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1 Sunday, September 9, 2007 Crowne Plaza Hotel, Addison (Dallas) Texas 10 Cities across our nation will be joining us doing the event simultaneously. 4:15 PM – 7:00 PM Representation from every Religion, Race, Ethnicity, Culture and Nationality

2 Our mission is to encourage individuals to develop an open mind and an open heart toward their follow beings. If we can learn to accept and respect the God given uniqueness of each one of the 7 billion of us, then conflicts fade and solutions emerge. We believe that knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of a different point of view.

3 OUR MISSION Our Mission is to work for a world of co- existence through inclusiveness and participation. As a member of diverse family of faiths, our efforts will be directed towards justice and equity to attain peace for the humankind with a firm grounding in commonly held values. We cannot have advantages at the cost of others. Such benefits are temporary and deleterious to lasting peace. We believe what is good for Muslims has got to be good for the world, and vice versa, to sustain it. Indeed we aspire to promote goodwill amongst people of different affiliations, regardless of their faith, gender, race, nationality, culture or any other uniqueness blessed by the creator. Our Mission is driven by the Qur'an, Al-Hujurat, Surah 49:13: "O mankind! We have created you male and female, and’ve made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. The noblest of you, in sight of Allah, is the best in conduct. God Knows and is Aware."

4 On this Unity Day USA, We the people of the United States of America; of every faith, race, ethnicity, culture and background; gather to pray for peace, unity and security of our nation and the world.

5 L-R: Bahai, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Hopi, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Oloriya, Shinto, Sikhism, Wicca, Zoroastrianism We are working on having every faith and every ethnicity represented.

6 Our 2007 theme is One Nation under God. Our prayer leaders will seek guidance from wisdom of their respective faiths. Our Civil servants and community leaders will echo the same sentiment and suggest ways in which we as individuals can work towards cohesive and thriving local communities. As Americans we uphold, protect, defend and celebrate the values enshrined in our constitution. All our faiths reinforce the creed of "One Nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.“

7 Our Civic Leaders Mayors: Gary Slagel, Pat Evans, Mike Simpson, Joe Chow | Council Members: Terry Simmons, Bob Townsend, Pat Malone

8 Jewish Community

9 Christian Community Christian Community was represented by Baptist, Catholic, Protestant, Lutherans, Unity Church, Unitarians Presbyterians and others. We need to bring all representations.

10 Muslim Community Muslim Community was represented by Ahmadiyya, Bohra, Ismaili, Shia, Sunni, Nation of Islam by different races, ethnicities, nationalities of men and women.

11 Hindu Community

12 Oloriyo Community

13 Zoroastrian Community

14 Bahai community

15 Jain Community

16 Sikh Community

17 Hopi Indians

18 Wicca

19 The Foundation for Pluralism and the World Muslim Congress have taken the initiative to bring about a positive change to the 911 event. It is one of the greatest tragedies in the history of our nation, and to honor the lives of thousands of fellow Americans on that day, we have committed to make this day, the Sunday before 911, a day of Unity of Americans to rededicate ourselves to peace, unity and prosperity of our nation.

20 Communities

21 Civil Servants UTD Provost Dr. Wildenthal, FBI Chief Guadalupe Gonzales, Dept of Justice, Richard Sombrano

22 Community

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24 Participants

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26 At this time we are looking to hold this event in ten different Cities across our land. Those of you, who have the time, money and resources to help make this happen, please feel free to Join… in every American City. A page for each City will be dedicated on the website

27 2 ½ Hours program outline 1.Meet and Greet 2.National Anthem & Pledge of Allegiance 3.Statement of Purpose (5 Min) 4.Acknowledgement of Sponsors & Dignitaries 5.Civic Leaders (2 to 3 Min/each) 6.Spiritual Leaders (2 to 3 Min/each) 7.Recognitions 8.Key Note 9.Refreshments (Sensitive to the dietary needs of all)

28 The Message: On this Unity Day USA, we, the people of the United States of America; of every faith, race, ethnicity, culture and background, gather to pray for peace, unity and security of our nation and the world. Our 2007 theme is One Nation under God. Our religious prayer leaders will seek guidance from wisdom of their respective faiths. Our Civil servants and community leaders will echo the same sentiment and suggest ways in which we as individuals can work towards cohesive and thriving local communities

29 Continued… As The American Muslims, the World Muslim Congress and the Foundation for Pluralism have taken the initiative to bring about a positive change to the 911 event. It is one of the greatest tragedies in the history of our nation and to honor the lives of thousands of fellow Americans on that day, we have committed to make this day, the Sunday before 911, a day of Unity of Americans to pledge to the peace, unity and prosperity of our nation. Unity Day USA is to be held on Sunday before September 11 of each year, as suggested by Congressman Pete Sessions, Kenny Marchant and Ralph Hall in a luncheon meeting in Dallas. Congressman Sessions’ office is planning to get Unity Day USA proclaimed as National Day along with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi who has shown the same interest.

30 The end. As Americans we uphold, protect, defend and celebrate the values enshrined in our constitution. All our faiths reinforce the creed of "One Nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.“ Mike Ghouse Chair, Unity Day USA, (214)

31 Thank you.

32 A Muslim initiative; Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) taught us strive to create better communities… he was the first model Citizen and earned the title of AL-AMIN – the truthful, trustworthy, the caring and the peace maker from Non-Muslims at that time. We have to become the Amin’s for the world, let’s take that first step and be known as the one’s who participate and contribute towards the peace, security and prosperity of our Nation.


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