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May the new year bring these wishes to you all

 Warmth of love, comfort of home

 Joy from your children

 Company and support of family & friends

 A caring heart that accepts & treats all human beings equally

 Enrichment of knowledge and richness of diversity

 Courage to seek & speak the truth even if it means standing alone 

 Hopes and dreams of a just world and the desire to make it happen 

 A light to guide your path 

 Helping hands to strengthen unity

 Serenity and peace within your mind, heart & soul 

  Food for thought & soul 

 A hand to hold

 We are helpless when it comes to the natural disasters like the tsunami that battered many parts of Southeast Asia and wiped out over a  hundred thousand people.  Millions are homeless and many more may die because of the germs and contaminated water.  When faced with disasters like that, we should try that much harder to not hurt each other intentionally.

 Next month is the month for Hajj for Muslims. Before we can start that journey, we are especially supposed to cleanse our minds, hearts and souls. If we believe that we might have hurt someone's feelings, we are supposed to visit or call that person to ask for forgiveness. It is one of the prerequisites of  performing Hajj. I am not one of those fortunate people that have been called upon for Hajj but more than ever I realize that there is only one moment between life and death. So this is as good a time as any to ask for a public apology. If I have hurt anyone's feelings I assure you that it was not intentional.  Please let me know of any misunderstandings we might have had and from the bottom of my heart I ask for your forgiveness.

 Let us all make a pledge that in the coming year we will try to be more considerate, understanding, kind, helpful, charitable, caring, accepting, welcoming, forgiving, honest and supportive of each other regardless of our religions and ethnic backgrounds. 

 Let us all care about only one race, the human race.

 Please remember me and my family in your prayers.

 Best wishes,

Samina Faheem Sundas
Executive Director of the American Muslim Voice.
January 1, 2005

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