Monday, April 29, 2013


One of the many duties of a citizen is to elect the right representative to govern so we can have the right dudes and dudettes in the governance. Indeed, the early voting begins today in most of the City and Municipal elections – just google your City and go the to City site – and you will have the polling booths listed there. This enables one to be active and participative Citizen. It just takes 10-15 minutes at most during early voting with shorter or no lines.

Mike Ghouse

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Defining Fundamentalism to Liberalism and what is in between

The world is broadly made up of  Fundamentalists, Conservatives, Moderates, Liberals and ultra-Liberals, you can further sectionalized them, but broadly – this template fits  any religion, nationality, race or ethnicity, within each of these group, there are some intolerant radicals who feel secure by controlling the world.

Most importantly, these are not people with a label on their forehead; it is the attitude within each one of us that makes us who we are.  An overwhelming majority tends to be moderates – minding their own business, while the Ultra-liberals want to remove all the barriers and jump of the earth’s gravity into the space, while the Fundamentalists tend to stick to what has been followed and proven stable to them, within that group is a group –the radicals, that wants to force others to obey, if not they give them pass to go to hell. If these radicals get their hands on guns, they will kill all others who are not like them.

Islamists, Hindutva, Neocons and Ultra-Zionists are those who have an attitude that others do not have the right to the given space, sustenance and nurturance, IF, they don’t follow what they believe is right.

I am a moderate.

Mike Ghouse

Monday, April 15, 2013

Boston Marathon Tragedy

I believe President Obama will go after the individual(s) and get them, just as he did with Bin Laden, get those rascals and spare the world. He will do the right thing.

On our part, we have to pray for the positive energies and good wishes of people to envelop the victims and their families. Amen

Mike Ghouse 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Dallas Muslim Celebrates Easter


Whether Jesus was buried and resurrected, or taken up by God, faith in him is shared by more than half of the world inclusive of Muslims and Christians. Whether you believe in Jesus or not, his message of love thy enemy, love thy neighbor and forgive the other will set us free. Can we celebrate that message?

To this Muslim, Easter represents resurrection of Jesus through his message, and Easter is a symbolic day to celebrate that message.



Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Will Shia Sunni Islam ever reconcile?


Facts don't matter. It did not matter to the leadership of President Bush and his obedient followers. They chose to believe what they had decided to believe about WMD, despite the information to the contrary.

Muslims leadership is no different, each one of the sect is entrenched with certain beliefs, and facts don't matter to them either. Indeed, accepting facts will make the earth beneath them disappear. If Sunnis accept Shiite version as a fact and/or Shiites see the Sunni version as the truth, their whole theology collapses, each one will cease to exist, and for that reason, no one will subscribe to each others' "facts."

The chasm between the two groups was born out of Prophet's last sermon..... Continued-

Happy Passover


Tonite marks the Passover over with a Seder, a ritualized dinner to commence the Passover. A few years ago, my daughter and I were guests at Temple Shalom for the passover Seder, it was a great experience reading the scriptures and following the tradition.

Passover is a Jewish holiday that commemorates the story of the Exodus, when Jews were freed from slavery in Egypt. It is celebrated for seven or eight days and one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays.

Happy Passover my friends. Next year, we hope to celebrate it at Temple Shalom with our friends.

Mike Ghouse
Foundation for Pluralism
World Muslim Congress
America Together Foundation

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Friday night special about Obama's trip to Israel.

Security of Israel is tied to justice for the Palestinians, one will not happen without the other. Neither the right wing Israeli hawks can send the Palestinians in to bushes, nor can the Palestinians will drive the Israelis into the sea. Neither will happen but, both will continue to suffer due to their arrogance and inability to see inwards while others are cashing in on those gratuitous statements.  
Indeed, we the Americans, and the Arabs, have messed up the Israel-Palestine conflict. We chose to die for our allies at all costs, and got them to entrench into hawkish positions. Had we got them to sit down instead, and talk as a condition of our aid and support, then we would have done good for both the Israelis and the Palestinians. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Christian Muslim Conflict mitigation

The foundation for the conflict between Muslims and Christians is genuine and is irreconcilable, but not out of the realm of solutions. The crux of the problem is God himself and how he is viewed in both traditions. The issue is the Holy Trinity V Tauheed (monotheism).
Politics is a byproduct of fear and insecurity. When Muslims outnumbered Christians through conversions in the 10th century Syria, the Christians legitimately feared the possibility of Muslim fanatics making their life difficult, although that was not the case at that time. However, to keep the Christians within the fold, a pastor in 957 AD declared that “Quran was a false book written by a false prophet” – those words continue to reverberate in halls of Christian corridors even today. 


Texas Faith: What piece of advice would you give the new pope?

With  a solid following of 1.2 Billion, he can influence people of faith, and no  faiths to build bridges. The Muslim-Christian, Jewish-Christian, and  Hindu-Christian conflicts are deep and irreconcilable, but not completely out of  the realm of solutions. These conflicts are gnawing the communities in their  hearts and minds and flare up now and then in difficult expressions.
 As  a Muslim and a Pluralist, I welcome Pope Francis, and make myself available to jump at his  call for creating peace in the world, where no human has to live in fear of the  others, let the world be the new kingdom of heaven where we all feel safe and  secure with each other. Amen!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

God is happy that week keep him out of schools

 God loves Americans for keeping him out of school and public spaces, he doesn't need any more headaches, he washed his hands off us when he implanted a self-governing device called brain, and he wants nothing but good for his creation, and offers the same guidance to all - to treat each other with respect.

This note is in reference to Pakistan's Muslims.

For a Democracy to be alive and functional we have to bitch at the Government,  India is good at it and Pakistan and Bangladesh have done well in that area as well. The most patriotic person is the one who attacks government every day and on everything. We have got to keep the Government guys from becoming pig-headed.

In 1947, India rightly chose to be a secular state and Pakistani leadership erred in making it a religious state. By the way, the only two nations created on the earth based on religion are the ones facing most difficulties;Pakistan and Israel. We can blame the British or any one, but the fact is the problem persists. 
God does not have a religion himself, he was super careful in not mentioning in any holy books  that he was a Muslim, Hindu, Christian or a Native, because he is not divisiveGod simply does not like religious governments, because he does not like any one to mess with his creation in his name. An attack on a Hindu, Muslim or any is an attack on God, who created them, do you think he likes it?  It is still not late to strip religion from the governance in Pakistan and Israel.

He prefers a government where all of his creation is treated with dignity, equality and respect. Individuals will be judged in the society by the society for the violations of others space, sustenance and nurturence, where as God  reserves the right to judge the individuals for their moral compass. 

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Does the thought of death inspire you?

Do you think of death? I do, and it inspires me to be righteous, it inspires me to avoid hurting and invading into other’s space, sustenance and nurturance. It inspires me to tie the loose ends of life on a daily basis, being aware of them in itself helps, it is powerful and peaceful. I do that frequently but not completely

It helps me knock the anxiety out of my life. I ask myself, what if I croak now, would I be bombarded with a huge list of things I wanted to do, wanted to have? Or would I accept my last few minutes in grace and without anxiety? The thought of death is peaceful to me. My mother passed away in peace, so did my late wife by living the life to the moment and not anxious to have more, as the loved ones we can facilitate that.

My maternal Grandfather, one of my heroes said, for every wedding you attend, attend a funeral, it will make a better human out of you. 

Mike Ghouse

Saturday, March 16, 2013

In defense of Islam, pursuing a civil dialogue

In the Middle Ages, European leaders commissioned a hostile Quran translation to foster warfare against Muslim invaders. Later, Muslim leaders produced another translation to inflame Muslims against Christians and Jews.

"It was all for politics," he said.

Continued: Dallas Morning News -

Muslims Condemn acts of Violence against Christians in Pakistan, and assert that this not an act of Islam.

March 9, 2013 - Lahore, Pakistan, A mob of Muslims burnt down about 150 homes of Christians living in Joseph Town near Lahore, and the carnage continues. “As Muslims, we are embarrassed and ashamed of these men who call themselves Muslims, we condemn these acts unequivocally.” commented Mike Ghouse who heads the World Muslim Congress, a think tank in Dallas, Texas.

The redeeming factor this time around is the arrest of over 100 miscreants, condemnations from Jamaat e Islami and the Punjab Chief Minister. President Zardari finally woke up and talked about restoring Law and order. This is indeed the good news, and must be appreciated,  similar action needs to be taken against the murderers of hundreds of Shia, and harassment of Ahmadiyya, Hindus and other minorities. A nations moves forward when her citizens feel safe and law and order is maintained. Indeed, the hallmark of a civil society is where no Citizens of a nation fears the other.

While Law and order brings  the situation under control; it does not put off the fires completely, the dying sparks grow and explode again unless they are addressed.   


Muslims Congratulate Pope Francis

Dallas, Texas, March 13, 2013 – The World Muslim Congress, a think tank, and the Foundation for Pluralism congratulate the new Pope, Pope Francis.

“I hope he heralds a new beginning for building a better world. In behalf of the people of faith or no faith, and my faith Islam, I welcome the Pope and make ourselves available to jump at his call for creating a peace in the world, where no human has to live in fear of the others, let the world be the new kingdom of heaven where we all feel safe and secure with each other. Amen”

There are a few deeply rooted conflicts among the Muslim-Christian, and Jewish-Christian communities that are the root cause of much of the conflict in the world, they have been simmering within the hearts and minds of the Christians, Muslims and Jews, and flare up now and then in difficult expressions.

The world needs a powerful personality to urge Muslims and Christians to accept the otherness of the other without the temptation to correct the other.


Muslims Condemn brutal attacks on Hindus and Hindu Temples by Muslims in Bangladesh


The following press release is an expression of Muslims to register their protest, repentance and desire to restore trust among the Hindus of Bangladesh who are harassed and under attacks. This is not acceptable in Islam. 

We condemn these disgusting acts of Muslims among us, who are hell bent on hurting fellow Bangladeshis, because they are Hindus. These acts go against the very essence of Quran to treat every human, animal and the environment with dignity. Quran could not be clearer than this, “killing one person is like killing the whole humanity, and saving one life is like saving the entire  mankind.”   

The insane attacks on Hindus are referenced in several reports below, please read different reports to get the full picture, a commission must be established to report the findings.

The majority of Muslims are peace loving, however a few among us are not, and it is our responsibility to not let those few tarnish the name of our religion. We need to do our Jihad, and our struggle to bring justice and trust in the society. 

In the interest of containing, cornering and mitigating the conflict, we urge the Bangladeshi Government to take all the precautions to single out the individuals responsible for the chaos.