.

ENDOWED WITH;

  • Public Speaking
  • Writing
  • Public & Media Relations
  • Zero (near Zero) Prejudice
  • Conference Organization
  • Workshops & Teaching
  • Event Management
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Training & Motivating Staff
  • Community Outreach
  • Conflict Mitigation
  • Goodwill Nurturance
  • Financial & Budget Services
  • Fund Raising
  • Beyond Interfaith relations
  • TV Show Production
  • Radio Broadcasting
  • News Paper Publication
  • Home Building & Remodeling
  • Property Management

EDUCATION

  • M.B.A., Univ. of Dallas
  • M.Com., Bangalore Univ.
  • B.Com., Bangalore Univ.

APPRECIATIONS

OTHER PROFILES

CIVIC BLOGS

We have to build a cohesive America, where no American has to live in anxieties, discomfort of fear of the other. We cannot let the issues of the day pit one American against the other.  

9
Civic & Political Blogs

PLURALISM



Our mission is to encourage individuals to develop an open mind and an open heart toward their fellow beings. If we can learn to respect the otherness of other and accept the genetic uniqueness of each one of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge.

2
Pluralism Sites & 10 Blog

ISLAM



To be a Muslim is to be a peacemaker, one who seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence of humanity.
Mission

3 Islam Sites &  10 Blogs 

DISCUSSIONS 

- Pluralism
- Muslim Agenda
- Dallas Indians

COMMITMENT TO PEACE

Mike consciously chooses his words and actions to reduce conflicts and nurture goodwill amongst people of different affiliations. He walks the middle path and gets to work with the right wingers as well as the ultra-left. His work for peace and co-existence is reflected through the workshops, radio shows, speeches, discussion forums and writings.


 

EVENT ALBUMS

 Unity Day USA 2009

 Unity Day USA 2008
 
Unity Day USA 2006
 
Unity Day USA 2005

 Holocaust & Geno 2010
 
Holocaust & Geno 2009
 
Holocaust & Geno 2007

 

BUSINESS BACKGROUND

Currently Mike manages real properties and business consulting (2006-Now).
 

In different Managerial capacities, Mike has successfully managed subdivisions of Home building companies from ground breaking to building and moving families into the neighborhoods. Ryland Homes (1984-86); Grand Homes (1997-98); Drees Custom Homes (1998-2001); Bluffview Builders (2004-2005). Has won many awards including community Manger of the year at Ryland (1985) and Top three with Grand Homes (1998) and the # 1 Market Manager at Drees (1999) Custom Homes.
 
As Vice President of Lewis Fire Protection, Mike was responsible for successfully turning around the ailing company into a profitable one. Lewis fire was one of the largest Fire protection companies in Dallas (1981-83).
 
As Deputy Controller of Finance, Mike was responsible for the financial operations of Fluor Arabia in Dhahran, a subsidy of Fluor Corp developing Natural Gas gathering & Liquefaction plants in Saudi Arabia. Supervised over 120 employees and managed 5 satellite projects with a $5.1 Billion budget. It was one of the largest NGL facilities in the world at that time (1977-80) and Fluor was the largest Engineering Company.

FAMILY

Mike was born and raised in Yelahanka, a suburb of Bangalore, India.

Dallas, Texas is his home town for the last thirty years.

Mike's Father (1914-1977) was a Mayor (1952-53) of the town of Yelahanka . His election symbol.

A Tribute to M. Abdul Rahman.
   
Mother was a Muslim religious advisor (1930-2002) - Mom Dad 

A Tribute to Khairun Nisa

Grand mother (Dadimaa) died at 96 in the Mid seventies, she was a fiercely independent woman. It was her story that inspired Mike to name his daughter Jasmina.

Yasmeen (Wife)
Medical Doctor 
Practicing Nursing Manager

Jeff  (Son)
Attorney
J.D. SMU (2010)
M.S. Accounting UTD (2007) 

Fern (daughter in-law)
Engineer,
M.S. Engineering UTD (2008)

Jasmina (Daughter)  
UTD majoring in
Psychology 

The Sister and 3 brothers
sister in laws.

Maheen (Yasmeen's Daughter) Son in Law Phillip & Grand Kids Jalen and Isaiah. Family pic

Dadsky Everett Blauvelt 
The man who was the reason for me to the in the United States
    
Life Time Friends
Saleh Shariff

Adil Khan  
  
D. D. Maini
Father figure Friend
  
Najma (Wife 1947-2008)
A Tribute to Najma
  
PEOPLE I ADMIRE 

Rev. Bill Matthews

Dr. Harbans Lal
Dr. Basheer Ahmed
Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk
Len Ellis
Imam Zia Sheikh
Dilshad Noor


BORN & RAISED

Mike was born and raised in Yelahanka, a suburb of Bangalore, India.

His father M. Abdul Rahman's inherent disposition to treat people with dignity has influenced him a great deal. He was India's freedom fighter and the Mayor of the Town of Yelahanka [1952-53]. He taught the pluralism embedded in every religion and cited a verse from Quraan more often than any other thing he taught, his favorite reading was on gratitude, Sura Rahman from Quraan and it is Mike's favorite too.

His Mother Khairun Nisa was a pluralist in every aspect of life and has simply inspired him to be who he is today. Her death in 2001 had the greatest impact on him, as she left a large lesson of tying loose ends of life before departing the world. Indeed she wrote a note three days prior to her death about it and left a handwritten will for the family with perfect clarity. Mike reached home four hours after she had passed away. He sat by her not knowing whether to smile or to cry and finally chose to smile all the way until after she was buried and cried when he visited her three days later at her grave.  He smiled because she led a good example of bringing conclusions to every thing and cried because he won't see her again.

Mike grew up enjoying and celebrating Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Parsee and Christian Festivals. He is grateful to his parents for the exposure he was given. "My family has come to believe that all festivals are meant to celebrate and share the joy with the people you know." Years later Mike produced a Radio show called "Festivals of the World" where the essence and significance of every festival was shared on Saturdays and it continues today with his news letter.

WHOLEHEARTEDLY

Mike says, “No matter what you do in life, do it wholeheartedly” as it brings joy to oneself and the others who will consume the work. "I thank God for blessing me with the passion to do everything with my heart and soul in it. My life has become Pluralism in general and Religious Pluralism in particular."

Mike speaks at educational, religious and civic organizations on Pluralism, Religious pluralism including multiculturalism and Indian Culture.

INSPIRATION

The lives of Prophet Mohammad, Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus Christ, Mother Theresa, Gautama Buddha, Krishna, Guru Nanak, Martin Luther King Jr., father Abdul Rahman, mother Khairun Nisa and maternal grand father Shaikh Hussain have profoundly inspired Mike. President Obama is becoming a Mentor as well, as he connects with him and his thought process. 

"My kids Jeff and Mina have excited me with their fresh perspectives on life and God. All my inspirers have frequently helped me see the world from another point of view, i.e., respecting all creation and "live and let live" point of view.  My intuitive pluralism and ZERO prejudice has it's origins in Islam, Hinduism, Jainism and Christianity, many consider me to be a Baha'i. I was pleased to hear some one called me a Jew as well and I have been said by people of different faiths that I belong to them. Thanks to my  father for unlocking me from a singular cell and opening multiple windows of knowledge for me."

Mike has always cherished Abe Lincoln's statement "with malice towards none", "practicing this gives me peace." "A good Muslim is a good Hindu, is a good Christian, is a good Jew and is a good human being, the truth of goodness is the same. Reading Lincoln is my next project, as Obama is a follower of him."

"The people who continue to impart wisdom to me are; Dale Carnegie, Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Karen Armstrong, Jiddu Krishnamurthy, H.H. Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr., H.H. Aga Khan, Reverend Moon, Allama Iqbal, Guru Nanak, Rabbi Gordis and a few others.  Let me clarify this, the simple reason for these particular names is my exposure to their work. I am open to learning from every possible source."

Mike has learned profound things from his bosses and friends over the last forty years and he always acknowledges them.  Ed Nesbit, Kathy Joplin, Mike Davis , Harbans Lal and his grade school teacher Abdul Hakim.

The ultimate in learning is when you become Brahma, to borrow from the Hindu philosophy, whence you do not have a barrier between you and what surrounds you. That is precisely what Qur'aan means when it asks you to submit to the will of God, Krishna means, surrender to him or Jesus, when he says follow me, you cannot go wrong with their advice and the wisdom of all other beautiful religions.

"Each one of the holy books nourishes me in my quest for the truth.  It is quite inspiring to open each book and draw an enormous amount of wisdom from it."

Discussions with his teachers during college days has formed the foundation for his outlook; the calm Shia-Sunni discussions between his father and Hussain Ali, or his grand father; and the passionate Hindu faith of A. Ramachandra, his English teacher; the irresistible logic of Mohamed Fakhru, his weaver friend. And interacting with wise people in Dallas has enriched him tremendously. The open mindedness of Swami Nityananda Prabhu of Hare Krishna Temple;  the comprehensiveness of  Imam Yusuf Zia Kavacki of Dallas Central Mosque reinforces his belief in how God is assessed and in the last few years, his friendship with Imam Zia Shaikh is nothing but a joy. 

Each one of them is all about affection for life, non-discriminatory caring, non-favoring one over the other for the heck of it other than good deeds, which Prophet Muhammad [pbuh] described as the good you can do to other beings, the goodness you bring to God's creation.



MIKE'S FAITH

"I believe, each one of us is created by the same creative process, with a singular source [GOD] for such creation.  I believe that respecting each one of its creations is the best form of praising, worshipping and honoring that creator. I believe knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of people with a different point of view.  If we can learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness of each one of the 6 billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge."

"I have freed my God from religious confinement and believe that the divine's presence belongs to every one, and he/she/it is everywhere. I see God's greatness in every which way and in every place of worship. I don't like to lock up God in any singular spot or limit him into a form.

No one owns Jesus, Krishna or Mohamed: "Ram is not the property of Hindus, he belongs to all, Christians don't own Jesus, and Mohammed and his message belongs to all". I feel that none of us should bottle up the great teachers into small cells, their teachings are universal and they belong to all. "Don't let prejudice stop you from learning all the good you can learn from all religious teachers”. I believe Learning about other faiths simply enhances one’s search for the truth."

"I am a Muslim and blessed to be one and I pray every one feels the same about his or her individual faith. My faith connects me with my Creator and answers the purpose of life, death, accountability and results. The Islam I know  is what the majority of Muslims practice around the world, it is universal, all embracing and pluralistic. I relate with every faith and see the same essence and beauty in them as I see in Islam. I am comfortable with every beautiful way people have come to worship the divine.  We do not have to undermine other faiths to make our faith better, faith is beyond comparisons. Faith brings humility to oneself and not arrogance."

"I believe that the connection with the Creator is inversely proportional to the ego. Greater the ego, (arrogance); lesser the connection. On the other hand, greater the humility, greater the spirituality. I am grateful to that the creator has helped me learn to respect and honor all faiths, and my faith teaches me never to denigrate other beliefs.  Islam is my path and am honored to travel on it."

As beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, Mike says "religion is in the heart of the believer." Each faith is beautiful to the believer and we should honor that.

"I honor cherish and respect every which way people have come to praise and worship the almighty, including but not limited to the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Judaism, Sikh, Wicca, Zoroastrian and several indigenous systems of belief. I am committed  to defend the divinity of every faith with no exception and it is in no conflict with my faith, which is Islam."

Mike's chosen path is
Islam and here he summarizes about Islam in a few words;

To be a Muslim is to be a peacemaker, one who seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence. God wants us to live in peace and harmony with his creation;  that is indeed the purpose of religion, any religion.
 


OFFICE ADDRESS
2665 Villa Creek Dr, Suite 206
Dallas, TX 75234 - USA
(214) 325-1916

 

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Mike says, “No matter what you do in life, do it wholeheartedly.” as it brings joy to oneself and the others who will consume the work. "I thank God for blessing me with the passion to do everything with my heart and soul in it. My life has become Pluralism in general and Religious Pluralism in particular."

One of Mike's  talents is communicating precisely what needs to be done each step of the way. Whether it is a speech to inspire one to take action or develop iron clad will power, or to create a smooth working environment. He will communicate that effectively.  

His thoroughness, simplicity and a calm focus inspires peace of mind and assures a clear sense of direction for the people who come in contact, listen or do business with him.

He is patient and sees another point of view in finding sustainable solutions.

Mike was inspired by Ray Bradbury "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy... Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.… Whatever you can do or dream that you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."

and this "If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down."

He is committed to impart the same knowledge to others, there is a joy in doing things wholeheartedly.

OTHER PROFILES

Mike Ghouse is committed to building cohesive societies and offers pluralistic solutions to media and to the public on important and complex issues of the day and is available to speak in a variety of settings such as schools, seminars, conferences, and places of worship, or the work place.

 

Mike is a frequent guest on Fox News, (The Hannity Show), and has been interviewed on nationally syndicated Radio shows along with Dallas TV, Print and Radio networks and occasional interviews on NPR. He is a member of the Texas Faith panel of Dallas Morning News and writes on issues facing the nation every week.  He has spoken at international forums including the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, in Melbourne, Australia, Middle East Peace Initiative, in Jerusalem, the International Leadership conference, in Hawaii, and in Washington

The Foundation for Pluralism champions the idea of co-existence by respecting and accepting the otherness of those different from ourselves. The World Muslim Congress is committed to nurturing the pluralistic ideals embedded in Islam. Heavily involved in both, Mike Ghouse is committed to building cohesive societies and has produced outstanding public events to bring Americans together of different religions, ethnicities and races on common grounds of building a safe and secure America.

 
He is a speaker, thinker, collaborator and a writer on the subjects of Pluralism, the interfaith movement, cohesive societies, Islam, India, hope and world peace. Over 1000 articles of Mike’s have been published worldwide and two books are poised to be released this summer. His work is reflected in 4 websites and 27 Blogs indexed at
http://www.mikeghouse.net/

Concerned by the divisiveness, he saw the need to bring Americans together and founded America Together Foundation committed to building a cohesive America, indeed it is in response to ACT America which is bent on pitching one American against the other.  We will be holding series of educational programs, conferences and workshops to address the issues that divide us such as Civil Right, GLBT, Quraan, Abortion, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Racial Profiling and Stereotyping.
 

The Annual Unity Day USA is in its 7th year now, it is a purposeful event to bring Americans together, on this Unity Day, we the people of the United States of America of every faith, race, ethnicity, culture and background will gather to express our commitment to co-existence, unity, prosperity and wellbeing of our nation.  

Thanksgiving Celebration is in its 15th year showcasing cultural diversity.

The 5th Annual Reflections on Holocaust and Genocides is to learn and to acknowledge and reflect upon the terrible things we have inflicted upon each other and commit to avert such tragedies.  Through this event non-Jewish people have consciously learned about Holocaust for the first time, it was also for the first time that people of 14 faiths came together to join in to commemorate the Holocaust that commemorated within the Jewish Community for years. They are not alone anymore in their anguish, we are all in it together with them, and it is a Muslim initiative to effect a positive change.

The programs, seminars and workshops conducted by the Foundation for Pluralism have become a part of the America Together Foundation. While the Foundation for Pluralism continues championing the idea of co-existence through respecting and accepting the otherness of other, the commitment to nurturing the pluralistic ideals embedded in Islam through the World Muslim Congress continues.

Mike is a speaker, thinker, collaborator and a writer on the subjects of Pluralism, the Interfaith Movement, Cohesive Societies, Islam, India, Hope and World Peace. Over 1000 of his articles have been published worldwide and two books are poised to be released this summer. His work is reflected in 4 websites and 27 Blogs indexed at http://www.mikeghouse.net

To engage Mike in a dialogue, conference or a talk, write to Ghousespeaks@gmail.com and email dedicated for this purpose or you can call him on a short notice at 214.325.1916




 




DETAILS

Mike is an organizer of events, conferences, workshops and lectures to impart the values of pluralism at work, places of worship and the society at large, He is a conflict mitigater and a goodwill nurturer and believes that by learning to respect the otherness of others and accepting the God given uniqueness of each one of the seven billion of us, conflicts fade and solutions emerge.

He has dedicated his time to work with the leadership in offering insights and solutions to effectively managing the multi-religious, multi-ethnic, and multicultural societies.

Pluralistic solutions have the power to sustain and take us into the next century with relative security, peace and prosperity. We cannot have peace and security when we do injustice to others.

ORGANIZER

Mike Presides the
Foundation for Pluralism championing the idea of co-existence through respecting and accepting the otherness of other; he is committed to nurturing the pluralistic ideals embedded in Islam through the World Muslim Congress; a board member of the Dallas Peace Center and an Ambassador for peace with the Universal Peace FederationMike was also one of the founding board members of the Memnosyne Foundation, as well as former commissioner at the City of Carrollton.

INITIATOR

The following events were initiated, organized and established with the theme of bringing diverse people together to learn and to know about each other.

Annual reflections on
Holocaust and Genocides since 2007;
The mission is to create awareness of the inhumanity in us and find solutions for peaceful co-existence.
Mike believes that, "we cannot be safe, unless others around us are not" ( TJP - DMN 2009 - DMN 2006 - Survivors-Jewish Post - Fox TV )

The annual Unity Day USA took root in 2005, on this Unity Day USA, we the people of the United States of America of every faith, race, ethnicity, culture and background will gather to express our commitment to co-existence, Unity, safety, prosperity and well being of our nation with liberty and justice for all. 

The Annual Thanksgiving Celebrations began in 1993 to bring immigrant, indigenous and born Americans together. The purpose of celebrating this event is to give thanks to the creator for the blessings of precious life while enjoying the cultural heritage of each ethnic group.  

EDUCATOR

"Wisdom of Religion" - all the beautiful religions of the world was an hourly Radio talk show broadcasted daily.  Over 700 hours of educational programming was relayed learning about religious, humanistic and the pluralistic traditions. 

"Festivals of the World" was a weekly Radio program on Saturdays, where the essence of every festival was shared, so we all can have an idea of how other people celebrate or commemorate their holidays. (more on right panel)  

Workshops titled “Understanding Religion – every beautiful religion” were conducted for two years.  

Mike's purposeful presence in the media is to foster critical thinking.  He is blessed to have been given the time on national and local TV, Radio and Print medium to share pluralistic solutions on the issues of the day.

MEDIA RELATIONS

Mike has appeared on Public Television, Fox News, CNN, ABC, NBC and other channels and has been on NPR, KERA, KRLD, WBAP, Progressive Radio and several other Radio talk shows. The theme is for people to see and value a moderate point of view.

MODERATOR

Mike moderates several discussion groups numbering nearly 6,000 members, among them are the Foundation for Pluralism, World Muslim Congress, Dallas Indians and other groups.

Facebook has earned him nearly 4500 friends discussing issues that face us daily.

The Journal of pluralism reaches over 31,000 people around the world.

He was a Commissioner at the City of Carrollton 

STANDING UP FOR OTHERS - Link

Serving blindly was a clarion call by his Grand father and regularly reinforced by spiritual leaders from across the spectrum of religions and traditions. Mike feels blessed that God has created a speck of a space for him to fulfill that mission.

Mike has stood up and spoke for I
mmigration reforms at Farmers Branch and Downtown Dallas. He has participated in the Gaza Rally  and moderated the Interfaith Prayers for Goodwill in Gaza and has deplored the rockets into Israel. Joined in the organizations for Darfur and speaks up against the and persecution of minorities, He will stand up with Jews, Gays & Lesbian and the Mexican immigrants in a rally against them in Dallas.

He was involved in the cause of
persecuted in Japan, spoke out against the destruction of a Church in Jakarta; a ban on Hindu festival in Italy; desecration of a Hindu temple in Malaysia, Moscow, Trinidad, Lahore and other places. Spoke out against the suffrage of the Kashmiri Pundits, the massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, the burning of Hindus in Godhra, burning of Godhra and rape of Nuns in India. The forced conversions of Hindu in Pakistan and the harassment of Dalits and Christians in India. Please note these are the representative items and by all means not all. Mike also joins with Native Americans in their quest for a Heritage day to celebrate their contribution to America. 

Mike has condemned the
vandalism at Holocaust Museum, spoke out against anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and consistently fights the anti-Ahmadiyya prejudices, He made a painful acknowledgement of the atrocities we commit in different names.

He feels blessed to have the ability to touch every one of the human beings and partnering with each of the religious traditions, He has done a Radio Program on each on every one, each one at least 25 times and few over 100 times and has presented workshops on each one of them. In six Unity day events, three Holocaust and Genocide event and over ten thanksgiving celebrations and host of other events, he has painstakingly brought every one together.  

Links will be added

  • Atheists - Inclusive 

  • Bahais - Iran,

  • Buddhist - Burma,

  • Christians - Indonesia, India,

  • Hindu - Moscow, Trinidad, Kuala Lumpur,

  • Jain - Dept,

  • Jew - Iran, Dallas, DC, Texas

  • Muslim - France, England, India, America

  • Pagans - Saudi Arabia

  • Sikhs - Afghanistan, Pakistan, France,

  • Wicca - Arlington, Unity Day

  • Zoroastrian - Farvahar, Iran,

ON CREATION AND RELIGION

  1. that something caused our existence; those who are religiously oriented, generally call that causer the God, and others simply call it the logic of creation.

  2. that regardless of evolution, creation or the big bang theory, we exist and that is a fact;

  3. that universe is broadly composed of life and matter;

  4. that matter was created with a built-in balance-seeking mechanism, while humans (life) were created (caused) with the capacity to think and bestowed with a free will to find their own balance and harmony;

  5. that there is accountability for everything we do, every transaction of life has a giver and a receiver ultimately ending in a balance. If the balance is not witnessed in one's life time, religiously oriented people believe the creator God will make it happen in the imaginary here after or will happen with the idea of reincarnation. Remember humans seek balance.

  6. that the creator loves his (her or its) creation just like the mother loves her children and has guided the creation through peace makers, prophets and the messengers to guide tem to co-exist in harmony. 

  7. that the causer, creator, sustainer is not definable, not imaginable and not reducible to definitive entity as it is different for each one of us. Diversity in nature and human life was intentional, among humanoids we have accepted 7 billion unique thumb prints, unique DNA and it is time we honor the uniqueness of beliefs as well.

Mike states that the purpose of religion is to bring spiritual balance to one and balance with what surrounds him or her. A good Hindu is a good Muslim and a good Muslim is a good Jew, a good Atheist is a good Christian...  the bottom line of religion is to facilitate co-existence and harmony.

That the purpose of all faiths is to spiritually connect the humans with the divine, simply meaning understanding existence, the beginning and the end and be in tune with the universal energy. This brings peace of mind [release from misery] to the individuals and order in the society.

He strongly support the goodness of each Religion. The political motivations have deliberately ascribed the wrongs of the world to religions, it is his commitment to identify the individuals responsible for it and uphold honor of each faith.

"To be religious is to be a peace maker, one who mitigates conflicts and nurtures goodwill."

HIS FAITH

"I believe, each one of us is created by the same creative process, with a singular source [GOD] for such creation.  I believe that respecting each one of its creations is the best form of praising, worshipping and honoring that creator. I believe knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of people with a different point of view.  If we can learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness to each one of the 6 billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge."

"I have freed my God from religious confinement and believe that the divine's presence belongs to every one, and he/she/it is everywhere. I see God's greatness in every which way and in every place of worship. I don't like to lock up God in any singular spot or limit him into a form. No one owns Jesus, Krishna or Mohamed: "Ram is not the property of Hindu's, he belongs to all, Christians don't own Jesus, and Mohammed and his message belongs to all". I feel that none of us should bottle up the great teachers into small cells, their teachings are universal and they belong to all. "Don't let prejudice stop you from learning all the good you can learn from all religious teachers”. I believe Learning about other faiths simply enhances one’s search for the truth."

"I am a Muslim and blessed to be one and I pray every one feels the same about his or her individual faith. My faith connects me with my Creator and answers the purpose of life, death, accountability and results. The Islam I know  is what the majority of Muslims practice around the world, it is universal, all embracing and pluralistic. I relate with every faith and see the same essence and beauty in them as I see in Islam. I am comfortable with every beautiful way people have come to worship the divine.  We do not have to undermine other faiths to make our faith better, faith is beyond comparisons. Faith brings humility to oneself and not arrogance."

"I believe that the connection with the Creator is inversely proportional to the ego. Greater the ego, (arrogance); lesser the connection. On the other hand, greater the humility, greater the spirituality. I am grateful to that the creator has helped me learn to respect and honor all faiths, and my faith teaches me never to denigrate other beliefs.  Islam is my path and am honored to travel on it."

As beauty is in they eyes of the beholder, Mike says "religion is in the heart of the believer." Each faith is beautiful to the believer and we should honor that.

To be a Muslim is to be a peacemaker, one who seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence. God wants us to live in peace and harmony with his creation;  that is indeed the purpose of religion, any religion.

"I honor cherish and respect every which way people have come to praise and worship the almighty, including but not limited to the Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jain, Judaism, Sikh, Wicca, Zoroastrian and several indigenous systems of belief. I am committed  to defend the divinity of every faith with no exception and it is in no conflict with my faith, which is Islam."

Mike's chosen path is
Islam and here he summarizes about Islam in a few pages:


WISDOM OF RELIGION - RADIO PROGRAM (2004-06)

Learn the wisdom of all the beautiful religions of the World. It is broadcasted on weekdays at 6:00 AM  on AM Radio 1150 KBIS in Dallas/Fort Worth and world wide you can log onto www.RadioSuno.com.

More about Foundation please navigate to Foundation on the website www.mikeghouse.net . A website is in the making called www.FoundationforPluralism.com. All ideas are welcome.

The Program will celebrate its' first anniversary at the end of July 2004. This program was however commenced in August of 1995 in 15 minutes segments on the Saturdays. Now we will be completing one full year with one hour program each. In this period of time we have done 52 Hours of Each - Christianity, Hinduism and Islam = 156 Hours & 12 Hours each of Baha'i, Buddhist, Jain, Jewish, Sikh, Zoroaster and interfaith = 7 x 12 = 84 Hours + 9 Hours of general conversation. I.e., a total of 259 Hours of wisdom of Religion. I missed 1 hour in the entire year.

Monday  Christianity   
Tuesday Jainism - 1st Tue
Judaism - 2nd Tue
Baha'i - 3rd Tue
Buddhism - 4th Tue
Open
Wednesday Sikhism - 1st Wed
Zoroastrianism - 2nd
Interfaith - 3rd
Open - 4th Wed
Open
Thursday  Hinduism
Friday  Islam

The following schedule gives the specific dates.
http://www.mikeghouse.net/Calendar-WisdomofReligion.htm

 

ACTIVISM 
If you can't stand up for others, why should any one stand up for you?

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Ghouse on Google
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Ghouse on YouTube
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Ghouse on Sean Hannity 
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Ghouse at Dallas News
- Ghouse at Huffington Post
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Dallas Mega Rally
- Pluralism Prayers
- No Apprehension
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Ghouse Sites
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What is Pluralism
- Standing up for Others
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Ghouse Writings

OTHER PROFILES

Documentary
Dallas Observer
Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News

Diya Magazine
Texas Jewish Post
Dallas Morning New
Christian Science
Dallas Business Journal

EDUCATION
M.B.A., Univ. of Dallas
M.Com., Bangalore Univ.
B.Com., Bangalore Univ.
Working towards PhD in Psyc

APPRECIATIONS
Religious Communicator  
Islamic Reforms
Paul Carrus Nomination
Critical thinkers of Islam
Handbook of Religions

PLURALISM
Our mission is to encourage individuals to develop an open mind and an open heart toward their fellow beings.
 

1. Foundation Pluralism

2. Wisdom of Religion
3.
Hate Sermons
4.
Holocaust Genocides
5.
UnityDay USA (9/11) 
6.
Thanksgiving Celebs
7.
Pluralism - Questions
8.
Ground Zero Mosque

 

CIVIC BLOGS
These are my civic Blogs, the theme is similar, conflict mitigation & goodwill nurturing.
 

1. Americans Together

2. The Ghouse Diary
3. Mike Ghouse in the Media
3. Ghouse for America
4.
Ghouse for India
5.
International Conflicts
6.
Israel-Palestine dialogue
7.
Media screw ups
8.
Standing up for Others


ISLAM

To be a Muslim is to be a peacemaker, one who seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill for peaceful co-existence.
Mission
 

1. World Muslim Congress
2.
World Muslim Congress (u/c)
3.
World Muslim Blog
4.
Qur'aan Today
5.
Quraan Conference
6.
Dallas Muslim Center
7.
Ramadan Exclusive
8.
Sharia Laws
9. Blasphemy Laws

DISCUSSIONS 

- Pluralism

- Muslim Agenda

- Dallas Indians

 

EVENT ALBUMS

 Unity Day USA 2009

 Unity Day USA 2008
 
Unity Day USA 2006
 
Unity Day USA 2005

 Holocaust & Geno 2010
 
Holocaust & Geno 2009
 
Holocaust & Geno 2007

 

FESTIVALS OF WORLD


Essence of the every religious festival during the week was shared on the Radio from 1996-2003, The education continues on print and electronic media - examples;

 

December Festivals

December (more) Spirit of Ramadan
Festivals

Celebrations & Comm
Paryushan - Jainism

Rosh Hashanah - Judaism
Spirit of Navaratri -Hindu

Ganesh Chaturthi- Hindu

A Tribute to Jesus

FAMILY

Mike was born and raised in Yelahanka, a suburb of Bangalore, India.

Dallas, Texas is his home town for the last thirty years.


Yasmeen Sardar (Wife)

Jeff (Son) is Married to Fern. 2008 UTD Alum,  2010 SMU Alum

Fern (daughter in-law) is an Engineer, an M.S. from UTD

Jasmina (Daughter)  goes to UTD, majoring in Psychology 

Maheen (Yasmeen's Daughter  ) Son in Law Phillip & Grand Kids Jalen and Isaiah. Family pic

Dadsky Everett Blauvelt sponsored Mike to come to America.
 
Sister and brothers - sister in laws.
  
Dr. Saleh Shariff and (future Dr.) Adil Khan Friends
  
D. D. Maini Senior Friend
  
Najma (wife 1947-2008)
  
Dad was a Mayor of the town of Yelahanka (1914-1977). His election symbol
   
Mom was a Muslim religious advisor (1930-2002) - Mom Dad

Grand mother (Dadimaa) died at 96 in the Mid seventies, she was a fiercely independent woman. It was her story that inspired Mike to name his daughter Jasmina.

PEOPLE I ADMIRE 

Dr. Abu Saleh Shariff
Rev. Bill Matthews

Dr. Harbans Lal
Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk
Len Ellis
Imam Zia Sheikh
My sister Dilshad Noor

BORN & RAISED

Mike was born and raised in Yelahanka, a suburb of Bangalore, India.

His father M. Abdul Rahman's inherent disposition to treat people with dignity has influenced him a great deal. He was India's freedom fighter and the Mayor of the Town of Yelahanka [1952-53]. He taught the pluralism embedded in every religion and citied a verse from Quraan more often than any other thing he taught, his favorite reading was on gratitude, Sura Rahman from Quraan and it is Mike's favorite too.

His Mother Khairun Nisa was a pluralist in every aspect of life and has simply inspired him to be who he is today. Her death in 2001 had the greatest impact on him, as she left a large lesson of tying loose ends of life before departing the world. Indeed she wrote a note three days prior to her death about it and left a handwritten will for the family with perfect clarity. Mike reached home four hours after she had passed away. He sat by her not knowing whether to smile or to cry and finally chose to smile all the way until after she was buried and cried when he visited her three days later at her grave.  He smiled because she led a good example of bringing conclusions to every thing and cried because he won't see her again.

Mike grew up enjoying and celebrating Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Parsee and Christian Festivals. He is grateful to his parents for the exposure he was given. "My family has come to believe that all festivals are meant to celebrate and share the joy with the people you know." Years later Mike produced a Radio show called "Festivals of the World" where the essence and significance of every festival was shared on Saturdays and continues today with his news letter.

Wholeheartedly

Mike says, “No matter what you do in life, do it wholeheartedly.” as it brings joy to oneself and the others who will consume the work. "I thank God for blessing me with the passion to do everything with my heart and soul in it. My life has become Pluralism in general and Religious Pluralism in particular."

Mike speaks on at educational, religious and civic organization on Pluralism, Religious pluralism including multiculturalism and Indian Culture”

INSPIRATION

The lives of Prophet Mohammad, Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus Christ, Mother Theresa, Gautama Buddha, Krishna, Guru Nanak, Martin Luther King Jr., father Abdul Rahman, mother Khairun Nisa and maternal grand father Shaikh Hussain have profoundly inspired Mike. President Obama is becoming a Mentor as well, as he connects with him and his thought process. 

"My kids Jeff and Jazzie have excited me with their fresh perspectives on life and God. All my inspirers have frequently helped me see the world from another point of view, i.e., respecting all creation and "live and let live" point of view.  My intuitive pluralism and ZERO prejudice has it's origins in Islam, Hinduism, Jainism and Christianity, many consider me to be a Baha'i. I was pleased to hear some one called me a Jew as well and I have been said by people of different faiths that I belong to them. Thanks to my  father for unlocking me from a singular cell and opening multiple windows of knowledge for me."

Mike has always cherished Abe Lincoln's statement "with malice towards none", "practicing this gives me peace." "A good Muslim is a good Hindu, is a good Christian, is a good Jew and is a good human being, the truth of goodness is the same. Reading Lincoln is my next project, as Obama is a follower of him."

"The people who continue to impart wisdom to me are; Dale Carnegie, Mahatma Gandhi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Karen Armstrong, Jiddu Krishnamurthy, H.H. Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr., H.H. Aga Khan, Reverend Moon, Allama Iqbal, Guru Nanak, Rabbi Gordis and a few others.  Let me clarify this, the simple reason for these particular names is my exposure to their work. I am open to learning from every possible source."

Personally I have learned profound things from my bosses and friends over the last forty years and I would always acknowledge them.  Ed Nesbit, Kathy Joplin, Mike Davis and my teacher Abdul Hakim.

The ultimate in learning is when you become Brahma, to borrow from the Hindu philosophy, whence you do not have a barrier between you and what surrounds you. That is precisely what Qur'aan means when it asks you to submit to the will of God, Krishna means, surrender to him or Jesus, when he says follow me, you cannot go wrong with their advice and the wisdom of all other beautiful religions.

"Each one of the holy books nourish me in my quest for the truth.  It is quite inspiring to open each book and draw an enormous amount of wisdom from it."

Discussions with his teachers during college days has formed the foundation for his outlook; the calm Shia-Sunni discussions between his father and Hussain Ali, or his grand father; and the passionate Hindu faith of A. Ramachandra, his English teacher; the irresistible logic of Mohamed Fakhru, his weaver friend. And interacting with wise people in Dallas has enriched him tremendously. The open mindedness of Swami Nityananda Prabhu of Hare Krishna Temple;  the comprehensiveness of  Imam Yusuf Zia Kavacki of Dallas Central Mosque reinforces his belief in how God is assessed and in the last few years, his friendship with Imam Zia Shaikh is nothing but a joy. 

Each one of them is all about affection for life, Non-discriminatory caring, non-favoring one over the other for the heck of it other than good deeds, which Prophet Muhammad [pbuh] described as the good you can do to other beings, the goodness you bring to God's creation.

 

CRICKET

The "Annual Cricket Tournament- the Mike Ghouse Gold Cup" was established in 1996, which has paved the way to year-round cricket. Mayor Kirk declared Dallas as "The Cricket City of America". Mike was instrumental in putting Dallas on the World Cricket Map and has a dream of bringing an International cricket game to Dallas before 2005. Mayor Evan's Proclamation. 

Mike and his leadership brought the prestigious international award for the "Best Overall Cricket Development in America's" by the International Cricket Council.

Professional continuing education programs of no match in the nation. Over 3rd of our players are certified umpires, a record in the sports leagues.

Proclamation by Hon. Mayor Pat Evans of Plano on June 18, 2004 - Plano as Cricket City of America

Under his leadership NTCA hosted the first East-West USA conference - Hosted Under 15 Trials in the US