Before Islam, 1400 years ago, the world was in bondage.

The people of the world were owned, controlled and dominated by kings, landlords, priests and all kinds of people of power and privilege.

Islam came, 1400 years ago, and liberated them.

Islam, 1400 years ago, broke the chains that bound humanity and set humanity free.

Can we all -- can the world today -- say a collective "Thank You, Islam!" to Islam?

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"People, Muslims included, have opinions about America – and who can blame them. And they want to express those opinions – and they should. For, that is what America is all about: the right of the people everywhere to have an opinion and express it.

And from way before that, from when America was not even a glint in the eye of the Founders, and when the thought of crossing the Atlantic had occurred neither to Thomas Paine nor perhaps to any of his forbears going back several generations, that is what Islam has been all about: the inalienable and God-given right of people to have opinions and express them. Whether or not those opinions are positive or negative, derogatory or salutary has no bearing on the right of the people – whether inside or outside America – to have an opinion about America, or about anything else, and be able to express that opinion.

So, should I say: Thank God for America?

And should we all not also in the same breath say: Thank God for Islam?" (Dr. Pasha)

Heroes come in all shapes, sizes and colors. And there are men among them as well as women.

I am used to heroes – for, that is the story of Islam: one unbroken chain of heroes, male as well as female – so I have no difficulty in knowing or picking my heroes.

I had picked out Bill Gates and Warren Buffet as my heroes a long time now.

I recently added the name of Elizabeth Edwards to the list, for she left a mark on my mind, in her life as well as in her death.

“For over 600 years, the Jews were in the dock on the False Charge of Christ Killing. They would remain there for another 1300 years in many parts of Europe, subject to all kinds of persecution and abuse, including repetitive pogroms – generally a form of officially sanctioned, aided or condoned organized violence, terror and mass killings.

But in early 7th Century, there appeared a man in Arabia claiming to be God’s messenger on earth, who set the Jews free from this false burden.

That man brought a book claiming to be God’s word in human hands. That book – and that man – in one decisive declaration exonerated the Jews from centuries of the False Charge of Christ Killing. “Absolutely, positively, they did not kill him,” declared that book that this man brought that he said was from God.

Wa maa qataloohu yaqueenaa!” are the original words in the original Arabic text of that book.

Muslims never went to the Jews to collect for this epochal favour they did to them. Not even a word of gratitude or thanks did they ask for or receive. No one offered them any tokens of gratitude or appreciation. In fact, everyone forgot all about it.” (Dr. Pasha)

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