men and women who see a big picture and not a selfish "me, me and me only.”  Here comes Rohini Salian, the woman we need to salute.
LINK - http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2015/07/rohini-salian-we-salute-you-you-are.html



What is a cohesive America look like?


Here is a 10 Minutes video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMXsTo4VYh8
If you like and want to donate to carry the work - please visit: http://americatogetherfoundation.com/donate/




My responsibility would be to conduct dialogue and encourage understanding within the Muslim community, and with other religious communities.  Our goal is to earn a dignified social, religious, political and cultural space in the society-at-large through active engagement. 

In dealing with most situations, we will adopt the ideals of the prophet; conflict mitigation and goodwill nurturence in our endeavors in building a cohesive America, where every American enjoys his or her life in the pursuit of his or her happiness.

Please tell us in three bullets with or without short explanations, the three most important priorities that American Muslims should undertake now.  Send an email toMuslimVision2020@gmail.com 


When you are in DC, please feel free to call on me. 

Thank you,

Mike Ghouse

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Mike Ghouse speaks about Fox News and the power of engagement (Sean Hannity), Akhira and committment

POWER OF ENGAGEMENT | World Muslim Congress.com
http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2015/07/mike-ghouse-speaks-about-fox-news-and.html

This is the outline of my speech at the Plenary session 
of AMU conference,  “Intellectual crisis of the Muslim Ummah; Rethinking traditions solutions" held at Aligarh Muslim University on April 6 and 7th in 2015. The video link is included at the end of this script.

PREFACE
Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was a visionary, who understood the issues and hopelessness of the Umma after the fall of the last Mogul.  He knew modern education was the only way to pull the community out of the quagmire.

He took the bold steps to establish the educational institution despite the opposition and hurdles. It is perhaps the first "Muslim" university in the world where Muslims were taught subjects other than memorizing Quran and Hadiths. He paved the Middle path for us with Deen and Duniya together that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had advocated.

We went back in to slumber and remained dormant for nearly a hundred years.  Thanks to the VC General Zameeruddin Shah, Pro-VC Brig Ahmed Ali and Professor Rashid Shaz for having the courage to resuscitate that vision and bring critical thinking back to AMU. We have to admire the staff and volunteers who supported them without any reserve.

I pray that AMU will become one of the high profile Muslim Universities in the world, and hope we all can pitch in to make that happen.  I am not an Alumni of AMU, but my spirit has always been with AMU since I learned about Sir Syed in my school days. I was completely surprised when my sister in Bangalore told me that it was her dream to be at AMU campus as well.   Insha Allah, her dream may come true next time when I visit the campus, hopefully to speak about Pluralism in Islam.

I believe AMU was looking for critical thinkers who can challenge the prevailing practices and take the Ummah forward to live the God given life on this earth to the fullest possible extent.
PART-I: COMMITMENT
Salam Friends.

Has anything ever happened by itself? No matter what it is, getting a job, raising a family, going to war, building cohesive societies,  going to moon or coming to Aligarh – someone caused it. 
This conference would not have happened by itself; it needed a driver with passion and a strong commitment.

Ray Bradbury had once said, 
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy... Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.… Whatever you can do or dream that you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

When you are not committed, and if something goes wrong, your attitude would be, “ I knew it, I knew, it was not going to work out  for me” or “I should have listened to my friends” and on and on… you find every excuse to justify the small set back to get out of the situation.

Let me ask you this, if you fail yourselves, why should anyone give you a pass? Why should anyone support you if you are hesitant?
Dr. Abdul Hamid Abusulayman beefs it up, “There is a clear distinction between doubts and problems. Doubts provoke obstruction, frustration and discouragement, where as problems inspire motivation, action and diligenceOn the other hand when you are committed, and if things go wrong,  your attitude would be “Oh, I have to do this to get there, hurdles will not be hurdles any more, but become stepping stones to get to the destination with all the detours.

One of the greatest examples of commitment was delivered by Tariq Bin Ziyad; when he crossed the Gibraltar Channel, he burned the ships. There was no going back, period.

Such is the power of commitment and let’s give a big round of applause to Dr. Shaz, his staff, volunteers and the management of AMU for their strong commitment to make this event possible, and guess what, Aghaz to acha hai, and Anjaam will have to be shaped by each one of us.  
Congratulations Dr. Shaz, God is with you, and indeed, we are with you!

PART II - FREEDOM
This conference, "Intellectual Crises of the Muslim Ummah: Rethinking Traditional Solutions" is a timely event. Today, we are at cross roads of leaving behind 100 lousy years of post-colonial trauma, and setting up the next 100 years.  This is the time for us to shape our destiny…

And it begins with freedom.  When Adam and Eve were given the options and consequences for each action, God gave them complete freedom and stuck to his words.

When Adam and Eve chose to eat the forbidden fruit… God knew they were wrong, but God did not get mad, or slapped them left and right… instead, he accepted their choice, he did even not stop them… Friends, we are born with freedom and we must live with freedom. There is no compulsion in what you believe, and we must value freedom as the most important value of Islam.

PART IV - AKHIRA AND HAZIRA

One of the major flaws in our thinking is our misplaced focus on Akhira. We need to invest our time in fixing this flawed thinking and change the future of Muslim Ummah.

We have a choice to be herded, or shape our own destiny.  We need to boldly challenge what is taught to us in our mosques. God has given us this life to live it to the fullest, and not throw it away for Akhira.

I have not been to a Mosque in Aligarh yet, but every Mosque I have been to, keeps pounding on Akhira. Life is a trust given to us, and how can we do qiyanat with it, how can we jump to Akhira without living the Hazira? How can we cheat the present for the future? We need to be honest with today to be truthful with tomorrow.

When you are talking to your parent or child, how do you feel if he or she is thinking something else… instead of being with you, he or she is somewhere else? That is how God would feel, he gave us this life to live, and instead of living it, we are jumping to the Akhira.

The Akhira is a poor excuse for those who are unable and incapable to deal with what is given, and simply find refuge in Akhira. Next time you hear someone talk about Akhira, please tell them that it is a poor excuse for not making good of this life, and Akhira is sequence after Hazira and we cannot jump to Akhira without living the Hazira.

PART V - POWER OF ENGAGEMENT

How many of you have heard about Fox News?  How many of you have heard about Sean Hannity? He is the 2nd most popular talk show host in the United States.  He is one of the most hated guys not only by Muslims but the progressives as well.

The story I am about to tell is an eye opener and hopefully change your mind.  I call this the power of engagement, when you engage with people there is always a chance to bring about a change. If you don’t, you don’t even have a chance.  I did not have to go to China to learn this, I learned right here from Mother Teresa, she said, “If you want to bring peace, go talk with your enemy.” Indeed, that is the truth.

When I go back to the States, I will be doing my 100th appearance on his TV show and probably 50+ on his National talk show radio.

Two major things have happened thru this engagement; He has stopped attacking Quran in the last two years and had agreed to (but has failed a few times) to use the phrase “Radicals among Muslims” instead of “Radical Muslims.” It was a huge concession!  Furthermore, the biggest accomplishment for Muslim community through his promise was the change in the tone of several of the right wingers.  Representative Peter King, Chairman of the Homeland Security said this on April 15, 2013 when CNN camera honed on him in the evening right after the Boston Marathon bombing…

Hear the rest of the story in the video athttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDMuE4bdYW4

Mike Ghouse is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator onPluralismIslamIndiaIsrael-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 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 atwww.MikeGhouse.net and his writings are at www.TheGhousediary.com - Mike is committed to building coh

Muslim integration plans for July 4, 2016

MUSLIM INTEGRATION PLANS FOR JULY 4, 2016 | World Muslim Congress

http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2015/07/muslim-integration-plans-for-july-4-2016.html

You have to read the full story about July 4th, to fully grasp the 2016 July 4th plan. 

Muslims and Americans: a shared heritage since July 4, 1776.

http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2015/07/july-4th-and-muslim-americans-tipu.html



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Please note that an overwhelming majority of American Muslims live up to the ideals of their religion to live and let live, and to mind their own business as all other Americans live up to the ideals of their religions. But there is an anomaly formula built into every group. It is always a 1/10th of 1% of people in every group who don't get their religion right, be it racial, regional or religional.

Let's focus on what represents the ideals of 99.90% of humanity.

In August 1776 the Mysore gazette reports Tippu celebrating July 4th. The other nations who recognized our independence were king of Morocco and king of France; two Muslim nations were among the first three to recognize American independence.

Our plan is to be fully integrated in our society; these are the some of the small steps that each individual can take, leading to building a cohesive America.

Most us, be it Indians and or Muslims, know very little about fellow Americans who were born and raised here. The other way around is equally legitimate. Most of us have remained on side lines and in our own silos….

We are afraid to go in to certain neighborhoods, we even lock the doors of the car firmly, guess what, the others are equally afraid of us.

When we learn about each other, myths fade and solutions emerge.

To resuscitate our combined heritage between the United States, India and the Muslims, I propose celebration of July 4th to honor the pluralistic ethos of India with Prophet Muhammad’s pluralistic Medina Charter.  

Consider these: 

  1. America is blessed with 318 Million Souls
  2. At least about 3.2 Million souls are Muslims
  3. That is for every Muslim, there are 100 non-Muslims in America.

What can we do?

We can do a lot of things, but the simplest among all is – to mail a post card or a personal email.

The card will be simple, and invites fellow Americans to have a hot dog or hamburger at your place or park or a mosque on July 4th
How many will attend? One, two or three, everyone has his or her own things to do on that day, but how many will receive the post card? 100!

If we do this every year, there is a chance that we would have met at least 10 out of 100 – but all of them have received a card.

July 4th is the most patriotic holiday and we owe it to America to make this nation strong and safe and respectful of all of us.

What is the cost? Not much compared to the results

There will be do’s and don’t 


a.  There is so much to talk about you, your kids, family, crime, job, education… the new freeway, green technology….

b.   Don’t sell your religion, no matter what the temptation is.

c.    Don’t discuss religion – it is guaranteed to mess it up, you will be too eager to present your religion as the best in so many sneaky ways, and it will mess up all the good you do.

d.    Don’t discuss politics; you’ll regret it no matter how smart you are.

e.    If you are unable to resist selling religion, please remember clearly that Islam is superior to you, and not to them. If you sell Islam, please remember your own limitations, they don’t see it, nor will you see the beauty of their religion.

f.     Become the Amin of the society – Prophet had good relations with all of humanity, did he not? People trusted him; they believed he was just, and honest. They felt safe around him… can we follow him

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Mike Ghouse

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