Thank God I am alive today, a new commitment to a new life

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On Tuesday morning,
the Farmers Branch paramedics team responded to my 911 call, and within 30
minutes they had me on the ER table, and the good doctors unclogged the
artery and placed a stent to keep the blood flowing. Doctor Siddiqi said
another 30 minutes would have been too late, and I would have gone!
It was the severe
chest pain coupled with sweating that got me alarmed. I didn’t want to call any
one that early, but texted my friend Adil,  he was driving out of town and
thanks to him for suggesting to call 911, and after debating within, I
reluctantly made the call,  it was the right thing to do. If you or your
loved ones were in a similar situation, please don’t hesitate to call
Father Daughter
God willing, I will
be active in a few days, meanwhile I ask you to strengthen your existing
relationships with your loved ones. Don’t know who is going to go when. Let’s
be good to fellow beings and live a regret free life, at least from here
forwards. I request you to forgive my shortcomings and excesses.
Thank you for your
Thanks to Yasmeen for
her persistent push for me to lose weight, indeed, I owe her a big thank you for getting
me down from 215# to 190#, at one time I had gone down to 179#, today I’m 189.
She has set a goal of 175# for me, and I will listen to her dutifully now, and
enjoy the dieted delicious foods she will be fixing for me.
One of the best
things that has happened to me is the time I am getting to spend with my grown
up daughter, son, daughter in law and my 15 day old grand baby Jayden. Mina, my
daughter is with me for the last four days, and will be with me for
another week. I did not realize she is so caring, loving and responsible to
keep me on tract from medicine to food to driving me around. I am looking
forward to two weeks of heaven with my kids; this is one of the biggest joys of
my life. Then I will be heading to Yasmeen and spend another week or two with
her before I get back to normal working, speaking and writing. 
Thanks to Dr. Amer
Shakil for treating me some five years ago, and then Dr. Asifa Ijaz. I wish I
had listened to them, and continued with the medication they had prescribed. If
you are like me, don’t act like me, please listen to your doctor.  
On Tuesday morning on
July 9, cold sweat flipped me upside down.  I got up earlier than I had
planned on getting up for my first suhoor (early meal to commence fasting) of
Ramadan due to massive chest pain, it was early in the morning and did not want
to call anyone, and I thought it would go away from aspirin… It did not. So,
I reluctantly called 911.
While waiting for the
ambulance, an old scene returned to my mind, way back in mid sixties, I had
fallen from a tree and had recited a few verses from Qur’an (Ayatul Kursi,
Fatiha, and Ikhlas) thrice in less than thirty seconds while I was unconscious
(my friends told me that).  Even though I consider myself a rationalist, I
still cannot figure out how I was able to recite all that in such a short
period of time. Once again, on Tuesday morning, I repeated that recitation
while waiting for the paramedics. 
At 11:13 PM on
Monday night, I “started” the 1st day of Ramadan note and posted
at, this would have been the
4th year of writing about Ramadan, everything you wanted to know about Ramadan.
 Thank God, I have been able to visit every mosque of every denomination
during Ramadan with a determined purpose of learning and sharing the uniqueness
of each tradition with the other without prejudice. The more we know about the
other, the lesser biased we would be, and subsequently free ourselves from the
evil of prejudice. 
I urge every
religious person of every faith, particularly the ones who are biased towards others,
or the ones hung up with others to make an effort to enjoy true freedom and
liberation from hate and ill will by learning about the other, until you find good positive information. 
My first Iftaar (breaking
of fast) was going to be with Dr. Imam Yusuf Zia Kavakci at the Richardson
Mosque. Dr Kavakci is a man I greatly respect and have consistently mentioned and written
about him for the great qualities of a Muslim he is blessed with. The last time
we met was about two weeks ago at Zahra Khan’s funeral (my friend Adil’s 19
year old angel, who is considered Shaheed, God’s favorite person as she died
with cancer) a week ago, Dr. Kavakci gave me a special hug, a very affectionate
one like my father, and said a lot of nice things in public prior to the
prayer, it meant a lot to me.  
This is my first
RAMADAN in four years; I won’t be able to do anything. However,  if you have an interest
in learning about the spirituality, traditions and politics of Ramadan, please
visit Even though I won’t be
fasting and visiting mosques this season, I’ll still continue to write about different aspects of
Thru the grace of
God, I am alive today with a renewed mission to follow the teachings of my
mentors; Prophet Muhammad, Jesus, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. 
I am committed to do the
following to the best of my ability;
1. To be the Amin –
the truthful, trustworthy and an instrument of safeness to fellow
2. To be a conflict
mitigater and a goodwill nurturer 
3. To be “just”
in every aspect of life 
4. To live with an
open heart and an open mind towards fellow beings, 
5. To Stand up for
6. To work on fixing
the ill practices of individuals within my religion; Islam
7. To work on fixing
the ill practices of individuals within my Party; GOP
May Allah guide me to
remain on the path and I appreciate your support in moving forward. Thank God,
I have no religious, political or national walls between me and another
individual, and it’s good to be free.
The Spiritual freedom
is indeed the greatest achievement in one’s life and it sticks to you. Those of
us, who can free ourselves from ill-will, malice, hate, tension, pain, anxiety,
apprehension, hostility, stress, strain and conflicts, are showered with
blessings of peace and joy.  It is good to be free. 
Blessed are the
Mike Ghouse
(214) 325-1916
Mike Ghouse is
speaker, thinker and
writer on pluralismpolitics, peace, IslamIsraelIndiainterfaith, and cohesion
at work and social settings. He is committed to building a Cohesive America and
offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day at Mike
has a strong presence on national and local TV, Radio and Print Media. He is a
frequent guest on Sean Hannity show and the O’Reilly Factor on
Fox TV, and a commentator on national radio networks, he contributes weekly to
the Texas Faith Column at Dallas Morning News,
fortnightly at Huffington post, and
several other periodicals across the world. His personal site indexes
everything you want to know about him.  

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