As we approach the end of Ramadan, I want to extend my heartfelt greetings to you and your family. Ramadan is a time for reflection. It is a time for fasting and for cherishing our blessings. It is a time to remember lost loved ones and those less fortunate. Ramadan reminds us of what is truly important - our family, our traditions, our deepest values and our faith.
We all share grief and sorrow over the attacks of September 11. Such attacks do not represent Islam. By the same token, the bigotry and intolerance against Muslims which has followed does not represent the ideals on which this great country was founded.
Throughout my career, I have tried to show that bigotry and intolerance have no place in America's future. I led the effort to repeal secret evidence and spoke out against profiling at U.S. airports, in shopping malls and on highways. After the September 11 attacks, I introduced the resolution condemning bigotry against Muslims, Arab-Americans and Americans of South Asian descent. I have also continued to reach out to the Muslim community.
Whenever I attend religious services reflecting the rich diversity of religious traditions in Michigan, I speak about the need for tolerance and understanding. This is a time for Americans of all faiths to pull together. The magnitude of this moment calls upon us to focus on what unites - not what divides us.
As a Catholic, I will be heeding Pope John Paul II's call to fast on December 14 as a sign of unity with the Islamic faith and a gesture of tolerance and peace. The great religions of the world need to draw closer together at this time of crisis, not further apart.
Again, I want to wish you and your family a happy Eid and best wishes for the new year.
David E. Bonior
Member of Congress
Thanks for your support to the Muslim community of America. May Allah bless you and guide you to His light. Indeed, as muslims we share a lot with the people of the book and it is more evident in the Holy Qur'an. At this moment of crisis it is very much important to know each other which eventualy will lead us towards peace between people of different ethnic, cultural and relegious background. Thanks again for your kind support.
I really appreciate your support for the Muslims in America. It is very nice to see such a warm greeting from a member of Congress. Thank You again. Happy Hollidays.
My faith in fellow human beings strengthens when I read your views. Truly we all come from one God and to him we shall all return. Our time on this planet is only temporary, that much we all know for sure. The least we can do is to live and let live, in peace.
In the garden of the Lord we are all flowers, the most beautiful & frangrant of us are those who take care of the rest of the Lords flowers. And you sir are one of His fragrant flowers. God bless you and give you strength to serve his servants.
Ahmed Asgher, New Zealand.
You are oneo f the few bright spots that American Muslims see at this time. We thank you for your efforts on our behalf. You have never turned your back on us. What can we do to assist you?
I feel as though you have a lot of learning to do. Your comments showed your ignorance toward Islam and Muslims, but that is to be expected from a non-muslim american like you, who probably wouldn't know a muslim if she was not in hijab or just assuming by someones appearance. Insha Allah, you will learn more about how we live, and understand the pain that we go through living in a world with people like you. May Allah help you.
Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Thank you so much for the kind Eid greeting. Insha Allah, others in America of diferent faiths will see that Islam is peace and the way of life for ALL Muslims. Alhamdulillah that someone like you can see that we are no different than any other group of people. May you and your family recieve many blessings from Allah.
Thank you for a very warm and generous Eid greetings to all the Muslims of US. Islam stands for justice and peace and it is important that we stay united in these troubled times.
Thank you once again for your kind and thoughful gesture.
With Best Regards,
want to have your forces in Afghanistan to control the Rich mineral resources in CIS states by basing your trooops in Afghanistan. Its shameful of US to turn a blind eye towards Israel for what Ariel Sharon is commiting openly against unarmed civilians. Where is your democracy, where is your public opinion, US is behaving like a big criminal supporting the murderous government of Israel. US Democrats and Republicans be fair in giving your support.
MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILLY.
EID MUBARAK.AND MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Once again glory be to Allah for the wonderful warm and caring words uttered by the congress man regarding Muslims.
Happy Eid, happy Holidays and new year to all Americans and Muslim Americans.
May the new year bring peace in the world, enough of this trouble time, we can all use some quiet time now.
I am a muslim british I have lived in America for 10 years and America is a GREAT country to live in :)
I just want to say that May God Bless you !!! Have a GREAT christmas ...
the Muslim community in the United States. It
means alot to us and there are special individuals
from all faiths who speak out for truth and
justice because they are true to their values and
not just looking for votes or public appeal. Your
integrity in Michigan has always been notable and
may God bless you for the good work that you do.
Chaplain Mumina Kowalski, SCI Mun
Once again thanks very much for your greetings and I hope that God will guide you in performing your duties to your constituent and the country
As an American Muslim I thank you for the greetings and I would like to extend my warmest
greetings to you and your family.
This country needs more people like yourrself to counter evil and ignorance.
May GOD bless this country ,where people from all over the world feel welcomed and at home
May Allah grant peace on earth.
As Muslims, we are taught by God almighty and prophet Mohamed (peace be upon him)to love whole-heartedly and revere all prophets of God more specially Jessus Christ. Moreover, we are required by our religion tolenrance towards other beliefs and Qur'an is testimony to that in having placed the people of the book in special place in their relationship with the Muslim community.
It is our greatest hope that messages from the likes of David Bonior will be given their due place not in the American society but in the policy makers of this country so that we can live in peace and harmony between people of all faiths contributing to the well-being of all humanity reminding us of the days when Muslims, Christians and Jews lived so peacefully under the Islamic rule known as the Golden Age among the Jews.
Throughout my life spent here in America, I have never truly appreciated the freedom of living, breathing what I am and what I represent as a whole - a Pakistani Muslimah. This title for me has now become a kind of anchorage for survival in this country where many are choosing to throw away and leave behind every remnant of their cultures an religion. What I want to ask is why? Why would anyone even think of playing into what the manipulative media is indirectly brainwashing us to do? Instead we should get together and stand up for what we believe in, proudly strut our cultural backgrounds and nationality, and most of all - never give in to outside pressure, no matter how tempting. If there are like the congressman , many more good Americans out there who understand our situations and all support us in this internal struggle , than we should go ahead and live our lives as we did before without fear or undue compulsion. My duah in this month Ramadan will be for us Muslims to stand proud and represent Islam in its TRUE form, for those innocents who died and are still dying in Afghanistan and Palestine and Kashmir and all over who are being oppressed, and for Allah to guard our hearts against the evil that is fast spreading in this world - IGNORANCE.
Thank you Rep David Bonior. We need more people like you in this contry, cause people like you make the world a better place.
May Allah bless the good work of Islamicity and other people of well-meaning.
Esther, I think your understanding of islam and muslims is incorrect. Muslims, or you should say Palestinians(because they are not all muslims) do not stone "white" people to "vent their anger". They are fighting an oppressing hell-bound enemy that is killing them every day...and they will succeed, if god is willing. Muslims were not responsible to September 11th. A handfull of lunatics were. If you spend some time not listening to Jewish-filtered media, and pick-up a book and read about islam, you'll find out that it is a religion of love, peace, and right-doing. Hey, you might even consider converting!! So my friend, before you start bashing muslims and sounds very ignorant, get your facts straight. May god bless you.
Thanks for the nice and sincere comments. As Allah said in the Qur'an, He had created us of different nations and different tribes to get to know each other and to learn from each other. He made us into different races, different colors, and different cultures and taught us different languages. The most honorable of us is the most fearful of Allah and the most watching Allah in all his or her deeds. Allah is most forgiving and His message is the truth and the light to all humanity. As Allah said in the Qur'an telling us what to say (to the believers from other religions), say I believe in what you believe and our God and your God is the same.
This is addressed to Esther, Now i'm not here to debate with anyone on there feeling's regarding 9/11 but when people post there option in regards's to Muslim's as a whole and point the use word'd like Esther did saying Muslims attacking white people,and Muslims being responsible for 9/11. No Muslim will kill if it not in defense of themselves.
Esther is sounding like a Bigot and a racist who only care is for the White skin people this is pure ignorance. What you saw was a hand full of Muslim who might not understand the pain and suffering of innocent American's who died along with innpcent Muslim's who died on 9/11 becasue the are so oppressed that they can't see past there own pain.
Esther try to be understanding and a little less ignorant.
Ramadan Mubarak to all my Muslims Sisters and Brothers.
It is only through dialogue and sacrifice that we can exist peacefully, and a Congressman who echoes such principles is a Congressman indeed.
12/14 and praying for peace and
understanding between our two faiths that
worship the same God of Abraham. I am glad
to see a member of Congress who is brave
enough to address anti-Muslim bigotry in this
country. I beg my Muslim brothers and sisters
to forgive real and imagined insults and
injustices and to pray with us on Dec 14 for
peace and justice in the middle east and
I like to show my appreciation for David Boniors Eid greetings and hope he has a great fast on the Dec 14th.
David Bonior has worked for civil rights for all people and understands the Islamic community with in America as he has been in contact with Muslims on a regurlar basis. I hope Muslims will continue to grow their unity. In so doing the Muslims may participate & engage with humanity as they did at their highest peak in Islamic civilisation which modern world has modelled itself upon.
There is so much misconception & ignorance of Islam even among Muslims by birth. Esther has labelled terrorism with colour of ones skin all i can say about that is Terrorism has no colour or religious meaning. Terrorism can be perpetrated by white,black or brown peoples. Red Indians natives were almost driven to extinction, Aborignies in Australia and blacks in aparthied Africa all committed by whites but should we label all whites this way the answer is NO.
The situation in the world today is a complex one for many even in the western world to understand we have become a people consumed by consumerism and a very agenda driven media with Gobalisation on the verge pushed strongly by the West i but have to wonder what is in store.
God Bless US All.
I thank him for the Eid Greeting and may God bless Mr. Bonior for his fast on the 14th.