What am I doing in Washington
I am requesting your generous feedback. Here is an effort to write the shortest possible note, and yet say most of it, please let me know if I did it.
Pursuing our dreams and realizing them in our life time is the biggest achievement in one’s life. The dream comes in two parts and most of us have achieved the first part; i.e., taking care of ourselves and our families to the best of our abilities. America has been a great catalyst in achieving our dreams, thank you America!
The second part is what most of us are hunkering for, and at times it is not clear where we should place our priorities or what legacy we want to leave behind us. Bill Gates had the best advice – do it while you are alive and relish the good, instead of letting it happen on its own when we are gone abruptly. We all struggle to make our life purposeful and that is good. You can join us in that direction.
My friend Ambassador Islam Siddiqui and I were walking from our office to the congressional building for a meeting. On our left were Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, and on the right was the Capitol Hill. We were talking about the founding fathers and their vision that has carried this nation this far, what a vision they had, and how utterly unselfish were they! We are all the beneficiaries of the systems and structures they left behind. You and I wouldn’t be here had it not been for their immortal declaration of independence that all men are created equal.
That vision has been raining on me like blessings from Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). His wisdom could not be clearer; he said a good deed is something you do for others. God repeatedly asserts (Quran) that if you take care of his creation; i.e., your fellow beings, your rewards are with him. Thanks to the prophet for elaborating on it, he explained, a good deed is like planting a tree knowing full well that the beneficiaries of the shade and fruit from the ( future) tree are not us.
Our goal is to build a cohesive America where none of us have to live with apprehension, tension, suspicion or fear of the other. It is the land of the free and the brave. We hope to earn our dignified social, political and religious space in the U.S and cherish it with fellow Americans.
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