Website launch date: August 15, 2020,*
Mission: To counter Anti-Islam and Anti-Muslim messaging in India with Good deeds.
Vision: Where we see Muslims as nation builders, contributors, kind, and caring do-gooders.
Who is involved: https://gooddeeds.info/about/
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. 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. I am glad to see the Indian Muslims are going out of the way and feeding the stranded labors, 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, goodness, kindness, and caring are powerful elements of a civilized society.
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.
Muslim: A Muslim is someone who cares for fellow humans, who empathizes with them, tells the truth, is trustworthy, he 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 mitigated 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 old friends and gain the goodwill of all friends.
3. To populate the internet search engines with the 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 that state of the union to be adharma – a state where no one trusts the other and is afraid of the 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 a newsmaker. He is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions to the media, interest public, and the policymakers. More about him at www.TheGhousediary.com
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