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A Pray and a Plea from your Muslim Relative
an open letter to my new found Brummett family
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Peace and Blessings be upon you,
Many of you don't know me personally. I'm the second daughter of the late Billie Ray Brummett. I live in San Francisco and I am Muslim.
I want to take this moment for all believers in the One God, the Merciful and Beneficent, to gather together and remember that the taking of one life is to kill humanity. God gives us free will to do good or evil. These people who committed these horrendous acts are evil men and are condemned by the Islamic Community.
All of us will agree that the God of Abraham is the God of love and peace. That we are all brothers and sisters in the eyes of the One God. This being so, all of us hurt, all of us mourn and all of us have to look to ourselves as to what good can we do in this time of national crisis.
I plead with my Christian brothers and sisters do no fall into the notion that Muslims condone that which befell us this sad Tuesday, for we lost 800 Muslims that day. Muslims are working the front lines at Ground Zero shifting through rubble. Our Mosques are exhorting the members to give to relief agencies, donate blood and pray for peace. Sunday all Mosques are open from 10am to Noon prayer for their neighbors to come and meet them and know they are a people dedicated to peace and submitting to God's will.
To condemn Islam as a whole religion for the acts of evil men is likened to blaming all Christians for Timothy McVeigh. It is wrong thinking and must be stemmed.
To want revenge, vent anger, spread fear and ill will is to allow these evil men to control our minds, our hearts and our lives, and this must be stemmed.
Now is the time for all believers, no matter what their creed, to ban together in love and harmony to fight evil, in ourselves, in our homes and in our communities, this is our common struggle, may God give us strength and wisdom to fight the good fight and bring the evil ones to justice, not to seek revenge in hurtful anger and pollute our spirits.
I share with you my favorite prayer from the Koran: Al Mo'on
Beware of the man who makes a lie out of his religion
who can be seen making a big show of worship
but who repels the orphan
refuses the feeding of the needy
and refuses his neighbor that small kindness.
I exhort my Christian brothers and sisters to remember that small kindness to our selves, our family and our community. The smallest act of kindness is a strike against evil. The smallest act of kindness is to work to rebuild shattered lives. The smallest act of kindness shows our faith for it is faith that combats fear. Fear is the outer manifestation of evil and evil breeds from it.
Pray with me, my brothers and sisters in Christ, from your holy book. The Twenty-third Psalm:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest the table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou annointeth my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. Amen
We walk now through the Valley of Death, our hearts must be filled with faith and love, for it does not say we dwell in the Valley of Death, we're walking. We will walk through this together and come out into the light and love of The Lord.
Yes these are dark days and there's hard work to do and our faith will be tested sorely. I pray that God gives us all strength, wisdom and compassion to get through these sad times. I pray that God's unfaltering love fill your hearts and ease your sorrow. I know in my heart and in all of my spirit that those who died innocently will find a welcome home in God's house. On the Last Day these innocent people who were slain will be given everlasting life in the love of God.
The hardest task for me as a believer is to pray for the wrong doers and ask for God's forgiveness in their misguided thinking that lead to this evil event. The hardest thing for me as a believer is to pray that those who are accomplices of these evil men be shown the light and love of God and repent their evil and aid in bringing about justice and a lasting peace.
I pray for our President, give him strength, wisdom and compassion. I pray for our men and women in the Service who are willing to protect the freedoms we have here in our nation with their own lives. I pray for the hospital, police, firefighters and other personnel who work tirelessly that their burdens be made lighter with the faith in their heart that this is what they can do, will do, simply for the love of God. I pray for all of us to seek peace, do positive actions in their communities and do to your neighbor that small kindness.
I've created a yahoogroups called The Brummett Clan in order for the family to have an easy way to broadcast prayers and family news to one another. I invite you to join this email group so we can pull together as a family, comfort each other, learn from one another, and love one another. If you are not part of the Brummett Clan I ask you to create an email group for your family, for in staying in touch we build upon our love for one another and can offer each other comfort during these sad times. We are far removed by miles but we can be united this way.
I have also created a Memorial Tribute page on my website, http://www.norajean.com/911.htm
there are links to where one can get help. There is an article on how do we tell our children what has happened. There are letters I wrote to my clayart list on taking positive action. I invite you to come visit my website and get to know this far flung relative who holds you all dear in her heart.
Yours in Peace and sharing the love of the One God, the God of Abraham,
your Muslim sister in San Francisco
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