To: My Dear Fellow Americans
From: Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia
Subject: “LIVING WISDOM”
April 24, 2013
My Dear Fellow Americans,
Saddened deeply on hearing about the two young Chechnyan brothers being responsible for the terror attack on Boston Marathon day; I remain in a state of shock and despair due to the sheer “Lack of Wisdom” displayed by these Muslim teenagers, putting the entire Muslim community around the world to shame.
In this world of “Tweets” one can easily read in between the lines of “The Sick Mind of a Terrorist.” I was literally appalled to read a few tweets which was pointed out by Charles M. Blow in his article “The Mind of a Terror Suspect” recently published in The New York Times. The most repulsive tweet referring to 9/11 was reported by Marvin Olasky, Editor-In-Chief of the World Magazine. They are as follows:
1. “i won’t run I’ll just gun you all out #thugliving.”
2. “I killed Abe Lincoln during my two hour nap #intensedream.”
3. “September 10th baby, you know what tomorrow is, Party at my house!”
Absolutely disgusting! Where did these young men acquire such a hateful view of everything around them? Though “9/11 Truthers” are all over, and disturbingly more so among American Muslims. I was hardly surprised to read another tweet, “Why is it hard for many of you to accept that 9/11 was an inside job?” Only by listening to the “Preachers of Hatred,” such as, Dr. Zakir Naik of India, who has consistently remained engaged in vehemently spreading “Dead Wisdom” to young Muslim all over the world, one can get a drift of what hateful preaching can lead to. Disruption, destruction and death. Dr. Naik wholeheartedly believes in his own “Inside Job” theory, but fails to realize what he and his fellow preachers in the Islamic countries have done to the minds of the young Muslims. There are million-fold of Muslim teenagers and adults who devotedly listen to Dr. Naik and get carried away with his jibber jabber that is directed against America and the West.
Robert Brady, in his article “LIVING WISDOM” published in Kyoto Journal (53) – Year 2003, very thoughtfully explains the difference between the living wisdom versus the dead wisdom as follows:
And as there is a living wisdom, so there is a dead wisdom. Dead
wisdom obviates dialog by saying: “Do it this way because we have
always done it this way.” Dead wisdom says: “We know best.” Dead
wisdom souls a dead society, whose walls will not stand. Living wisdom,
in contrast, like all ongoing, is endlessly learned, always and ever new.
Living wisdom is green, the green of the grass, the green of the lead,
the green of that living layer beneath the bark of a tree. It is the green
of youth and hope, of knowledge about to be known.
This humble American Muslim named “Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia” migrated to the United States of America back in 1970. My fellow students came to this country with heart full of love. A few lucky ones from our generation acting as proud American citizens contributed to the welfare of this country of ours which we all love and adore. Little do the young Muslims know how perverted their minds are? I wonder how many of them have any clue whatsoever about America’s most revered and admired President Abraham Lincoln’s historic 1909 ‘VDB’ penny being part of a camera calibration on NASA Mars rover Curiosity? Hardly a few, if any.
Believe it or not, many of my friends not only in Atlanta, Georgia, but even in Pakistan and India belong to the “9/11 Truther” club. No doubt, wisdom lingers and the result is all too known, folks! “Dead wisdom souls a dead society.” What is truly alarming is that American Muslims, while living in this beloved country of ours, simply have a hard time assimilating the wisdom of our “Founding Fathers.” It is high time for all the Muslims living in America to wake up and do their moral duty of raising their children to become “First-Class Citizens” of America and not ruthless “Homegrown Terrorists.”
Enough said! A sane American Muslim must not only share the anguish with friends but at the same time must also express his or her grave concern about the evil-doers who are hell-bent on terrorizing our nation. Merely giving lip service will not suffice anymore. Muslims from all walks of life will have to come together to bravely confront the deadly wisdom imparted by their religious preachers and leaders not only in America, but also across the Islamic countries. Free speech is great, but hateful speeches must be thoroughly scrutinized, questioned and condemned so that everyone can know that prevailing deadly wisdom is being replaced with the “LIVING WISDOM” that complements to the universal moral values.
My fellow Americans, I cannot help but quote Lin Yutang, a Chinese writer, translator, linguist who once wrote, “Hope is like a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” Boston Marathon has been in existence since April 19, 1897. It is not only a road where the runners from across the world come to participate in the city’s signature event, but that very day is also known as a “Patriots’ Day.” Let me put it on record that this patriotic American will never forget the horror inflicted upon our fellow Americans. With whatever little capacity I possess, I shall do all in my power to work diligently in exposing the “Preachers of Hatred” that seem to carry a nasty habit of corrupting the minds of Muslim youths by spreading their “Hate America” and/or “Blame America” rallying cry for a long long time. America shall prevail as always. After all, we are the nation of “The Brave and the Bold.”
God bless all the Bostonians and their perfect slogan “Boston Strong.” True American patriotism was clearly visible when my favorite singer, Neil Diamond, was at s Boston Fenway Park to remind us all of a “LIVING WISDOM” expressed in his old time evergreen song “Sweet Caroline” – Hands, touchin’ hands, reachin’ out, touchin’ me, touchin’ you.” With such a human feeling, the patriotic Americans should collectively pray for the speedy recovery of those who were injured in the Boston Marathon terror attack. My heartfelt condolences also go to the grief-stricken family members of Martin Richard, Krystle M. Campbell, Lu Lingzi and Sean Collier. May God rest their souls in peace. Amen.
With respect and admiration for all of my friends and fellow Americans, I remain
Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia
From: An Old Pagan
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 6:36 AM
To: Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia
Subject: Re: “SO PROUD TO BE A BOSTONIAN” – “touchin’ words”
My name somehow ends up on a number of Islamic sites where I really feel I have little to say. Those I “spam” because I didn’t ask to receive them and I don’t benefit from them or give benefit to them. But I will not spam your message because it reaches out beyond the words of your holy books, but not beyond their spirit of love and goodness. I am an old Pagan and will remain so I’m sure, but I too wish to reach out to all my fellowmen of all faiths. Thank you for sharing this.
Bran th’ Blessed
From: A Christian Friend
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 8:16 AM
To: Rafiq Lodhia
Subject: Re: “LIVING WISDOM”
Rafiq, I appreciate so much you writing with such strength and pain. While I am sad that this is true, it is probably necessary that solid, heartfelt Muslims like you who understand a broader outlook on what Peace means must speak out. It would be understandable to me if you wanted to grieve alone over what these young men (and others) have done or do in the future. Yet the strength and quality of your words make it clear their actions do not speak for your faith or life.
Now for me, I already knew that. One of the best ways to tear down walls of suspicion and contempt is to know others. Knowing you has shown me repeatedly the heart of a good man with great dreams, dreams of godly honor, character, and a desire to see the truth and purity of God win out. So when I see sorrow-filled situations like Boston or the news of Canada, I make no blanket assumptions that people such as those stand for Islam. The reason? I know Rafiq, the man of character and heart, who longs for God’s truth, goodness, and purity to reign.
Keep that spirit growing within yourself. And within your wonderful children. And keep seeking His will for your life. The best to you.
From: A Jewish Friend
Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 9:26 AM
To: Rafiq Lodhia
Subject: RE: “LIVING WISDOM”
I am always humbled when I read your emails and it is reassuring to know that the voice of reason and compassion can be just as loud and influential as the voice of terror. We just need more people like you to use their voice!
All the best,