Dear President Obama,
This is an extraordinary time in history. You have been elected as the president of the most influential nation in the world.
This is also a formative period in history, and political decisions will influence humanity’s direction for generations to come. Humanity faces enormous challenges and hopes for great possibilities. The world finds itself in a reflective and transformative mood, and it hopes for a visionary leader who can set milestones towards a better world.
Your election has raised hopes and aspirations around the world – even in the Muslim world, which has often maintained a confrontational relationship with the United States. This goodwill, a rare historic opportunity, should be captured and capitalized upon for the welfare of both the Muslim world and the West. However, this task is an enormous responsibility.
American Muslims, along with other supporters from around the world, feel that the United States can offer the necessary leadership towards a better world — not because of our military strength or wealth, but because of the fundamental ideals upon which our nation was founded over 200 years ago: equality, dignity and liberty of all people. The United States is a legitimate leader in the world, due to the unparalleled strength and resilience this nation acquired in the struggles to actualize these ideals. Let us not allow the vested special interests of the few degrade the esteemed position of the many.
America has not yet achieved this position in full. Many parts of the world — including many in the Muslim world — view the US with distrust and resentment. This failure has been enormously detrimental to our interests and to the interests of other nations. Due to the pursuit of short-term gains, our leadership has failed to achieve our long-term interests. Our taxpayers paid an enormous price for the blunders our leaders committed under the influence of a few vested interests. This nation has become a victim, as a result of incorrect ideas and mistaken policies that were vigorously promoted and pursued by special interests.
These failed policies have resulted in enormous amounts of death and destruction in the Muslim world. Negative and confrontational relationships have intensified between this superpower and the Muslim world.
If the US retained the trust and goodwill it once enjoyed with the Muslim world, the US could have achieved many of its objectives at a fraction of the enormous price it has already paid. America has failed to achieve its original objectives, as many harbor distrust and cynicism towards our country. One of the greatest challenges before us, therefore, is to regain the trust and goodwill between the two most vital camps of the world, and to make a better world.
History has successfully and repeatedly demonstrated that two or more nations can magnify benefits for all if they utilize cooperation and constructive engagement in the pursuit of their interests. In this intensely interdependent world, the pursuit of self-interest through exploitation or subservience – as in the colonial and neo-colonial periods – should remain forbidden in our modus operandi and erased from our mindsets. These ideas and actions are evil, and are also costly and counterproductive.
America should know the power of constructive engagement. This nation led the world towards higher standards of collective responsibility with the Marshall Plan, which rebuilt “enemy” countries – Germany and Japan – and reshaped Europe towards progress and prosperity after the devastation of World War II.
During the Cold War, America finally abandoned the ideology of proxy wars of ‘containment’ and achieved victory through the constructive engagement of ‘détente’. America reached out to China when she was a closed-door society and an utterly repressive regime during her ‘Cultural Revolution’ and helped her to become a global partner, which benefited herself and the world enormously.
America’s leadership has achieved much good, but it has failed to achieve this same success for the Muslim world. Since the Muslim world consists of a sizable one-fifth of humanity and controls 76% of the world’s oil reserves, this diplomatic blunder is an utter failure! The policies toward this vast segment of humanity have remained narrow and self-defeating, creating one of the greatest liabilities for America herself. Our policies must change now.
Vested interests have overshadowed the enormous moral successes America achieved during her 233 years of existence. This fact represents a failure of leadership. America’s true interests could have been served best by upholding for others those principles that it has struggled so long to achieve for itself. History testifies that trust and goodwill provides a long-lasting and profound basis for peace and security. Let not this great possibility be destroyed again for the vast majority of the world’s population due to special interests.
Due to difficulties and long-suffering stress, the patience in the Muslim world runs thin. Time is running out, and the most dangerous of possibilities lurk on the horizon. What America calls the “Muslim world” is actually a mosaic of different tribes, sects and cultures. In many places, this mosaic is becoming increasingly volatile due to conflicts, vested interests, and wars created by both inside and outside forces. A vast and fast-growing young generation in the Muslim world – deeply frustrated by authoritarian and corrupt governments, as well as outside special interests – could potentially become a bedrock of extremism. This situation necessitates a leadership which can generate an extraordinary speed of transformation.
AN EFFECTIVE BRIDGE-BUILDER
One powerful catalyst for change exists within America now — the American Muslims. We are the common denominator of the two polarized camps of humanity, and we conversant with both of our mindsets and lifestyles. We believe that we are in the right place and time in history to become agents of change. A visionary leadership from among us could facilitate dialogue and diplomacy with the Muslim world.
Recently, the PEW report established that the majority of American Muslims – 65% – were born in foreign lands. These Muslim immigrants have close ties with Muslim-majority societies and have a strong understanding of their nuances. It remains advantageous to establish ties and trust among these societies using our common denominators.
As American Muslims, we are versatile and resilient due to our exposure to two different mindsets and lifestyles. As the PEW survey discovered, we are well-educated and well-established people with moderate and mainstream ideas in America. Many of us are the “cream of the crop” from many societies — at least 56 different countries, in fact — with diverse backgrounds and cultures.
This knowledge could become an enormously helpful tool towards mediation and bridge-building. A dynamic and forceful leadership could be raised from among American Muslims, if your administration could reach out to us. We would like to work closely with your leadership.
The US is the superpower of our time. It intimidates many places in the world with its wealth, power, and influence, especially within the Muslim world. We must initiate a leadership of transformation from the heart of this nation, working from the moral high ground with diplomacy and dialogue. This is the fastest way to penetrate and dissolve the layers of distrust and antagonism that exist today.
THE CAUSES AND CURES OF THE DYSFUNCTIONAL STATE
Many places in the Muslim world are repressed by authoritarian rule, or they have become dysfunctional societies due to internal dissension and conflict. America is rightly or wrongly blamed for both of these unfortunate circumstances. American policies and involvement have often supported unjust and undemocratic rule, and American leadership has created and/or aggravated some of these internal conflicts. To help change these situations, this superpower could launch an aggressive diplomatic agenda in the Muslim world.
Good governance is the solution for both types of dysfunctional states. An accountable, transparent and representative government stabilizes a society. The legitimacy of that governance increasingly builds up trust and confidence among its people and institutions to sustain a stable and consistent pattern of rule. A broad and impartial due process exerts a strong force of social integration when based on the fundamental principles of equality, dignity and liberty for all citizens Self-rule offers important incentives for a society to become stable and progressive. Through peaceful coexistence and constructive engagement, a society can achieve its potential and prosper. Successful democracies in the world have successfully demonstrated these ideas.
The challenge in our time is to achieve these ideas and practices in the volatile areas of the world, in order to achieve stability and to facilitate constructive engagement. The world is becoming an increasingly interdependent global society, and fair, accountable, and transparent governance in the Muslim world could promote a healthy political system for the collective global welfare.
Enlightened American Muslim leadership could become instrumental towards this cause, by spearheading a transnational movement with Muslims of other Western nations to generate momentum.
Many Muslims have a deep understanding and appreciation of both the Western world and the Muslim world, and have the vision to see the positive forces each side brings to the engagement. They have a keen sense of causes and consequences. They have the dedication to uplift countless people out of misery and hopelessness. They are the true leaders of this cause. We invite your leadership to engage with us, as we are committed to work with you to help achieve these goals.
A POWERFUL DIPLOMATIC AGENDA TO HELP REPLACE MILITARY ENGAGEMENT
In today’s global society, a government-to-government relationship can work best when strong people-to-people understanding exists, as well as engagement and dialogue. American Muslims could help to generate this dialogue with many troubled parts of the Muslim world.
Constructive change, however, cannot be established through military intervention. It needs the power of persuasion through diplomacy more than ever before. Vested interests and cynicism stand in the way of that persuasion. We need to generate goodwill and trust through an atmosphere of mutual respect and interest.
American Muslims, as beneficiaries of good governance and self-rule, could be the most powerful proponents of these ideas.
While we need the vision of the Marshall Plan, we need new ways to pursue that vision. The old methods of the Marshall Plan – nation-building under the wing of military occupation — might be counterproductive, as the mindset of humanity has changed substantially since the post-World War II period.
Also, the networks of transnational vested interests have increased substantially, making an old Marshall Plan exorbitantly costly and potentially corrupt. We need a powerful diplomatic agenda to replace military engagements in order to achieve mutual cooperation and success.
Wars, at best, can only achieve limited and short-term objectives. Long-term transformations can only come about through diplomacy and constructive engagement. This test will be the challenge of your leadership and our dedication, as we could help change the direction of nation-building as the Marshall Plan once changed it. Liberty cannot by its nature be imposed but may be nurtured when encouraged by an intelligent and respectful understanding of the culture of people who desire it.
The world now is much more sensitive to human rights and dignity, much less tolerant about invasion and occupation, and much more cynical towards the military-industrial complex Eisenhower warned the world about.
Soul-searching is long overdue. We need serious introspection, in order to establish a mindset conducive towards reconciliation and progress. Why has a vast segment of humanity lost trust in our nation within the span of a few decades, even though it once had enormous trust and reverence for our nation? Mistrust has become even more deep and widespread due to the obscuration, marginalization, and ignorance of the effects of mistakes.
The world has witnessed how the CIA, under the secret persuasion of the British government and British Petroleum, ousted the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh, in 1953. The world has seen how the US nipped a burgeoning democracy in the bud, thus destroying the possibility of self-rule and progress in the region — perhaps in the entire “Muslim world.” The US further solidified this mistake by placing the Shah in power, supporting and sustaining his 25 years of repressive rule. Americans have forgotten this blunder, but for the Muslims in general and for the Iranians in particular this memory remains intact. Once the 1980s revolution deposed the Shah and instituted Khomeini, the hostage crisis angered Americans. Vested interests capitalized upon this public outrage, and reached out to another puppet government in the neighborhood – Saddam Hussein – to conduct a proxy war with Iran for eight years. This war resulted in many, many deaths. The region was further poisoned with bloodshed and conflict, and the Muslim world drifted further apart from America, bearing more and more distrust towards our country.
The US failed to institute proper damage control for these mistakes when it was possible. This sequence of events consequently took another wrong turn, as Saddam invaded Kuwait. America conducted the Gulf War, and Americans paid the price. In the name of sovereignty, the genocidal tyrant did not get deposed. This inaction caused another 11 years of turmoil. Thousands of Kurds and Shiites were slaughtered, and thousands of children starved to death. Eventually, the US became awakened to the dangerous reality of years of pent-up frustration and anger, which manifested itself in the 9/11 attacks.
Again, vested interests took full advantage of the fear and anger Americans felt, legitimizing military intervention without adequate post-war planning in the most complex and disjointed regions of the Muslim world. Again, mishandling and blunders were made, and again, the horrendous suffering of the region continued. This time, the price became so high that our nation had to borrow money, and our nation thrust the liability upon the shoulders of Americans of future generations.
The American people have not been presented with the true account of the long chain of causes and consequences beginning with the dispossession of the Palestinian people and the destruction of a democratic government in Iran, and continuing with the failed strategies of tit-for-tat and finger-pointing. Although America undertook the Marshall Plan to help transform Europe and Japan, its impact on the most needy areas of the Muslim world has been less benign, and this great nation has not shown vision and leadership regarding the Muslim world.
Afghanistan is another example of our failed leadership in the 1990s. Afghan Mujahideen fought and defeated the Russians in 1989. When the job was finished, we left them and neighboring Pakistan out in the cold to deal with their region. This region overflowed with arms and ammunition in the absence of accountable political and social infrastructure, and in the presence of a backwards, narcotic-infested economy. Amnesty International and the US State Dept. warned of the dangers posed by the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Was it surprising to find that the Taliban and al-Qaeda replaced the Russians during a decade of neglect? Could America blame the people of this region for distrusting America, if their affairs were handled carelessly and their lives were disrupted? Is it too difficult to see that terrorism would find a safe haven in this part of the world? The costs of these failed policies have remained incalculable.
We see staggering amounts of death and destruction in many Muslim-majority societies. We see the loss of American lives. We see enormous costs to American taxpayers due to the lack of proper planning. Without adequate diplomatic reinforcement, even more serious long-term consequences may occur unless substantial changes occur in our modus operandi and in our minds. You, Mr. President, need fresh new agents to work with you in order to bring about a new visionary path. We, as American Muslims, can help you in that endeavor.
THE DEEPEST SOURCE OF GRIEVANCE: THE PALESTINIAN SUFFERING
Mr. President, the Palestinian issue remains one of the deepest source of grievances and resentments, not just of Muslims but also of justice-loving people all around the world. This history is like a great Shakespearean tragedy — all losers and no winner! The Palestinians lost their homes but retained their dignity in their struggles. The US lost its moral voice and leadership in the Muslim world, accrued a heavy burden of costs, and became a disingenuous promoter of peace, disliked and distrusted. The 13 million Jews of the world lost the benefit of goodwill and diplomacy with the 1.3 billion Muslims of the world, an incalculable loss for countless people indeed! Israel lost as a nation, as she failed to uphold either the dignity or the security of the Israelis, instead performing a terrible disservice to the true Jewish cause.
A people cannot claim dignity by denying dignity to other people. If a people live incarcerated in a tiny land — creating an ivory tower guarded by the military, unable to feel safe or to move around among neighboring people — these people are neither free nor secure. No amount of wealth or military power could offer them liberty! Israel defeated the true Jewish cause in Israel. This superpower became a super victim – its conscience paralyzed, its due process biased and infiltrated by vested interests, its leadership blindfolded. All these parties – the Palestinians, the Americans and the Israelis –have become victims, and all need to be emancipated from bondage of different kinds: the bondage of injustice, the bondage of lack of vision and leadership, the bondage of ideas of the past and cynicism that has frozen the soul of a nation. If wisdom fails to prevail, one million walls and one million troops cannot stop the verdict of history.
It is still possible to reclaim the situation, to reconcile seemingly irreconcilable differences, and to reinstate goodwill among the followers of three great religions who lived in peaceful coexistence for thirteen centuries before the state of Israel. The pursuit of peace and justice requires a new approach. God willing, it is achievable in our time.
We are faced with an unfortunate irony. The leaders and representatives of a great nation — a nation that proclaims the inalienable rights of all people, defines nationhood on the fundamental principles of equality, and advocates an impartial due process irrespective of ethnic or religious differences — consistently violates its standards by supporting a state that violates all these values and principles.
If we do not succeed, future generations will ask this question — how did America fail to convince Israel, its ally, to replace oppression with peaceful coexistence, if America successfully helped its arch-rivals, the Soviet Union and China, towards profound change?
History will not be kind to the forces responsible for such a derailment. They, individuals and institutions alike, will be discovered, and they will be exposed and targeted as culprits for generations to come.
PAST CHANCES MISSED, FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES PRESENT
Many chances to harness forces for change came and went, and many opportunities for reconciliation knocked at our door and left. We still kept our doors closed. America had many chances in the past to create a safer and better world, and to save herself from self-inflicted wounds. In 2001 and 2002, Iran helped America defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan. In spite of all the past grievances, Iran stepped forward in 2003 and offered a comprehensive proposal regarding reconciliation and long-term cooperation with the US. This proposal was truly visionary, and it gave the upper hand to the US. This historic proposal was also kept hidden from the American public, and it was trashed by vested interests. We must stop these costly and detrimental ways of doing business.
As you pointed out repeatedly, we cannot hope to see a change until the old ways are changed.
How important is it for America to have a constructive partnership with the Muslim world? What direct bearing does a stable and prosperous Muslim world have on the interests, security and welfare of America? A long-term Middle East negotiator and scholar succinctly addressed these questions, stating, “The greatest threat to our national interest is not going to come from an ascending China or economically powerful Europe or former Soviet Union seeking to regain its glory. It is going to come from divided, angry and dysfunctional and conflict ridden Middle East and Arab and the Muslim world.” [Charlie Rose interview of Aaron Miller on June 2, 2008]
One great failure of global diplomacy involves the stereotyping of America as a monolithic villain, with intent on intimidating, manipulating and dominating others through an enormous military presence, and satisfying special interests at all costs. The world has failed to notice that America is not a monolithic nation. This is the most diverse, open, and pluralistic nation in the world. The world fails to realize that America is the most self-reflecting, self-critical and self-correcting society in the world. At any given time, and on any given issue, many good people struggle against evil. Unfortunately, we sometimes only see the final outcome of these struggles.
It pains us, the American Muslims and our supporters, to witness the confrontational relationship between our nation and the greater Muslim world community [the ummah] that we belong to. We, therefore, desire a win-win proposition. We can help you to end this confrontation.
Our world has become ever more complicated, as wealth and power have increasingly gravitated and concentrated, and vested interests have become increasingly insidious, unjust, and manipulative. Often, conflicts no longer involve one country versus another, but they involve the vested interests of each country colluding to work against the interest and welfare of both peoples. The interests of elite special interests have created formidable barriers in our time to progress. This disturbing state remains a primary cause of instability and volatility, and it could lead to dysfunction, crisis or even catastrophic upheaval in our time. We must learn lessons from the past to make a better world.
A sincere and visionary leader like yourself can help dissolve these barriers, as you have a forceful national mandate as well as overwhelming international goodwill. We are counting on you, and you can also count on our sincerity and dedication to this great vision.
President, Muslims for Peace, Justice and Progress (MPJP)
SUPPORTED AND ENDORSED BY THE FOLLOWING MUSLIM LEADERS:
(in alphabetical order, new names will be added every week):
ABDULLAHI AHMED AN-NA’IM, J.D, Professor of Law at Emory University, Georgia, USA
ABDUR RAB, PhD, Author, Georgia, USA
ADIS DUDERIJA, Ph.D. Candidate, Centre for Muslim States and Societies, University of Western Australia, Perth, AUSTRALIA.
AFTAB ALAM, Teacher, Progressive Activist, PAKISTAN
AHMAD SUBHY MANSOUR, PhD, Author, President of International Quranic Center, EGYPT and West Virginia, USA
AISHA JUMAAN, PhD, MPH, President of Islamic Society of Atlanta, Georgia, USA
AISHA MUSA, PhD, Professor of Religious Studies at Florida Int’l University, Florida, USA
ALI BAHZADNIA, MD, Former cabinet member of the Islamic Republic of Iran, California, USA
ALI IHSAN GULEC, MD, Progressive Activist, Philosopher, TURKEY
ALPER BILGILI, PhD, Progressive Activist, Author, TURKEY
ALTAY UNALTAY, MD, Author, Progressive Activist, Istanbul, TURKEY
AMINA WADUD, PhD, Author, Progressive Activist, USA
AMIR RAHIM, Artist, Progressive Activist, USA
ARMAN OGILVY, Progressive Activist, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
ARNOLD YASIN MOL, Theologian, Progressive Activist, Author, Founder of Deen Research Center, THE NETHERLANDS
ASLBEK MUSSIN, Progressive Activist, Entrepreneur, Almaty, KAZAKHSTAN
BACHIR DJILLALI, M.D., (Ontario Canada)
CANER TASLAMAN, PhD, Author, Progressive Activist, founder Quran Research Group, TURKEY and USA
CEMAL AKTAS, Author, Progressive Activist, Istanbul, TURKEY
CHIBUZO OHANAJA, Progressive Activist, President, Muslim Students Association at Notre Dame University, USA
CHRISTOPHER MOORE; Progressive Activist, UK and TURKEY
CUMHUR ERTURK, Author, Progressive Activist, Bursa, TURKEY
DANIEL MARTIN VARISCO, PhD, Professor, Hofstra University, USA
DINMUKHAMED DUISEMALIYEV, Progressive Activist, Businessman, KAZAKHSTAN
DIANA ALLEN, Progressive Activist, Atlanta, USA
DILARA HAFIZ, PhD, Author, Progressive Activist, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
EDIP YUKSEL, J.D, Author, Progressive Activist, Professor of Philosophy, Founder of Islamic Reform, TURKEY and USA
EL MEHDI HADDOU, MD, Progressive Activist, Author, CANADA
EMAN AHMAD, PhD, Project Coordinator at CCMW, CANADA
FARHAD MOEENI, PhD, Professor at Arkansas State University, USA
FAROUK A. PERU, MA, Author and Progressive Activist, MALAYSIA and London, UK
FEREYDOUN TASLIMI, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Co-founder of Noor Research Corp, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
GATUT ADISOMA, PhD., Engineer, Progressive Activist, INDONESIA
GERMAINE A. HOSTON, Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego, California, USA
GHAYASUDDIN SIDDIQUI, PhD, Founder of Muslim Institute, London, UK
HAROON KHAN; Progressive Activist, Businessman, London, UK
HASAN MAHMUD, Author, Progressive Activist, Director Muslim Canadian Congress, CANADA
HAZIMA JAVAID, President, Muslim Students Association at Virginia Tech, USA
HOSSAIN KOWSARI, Author, USA
HUSSEIN NAJAFI, Businessman, Progressive Activist, USA
IBRAHIM SYED, PhD, Critical Thinker, Author, Professor, Progressive Activist, Foundation of Islamic Research Foundation International, Inc. (Louisville, Kentucky, USA)
IMAD AD-DEAN AHMAD, President, Minaret of Freedom Institute, USA
IRSHAD MANJI, Author, Director, Moral Courage Project, New York University, CANADA and USA
JEFF GARRISON, MD, Progressive Activist, USA
KAAN GOKTAS, Journalist, Author, Progressive Activist, TURKEY
KANI XULAM, Progressive Activist, Author, Founder of American Kurdish Information Network, USA
KASSIM AHMAD, Author, Political leader, MALAYSIA
KEREM ADIGUZEL, Progressive Activist, Programmer, GERMANY
KHALEEL MUHAMMAD, PhD, Professor of Religion at San Diego State University, USA
LAYTH SALEH AL-SHAIBAN, Author, Progressive Activist, Free-minds, SAUDI ARABIA
LINDA MOORE, Progressive Activist, UK
MEHDI HADDOU, Progressive Activist, Veterinary Doctor, CANADA
MAHMOOD MOOSA, MD, Physician; Temperance, Michigan, USA
MAHYAD TOUSI, CEO and Founder of BoomGen Studios, USA
MARTHA SCHULTE-NAFEH, PhD, University of Texas at Austin, USA
MATTHEW CAPPIELLO, Progressive Activist, Student at Berkeley, USA
MELEK AKSULU, PhD, Professor at Fırat University, TURKEY
MELODY MOEZZI, J.D, Progressive Activist, Author, USA
MIKE GHOUSE, Progressive Activist, Businessman, Author, Founder of World Muslim Congress, USA
MOHAMED HEDJAJ, PhD, Engineer, FRANCE
MOHAMAD MOVA AL ‘AFGHANI, Lawyer and Founder of Center for Law Information, INDONESIA
MUSTAFA AKYOL, Author, Progressive Activist, TURKEY
NAHID TASLIMI, Progressive Activist, Philanthropist, Co-founder of Noor Research Corp, USA
NASER KHADER, Author, Progressive Activist, Member of Parliament, DENMARK
NAYEEM ASLAM, Progressive Activist, Chicago, USA
OMAR SALIM, Student Activist, President, Muslim Student Association at the University of Arizona, USA
RADWAN A. MASMOUDI, PhD, Founder and President of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, USA
RAYMOND CATTON, Progressive Activist, Co-founder of Quran Society, CANADA
REZA ASLAN, PhD, Author, Media Consultant, USA
RICHARD S. VOSS, PhD, Professor at Troy University, Georgia, USA
RIFFAT HASSAN, PhD, Professor of Humanities at Louisville University, USA
ROY MARTIN, JD, Lawyer, Tucson, USA
RUKHSANA GHOUSE, Community Activist, USA
SAFIA ANSARI, Vice President, Muslim Students Association at Georgia State University, USA
SEDAT TATLICAN, Businessman, Progressive Activist, TURKEY
SEVKI INAN, Businessman, Turkish Professionals in the USA
SHABBIR AHMAD, MD, Author, Progressive Activist, Founder of Our Beacon, Pennsylvania, USA
SHAKIRA B KARIPINENI, MD, California, USA
SOPHIA CATTON, Progressive Activist, Co-founder of Quran Society, CANADA
SUKRAN KIVRAK, JD., LL.M, San Diego, USA
T.O. SHANAVAS, MD, Author, USA
TUFAN KARADERE, Engineer, Progressive Activist, TURKEY
TAJ HARGEY, PhD, Progressive Activist, Professor at Oxford University, MECO chairman, UK
TAYFUN TIMINCI, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, TURKEY
THANNA RAJAPAKSE , Student Activist, Co-chair of the Muslim Student Association at Santa Clara University, USA
TURKI AL-BALAWI, Student Activist, Treasurer, Muslim Student Association at Saginaw Valley State University, USA
USAMA QADRI, President, Muslim Students Association at Yale University, USA
YASAR NURI OZTURK, PhD, Author, theologian, Political leader, TURKEY
YEMIN DICKINSON, Entrepreneur, Progressive Activist, Los Angeles, California, USA
YESIM KOYUNCU, Instructor, Istanbul, TURKEY
ZUNAIRA ISLAM, M.D, Karachi PAKISTAN