We will be releasing a 9 point agenda in three sets at Huffington Post. The first one covers three foundational items – Amin, Standing up for others and removing apprehensions from the society.
To become Amins of the society, we have to be there for our neighbors in their crises, deaths, marriages, birthdays and other celebrations and commemorations. Islam does not shut us down, it frees us up. There are over 18 verses in Quran where God consistently talks about taking care of fellow humans. Indeed the Prophet (pbuh) had said it in so many different ways that even an irreligious guy who takes care of his neighbor earns God's grace over the guy who is relentlessly praying.
If we don't stand up for others, why should anyone stand up for us? Prophet Muhammad was clear -- when you see injustice to fellow humans, the least you can do is to speak up. There is a lot of wisdom in those words and clearly goes towards building a cohesive America.
There are still a few people around us in our neighborhoods who are afraid of Muslims. Let's do our dharma and assure fellow Americans that our agenda is same as theirs, and that is to build a secure, safe and prosperous America.
Let it be known that Americans Muslims have placed their trust in American Justice system and will continue to seek justice though it as every American does, and the law of the land is our law. There is no substitute for it.
Mike Ghouse is available to lay out the full plans. He is deeply committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions to issues of the day.