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The book is about Muslim efforts to strengthen American Values
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Everything begins with strategic planning, and Mike has spent a considerable amount of time envisioning “A Muslim President” and has put in an effective plan together to achieve it. Why a Muslim woman? One of the many ways to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps is to look at our history and revive on the model created by Bibi Khadija; she made things happen! If we want a significant change in our society and around the Muslim world, this is the way to go forward.
Nothing will ever happen without dreaming, envisioning and planning.
We have to come out of our caves and live in the big world and learn to respect the otherness of the other and accept the God given the uniqueness of each one of us. We are a selfish lot, we chase our tails in the mosques and rarely get out and join the protests for the rights of others. How do fellow Americans will learn about us?
A Muslim woman will be elected as our President in 2036, that gives us 18 years and 5 election cycles to do the right things, not for the benefit of Muslims but for the common good of all Americans.
This book, “The American Muslim Agenda” is a Blueprint for Muslims. How do we get there, what does it take? Ultimately, each one of the 323 Million Americans has to feel secure. How do we do that? I would rather receive invitations to discuss than a fatwa.
As a community, we have not developed concrete plans to extricate ourselves out of the chaotic situations, hostility and incessant Islamophobic rhetoric we face. Each time a terrorist acts out, we start praying and wishing that the terrorist was not a Muslim. Then condemnations follow that the terrorist is on the fringe, he is not one of us, or he is an extremist. Then we will start combating the conservative media in defending the faith.
We are American Muslims, and we can do better than that.
This book paves the way to own the mistakes we have made, remedy them, and become fully integrated Americans. There is only one America, and all of us are fully integrated parts of that nation. We need to learn to engage with those who are opposed to us, and I have some good success stories to share on that front.
This book, The American Muslim Agenda, is a primer, a blueprint, a roadmap for American Muslims to consider. Let the discussions begin followed by a concrete plan of action. I will be available for discussions after November 1, 2018
Indeed – the book is all the three, and by adding “a roadmap” we impart a sense of movement and direction to it.
This book would be your reference manual on twelve Islamic values. The values that contribute towards creating cohesive societies. Each value is supported by an average of ten verses from the Quran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
This book calls on you to think along while going through 19 chapters.
Ultimately each one of the 322 Million of us must feel secure with our faith, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and other uniqueness in the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.
I will be available to discuss the book after November 1st. However, Sean Hannity will get the first crack at it. He is cited a number of times in the book and he is appreciated for presenting another point of view .
I earnestly urge Muslims to shelve their bias towards the people who have misunderstood us. We need to do our part, and this book is about that.
We are not connected enough with the mainstream society for a vast majority of Americans to stand up for us, empathize with us, or even understand the truth about us that we are no different than them in our endeavors and aspirations of life. We must, however, express our gratitude to the millions of Americans who have stood up for us, compelled by their sense of justness and fair play.
There is a way to restore the cohesiveness of America, and this book is about it. We have to be a part of the American story and become one with all, to build a secure future for every American. All humans, men, and women are created equal, and no one is more privileged than the other.
One of the greatest fears my fellow Americans have about Muslims is based on myths, and the concern is as legitimate as the daylight. It is this fear that keeps us apart from being one nation, and it is this fear that feeds the undercurrents of Islamophobia.
Islamaphobes are individuals from among us, who don’t know about us, and it is our responsibility to correct that. Islamophobia will not go away unless we engage with the people who are apparently opposed to us by getting to know them, and let them know us. That is what the Quran says in 49:13. If we keep condemning them, not only would we alienate them but, make them dig in their heels. I have worked with people on the extreme right, and they have modified their positions when you “know” them and they “know” you. Sean Hannity on Fox, Varney on Fox, and several others have done that, not 100% but a few notches.
As Muslims, we have to remove this fear, and when we do that, we will see a significant change in acceptance of Muslims as “one of us.” So, all of us can live our lives and be the best contributors to the greatness of our nation.
This is a fight for the young Muslim Americans to take up, much of the first generation is still trying to grapple with the idea of oneness, and before they get it, they will be gone. First of all, we have no clue about the difference between Public and Personal Sharia. Secondly, some of us want to hang on to the things we hated. Thirdly, we don’t want America to be like some of the Muslim nations where we came from, choking freedom. Freedom is the very essence of Islam.
We have to become big believers in “Free speech,” an American value as a well as an Islamic value. Much of the teasing occurs because of this clash in beliefs.
Sadly, with a few exceptions, many a Muslim leader don't dare to take a stand for doing the right thing. Leadership requires one to have the vision to foresee the problems and cobbling reluctant people together to move forward. Resolutions become sustainable when the different point of views are factored into the decision, and a different point of view should not be resented or shunted out.
One of the qualifications to be carved into the stone is that no Muslim should be given a leadership position in a Muslim Center if he or she does not have the experience in multi-ethnic, multi-racial or a multi-religious voluntary organization. It helps their sensitivity and reduces their bigotry. I will be citing examples in the book.
Here is the first one, “Progressive Muslims like you infuriate me….” and the second one, “You have no right to talk about Islam, and you don’t have the credentials from Al-Azhar….” and the third one, “You don’t have the authority to speak for Islam.” I welcome all the criticism, the answers are in the book, and I hope they read it.
As a moderate Muslim, I stay within the goal posts of Quran and Prophet’s teachings.
We need to welcome criticism of the Quran, Islam and the Prophet and deal with it with grace. Free will and freedom of speech are the cornerstones of Islam, and you will read the citations from Quran and Prophet Muhammad's practices.
Islam is not going disappear; no one can mess with the Quran, and the prophet is not going anywhere. By opening ourselves up to criticism, we will learn a lot more about our faith than we would ever know. We need to move away from intolerance to acceptance of a different point of view without having to agree with it. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) lived through it and Muslims can learn from his examples.
Thank God, today, I am a confident Muslim, and I owe that to listening to criticism and finding answers, instead of shutting others down. We have to work on developing Prophet Muhammad’s attitude towards criticism. You will learn how to deal with Sean Hannity, Pamela Geller, Brigitte Gabriel, and others with grace, the Muslim way!
Collapsing all the different characteristics of different Gods into one universal God, with all the non-conflicting attributes packed into one, an abstract idea of God, a common denominator God which everyone could relate to was the need of the day. The concept of the oneness of humanity was a source of healing and bringing unity to the given diversity.
Quran offers guidance to set your goal posts, and that is to enable humans to dwell in an abode of peace, a conflict-free, hassle-free life.
Quran verse 41:34. "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.”
I hope Muslims believe in this verse, rather than just reading. This works, and the book brings out many successful stories to the fore.
Nearly two decades ago, I argued with the Islamophobes that there is only one Islam, period. Unfortunately, there are two Islams; Pristine Islam and Mangled-up Islam. Within the fold of Pristine Islam, there is a Public Islam and Private Islam. The book lays it out in a chapter.
I urge Muslims to respect the otherness of the other, an Islamic Value, which means accepting every one from Atheists to Zoroastrians and every one in between. It is time for Muslims to question what has been dished out to us for centuries.
Should our Imams ask their congregants a bold question? Is Allah owned by Muslims or is he the God of all, and do we share him with others? What does the Quran say about it? Was Muhammad’s kindness for Muslims only or all humanity? Does it make sense for us to limit our volunteering to Muslims? Or should our sympathy reach out to every human being? Shouldn’t our kindness be to all humanity, wouldn’t that be following in the footsteps of the Prophet? Shouldn’t we have friends from every walk of life and with everyone regardless of their belief in one God, no God, or many Gods? Was Prophet’s mercy limited to a few or the Universe?
The book addresses many questions.
You will be surprised to see that there is a desire among fellow Americans who seem to be opposed to Muslims, but deep down they all want us to get along and wish some one can fund Muslims https://www.facebook.com/MikeGhouse/videos/1438210749532124/
A few Americans are afraid of each other, as Muslims we need to do our share of work in removing the fears. No American needs to live in fear of the other.
This is something Muslims have not done before and it is time we do it. We have done it once and it is time to repeat nation wide to bring comfort to fellow Americans. Any one wants to fund?
The reason we the people distrust each others is because we don't know each other, and whatever we know is based on myths.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNxrf8fFU0I
Here is a random selection of a few speeches and appearances on Fox News and other TV channels. There are over 2000 videos on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=oZQ-FT8GfiQ
President Obama was urged to Vote for Palestine, liberating Jews and the Palestinians, there is always a solution out there, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNYmI6MlhZw
I am pleased to share a few videos, from the library of nearly 2000 videos on a variety of topics including Islam, Pluralism, Foreign policy, India, Israel-Palestine, religious freedom and human rights. Thanks for visiting this site.
Dr. Mike Ghouse is a public speaker and the Executive Director of the Center for Pluralism in Washington, DC. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. More about him at https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikeghouse/
A Muslim is a peacemaker, who is a conflict mitigater and a goodwill nurturer. Amin is the foundational value of Islam. First, you have to become an Amin, that is someone who cares about fellow humans, tells the truth, is trustworthy, just, fair, kind, and around whom you feel safe.
Sixty (60) verses have been deliberately mistranslated. Available to do a workshop or a lecture. Dallas Morning News wrote in Defense of Islam - https://www.dallasnews.com/news/news/2010/09/19/In-defense-of-Islam-pursuing-9397
Mike Ghouse challenges one and all about Quran, in particular my hostile brother
The idea of Pluralism is new to Muslims, but it is not unique to Islam. Quran is about pluralism, and Prophet Muhammad was a living example of it. You will witness the social part of Pluralism and how it works in this chapter, and the religious pluralism in the section on Interfaith relations.
At World Muslim Congress, we make no distinction between one Muslim or the other, whether you are a Sunni, Sufi, Shia, Ahmadi or any subset of these divisions. As Muslims we should accept diversity within, it is expected of us. Visit http://worldmuslimcongress.org/
Workshop, discussion and a talk on the topic. Humans are always curios to know what God wants, come and learn in this workshop from a social point of view and not the circular logic or traditional interpretations.
The Personal Sharia is a relationship between the individual and the Creator, where as the Public Sharia is administered by a third party, American Muslims have committed to the American Laws that serve justice to them.
Sura "Kafirun" is an epitome of Civil Dialogue. One of the twelve Islamic values that contribute to a better world, the world of civility. This chapter in the book offers guidance to conduct a civil dialogue.
The power of positive engagement is incredible, here is my story with Sean Hannity of Fox News - A speech at Aligarh Muslim University.
For the first time in the United States, the Shia, Sunni and the Ahmadiyya Muslims came together for discussion at the Boniuk Center of Rice University in Houston.
When you are dealing with people who hate you, how do you deal with them? Prophet Muhammad had set the examples of resolving conflicts through dialogue and not violence. https://www.facebook.com/MikeGhouse/videos/1866050610081467/
Anyone can speak, there is full chapter in the book about it. How do we know one is an authentic Muslim Speaker? Speech at the McClain Islamic Center.
If you don't stand up for the rights of others, who will stand up for you? At an immigration rally of about 8000 people in Dallas, Texas
Easy to understand Sharia Laws. Even Muslims have misunderstood Sharia, it is a man made law to serve justice, but not divine, as divine is dynamic
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