The Somali government led by President Farmajo has written laws, created a format and accepted a return of elections. The promise of one woman, one man, vote. This is tectonic level shift in Somalia politics as a first in 50 years. We Somalis look to countries whose nascent democratic system came after war be it civil war or still currentlyContinue readingEvolution of Minds needed for the Revolution to Hold
Today there is mass civil unrest in Lebanon, Iran and Iraq. Citizen are on the streets demonstrating. What do they want? What we already have in America. Freedom, rights and an end to corruption or rather the massive stealing by their governments. An Iraqi kid barely 14 was asked why demonstrating in the streets of Baghdad when they will killContinue readingThe Case for Secular Constitutional Democracy in the Muslim World
In our outreach we speak citizen to citizen. We don’t have an agenda, and our program is understood. Muslims give us a benefit of doubt. We win where government fails because we have no separate agenda and our cause is easily grasped. Countering Violent Extremism called CVE is now a very dirty word in our communities in America. Opposition toContinue readingWhere Governments Fail and Civil Society Wins
As Average Mohamed we get our fair share of critics. The most nascent criticism is one that wants to shut down opinion. Never have we promoted anything contrarian to Islam. We promote inclusivity of all in diversity. We have three principles to work on. The first is Peace, Islam is peace. Fundamentally a Muslim value and it is important weContinue readingAn activist tale from the grass roots.
Correction: The American Somali-Jewish Relationship is Strong By Mohamed Ahmed As Americans, we are enduring an age of mistrust. In the current dialogue, there appears to be some uncertainty over the nature of the American Somali-Jewish relationship. This needs to be rectified. The Somali and Jewish communities of America are right now in a period of growing mutual respect andContinue readingThe American Somali-Jewish Relationship Is Strong
by Mohamed Amin Ahmed aka: Average Mohamed After every extremist attack, questions arise. What are Muslims doing to stop it? These are valid questions when the culprit is a Muslim who has just killed randomly man, woman and child. As a Muslim leader and activist, we are always ready to condemn the act of extremism. Our organization labelled Average Mohamed.Continue readingGovernmental Reforms Needed in the War Against Extremism
by Mohamed Amin Ahmed aka: Average Mohamed We just commemorated September 11th for the heinous crime that saw over 3,000 civilians murdered. What have learnt in 17 years of fighting extremism? We have learnt our appetite for war is limited. The public will not tolerate eternal unlimited warfare. We have learnt to create beurocracies: new ways to fight, disrupt andContinue readingIslamophobia And Racism Costing Us A Win On Terrorism