Muslims proudly represent America

I appreciate this paper's policy to publish opposing views. Recently there has been a lot of negative write-up against Muslims. This must be balanced with Muslims who are serving this country with distinction. There are distinguished Muslims in the United States serving their country and earning prestige.

Please find below a list of gentlemen and ladies who have worked hard positively to provide civic goodness for the benefit of all. The list has been shortened to within the word limit allowed in this letter.

The Detroit News had named a well-known community activist, Victor Ghalib Begg, "Michiganian of the Year."

Dr. Tanveer Mirza was among the 2010 Lords and Ladies of Fairfax, honored as an outstanding citizen of Fairfax County, Va.

Lonnie Ali, wife of boxing champion Muhammad Ali, will serve on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

Abdul Malik Mujahid became chairman of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions.

Hafizur Rehman, M.D., was honored by Suffolk County, N.Y., for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Public Service Award.

The National Association of Professional and Executive Women (USA) have honored author and illustrator Linda Ilham Barto as its 2010 Woman of the Year in the arts category.

Imam Salahuddin Muhammad has received the Orange County, N.Y., 2010 Human Rights Award for promoting communication, cooperation and respectful coexistence among faith-based religions in the county.

The Potomac, Md., Chamber of Commerce has named Dr. Naveed Naz as Citizen of the Year for serving bravely in Iraq. The U.S. Army awarded him the Bronze Star for bravery and the Combat Medical Badge.

Dr. Parvez Ahmed was named 2010 Person of the Year by the Northeast Florida weekly newspaper Folio.

Dr. Kazi Islam received 2011 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Service to the University of Pittsburgh.

I.A. Jilani

Martinez

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