A Mike Ghouse Profile
New Age Islam Edit Bureau
10 October 2015
Since 9/11, Americans across the political
spectrum have been asking, “Who are the authentic moderates of Islam, and where
are they?” And, “Who speaks for American Muslims?” Talk show hosts,
journalists, lawmakers, interfaith authorities and thought leaders have asked:
Where are moderate Muslims to join the debate on social, civic, religious and
political issues, including racism and violent extremism?
Their spokesman is Dr. Mike Mohamed Ghouse,
who recently has moved to Washington, D.C.
Dr. Ghouse is a proud, unapologetic
Moderate Muslim and a passionate advocate of Pluralism in religion, society,
politics, race, dining, clothing, dancing, sports and every aspect of life. He
is a public speaker, thinker, writer and a commentator who is considered an
authority on Pluralism and Interfaith relations in America, and he offers
pluralistic solutions on issues of the day.
What is Pluralism? It is simply, he says,
“respecting the otherness of others, and accepting the God-given uniqueness of
each one of the 7 billion of us. When we do that, conflicts fade and solutions
He is respected by his peers as a patriotic
American and firmly stands for the American values such as the freedoms
established by the First Amendment. In fact, Dr. Ghouse considers the U.S.
Constitution a sacred document that respects and honours every human
being. He exalts America’s immortal
Declaration of Independence. While
living in Dallas for more than three decades, he became a fixture at
Veteran’s-Day ceremonies and July 4thparades.
He has spoken at innumerable luncheons for homeless veterans and visits
with veterans at VA hospitals. Dr.
Ghouse drives around the Veterans’ cemeteries on Memorial Day and offers
prayers for all those who have defended our freedom. He will fight and defend the freedom of
America any time and all the times.
Dr. Ghouse also served as a Commissioner at
City of Carrollton, Texas for two terms.
He has contributed significantly to the
richness of America, and his gift to America would be the gift of Pluralism, an
old attitude emerging as a new discipline that he intends to teach and promote
through workshops. Dr. Ghouse hopes to train America’s candidates for higher
office regarding what the founding fathers meant when they declared that “all
humans are equal.”
Dr. Ghouse believes in building a cohesive
America, where no American has to live in apprehension or fear of the other and
which will be achieved through personal interaction. To that end, he has organized 17
Thanksgiving celebrations; 12 Unity Days USA; and 10 ceremonies to honour
victims of Holocaust and Genocides.
Dedicated both to Islam and to ‘the
Dr. Ghouse defines “moderate Muslim” as
someone who respects the otherness of others and accepts the God-given
uniqueness of each person in God’s creation.
He has published more than 1000 articles on diverse aspects of Islam and
maintains a blog on Quran, Sharia, Blasphemy, Apostasy, Hijab, Reforms,
Ramadan, Women’s issues and community relations. He is driven by the pluralistic wisdom in
Quran, and his mission is authenticated by many a verse from Quran, including
49:13, which generally means because each one of us is created to be an unique
individual, we are bound to have conflicts between family members, nations,
religions and communities, and it is because we don’t know each other and when
we start to genuinely learn about the other, myths disappear into thin air and
peace dawns on us.” There is a full
video of his talk on Pluralism in Islam.
Dr. Ghouse has published more than 3000 articles on a variety of topics, of
these, there more than 1000 on Pluralism, including 225 pieces on Pluralism in
the “Texas Faith” column in the Dallas Morning News and 130 articles at
Huffington Post. He also has published
articles on politics, foreign policy, movies, sports, culture and motivation.
TV and Radio:
Dr. Ghouse has appeared in more than 150 TV shows, including 102 with Sean
Hannity alone. He has served as subject expert hundreds of times on nationally
syndicated radio. Many listeners have heard his informed opinions at the time
of the Quran Burning issue in Mulberry, Florida, and the period of Quran
Bashing in Dallas Texas. He notably
defended the 9/11 Mosque in Lower Manhattan, and he has blogged on the Peter
King investigations and other issues. He is in the forefront of dealing with
issues and offering pluralistic solutions.
On the day of 9/11, he was on Radio all
day, taking calls from Mayors, religious and community leaders across the City
to bring coherence to the chaos created on that day, and ever since, he has
dedicated that day every year to serve and unite Americans for a strong
Politics: A political independent, Dr. Ghouse says that
he votes for the candidates who put America first, whether he or she is a
Republican or Democrat. He refuses to compromise his loyalty to America with
loyalty to a political party. He
maintains a blog on Politics and has written more than 300 columns on politics
in America. He has written about
Presidents Bush and Obama, and presidential candidates Clinton, McCain, Romney,
Gingrich, Cain, Perry, Christie, Bush, Trump and Carson.
Foreign Policy: Dr. Ghouse has always taken
a moderate approach toward foreign policy issues and offered pluralistic
solutions on issues of the day, including but not limited to Israel, Palestine,
Iran, Afghanistan, India, Egypt, Malaysia, Indonesia and other nations.
Human Rights: Dr Ghouse has stood up for the rights of
every human regardless of his or her affiliation and has been writing a
forthcoming book titled, Standing Up for Others, Standing up for the rights of
all; from Atheists to Zoroastrians and every one in between including Native
Americans, and the LGBT community. This
book will be dedicated to Sean Hannity, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, and Harbans Lal
(his first boss) with a special note.
Quran: It is one of the most misunderstood books on
the earth, even by Muslims. He sees it
as a pluralistic document to build cohesive societies, where God is not an
exclusive property of anyone but a universal energy that belongs to all, loves
us all, and cares for our well being.
Dr. Ghouse is producing a short book addressing the myths and facts
about Quran, and this book will be dedicated to Pastor Bob Roberts of Texas,
the big name among Evangelical Pastors and Imam Zia Shaikh from Irving, Texas,
both of them have understood the full meaning of pluralism, i.e., respecting
the otherness of others.
Film: Sacred is a full feature film, and it is
about changing perceptions about Muslims and Muslims adopting the non-violent
principles enshrined in the teachings of Jesus Christ, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
and Mahatma Gandhi.
Dr. Ghouse’s documentary film in progress is premised on America’s promise that
all humans are created equal. He believes that we have seen a tremendous
progress since independence, but we have a lot more to do. A rough draft of the film is in a video clip
Pope Francis: He is a blessing to mankind, and is one of
the greatest human beings of this century.
Dr. Ghouse has written more than 25 articles on Pope Francis with lots
of love and admiration for the man.
Dallas Morning News, "Over and over you hear it said: If Muslims oppose terrorism,
why don't they stand up and say it? If that has been you, Mike Ghouse ought to
be your hero."
Phyllis Curott, Vice Chair, Parliament of World’s Religions," Mike Ghouse has
the courage of his convictions - he carries a spark of inspiration that can
only be called Divine. It illuminates the world around him, enabling him to see
clearly the beauty and grace that resides in every sacred path and in each
person who walks that path.”
Religion News Service, " (RNS) A Florida pastor plans to burn a pile of Qurans on
the 9/11 anniversary, and interfaith activist Mike Ghouse says, “It is not what
(the pastor) will do, it is what we do as Americans and American Muslims that
Mulberry Ledger wrote, "The book burner (Terry Jones) came to Mulberry in hate and
the Muslims (Mike Ghouse) came to Mulberry in peace to counter the hate. The
Muslims summed it up best when they prayed for the fallen heroes who died on
Saudi Gazette, "Thank you for your commitment towards a peaceful solution,
Mike. It is the media who should thank you for your commendable cause."
Bill Matthews, "Mike Ghouse’ exemplary work for pluralism exudes acceptance
to bridge beyond imagined differences to express the exemplary conviction that
humanity lives and thrives on working together towards common goals, to
overcome fear, suspicion and prejudice."
Links to writings of Dr. Mike Mohamed
Pluralism in Islam -
Quran is not for Muslims -
Pluralism/ Interfaith Speaker
Criticism of Prophet:
My 9/11 Story -
Speaker on Israel-Palestine -
Speaker on India -
Fixing Sharia Law:
Tribute to my Father:
Tribute to my Mother:
Pope Francis - http://theghousediary.blogspot.com/2015/09/pope-francis-is-my-imam-that-is-my.html
Tribute to Dadski -
America wins with the new Muslim Group in
Holocaust and Muslim Guy -
My Name is Mike Ghouse:
Intra faith Dialogue -
Standing up for others –
thanks for publishing this, indeed it is timely, when I am dealing with
anti-Muslim rallies here in the US, and presidential candidates who are making
negative statements about Muslims. As a Muslim, I believe, if they have the
right information, they will not say bad things, so it is our responsibility to
let them know who we are, like;
1. Turning the anti-Muslim rallies around for the
2. How to deal with the presidential candidates.
If your space and policy permits, please publish
them, we can use that model with Modi and the Hindutva factions.
Yunus, I admire your linguistic skills, you are
just too good and I envy your vocabulary. Keep it up my friend...
Are Equal, Have the Same Rights, the Human Race Is One, and We Are All Brothers
– Global Call for Improving Inter-Faith Relations and Combating Religious
Supremacism and Bigotry