In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
All praise is due to God. This year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner is Bangladeshi Economist Muhammad Yunus. It makes me so proud because he is a Muslim. In fact, out of the last four years, three of the Nobel laureats for Peace were Muslims.
There is a lot of bad news about Muslims abound these days. All some people want to point out is the negative: the crazy things that some crazy Muslims do, sometimes in the very name of Islam. It is very disheartening. Thus, I am very happy to point out the good news about Islam and Muslims, about the good things that Muslims do each and every day in this world. The example of Muhammad Yunus is nothing short of extraordinary.
His system of microlending has helped lift millions of people out of poverty. This is very important, especially in this day and age, because when you give people hope, it is less likely that they take up violence to achieve their goals. The work of Muhammad Yunus will go a long way to help make our world a better place. I commend the Nobel Committee for recognizing his work. May God bless him and his work. In fact, I heard in media reports that he plans to use his winnings to form a company to help feed the poor and build a hospital in Bangladesh.
What an amazing man. May God bless him and his work. Amen.