Website launched on August 15, 2020,*
Mission: To mitigate Anti-Islam and Anti-Muslim messaging with Good deeds.
Vision: Muslims to be recognized as nation builders, contributors, kind, and caring do-gooders.
Who: You, Volunteers, Donors, and Sponsors at https://gooddeeds.info/about/
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WE ARE PROUD OF INDIAN MUSLIMS
First of all, Muslims are proud of the majority of Hindus, who are kind, caring, and do a lot of good, as the majority of people in every group. Muslims have always appreciated Hindus. We wish and pray that the minority of our Hindu friends walk the path of dharma, the righteous road, and drop the hatred and ill-will towards fellow Indians.
The good news is from India. Nearly 450 Million Dalits* (200), Muslims (200). Christians (30) and Sikhs (20) as minorities in India have chosen the path of service to humanity, non-violence, justice, and kindness. On this particular site, there are about 20 categories of services Muslims are providing to fellow Indians. You can check each one of the tabs at www.GoodDeeds.info
Despite the endless lynching and harassment by the extremists among the Hindutvadis (https://centerforpluralism.com/hindutva-is-not-hinduism/), and the violence heaped on them, Muslims chose non-violence and decided to serve the needy in at least 20 categories. Some of the Muslims are even facing evictions from their homes, but as minorities, and even as poor as they are, Muslims, Dalits, Christians, and Sikhs are committed to be good citizens and serve fellow Indians.
We pray that we continue to strengthen the existing relationships with the majority of Hindus who care for justice and fair treatment of fellow Indians. It is the right thing to do and that is what Islam teaches: that we are all created equal and no one is more privileged than the other, and we must stand up for fairness and justice to every human being.
Here are a few examples of Muslim service to fellow Indians;
Muslims have performed the last rites for Hindus, as the deceased’s family members did not even go near the dead bodies of their families.
Muslims have cremated over 200 Hindus per our records, and there are hundreds more including the members of the BJP party who are hell-bent on making the life of Muslims difficult.
Muslims have opened up mosques, hotels, and schools for the covid treatment centers.
Muslims have opened up food pantries and taking the food directly to the needy at their residences/ shacks.
Muslims are even selling their properties and helping their fellow Indians out.
The largest donor to the Covid Relief in India is a Muslim, and Rich Muslims and film actors have contributed Covid supplies, equipment, etc.
Muslims are plasma donors to the very people who lynched them.
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We must celebrate the goodness of Muslims in India; they did not respond to violence with violence, instead, they are serving and caring for fellow Indians. As Americans, we need to be proud of Indian Muslims and do our best to speak up against the atrocities. They won’t let India go down the spiral.
They will hold India together and not let it splinter, they can keep India a strong nation.
There are about 20 categories of services Muslims are providing to fellow Indians who are not Muslims. The website is www.GoodDeeds.info – check each tab for each service.
We thank some of the donors who have contributed towards the work, I still need to meet the expenses of $5500.00 of which I’ve received $2900.00. The donor’s names are in the about section of www.GoodDeeds.info We welcome you to contribute more stories and videos, and of course donate to pay for the initial cost and cost of maintenance. You can donate here at this link. https://CenterforPluralis.com/donate
“Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was an Indian independence activist, patriot, Islamic theologian, writer, and senior leader of the Indian National Congress. Following India’s independence, he became the First Minister of Education in the Indian government.” He laid the solid foundation for education including establishing the IIT, which has put India on the world map of information technology. We owe a debt of gratitude to the Maulana for giving us a good foundation of education.
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Good Dees is a project of the Center for Pluralism, please know that we are working on a global portal to include the good things people are doing for fellow humans. It is time we start seeing the abundance of goodness in people, from Atheists to Zoroastrians, and everyone in between. It would be an all-inclusive portal. If you wish to sponsor it, we can plan on launching it within 6 months.
- VIDEO RELEASE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZlb5YADSasa
- PRESS RELEASE – EIN Press wire
- WEB PORTAL – https://GoodDeeds.info
- FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/Good-Karma-109467584193303/
- LINKED-IN – https://www.linkedin.com/in/good-deeds-bb30821b4/
- TWITTER – https://twitter.com/NekAmaal
- YOUTUBE – Subscribe to Good Deeds YouTube Channel
- SPONSORS – https://gooddeeds.info/about/ We will add your name
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The Indian Muslims are going out of their way to feed the stranded laborers, providing shelters, converting mosques and their places into corona testing centers, donating blood, performing the last rites for our Hindu brothers and sisters, and even selling their properties to help the needy. You have got to admire the spirit of volunteerism among Indian Muslims.
Much of this is not reported in the Media; hence we have launched the portal highlighting 20 plus categories of service provided by Indian Muslims to fellow Indians from all faiths. Whoever is hungry, whoever needs clothing, or testing, the Muslims are ready to serve.
Click each link to find out what we are about, we have spent some serious time and money on this project and hope you can support it. In 2021, it will go global. All major donors will be listed on the site for at least three years.
God in the Quran speaks to humanity – No matter what faith you follow, if you are good to my creation, i.e., your fellow beings, you need not worry, your reward for your good deeds is with me. This is God’s promise to all humanity.
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) defines good deeds as unselfish acts. He gives an example; when you plant a sapling or a tree, you know very well that when that sapling becomes a tree and gives shade or the fruit to the wayfarer, you are not the beneficiary.
Muslims in India are going through difficult times, once again, God guides them to return the bad with the good, and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) set the example and cared for the fellow humans who were even harsh to him. I am glad to see the Indian Muslims are going out of the way and feeding the stranded laborers, giving shelters, converting mosques and their hotels into corona testing centers, selling their properties, and helping the needy. go through 20 plus categories on this website and you will find Muslims are helping fellow Indians.
Quran 41:34 (Asad) – “But [since] good and evil cannot be equal, repel thou [evil] with something that is better and lo! he between whom and thyself was enmity [may then become] as though he had [always] been close [unto thee], a true friend!” I see the wisdom in the above verse and have seen it work more than three times for me, goodness, kindness, and caring are powerful elements of a civilized society.
A few other great quotes;
Lord Krishna – Treat everyone with the same lens of impartiality.
Jesus Christ – Forgive them, Lord, for they know not.
Mother Teresa – If you want to make peace with your enemies (or perceived), talk with them.
Mahatma Gandhi – Be the change that you wish to see in the world.
Lord Rama – God is present in each and every human body, and it is our duty to protect each one.
The essence of Islam: Is to create cohesive societies, where every human feels secure about his/her shape, size, face, race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, language, culture, sexual orientation, and other uniqueness. God chose us to be who we are and Islam is about creating just and secure societies where no one is more privileged than others. There is a full chapter on the essence of Islam in the book American Muslim Agenda- available at Amazon, Kindle, and the book stores.
Who is a Muslim? A Muslim is someone who cares for fellow humans, empathizes with them, tells the truth, is trustworthy, cares for the wellbeing of others, stands up for the rights of every human being, and seeks justice for all, and around whom people feel secure. He is a conflict mitigater and a goodwill nurturer. This is the description of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
1. To retain and strengthen friendships and support from all our neighbors from different faiths.
2. To make new friends and keep all our old friends, and gain the goodwill of all friends.
3. To populate the internet search engines with good deeds.
4. To soften the attitudes of fellow humans towards Muslims (Long-term goal).
We believe all humans are born innocent with malice towards none. While the majority retains that goodness in them, a few get corrupted and resort to doing things that disturb the social equilibrium and create chaos. Lord Krishna called such a state of the union to be adharma – a state where no one trusts the other and is afraid of fellow members of the society. We have to figure out a way for all of us to be on the same page – of feeling and acting as one large family of Indians.
We urge fellow Indians to ask themselves, does the hatred and ill-will they espouse against other Indians will bring them food, clothing, shelter, peace of mind, or a job? If not, why go through such intense hatred?
A whole lot of false charges and fake encounters are placed on Muslims, they are being arrested without charges, lynched, and harassed. Hinduism does not teach this behavior, these are the lost souls among us. Muslims, Christians, Dalits, and Sikhs live in apprehensions. The only hope they have is the integrity of the Supreme Court of India and the inherent goodness of fellow Indians, the Hindu Majority.
Forgive them, Lord, for they know not. If only they become aware that no Muslim, Dalit, Sikh or Christian has harmed them personally, they will remain a good human being as a majority of people do. Collectively, it is our responsibility to share with our fellow Indians, the good things we do, which they may not know. Hence, this website.
We care about India, our motherland, we are all one family per the great tradition of Sanatana Dharma, each one of us is a part of the Vasudhaiva Kutumbukum.
The anti-Muslim rhetoric is aggressively infecting the common Indians. Sadly in India, these lost souls have cells funded by the political parties, whose only work is to spread false information.
We have many organizations, Muslim as well as non-Muslim countering the Islamophobic messages with good deeds. You may be surprised that some of our fellow Indians do not know how much good Muslims are doing. It is time we highlight goodness.
Since the title is Good Deeds, we hope fellow Indians see the good things Muslims are doing for the benefit of all Indians.
God has mentioned several times in the Quran that the significant criteria for earning his grace are by caring for life and the environment. Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) wisdom sums it up that a good deed is an unselfish act of doing things for the benefit of others. He said it is like planting a sapling or sowing a seed, knowing that when that becomes a shade-giving or fruit-bearing tree, he/she is not the beneficiary.
There are several stories to highlight this narrative. One of them is a woman of the street (sinner) who saves a thirsty dog, will be forgiven by God. A man who shares his food with the hungry neighbor before going to sleep is better than the one who prays all day long. Such is the emphasis placed on caring for others. Indeed, if we can stand up for the rights of others, others will be inclined to stand up for us. Standing up for Justice is one of the twelve sacred values of Islam.
Of course, God is selfish, too, since he created the world in harmony; he wants his intelligent (Ashraful Mukhlookhat) creation to take the responsibility (viceregent) to preserve the tranquility and balance.
Allah acts like the owner of a business, who appreciates the employees who put in their heart and soul to protect and defend his creation. People ask me, what is God’s will? I would say he wants his creation to live in harmony and bestows his grace with peace to the individuals who work to preserve and restore balance. More about it in the chapter Essence of Islam in the book American Muslim Agenda backed up with Verses from the Quran.
This portal is India-focused now, but in 2021, it will become an international portal, and to accomplish that, we seek dedicated young men and women to take this forward.
Dr. Mike Ghouse is the founder and president of the Center for Pluralism. He is a speaker, thinker, author, consultant, pluralist, activist, and newsmaker. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions to the media, the interested public, and policymakers. More about him at www.TheGhousediary.com