Ghalib Victor Begg, a retired business owner who now lives in Florida, served on the Bloomfield Hills School Board of Education and was one of the founding members of Bloomfield Hills’s Muslim Unity Center and then the IFLC.
Believing that one of the greatest pathways to peaceful interfaith coexistence is getting to know one’s neighbor, Begg returns to the area to discuss his new book: Our Muslim Neighbors (available on Amazon) 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4at the Muslim Unity Center, 1830 W Square Lake Rd, Bloomfield Hills. Begg will also speak 10 am, Sunday April 7 at Congregation Beth Ahm on Maple Road in West Bloomfield. For a complete listing of his Michigan appearances, click here.
From the son of Indian immigrants to finding his entrepreneurial and “accidental activism” paths, the book details chapters of his lifelong journey.
Begg will offer readings and remarks focusing on lessons learned and work that remains to be finished.
Begg describes himself as an accidental activist and interfaith work has proven to be an intense cornerstone of his life.
In the aftermath of 9/11, Begg urged leaders in the Detroit’s Muslim community to take action in building bridges with people of other faiths and backgrounds in order to do the work needed to heal. A member of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Begg and others met with leaders of the Jewish Community Relations Council. From these meetings were planted the seeds that bloomed into the IFLC.
Begg said at the core of his interfaith work is the concept of being a good neighbor. Begg explains a neighbor can be the people who live either next door to you, around the corner, or all the residents of a city.
“The commandment to love one’s neighbor transcends all the major religions. I have found that when you come to know your neighbor and when you treat them with kindness, you will find that many will come to support you when you need it.”
IFLC Chairman Robert Bruttell, eagerly awaited the publishing of this book and reviewed it on Amazon. He said Begg’s life story is testimony to the fact that it is “foolish and hugely counter-productive to discourage immigrants from coming to our shores. To lose the contribution to our American community of even one Victor Begg is to be considerably diminished.”
I have known and admired Victor Begg for a number of years doing interfaith
community organizing together, I gained even more respect for him and a firsthand
understanding of how arduous a task it is for immigrants – even one as talented
as he is – to achieve a place in America,” wrote Bruttell.