Wednesday July 04, 2012
Indian American Muslim Council (http://www.iamc.com) an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos extends congratulations to all on the occasion of our nation’s 237th Independence Day.
On this day, in 1776 the founding fathers of the United States issued the Declaration of Independence, effectively ending its status as a colony of Great Britain, and establishing a sovereign nation state. Morocco, a predominantly Muslim nation in West Africa, was the first country to recognize American Independence in 1777. As a culmination of the struggle for independence known as the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence represents the toil and sacrifice of countless individuals dedicated to the establishment of an elected representative government.
For American Muslims of Indian origin, the Independence Day has special significance. Both nations won their independence from Great Britain, forming the world’s oldest and largest democracies. The ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, declared as the unalienable rights of all human beings by America’s founding fathers, are congruent with the ideals of liberty, justice and equality enshrined in the Constitution of India.
“The Declaration of Independence is an inspiration to all who struggle for democracy,” said Shaheen Khateeb, President of IAMC. “As committed citizens, we cherish the ideals of life and liberty for all people and pledge to safeguard them through peaceful and democratic means,” added Mr. Khateeb.
Indian American Muslim Council is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 13 chapters across the nation.
For more information please visit our new website at www.iamc.com.
Declaration of Independence