Mozlem to Muslim and Brother to Brother                         Building bridges between Muslims and AmericaNo images in t...
Who am I?            I am an American             I am also a Muslim
Who are you?               Also a Muslim.               Perhaps in a country               where you are angry            ...
Maybe you  hateAmericans
First a  disclaimer. Iam not paid by the Americangovernment to    say this.
I want toacknowledgefirst that not everythingAmerica doeson the worldstage is good    or right.
What youexperience of  Americanforeign policyis one aspect of America.
When youhate America,  what does that mean?
Did you know     most  Americans compared toother culturesare very open   minded?
Over ~20,000  Americans  convert to Islam every     year.
America in spite ofbeing unpopular in the world is the   number one  destination for   people in the      world.
Most  Americansconsider them selves to be   religious,   patriotic,  charitable. Doesn’t thatsound like you   and me?
Americans  have valuesthat we believeare the envy of the world like Freedom and    Justice?
When you hateAmericans, doyou know that there are 2-8    Million  Muslims in   America?
Did you know     most  Americans   who have contact withMuslims havea positive view   of them?
Did you know America is abig country. It has over 300Million people, that’s largerthan western    Europe.
Because America  is so big, the     average  American has       lessunderstanding of the rest of the world than do Europea...
After 9/11  American-Muslims have faced many challenges.
The American-Muslim community has triedto open up our homes and mosques, so our  neighbors, and co-     workers, and  comm...
If we are to build bridges       ofunderstandingwe need your      help.
We can’t say in our mosques, Islam means   peace, and when they gohome and turn  on the news    they see     Muslim    vio...
An embassy or consulate of any country has a special   protected  space in all   societies.
If you kill an    Ambassador or        other US    representative,you are breaking the sanctity of not only human life but...
If you destroyan embassy orconsulate, who  pays the bills  to rebuild it?     It’s you.
As a society wemay not agree with all laws, but if we donot obey laws, the result is   anarchy.
Extremists ofall faiths, try totrigger conflict  between us   and in our communities.Don’t take the       bait!
If you are unhappy       with my   government or    yours, settingMcDonalds or KFCor other American icons on fire, will  h...
Uprooting railway lines,   and otherinfrastructurewill only harm      your  community.Who pays? you       do.
If you put a  bounty on aauthor or film- makers head, or have them  killed, whopays the price?   We all do.All Muslims get...
You have to  understandthat in America and Western    Europe, “Freedom of  Speech” is a   deep value  that society  believ...
In most cases it is the right of  everyone to     express  themselvesand censorship is viewed in a    bad light.
You may sayAmerica doesnot always liveup to its ideal.   Sadly we Muslims also have double  standards.
The Prophet told us to follow themiddle path  i.e. avoidextremism.
And what does theQuran saythat we all  follow?
“Fight in the way of Allah against those who fightagainst you, but    begin not  hostilities. Lo! Allah loveth not   aggre...
“And dispute ye not with thePeople of the Book (Jews andChristians), save in the most courteous manner and say,"We believe...
Just as the Quran is a sacred book  for Muslims, toAmericans the flagis sacred. Burning  it is against the     law, and fo...
What about    Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq,  Afghanistan,    America’s invasions andoccupations or  interferenceand the drone  ...
I like other Muslims care    about thesuffering about   our Muslim  brothers andsisters through out the world.
There are noeasy answers.But there is a   commondenominator,    besides America, or  Israel and     Jews.
There are many lessons   that can beobtained from9/11. For thoselike Osama BinLaden, and Al-Qaida it is that   you cannotd...
America is the  current world’sonly Super-power. What that means    is militarily,   economically,    media-wise, socially...
If you want  America to  change it’sforeign policy,  it has to be done throughpolitical means    and from     within.
The success ofAmerican-Jews  and then eg      Indian- Americans in   influencing foreign policy  is legendary.
Soft power,    through politics, mediaand other ways     is moreinfluential than  hard power.
What this means isMuslim countries and the people   who want achange in courseof the US have torethink how they   engage w...
Think about it, all Israeli’s or Indians do not necessarily love America, but   you never see    them or their       leade...
Muslims have     validgrievances but  we are veryemotional and  by in largenon-pragmatic.
Let me make  a thought  provokingstatement for     you.
My father   when heemigrated tothe UK in thesixties said he learnt “truehumanity” by going there.
“Americans and     their West  European peers are more just or  have a sense ofjustice than pretty    much all the Muslim ...
Muslims have many issues,and we cannotblame it all on America, or  the Jews,…
In Islam youcannot try to reach just  ends by    unjust   means.
How about    preserving the sanctity of life? In  Quran (5:32) we  find reference to that if one saves a   life he saves a...
After claiming tobe Muslim howcan you take the  life of othersthrough suicide  bombing etc.   Most of thepeople killed are...
Remember we arenot on the battlefield.  If someone puts a     bomb near an   American post, a church, synagogue,      Sunn...
These are not acts of       martyrs but misguided cowardsand Jihadis. Suicide is  forbidden in Islam. Anarchy is forbidden...
If you are sick, youtry to find the best     doctor, not a    quack. Why inyour religion/deen  would you go to    people w...
So where dowe go from   here?
If as Muslims we are angryabout a book,    or film orcartoon about  the Prophet(PBUH), thinkhow would he    behave?
Interestingly the Prophet Muhammad  (PBUH) was mocked andblasphemed in    his time.
What did he   do?
In differentsituations heresponded in   different    ways.
Sometimeshe ignored it.
Other times,like when they   made bad poetry, about    him, he laughed it off.
At other times he recruitedthe best poetsto avenge the  sayings of    others.
But and this is worth noting   he never started a war   or started   attackingothers because     of this   mockery.
Let’s go back  to basics.
The Prophet   Muhammad afterreturning from a warsaid “We have come back from the lesser  jihad to the greaterjihad.” Meani...
We must acknowledgeour own faults,  and get our own house in    order.
This doesn’t    meanMuslims have to become  passive.
Movies,     books,cartoons areall ideas. This  is a war of     ideas.
You can ventand vent more productively, by getting a     betterunderstanding     of the   situation.
You can help to calm your and      your  communities  emotions, by  being a voice   of reason.
You can write, blog,  speak out,pray, withouta call to arms.
Please share this with your friends• All images are from public domain and copyright of respective  owners.• If there are ...
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  1. 1. Mozlem to Muslim and Brother to Brother Building bridges between Muslims and AmericaNo images in this presentation are of or reflect the ProphetMuhammad, his family or his companions.
  2. 2. Who am I? I am an American I am also a Muslim
  3. 3. Who are you? Also a Muslim. Perhaps in a country where you are angry at America
  4. 4. Maybe you hateAmericans
  5. 5. First a disclaimer. Iam not paid by the Americangovernment to say this.
  6. 6. I want toacknowledgefirst that not everythingAmerica doeson the worldstage is good or right.
  7. 7. What youexperience of Americanforeign policyis one aspect of America.
  8. 8. When youhate America, what does that mean?
  9. 9. Did you know most Americans compared toother culturesare very open minded?
  10. 10. Over ~20,000 Americans convert to Islam every year.
  11. 11. America in spite ofbeing unpopular in the world is the number one destination for people in the world.
  12. 12. Most Americansconsider them selves to be religious, patriotic, charitable. Doesn’t thatsound like you and me?
  13. 13. Americans have valuesthat we believeare the envy of the world like Freedom and Justice?
  14. 14. When you hateAmericans, doyou know that there are 2-8 Million Muslims in America?
  15. 15. Did you know most Americans who have contact withMuslims havea positive view of them?
  16. 16. Did you know America is abig country. It has over 300Million people, that’s largerthan western Europe.
  17. 17. Because America is so big, the average American has lessunderstanding of the rest of the world than do Europeans and other cultures.
  18. 18. After 9/11 American-Muslims have faced many challenges.
  19. 19. The American-Muslim community has triedto open up our homes and mosques, so our neighbors, and co- workers, and community have a better understanding of who we are.
  20. 20. If we are to build bridges ofunderstandingwe need your help.
  21. 21. We can’t say in our mosques, Islam means peace, and when they gohome and turn on the news they see Muslim violence.
  22. 22. An embassy or consulate of any country has a special protected space in all societies.
  23. 23. If you kill an Ambassador or other US representative,you are breaking the sanctity of not only human life but the rules by which we humans live. The Prophet never allowed this.
  24. 24. If you destroyan embassy orconsulate, who pays the bills to rebuild it? It’s you.
  25. 25. As a society wemay not agree with all laws, but if we donot obey laws, the result is anarchy.
  26. 26. Extremists ofall faiths, try totrigger conflict between us and in our communities.Don’t take the bait!
  27. 27. If you are unhappy with my government or yours, settingMcDonalds or KFCor other American icons on fire, will help no one and only hurt everyone.
  28. 28. Uprooting railway lines, and otherinfrastructurewill only harm your community.Who pays? you do.
  29. 29. If you put a bounty on aauthor or film- makers head, or have them killed, whopays the price? We all do.All Muslims get a bad rap.
  30. 30. You have to understandthat in America and Western Europe, “Freedom of Speech” is a deep value that society believes in.
  31. 31. In most cases it is the right of everyone to express themselvesand censorship is viewed in a bad light.
  32. 32. You may sayAmerica doesnot always liveup to its ideal. Sadly we Muslims also have double standards.
  33. 33. The Prophet told us to follow themiddle path i.e. avoidextremism.
  34. 34. And what does theQuran saythat we all follow?
  35. 35. “Fight in the way of Allah against those who fightagainst you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! Allah loveth not aggressors.” Quran (2:190)
  36. 36. “And dispute ye not with thePeople of the Book (Jews andChristians), save in the most courteous manner and say,"We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our God and your God is one; and it is to Him we bow (in Islam).“ (29:46)
  37. 37. Just as the Quran is a sacred book for Muslims, toAmericans the flagis sacred. Burning it is against the law, and for Americans to see Muslims burning it, is provoking them.
  38. 38. What about Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, America’s invasions andoccupations or interferenceand the drone attacks?
  39. 39. I like other Muslims care about thesuffering about our Muslim brothers andsisters through out the world.
  40. 40. There are noeasy answers.But there is a commondenominator, besides America, or Israel and Jews.
  41. 41. There are many lessons that can beobtained from9/11. For thoselike Osama BinLaden, and Al-Qaida it is that you cannotdefeat America militarily.
  42. 42. America is the current world’sonly Super-power. What that means is militarily, economically, media-wise, socially it is by far today the mostpowerful nation on earth.
  43. 43. If you want America to change it’sforeign policy, it has to be done throughpolitical means and from within.
  44. 44. The success ofAmerican-Jews and then eg Indian- Americans in influencing foreign policy is legendary.
  45. 45. Soft power, through politics, mediaand other ways is moreinfluential than hard power.
  46. 46. What this means isMuslim countries and the people who want achange in courseof the US have torethink how they engage with America.
  47. 47. Think about it, all Israeli’s or Indians do not necessarily love America, but you never see them or their leaders denouncing America. They areless emotional and more pragmatic.
  48. 48. Muslims have validgrievances but we are veryemotional and by in largenon-pragmatic.
  49. 49. Let me make a thought provokingstatement for you.
  50. 50. My father when heemigrated tothe UK in thesixties said he learnt “truehumanity” by going there.
  51. 51. “Americans and their West European peers are more just or have a sense ofjustice than pretty much all the Muslim countriescombined.” Why is that?
  52. 52. Muslims have many issues,and we cannotblame it all on America, or the Jews,…
  53. 53. In Islam youcannot try to reach just ends by unjust means.
  54. 54. How about preserving the sanctity of life? In Quran (5:32) we find reference to that if one saves a life he saves allhumanity and if hetakes a life unjustly he has killed all humanity.
  55. 55. After claiming tobe Muslim howcan you take the life of othersthrough suicide bombing etc. Most of thepeople killed are innocent bystanders.
  56. 56. Remember we arenot on the battlefield. If someone puts a bomb near an American post, a church, synagogue, Sunni or Shia mosque, 99.999% of the time innocent human beings are being killed.
  57. 57. These are not acts of martyrs but misguided cowardsand Jihadis. Suicide is forbidden in Islam. Anarchy is forbidden in Islam. Taking the Lives of innocentpeople is forbidden in Islam.
  58. 58. If you are sick, youtry to find the best doctor, not a quack. Why inyour religion/deen would you go to people whose scholarship is questionable andfollow them when it clearly contradicts our faith?
  59. 59. So where dowe go from here?
  60. 60. If as Muslims we are angryabout a book, or film orcartoon about the Prophet(PBUH), thinkhow would he behave?
  61. 61. Interestingly the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was mocked andblasphemed in his time.
  62. 62. What did he do?
  63. 63. In differentsituations heresponded in different ways.
  64. 64. Sometimeshe ignored it.
  65. 65. Other times,like when they made bad poetry, about him, he laughed it off.
  66. 66. At other times he recruitedthe best poetsto avenge the sayings of others.
  67. 67. But and this is worth noting he never started a war or started attackingothers because of this mockery.
  68. 68. Let’s go back to basics.
  69. 69. The Prophet Muhammad afterreturning from a warsaid “We have come back from the lesser jihad to the greaterjihad.” Meaning jihad al-nafs (jihad against the self) Note: some folks claim this is a weak hadith, but even if it is There is a valuable lesson in it for us.
  70. 70. We must acknowledgeour own faults, and get our own house in order.
  71. 71. This doesn’t meanMuslims have to become passive.
  72. 72. Movies, books,cartoons areall ideas. This is a war of ideas.
  73. 73. You can ventand vent more productively, by getting a betterunderstanding of the situation.
  74. 74. You can help to calm your and your communities emotions, by being a voice of reason.
  75. 75. You can write, blog, speak out,pray, withouta call to arms.
  76. 76. Please share this with your friends• All images are from public domain and copyright of respective owners.• If there are any mistakes (and I am confident there are), they are mine please overlook them. This is one little Muslim’s attempt to bring a voice of reason to a highly ignited world. It is not definitive or the last word. If you have better insights rather than criticizing this presentation, create one of your own. Muslims and America can co-exist, we just have to work our way towards it patiently and with prayers.• Thank you God Bless and JazakAllahkher A K2 Vista Project
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