In the name Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
As-salaam Alaikum,
Dear H.E. Ambassador:
In sha Allah, it is with great humility and honor that I, Sheikh Musa Drammeh, am hereby commend your leadership in advancing social, economic, cultural and educational matters throughout the Muslim world.
Your Excellency, allow me to bring to your attention our proposal to initiate Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics. Democracy. Unity. Peace (STEMDUP) Curriculum in our school systems throughout the Muslim World.
As a co-founder of the Islamic Leadership School, K-12, in New York City and using the privilege vested in me by our Creator (as an ordinary citizen of the world, a member of our human family, and a strenuously striving servant of Allah [SW]), I hereby crave your indulgence in pointing me into the right direction on how I can engage your government into implementing STEMDUP Curriculum and STEMDUP Standards to elevate and improve our next generations of Muslim leadership in the above mentioned subjects.
While I acknowledge the existence of the STEM program in both the US and Canada, it lacks the unity, peace and governance rubric and that is why my colleagues and I have hosted a historic press conference in order to create the nexus between STEM, Democracy and Peace, on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 in the hours of 1 O’clock and 2 O’clock Eastern Standard Time on the steps of City Hall, New York City, to set the tone for the need for the uniquely tailored STEM program that speaks to the values of the Muslim World.
My colleagues and I are seeking to please Allah (SW) alone on this initiative and for the benefit of the Muslim Ummah. We have already reached out to OIC, as a matter of urgency, to have its members adopt ‘STEMDUP ERA’ as their primary focal point for this century of 2018-2118. We acknowledge and realize the indispensability of your nation’s leadership to this mammoth initiative and we remain confident that you are going to engage into this conversation and strengthen the tone.

It is envisioned that the declaration of STEMDUP ERA and its related planned campaign throughout the Muslim World shall phase out the regressive focus on the century old ‘Balfour Declaration’ in the expense of STEMDUP in the Muslim world, without the need to eliminate our obligation to peacefully resolve the critical issues concerning the Holy Land and other issues affecting sustained developments in Muslim Nations. It is our position that STEMDUP Curriculum is the panacea for religious extremism in the Muslim World and an antidote to radicalization in the West.

The reality is that Al-arḍul-Muqaddasah (the Holy Land) conflict has never been the Muslim world’s main problem, but rather a unifying excuse to cover the failure of implementing STEMDUP Curriculum by our educational systems which failed us in leading in scientific and technical innovations.  Unfortunately to this date, there are places in the Muslim World where formal education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics aren’t given top priorities, if they do teach them at all.

STEMDUP ERA, which garnered an overwhelming endorsements and support from religious, political, academic, business, and community leaders, and people of goodwill, shall insha Allah bring innovativeness and socioeconomic progress that is informed by the intentional rubric of peace and other values that affirm the Islamic faith among OIC members – a dawn of new era of transformation from stagnant to progress.
Thanking you in advance for the attention to the matter.
Sheikh Musa Drammeh
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
“Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity.” 3:104. Hizbus Salam (The Party of Peace).
New York City, New York – The Muslims, Conservatives, Liberals and our governments are all wrong in the way they deal with the omnipresence of global violence extremism.
The scourge of suicide missions from Muslims will be eradicated once and for all by Muslims, intellectually and peacefully. We will disprove its justification, eliminate its reasoning, and reinforce the superiority of knowledge to self-destructive violence as remedy.
We will change the conditioned victimhood mentality in the Muslim World, formalize religious school curricula with Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics. Democracy. Unity. Peace. (STEMDUP), invest in innovation, and elevate gender equitability in the Muslim World.
We will make STEMDUP top priority for all Muslim Nations. We will bring innovative Islam back and eradicate self-destructive inspirational one. We will reconcile the intersection of intellect and inspiration in the Muslim World. In sha Allah, we will!
It’s time for real Muslim leadership (Hizbus Salam) to be in the driver’s seat in the fight against religious extremism and the countering of this irreligious demon.
As concerns of terroristic acts in our city are dormant in our minds for the last seventeen years, some Muslim New Yorkers have decided to take a more proactive role in helping to eliminate this continued threat once and for all, despite lack of unanimity to its best practice. How many times can we be lucky? How long before these criminals succeed again in the worst possible way?
Furthermore, the ongoing operations to contain this relatively new association of Islam with transnational violent religious extremism are unsustainable militarily and financially. A permanent solution to Muslim Extremism can only come from the Muslim scholars working with their governments systematically.
The fact is the eradication of religious extremism is a duty of religious scholars and their leadership not military and law enforcement. Our best intelligence communities in democratic nations such as U.S. can’t stop radicalized persons who blame the Muslim world’s regressive conditions on the West, hate their lives and celebrate death through suicide missions.
Finally, Muslim leaders’ usual post terrorism condemnations are nonsense. The neoconservatives’ indiscriminate attachment of terrorism to Islam is a total fabrication. The liberals’ blanket defense of Muslims is naïve at best, while our governments’ violent doctrine to countering extremism are counterintuitive and decentralization of more violent extremism. It’s time to modify our modus operandi. It is a high time to adopt and implement STEMDUP Curriculum in every school in the Muslim World.
Because of higher priority given to overall education, Jews are more accomplished than their Muslim Brethren?
Dr Farrukh Saleem
There are only 14 million Jews in the world; seven million in the Americas, five million in Asia, two million in Europe and 100,000 in Africa. For every single Jew in the world there are 100 Muslims. Yet, Jews are more than a hundred times more powerful than all the Muslims put together. Ever wondered why?
Jesus of Nazareth was Jewish. Albert Einstein, the most influential scientist of all time and TIME magazine’s ‘Person of the Century’, was a Jew. Sigmund Freud — id, ego, superego — the father of psychoanalysis was a Jew. So were Karl Marx, Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman.
Here are a few other Jews whose intellectual output has enriched the whole humanity: Benjamin Rubin gave humanity the vaccinating needle. Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine. Alert Sabin developed the improved live polio vaccine. Gertrude Elion gave us a leukaemia fighting drug. Baruch Blumberg developed the vaccination for Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich discovered a treatment for syphilis (a sexually transmitted disease). Elie Metchnikoff won a Nobel Prize in infectious diseases.
Bernard Katz won a Nobel Prize in neuromuscular transmission. Andrew Schally won a Nobel in endocrinology (disorders of the endocrine system; diabetes, hyperthyroidism). Aaron Beck founded Cognitive Therapy (psychotherapy to treat mental disorders, depression and phobias). Gregory Pincus developed the first oral contraceptive pill. George Wald won a Nobel for furthering our understanding of the human eye. Stanley Cohen won a Nobel in embryology (study of embryos and their development). Willem Kolff came up with the kidney dialysis machine.
Over the past 105 years, 14 million Jews have won 15-dozen Nobel Prizes while only three Nobel Prizes have been won by 1.4 billion Muslims (other than Peace Prizes).
Why are Jews so powerful? Stanley Mezor invented the first micro-processing chip. Leo Szilard developed the first nuclear chain reactor. Peter Schultz, optical fibre cable; Charles Adler, traffic lights; Benno Strauss, Stainless steel; Isador Kisee, sound movies; Emile Berliner, telephone microphone and Charles Ginsburg, videotape recorder.
Famous financiers in the business world who belong to Jewish faith include Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi’s Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck’s), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskins & Robbins) and Bill Rosenberg (Dunkin Donuts).
Richard Levin, President of Yale University, is a Jew. So are Henry Kissinger (American secretary of state), Alan Greenspan (fed chairman under Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush), Joseph Lieberman, Madeleine Albright (American secretary of state), Casper Weinberger (American secretary of defence), Maxim Litvinov (USSR foreign Minister), David Marshal (Singapore’s first chief minister), Issac Isaacs (governor-general of Australia), Benjamin Disraeli (British statesman and author), Yevgeny Primakov (Russian PM), Barry Goldwater, Jorge Sampaio (president of Portugal), John Deutsch (CIA director), Herb Gray (Canadian deputy PM), Pierre Mendes (French PM), Michael Howard (British home secretary), Bruno Kreisky (chancellor of Austria) and Robert Rubin (American secretary of treasury).
In the media, famous Jews include Wolf Blitzer (CNN), Barbara Walters (ABC News), Eugene Meyer (Washington Post), Henry Grunwald (editor-in-chief Time), Katherine Graham (publisher of The Washington Post), Joseph Lelyyeld (Executive editor, The New York Times), and Max Frankel (New York Times).
Can you name the most beneficent philanthropist in the history of the world? The name is George Soros, a Jew, who has so far donated a colossal $4 billion most of which has gone as aid to scientists and universities around the world. Second to George Soros is Walter Annenberg, another Jew, who has built a hundred libraries by donating an estimated $2 billion.
At the Olympics, Mark Spitz set a record of sorts by winning seven gold medals. Lenny Krayzelburg is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Spitz, Krayzelburg and Boris Becker are all Jewish.
Did you know that Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Crystal, Woody Allen, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Goldie Hawn, Cary Grant, William Shatner, Jerry Lewis and Peter Falk are all Jewish? As a matter of fact, Hollywood itself was founded by a Jew. Among directors and producers, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1/2/3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The thief of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) are all Jewish.
To be certain, Washington is the capital that matters and in Washington the lobby that matters is The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. Washington knows that if PM Ehud Olmert were to discover that the earth is flat, AIPAC will make the 109th Congress pass a resolution congratulating Olmert on his discovery.
William James Sidis, with an IQ of 250-300, is the brightest human who ever existed. Guess what faith did he belong to?
So, why are Jews so accomplished?
Answer: Education.
The writer is an Islamabad-based freelance columnist
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