Thank 60 Minutes for segment on Gazan suffering

Gazan boys looking through trash for food

Gazan boys looking through trash for food


Last night on CBS, 60 Minutes showed an extremely balanced segment on the suffering of the Gazan people during this latest siege and the zealotry within the extreme orthodox settlers. 


SEE: Is Peace Out Of Reach? Video –


Please thank CBS for their coverage of the suffering of Gazans and encourage them to continue such balanced coverage on domestic and international issues.



Walid encourages donations to Gazans


Tonight, I gave some brief comments regarding the importance of giving charity to the innocent civilians in Gaza that continue to suffer after the long blockade and recent war crimes committed by the Israel military.


At a modest dinner sponsored by the Islamic Shura Council of Michigan (ISCOM) at the the Muslim Unity Center in West Bloomfield, Michigan, approximately $80,000 was raised to be given to the United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA).


On February 6 in Dearborn, Islamic Relief USA has a scheduled fundraiser for the children of Gaza.


Our donations are not in support of the political authority in Gaza nor even for the sake of Palestinians.  Our donations are for the pleasure of our Lord, and our love for the condition of the human soul.


 إِنْ قَالَ أَحَدٌ:«إِنِّي أُحِبُّ اللهَ» وَأَبْغَضَ أَخَاهُ، فَهُوَ كَاذِبٌ. لأَنَّ مَنْ لاَ يُحِبُّ أَخَاهُ الَّذِي أَبْصَرَهُ، كَيْفَ يَقْدِرُ أَنْ يُحِبَّ اللهَ الَّذِي لَمْ يُبْصِرْهُ؟


According to the present day Gospels, Jesus, the Prophet of Islam, (Peace be upon him) in a statement that coincides with the Qur’an and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad (Prayers & Peace be upon him and his family) said, “If anyone says, Surely I love G’d, but he hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that doesn’t love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love G’d whom he hasn’t seen?”


We’ve all seen the suffering of the people of Gaza, Muslims and Christians alike. Besides your supplications to the Almighty, please donate a few dollars for the innocent civilians of Gaza.




Cultivate dialogue, peace

Despite our condemnation of the Israeli army killing hundreds of Gazan civilians and wounding thousands in their latest siege, we do not support equating the Nazi symbol with the Star of David as a few protestors displayed in a recent cease-fire rally in front of the McNamara Federal Building in Detroit.

The Council of American-Islamic Relations — Michigan has consistently stated Islam enjoins respect for the sacred symbols of world religions. Moreover, David, whom this symbol signifies, is a revered prophet in Islam who is mentioned in the Quran, the holy book of Muslims. We encourage all within the various faith communities to cultivate dialogue and peace within our region and to refrain from using signs and slogans that further divisions.

Dawud Walid

Executive Director

Council on American-Islamic Relations — Michigan


Message for Friday – Guard Against Being Ignorant

من قال: أنا عالم فهو جاهل

Umar  bin Al-Khattab (RH) stated, “Whoever says ‘I am a knowledgable person’, he is an ignorant person.”

One of the most dangerous and ignorant persons that walks the earth is a self proclaimed “know it all.”  The “know it all” is ignorant because he IGNORES or is not open to consider different perspectives. He is a danger to himself because he has closed his mind and structured preconceived notions about subjects and events, which causes him to miss information that could save him from spiritual or social harm. He then puts others in jeopardy by acting upon or shoving his ignorance onto others, many times without evil intent.

The “know it all” mentality is also anti-social. Who likes to be in the company for a protracted periods of time with a “know it all?” How about the person, who is educated in topics that constantly refers to himself as a “scholar?”

This person should not attribute scholarship to himself; he should allow others to recognize his scholarship. How many Phd’s have we seen that lack common sense and interpersonal intelligence? How many of these people hhave screwed up the socio-political world!?

So in the quest for becoming educated, the truly educated person understands that learning is a life long endeavor. The truly knowledgable person also recognizes his own lack of knowledge because the more information he comes into contact with, the more he realizes how much he doesn’t know.

The supplication of the true scholar is:
يا إلهي إنك عليم و إني جاهل

“Oh my G’d! Surely You are All-Knowing, and I am ignorant.”

And surely G’d knows best.