Today, we completed shooting for the documentary on Quran Burning; it is a real story about real people in Mulberry, Florida. When Pastor Jones announced that he would burn 3000 copies of the Quran, we panicked, and we wrote a press release about how Muslims will deal with the situation. It went viral, and about 300 newspapers published it around the globe, including Saudi Gazette, Iranian Newspapers, Indian News Papers, WSJ, Washington Post, New York Times, and even Korean and Somali papers.
Our concerns were; the safety of Americans serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the American civilians around the world, the tarnishing of the image of Islam. We were honoring free speech and setting the Islamic non-violence model of conflict mitigation and goodwill nurturance for the world to see.
This documentary will release on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. At this time, it is interviews with the people involved. It is a Jack Pagano and Mike Ghouse production. We are producing it with our labor and expense and working with Netflix to release it.
It is a Jack Pagano and Mike Ghouse production
The actual film that we have been planning to make will have all the ingredients of car chasing, arresting, holding the Unity Day, Pastor Jones flipping, and changing the time. Muslims ( Sunni, Shia, Ahmadiyya, Ismaili, Bohra, WD Deen Muhammad group) together praying 2 Rakat nafeel for the safety and security of Americans.
Our budget for shooting on actual locales, editing, and releasing an Oscar contender will be on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 for a small budget of $25,000. We invite investors to be a part of the film. We will assign the joint responsibility of the Treasurer’s responsibility of managing the funds to a prominent Muslim in Washington DC and the single funder.
At the end of the film, those few Muslims will think twice about resorting to violence as the Quran does not permit. The Prophet had set the example of conflict mitigation and goodwill nurturance through non-violence. The Muftis of Al-Azhar, Deoband, Nahdatul Ulama, Mecca, and Qom will reassert the non-violence teachings of the Quran and the Prophet. Muslims will also realize that free speech is one of the central values of Islam.
The fellow Americans and others worldwide will realize that real Islam teaches non-violence, not what they see on the TV from a few Muslims burning the property when they see the cartoons of the Prophet or desecration of the Quran. So, if it happens again, fellow humans will blame those individuals and not Islam or Muslims. It is one of the many ways we can save the sanctity of our faith.
300 Newspapers covered our press release, a few samples are listed here
4. A PROPER RESPONSE TO INFLAMMATORY ACT – SAUDI GAZETTE
7. RELIGION NEWS https://religionnews.com/2013/09/09/commentary-pay-no-attention-to-the-man-behind-the-burning-qurans/
5. FOR MUSLIMS IN AMERICA, A NOVEL PROTEST BY AN INDIAN MUSLIM – TIMES OF INDIA
6. TAMPA BAY FOX NEWShttp://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/23233567/2013/08/22/pastor-wants-to-burn-3000-korans-in-mulberry
9. MUSLIMS PROTESTS – MULBERRY LEDGER
Dr. Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker, author, community consultant, pluralist, activist, newsmaker, and interfaith wedding officiant. Mike is deeply committed to Pluralism in Religion, Politics, Societies, and the workplace. He is an activist for Human Rights and freedom. He has dedicated his life to building a cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions to the media and the policymakers on issues of the day. Everything about him is at www.TheGhousediary.com