As the freezing winds pierced through Washington DC this past weekend, Tehran warmed up to a nuclear peace deal. Since you may have gotten an earful about the three decades of US-Iranian diplomatic quagmire, the two decades of Israeli-Iranian mien of ancient warriors, and a decade old label of “Axis of evil,” I won’t dwell over it. Such hubris is not worth dwelling over anyway.
Rather, let’s talk about the power of humility in peacemaking which brings me to the point: Can Prophet Muhammad’s diplomatic legacy help US-Iran to build a lasting peace?
The answer is yes, particularly if you believe that the US-Iran stalemate had more to do with pride – the Seven-Deadly-Sins-of-Christianity and the Satanic-arrogance-in-Islam kind of pride – than issues. It had more to do with the style – calling your partner an “Axis of evil” or “The great Satan” – than substance. It had more to do with leaders of both nations – giving a disappointed look to George Bush and Mahmud Ahmedinejad – than their people.
In the story that follows, Prophet Muhammad demonstrates how to shun pride so peace shines.
In 628 A.D., after defending against three bitter …continue reading at huffingtonpost.com
Dr. Faheem Younus is the Senior Fellow at the Hoffberger Center for Ethics at the University of Baltimore and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland. In the post 9/11 America, where Islam is a source of intrigue to some and angst to others, Dr. Younus initiated a dialogue surrounding Muslim and American values. That dialogue led to the birth of his blog – Muslimerican.com – where you can find his archived works.
Awards: Dr. Younus is the recipient of the prestigious Presidential Service Award (Gold) by Barack Obama in 2009 for his work with Muslim Youth in America. He received an honorable mention at the 2011 Annual Volunteers Service Award by the Governor Martin O’Malley. In 2006, he was recognized by then Governor Robert Ehrlich for his services in the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. He has also received numerous awards for excellence in writing, civic engagement and patient care. He can be reached at talk@Muslimerican.com Show full bio