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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Right to Blaspheme Essential to Islam, But No Duty to Blaspheme

It is a good piece by Dr. Shanavas  on freedom of speech as well as blasphemy.

Indeed, Freedom of expression is the God-given right of every human, and is the foundation of civil societies. Indeed, it is the freedom of speech that has allowed Islam to grow in Europe and America. We should honor and respect that freedom with all our heart, mind and spirit. We cannot betray the very ideals that gave us the freedom to be who we are, and we cannot allow anyone to violate others freedom.

Criticism of Islam, Cartoons of the prophet or cursing at the Quran will not make them disappear. Islam is not going anywhere and neither the prophet. They are here for good and nothing will happen to them, and they are not weaklings that seek the protection from ordinary humans. They are beyond all that. Indeed, the acts of these terrorists, who falsely claim to defend the name of the prophet, actually make God and the Prophet Look bad to the affected individuals.

These men need to know, that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was criticized, attempts were made to kill him, and he was even harassed including getting pelted with rocks that hurt him. What did he do in return? Retaliate? Hurt them? None of it, instead he prayed for their well being. If you are a follower of the Prophet, you need to be a mercy to fellow humans and not a terrorist.



Criticism can fade away or rain on us depending on how Muslims 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.

Mike Ghouse
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Right to Blaspheme Essential to Islam, But No Duty to Blaspheme
By T.O. Shanavas, New Age Islam
January 24, 2015

My prayers are with the people of France and with the victims of Muslim terrorists all over the world. If caricature of a prophet can disturb the respect and love of him in his followers, that prophet does not deserve my reverence.

Unlike the terrorists’ prophet, my Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the Qur'an stand tall on the side of free press by asking Muslims to ignore the insults and extend kindness and decency to mockers and in worse cases to withdraw from the source of mockery.

According to Qur’an, the right to blaspheme is essential to the Islamic order, but there is no duty to blaspheme or react violently to blasphemy.

“And verily messengers before you were mocked but in the end, the mockers were overwhelmed by the very thing they ridiculed.” [Qur’an 21:41.]

“Indulge [people] with forgiveness, [accepting] what issues spontaneously from people's manners [of behavior], and do not scrutinize them, and enjoin kindness, decency, and turn away from the ignorant, and do not counter their stupidity with the like.” [Qur’an 7:199]

“You shall most certainly be tried in your possessions and in your persons; and indeed you shall hear many hurtful things from those to whom revelation was granted before your time, as well as from those who have come to ascribe divinity to other beings beside God. But if you remain patient in adversity and conscious of Him - this, behold, is something to set one's heart upon.” [Qur’an 3:186]

“When you see those who engage in discourse about Our signs, the Qur'an, in mockery, turn away from them, and do not sit with them, until they discourse on some other topic…”[Qur’an 6:68]

"And obey not (the behests) of the Unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and ignore their insults, but put thy Trust in Allah. For enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs." (Qur’an 33:48)

None of the verses mentions the abridgement of free speech for non-Muslims even if it is painful, insulting, and indecent. In fact, free speech is abridged for Muslims because they are expected to ignore any mockery and make a polite exit from the scene in Verse 6:68. So, all Muslims must promote and defend free press. An honorable response from Muslims to insult or other matters is clearly defined in the following verses:

“And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel evil deed by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.” [Qur’an 41:34]

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-ideology/to-shanavas,-new-age-islam/right-to-blaspheme-essential-to-islam,-but-no-duty-to-blaspheme/d/101194

Monday, January 5, 2015

Quranic verses 4.89; 9.5 and 9.29

You may want to start from the bottom of the conversation to make it to the top – The following is a conversation with a group of about 15 of my Hindu friends and I in the last three days.  Mike Ghouse

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Amalda,

You and I are fulfilling the purpose of a dialogue – that is to share each other’s point of view without having to agree it all but a few points at one time, but more importantly respectfully understand it.

I do agree that there are Muslims, (not the majority as we have severe discussions about it) who think Allah is theirs, and others have their own. It is considered greatest sin in Islam to think that there is more than one God.  Last week we produced three video discussions with one of the respected Imams of Dallas, myself leading it, and 5 others – and this very point was discussed. Hope to get the video out in a week on YouTube.

I wrote several articles, and one of them impacted the Malaysian clergy to back out on the same issue, along with several other writers and protestors – Who Owns Allah? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ghouse/who-owns-allah-the-god-th_b_4143551.html

Bad things are happening in Iraq, ISIS, and Bangladesh… Darfur Genocides was bad; thank God it is limited to those few nations.  We have our own shameful history too with Sikhs and Muslims, and I hope RSS does no mess it up further and I pray for Modi to speak up and show that he in charge and stay on the course of vikas and drop the bakwas.  

Let’s blame the bad guys, and punish them as Bangladesh is doing instead of blaming the religion, it amounts to aimless barking and serves nothing.

Thank you

Mike

Thank you

mike
In a message dated 1/5/2015 11:33:58 A.M. Central Standard Time, xxxDALLAS@aol.com writes:

Dear Mike:

Didn't want to prolong this debate. I agree with what you have said that we should not blame a religion for misdeed by a few but need to point out one very important and disturbing aspect of Muslim thinking. That is, the majority of Muslims (not you) tacitly and foolishly think that Allah is a different (superior) God from "other Gods". Allah, in most translation, has not been changed to God giving rise to an impression that Allah and Islam are a  superior entity from others (Islamic God only). You have correctly used the word God in your English translation but most do not. They purposely do not change the word Allah in their translation and Muslims literally believe that if non Muslims do not pray to Allah (by converting to Islam) they are non believers and non religious so can be killed wherever found. In short, respect for other religion is lacking in Islam. As long as they don't believe  "God is Allah and Allah is God", mass genocide in Islamic countries will continue. HOPE OUR FRIENDS IN RSS DO NOT FOLLOW THAT PATH.

In a message dated 1/5/2015 2:20:57 A.M. Central Standard Time, MikeGhouse@aol.com writes:
Quranic verses 4:89; 9:5 and 9:29

Amalda,  your commentary was serious and here I am taking the time to respond you. You have a genuine desire to seek the truth, which you have to find it on your own.  Here is however my story and my take. If I had sensed you were merely attacking, I would not have responded.

You still have no answered my questions from my previous response; instead you have asked more questions. Could you please respond to those questions?

I chose to walk out of Islam for precisely the same reason that you have quoted for nearly 30 years of my life.   I was an Atheist until 1999, however, I was always respectful of all religions and referred to them occasionally, one such day, I flipped pages in Bhagvad Gita and found this life changing idea “Finding the truth is one’s own responsibility “and it hit me like a ton of bricks – that very same morning I heard similar attacks on Islam on the TV and I agreed with the attackers. I decided to reject “all the hearsay” about Islam and check it out one more time objectively. Thanks to Bhagvad Gita’s wisdom, I chose to become a Muslim, it is one of the three reasons, there are several write up and videos on my site about it.

I will not elaborate, as you have to find your own truth.  I have done a major conference on Quran in Dallas – with debates on TV and Dallas Morning News – details are at www.Quraanconference.com

There is a consistency in Quran in dealing with conflicts, and here it is:
It may be worth your while to see the list of the mistranslated verses and how the fear mongers in the market have capitalized on those. The best way to understand Quran is to remember, "If it is not about justice, mercy and creating harmony", then the translation is wrong. Go back and read it several times, three verse before the 'wrongfully maligned' verse and three afterwards, and read at least three to four translations. Quran in Arabic is precisely same and well preserved, but its translation and interpretations are not. The treatment of verses is at www.Quraantoday.com and the full story of Quran conference is at www.Quraanconference.com


Quran structured as follows to deal with conflict.

1. If someone is aggressive and is in an attacking mode
2. You ask them to back off and not attack back
3. If they still attack you, you chase them
4. If they hide, find them wherever they are
5. If they jump on you, kill them before they kill you.
7. However, if they back off and repent, do not attack them anymore
6. If they sincerely want to be friend, give them the chance.
 
In response to your note about the three verses,  I have copied a verse before the verse you quoted, and a verse after that to see for yourselves. Ideally, three before and three after would be better.
Here is your note,

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 Muslims who become apostates must be murdered (Quran 4:89).

 There is no freewill for non-Muslims who refuse to accept Islam. They must be murdered as per Quran 9:5 if they are idol-worshippers; or in the case of Christians/Jews, they submit to Islam, pay a submission tax and live as oppressed dhimmi under Muslim domination [Quran 9:29].

These are just two of the numerous Quranic verses, ordering conquest and murder of non-Muslims.  


And here is my response;

Straight from Quran’s authentice translations by Muhammad Asad
Online at: http://www.islamicity.com/quransearch/  Please feel free to check anything you want. There are still three verses that have been misinterpreted, and which is being corrected in the other translations.  If you are serious, I will give you a copy of the Quran.

4:88 (Asad) How, then, could you be of two minds [106] about the hypocrites, seeing that God [Himself] has disowned them because of their guilt? [107] Do you, perchance, seek to guide those whom God has let go astray - when for him whom God lets go astray thou canst never find any way? - 


4:89 (Asad) They would love to see you deny the truth even as they have denied it, so that you should be like them. Do not, therefore, take them for your allies until they forsake the domain of evil [108] for the sake of God; and if they revert to [open] enmity, seize them and slay them wherever you may find them. And do not take any of them [109]for your ally or giver of succour, - 

4:90 (Asad) unless it be such [of them] as have ties with people to whom you yourselves are bound by a covenant, or such as come unto you because their hearts shrink from [the thought of] making war either on you or on their own folk - although, if God had willed to make them stronger than you, they would certainly have made war on you. [110]Thus, if they let you be, and do not make war on you, and offer you peace, God does not allow you to harm them. [111]
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9:4 (Asad) But excepted shall be [4] -from among those who ascribe divinity to aught beside God - [people] with whom you [O believers] have made a covenant and who thereafter have in no wise failed to fulfil their obligations towards you, and neither have aided anyone against you: observe, then, your covenant with them until the end of the term agreed with them. [5] Verily, God loves those who are conscious of Him.- javascript://  http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http://www.islamiCity.com/quransearch/?ref=9:4&lang=Asad


9:5 (Asad) And so, when the sacred months are over [6] , slay those who ascribe divinity to aught beside God wherever you may come upon them, [7] and take them captive, and besiege them, and lie in wait for them at every conceivable place [8] ! Yet if they repent, and take to prayer, and render the purifying dues, let them go their way: for, behold, God is much forgiving, a dispenser of grace. [9] 

Note 7: Read in conjunction with the two preceding verses, as well as with 2:190-194, the above verse relates to warfare already in progress with people who have become guilty of a breach of treaty obligations and of aggression

9:6 (Asad) And if any of those who ascribe divinity to aught beside God seeks thy protection, [10] grant him protection, so that he might [be able to] hear the word of God [from thee]; and thereupon convey him to a place where he can feel secure: [11] this, because they [may be] people who [sin only because they] do not know [the truth]. - 


 
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9:28 (Asad) O YOU who have attained to faith! Those who ascribe divinity to aught beside God are nothing but impure: [37] and so they shall not approach the Inviolable House of Worship from this year onwards [38] And should you fear poverty, then [know that] in time God will enrich you out of His bounty, if He so wills: [39] for, verily, God is all-knowing, wise! - javascript://  http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http://www.islamiCity.com/quransearch/?ref=9:28&lang=Asad

9:29 (Asad) [And] fight against those who - despite having been vouchsafed revelation [aforetime] [40] -do not [truly] believe either in God or the Last Day, and do not consider forbidden that which God and His Apostle have forbidden, [41] and do not follow the religion of truth [which God has enjoined upon them] [42] till they [agree to] pay the exemption tax with a willing hand, after having been humbled [in war].[43] - 

Note 42 – All people have their religion, and when they violate their own religion

Note 43 - every able-bodied Muslim is liable to compulsory military service. Since this is, primarily, a religious obligation, non-Muslim citizens, who do not subscribe to the ideology of Islam, cannot in fairness be expected to assume a similar burden. On the other hand, they must be accorded full protection of all their civic rights and of their religious freedom: and it is in order to compensate the Muslim community for this unequal distribution of civic burdens that a special tax is levied on non-Muslim citizens (ahl adh-dhimmah, lit., "covenanted" [or "protected"] people", i.e., non-Muslims whose safety is statutorily assured by the Muslim community). Thus, jizyah is no more and no less than an exemption tax in lieu of military service and in compensation for the "covenant of protection" (dhimmah) accorded to such citizens by the Islamic state.

9:30 (Asad) AND THE JEWS say, "Ezra is God's son," while the Christians say, "The Christ is God's son." Such are the sayings which they utter with their mouths, following in spirit assertions made in earlier times by people who denied the truth! [44] [They deserve the imprecation:] "May God destroy them!" [45] How perverted are their minds! [46] - javascript://  http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http://www.islamiCity.com/quransearch/?ref=9:30&lang=Asad


Thank you

mike
Mike Ghouse

(214) 325-1916 text/talk
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Mike Ghouse is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator on Pluralism at work place, politics, religion, society, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, food and foreign policy. He is a staunch defender of human rights and his book standing up for others will be out soon, and a movie "Americans together" is in the making.  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 and 10 other blogs. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day. 

In a message dated 1/5/2015 12:27:45 A.M. Central Standard Time, xxxDALLAS@aol.com writes:

In a message dated 1/4/2015 11:46:52 P.M. Central Standard Time, MikeGhouse@aol.com writes:
Amalda,

What has religion got to do with crimes committed by individuals?

Can you tell me, didn't Hindus kill other Hindus in the wars before? Right from Vedic times to Mahabharata to 10th Century India? How many Hindus Ashoka Slaughtered before becoming a Buddhist? How many Sikhs did Hindus murder  in 3 days and again within a week, how many Muslims did Hindus slaughter and raped during the Gujarat riots? Was Hindu Religion Violent? Hell no, neither Islam is violent or peaceful nor Hinduism is. People are violent, and not all people, a small percentage of them in every group. Wake up and see the facts. We have to blame the wrong doers and not others.

Nuclear power in the hands of bad guys is dangerous, where as the same nuclear power in the hands of good people is beneficent. Religion is innocent just as the nuclear power.

4 Million Americans are in Jails, where as 314 Million are not. Same law books apply to both - is the law books wrong?

In the case you have cited - Muslims have killed Muslims and we did a program on that. What has Islam got to do with the tyrants?

A wrong is a wrong no matter who commits it. A rapist must be punished as rapist and not as a Hindu or a Muslim; a terrorist must be punished as a terrorist and not as a Muslim or a Hindu. Blame the individual and not the religion. You can punish the guy and restore justice in the society, but you cannot punish the religion, it is not a thing - and you cannot kill, kick, hang, beat up, shoot or bury the religion, then why bark at it?  
If you know anything about statistics, you would ascribe insignificant numbers to denote the whole. 
Thank you

Mike Ghouse

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In a message dated 1/4/2015 10:58:49 P.M. Central Standard Time, xxxDALLAS@aol.com writes:

ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE !

In a message dated 1/4/2015 8:32:01 A.M. Central Standard Time, xxx001@gmail.com writes:
my dear bhakti ,
u might recall my pointing out (sometime back)that releasing the Paki POWs who were on a binge in India at the indian taxpayers expense was-to me-good riddance.
HOWEVER
The perpetrators of the genocicde and in particular the selective killing of intellectual(some of it occured hours 
before gen niazi's aurrender-should have been tried for war crimes and i would have been glad to see them get it in the neck 
samir    
Rayerbazar killing field photographed immediately after the war started, showing bodies of Bengali nationalist intellectuals (Image courtesy: Rashid Talukdar, 1971)
During the war, the Pakistan Army and its local collaborators, mainly Jamaat e Islami carried out a systematic execution of the leading Bengali intellectuals. A number of professors from Dhaka University were killed during the first few days of the war.[49][50] However, the most extreme cases oftargeted killing of intellectuals took place during the last few days of the war. Professors, journalists, doctors, artists, engineers and writers were rounded up by Pakistan Army and the Razakarmilitia in Dhaka, blindfolded, taken to torture cells in Mirpur, Mohammadpur, Nakhalpara, Rajarbagh and other locations in different sections of the city to be executed en masse, most notably at Rayerbazar and Mirpur.[51][52][53][54] Allegedly, the Pakistani Army and its paramilitary arm, the Al-Badr and Al-Shams forces created a list of doctors, teachers, poets, and scholars.[55][56]
During the nine-month duration of the war, the Pakistani army, with the assistance of local collaborators systematically executed an estimated 991 teachers, 13 journalists, 49 physicians, 42 lawyers, and 16 writers, artists and engineers.[53] Even after the official ending of the war on 16 December there were reports of killings being committed by either the armed Pakistani soldiers or by their collaborators. In one such incident, notable film-maker Jahir Raihan was killed on 30 January 1972 in Mirpur allegedly by the armed Beharis. In memory of the persons who were killed, 14 December is observed in Bangladesh as Shaheed Buddhijibi Dibosh ("Day of the Martyred Intellectuals").[35][57][58]

Several notable intellectuals who were killed from the time period of 25 March to 16 December 1971 in different parts of the country include Dhaka University professors Dr.Govinda Chandra Dev (Philosophy), Dr. Munier Chowdhury (Bengali Literature), Dr.Mufazzal Haider Chaudhury (Bengali Literature), Dr. Anwar Pasha (Bengali Literature), Dr M Abul Khair (History), Dr. Jyotirmoy Guhathakurta (English Literature), Humayun Kabir (English Literature), Rashidul Hasan (English Literature), Ghyasuddin AhmedSirajul Haque KhanFaizul Mahi, Dr Santosh Chandra Bhattacharyya[59] and Saidul Hassan (Physics), Rajshahi University professors Dr. Hobibur Rahman (Mathematics), Prof Sukhranjan Somaddar (Sanskrit), Prof Mir Abdul Quaiyum (Psychology) as well as Dr.Mohammed Fazle Rabbee (Cardiologist), Dr. AFM Alim Chowdhury (Ophthalmologist),Shahidullah Kaiser (Journalist), Nizamuddin Ahmed (Journalist),[60] Selina Parvin(Journalist), Altaf Mahmud (Lyricist and musician), Dhirendranath Datta (Politician), Jahir Raihan (novelist, journalist, film director) and Ranadaprasad Saha (Philanthropist).[61][62]

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Quran Is Not for Muslims

If you like the article, please click "Like", "tweet", "facebook" and "email" to your friends - from the Huffington Post.  If you don't like it, let it be known in the comment section, Insha Allah, I will respond to you. 
The very first verse in Quran reads, "1:2 (Asad) All praise is due to God alone, the Sustainer of all the worlds (that exist)," and the very last chapter opens with this line, "114:1 (Ali) Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind," and there is a whole lot in between. God chose to address the entire mankind, and rightfully so. Quran is for the whole humanity and not just Muslims exclusively.

Hold your breath, I cannot pack the next 1200 words in one single sentence, or utter it in one single breath, but I promise you a better understanding by the end of this essay.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Attacks on Quran (33:50) are nothing new.

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By Mike Ghouse

The good and evil forces are always chasing us, and whichever possess us in a given minute we act that out.  All religions evolved to show us the good path, a path that restores peace of mind and not throwing us into tumultuous 
disorder.

A friend has been posting several negative things about Islam and Quran on the Facebook. It has become her mission to denigrate the faith.  Thanks to Sean Hannity, through his show, I have learned not to play into the hands of the negative forces like Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller and their ilk. Instead, I have learned to take a positive step to mitigate conflicts and nurture goodwill. I strongly believe, if we can enlighten others, that enlightenment becomes contagious. Aggravating the other does not solve the problem, it takes you down as well.

 She posted the following verse;

Qur'an (33:50) - "O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those (slaves) whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee" This is one of several personal-sounding verses "from Allah" narrated by Muhammad - in this case allowing himself a virtually unlimited supply of sex partners. Other Muslims are restrained to four wives, but, following the example of their prophet, may also have sex with any number of slaves...

I held the temptation to correct and explain, but decided that would be a wrong approach with the "determined" ones. One has to find the truth on his/her own to believe it, so I gave her the formula to read Quran (down below) that successfully worked out in our Quran Conference. Finding the truth is your own responsibility.  


Here was my response.


It is human to denigrate and find faults with other’s faiths, traditions and books; it is also human to find the right answers. If something bothers you about a certain verse in “other’s” faith or books, the right thing to do is to read three verses before, three after, and the given verse.  Read enough times to understand it, instead of “gotcha” and gloat. Truth always brings relief, and liberates one from prejudices.  It is like having a good orgasm, it brings relief to the body, soul and the mind and you'll be free and at peace with yourselves.

Four years ago, Pastor Robert Jeffress of Dallas Baptist Church blurted out, “Quran is a evil book written by an evil man” I challenged him to show where he finds that evil, how he interpreted them… he chickened out, I offered him to find 5 faults with Quran that we can agree in a public forum, if he could, I will become a Baptist, if not I will ask him to shed his hatred for Islam, Quran and the Prophet and become a peace maker that Jesus had called for. This went on local TV for a week and two pieces were written at Dallas Morning News

Of course, Jesus don’t mean a thing to these men and women, it’s what they can get out using his name. Its’ just not Christians, but Muslims, Jews, Hindus and others also mis-use the scriptures for their gain.  Jeffress owed his congregation to do the research and tell the truth, he chose not to. One’s religion does not become superior by denigrating other’s, its cheap tactics. Finally thanks to our friend, Jon Halsey, we ended up doing a full blown Quran conference with 10 non-Muslim clergy on the panel, and we dedicated the conference to Pastor Robert Jeffress with gratitude for causing the conference.  It’s all here www.Quraanconference.com


This is where we need God’s guidance, to prevent us from promoting and encouraging hatred towards the other.  I wish you had written, this verse bothers me and I want to understand, instead of passing a judgment on the Prophet.

I ask you to gather up all those men and women, who want to remove bias against Islam, and have questions. As a matter of fact, removing bias towards any one or any faith. I am an an expert in Pluralism and will be happy to address the group of any questions they may have about Quran, bring all the questions.  I have taken the time to write because, I believe, we all need to help each other find freedom from misunderstanding and bias. Amen. 

As Americans we have to work together to create a cohesive America, you can support our work or do it yourselves, I will be happy to help you, and you can help us by donating generously at: http://americatogetherfoundation.com/donate/ 

Mike Ghouse

World Muslim Congress

To be a Muslim is to be a peace maker, one who seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence of humanity. Our work is geared towards building a cohesive society where no human has to live in apprehension or fear of the other. World Muslim congress is a think tank established in 2002 to bring Muslims of all denominations together, one small step at a time. If we can learn to respect the otherness of others and accept our uniqueness, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Warning to Terrorists - the big red poster

CLICK ON THE RED POSTER TO VIEW IN FULL SIZE
The acronyms SOB, AH, BS and others are certainly uncouth, but they effectively communicate a purposeful message, hence I made that choice.  The Warning poster to Terrorist is a double edged sword and is at the bottom - the big red poster.

The following comments have been received against the poster below.

  1. sometimes your brain goes on strike I guess”,
  2. “Don’t jeopardize”
  3. “Who gave you the authority to represent Muslims?”
  4.  “Not appropriate and safe for you in today's hostile environment.”
  5.  “this is a mindless drivel”
  6. “You are not qualified to speak for Islam”
  7.  “Do you think your severe warning will have any darn effect on these fanatics”
  8. I second it”
  9. “it is appropriate response”.

In a learning environment, good thoughts and concrete ideas are developed with criticism and feedback; here is why this kind of response is needed. 

  1. Don't bark at the religion for the acts of bad guys. Punishment is set for bad acts, to restore the trust in a given society. When a Rapist is running around in a neighborhood, everyone is apprehensive, but when the guy is caught and nailed, peace of mind is restored in the neighborhood. Instead of catching the guy, if we blame his raising, his family, his religion, his race or nation, and his imam, rabbi, pastor or pundit – we will not restore peace. I intend to aggressively communicate this idea, the right idea, and intend to speak at various law enforcement agencies as well as religious institutions.  
  2. The criminal ought to know that he will be punished; we will not allow the poor alibi of religion, not at all. The Law enforcement and the media people also need to get this in their heads, the purpose of investigations and chasing the bad guys is to restore trust and not to aggravate by barking at a non-entity like Religion. The more you bark at criminal’s religion, race or ethnicity, the worse it gets. You cannot shoot, kill, hang, beat or bury the religion, then why bark at it?

  3. 72 Virgins are promised. Both the terrorists and the communicators of the problem (Media and Politicians) to the world at large have gotten it wrong. The poor guy needs to be outraged at the recruiters that he was duped, and there are no 72 virgins waiting for him, instead the SOB will rot in Jail if we Americans get him, or killed mercilessly if he is caught by the opposite party. No Geneva conventions will be observed by either the terrorist or his chasers.  The Media needs to stop the BS of propagating the falsity with nothing to back up in the Qur'an.

  4. Both the criminal and the law enforcement (coupled with the media and politicians) must be aware that it is the Sin, and not the sinner we are after. The clarity should prevent us from being unjust.  We should not be abusive in disciplining or punishing the wrong doer. As a civil society, we cannot become the very evil we want to eradicate.
     
  5. We should seek the criminal to lead us to the source of recruiting material and the recruiters by mitigating his punishment. 
  6. The Challenge to “read the right translation/interpretation” of Qur'an applies to both the criminal and the law enforcement. I am certain, the criminal will become a genuine repenter, and the law enforcement will not buy or propagate the dished out non-sense in the market or bark irrelevantly.


This is the right time to forge peace to the society in general, and American society in particular by boldly and loudly getting people to get the message, and i.e.,


I am being assertive, never has any Muslim or other communicated this so clearly and it is time we do that, thank God for the opportunities he has blessed us with to find solutions.   If I don't, no one will speak, and I sincerely hope many of us to speak up, do it on your own or join me.


It is time we separate the evil from good.

Bottom line is to free Islam and Muslims from the stupid stereotyping, and focus on punishing the bad guys and restoring trust in the society. 
 
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You SOB, you are the damned murderer, you messed up the peace, and your ass will nailed big time.

Don’t give me the BS about your job, childhood, parents, kids, siblings, spouse, imam, rabbi, pastor or the pundit. You did it and you'll pay for it.


I am not stupid to buy in your argument that your religion made you do that, and then bark at the religion endlessly. AH, you are the bad guy and you are going to pay for it. I am here to restore justice in the society and not be detracted and scream at your religion like a stupid ass. I can hang you, shoot you, bury you and beat you up to restore justice and trust in the society, and that is my goal

 Note: Mr. Terrorist, I don't condemn you, it is your sin I condemn. If you claim to be a Muslim, just remember, those guys who recruited you, and cheated you with  false promises of Hoories and virgins in paradise were dead wrong. There is no such thing nor is it mentioned in Qur'an, instead you will rot in jail for life. Would you turn in your recruiters for cheating you? Would you read the correct translations of Qur'an, we might minimize your sentence?

This should be the attitude of Law enforcement
Authorized by Mike Ghouse, World Muslim Congress.


Thank you

 

Mike Ghouse

(214) 325-1916 text/talk
www.WorldMuslimCongress.com 
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Mike Ghouse is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator on Pluralism at work place, politics, religion, society, gender, race, culture, ethnicity, food and foreign policy. He is 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 several links at www.MikeGhouse.net and his writings are at www.TheGhousediary.com and 10 other blogs. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Quran Formula - Quran verses about Justice

URL - http://quraan-today.blogspot.com/2014/07/quran-formula-quran-verses-about-justice.html

Let me share a formula that I have discovered in Quran about most of the verses about justice.  I hope this gives you confidence about Quran and its wisdom, you can apply this to any verse, provided you read three verses before and three verses after the given verse.  Take a look at the 2nd part of item 5, it sounds bad, but if you read the first part and 2nd, it makes sense.

1. You mind your own business
2. Someone throws you out of your own space and seeks to destroy you.
3. You ask them to back off
4. If they still come after you, you hit them back in self-defense.
5. If they do not stop, you chase them and shoot them wherever you find them
6. But if they seek to retrieve, you let them
7. The Ultimate goal of Islam is peace, harmony and cohesive societies, most people get this right and a few don’t, and that is the case with every faith and everything in life.

Items 1-5 is universal law, indeed it is the American law. Quran takes you a step further.

Here are some of the articles/compilations in this site, there are more items buried within the articles.

Slay the Idolaters, wherever you find them, Sura Tauba 9
http://quraan-today.blogspot.com/2007/12/slay-idolaters-95.html

Muslim response to Dutch legislators lies about Quran
http://quraan-today.blogspot.com/2008/03/wilders-fitna-and-muslims_30.html

If you get a chance read “Mission of World Muslim Congress” at www.WorldMuslimCongress.com and now I am adding American Muslim Agenda to it.

Jazak Allah Khair

Mike Ghouse is a Muslim speaker, thinker and a writer, and presides over the World Muslim congress, a think tank, and a forum with the express goals of nurturing pluralistic values embedded in Islam to build cohesive societies. More about Mike at
 www.Mikeghouse.net


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Golden rule in Islam - treat others as you wanted to be treated.

It is a part of every religious teachings. Some said,  it is is not in Islam.

Here was my reponse at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Fixing-Sharia-Laws-by-Mike-Ghouse-Apostasy_Blasphemy_DNA-Rape-Kit_Divorce-140115-276.html



Islamic Text on the Golden Rule:

 “Serve God, and join not any partners with Him; and do good – to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbors who are near, neighbors who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (ye meet), and what your right hands possess [the slave]: For God loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious” (Q:4:36)

(In fact the Quran goes beyond saying the Golden Rule by stating in more than four places that “Return evil with Kindness.” (13:22, 23:96, 41:34, 28:54, 42:40)

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh):

“None of you have faith until you love for your neighbor what you love for yourself” (Sahih Muslim)

“Whoever wishes to be delivered from the fire and to enter Paradise…should treat the people as he wishes to be treated.” (Sahih Muslim)

“None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself” (Forty Hadith-Nawawi)

“None of you is a believer if he eats his full while his neighbour hasn’t anything.” (Musnad)

“Do unto all men as you would wish to have done unto you; and reject for others what you would reject for yourselves.” (Abu Dawud)

“Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you.” (Farewell Sermon)

“There should be neither harming nor reciprocating harm.” (Ibn- Majah)

When Ferdinand expelled Jews and Muslims, they were allies against Christian ire at that time, they were allies in Spain, and they were allies in Jerusalem during the crusades.
The Palestinian Christians and Muslims are allies against Israel's occupation, and you find different combinations to find security and balance among those who are oppressed.


The reference to evil doers applies to those who are evil doers and resist finding a peaceful solution. Evil doers are those who are a hindrance to peaceful existence, and it could be Muslims, Jews, Christians or anyone.
Despite how the verse is interpreted by the right, the Muslims and Jews were allies in Spain and elsewhere, indeed the Jewish history calls it their Golden period. The Israel Palestinian conflict has really goofed up a lot of equations, giving it different colors and nuances.

Indeed the right wingers among Muslims believe the verse to mean not to make friends with Jews and Christians. That is not the case with most moderate Muslims as they see them fellow beings in a belief in oneness of God.

Now if the Circumcision ban, Kosher/ Halal ban gains grounds Jews and Muslims will be allies against a common threat to their existence, again it is a natural things, as Quraan calls it Fitra. I was one of the first Muslims to stand up with Jews on many occasions including the impending-but-going-to-failed ban on circumcision.

(http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ghouse/circumcision-satire_b_872270.html )