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  • MPAC Announces “Values of Sharia” Report Card

    January 27, 2015
    We’re proud to announce the release of the first report in MPAC’s “Values of Sharia” Human Rights Report Card for Muslim Countries series! This report assesses the human rights record of Algeria and we will soon release reports on nine additional countries that claim to base their constitution and system of governance on Islamic guidelines.

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  • The Battle of Words: Why Terminology Matters

    January 22, 2015
    Recently, the White House defended its rejection of terms like “radical Islam,” for better and more specific terminology like “violent extremism.” The reason, explained White House spokesman Josh Earnest, is twofold.

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  • SOTU: Values Driven, Now Must be Action-Oriented

    January 21, 2015
    Last night, President Obama gave the annual State of the Union address to the nation. His speech covered a myriad of issues currently impacting our country. As much as the State of the Union exists to serve as an update to the current state of affairs, this year’s address was a values-based speech and outlined a vision for the direction our nation should go.

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  • MPAC's Amicus Brief Supports Unanimous Supreme Court Decision

    January 20, 2015
    Last May, the Muslim Public Affairs Council worked on a case regarding whether a prison is required to accommodate a Muslim prisoner's desire to grow a beard for religious reasons. Today, MPAC is proud to announce the Supreme Court ruled on the case, paving the way for Muslim prisoner's in similar situations to be able to grow beards.

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  • Hollywood Bureau Movie Review - Selma

    January 27, 2015
    The Oscars are right around the corner, so MPAC's Hollywood Bureau is writing reviews about some of the films that have been nominated. The film "Selma," directed by Ava DuVernay, received two 2015 Oscar nominations: one for Best Picture and one for Music - Original Song.

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  • Submit Nominations for MPAC’s 24th Annual Media Awards

    January 23, 2015
    We need your help! MPAC's Hollywood Bureau is counting on you to help us decide who we will honor for our 24th Annual Media Awards Gala this spring in Los Angeles, CA. We want to hear what films, TV shows, music or books inspired you with their “voices of courage and conscience” in 2014 and are worthy of recognition.

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  • MPAC Challenges False Perceptions

    January 15, 2015
    Last week’s terror attacks on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was a disturbing reminder that violent extremism continues to be a challenge for the world. In order to change the manner in which the media tells stories about Muslims, we need to speak out and share our perspectives on the issues that impact us most. Over the past week, we have been busy helping the public understand where American Muslims truly stand on the Paris attacks and blasphemy. We have appeared in the media dozens of times including on Fox News, CNN, HuffPost Live, NPR and ABC7 to name a few.

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  • MPAC January Media Appearances

    January 15, 2015
    In order to change the manner in which the media tells stories about Muslims, we need to speak out and share our perspectives on the issues that impact us most.

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  • The Essentials of the Quran

    January 23, 2015
    MPAC Board Member Dr. Nayyer Ali provides a summary version of the Quran verses he believes convey the overall meaning of the text. The verses he chose to feature below are based on his own personal opinion and others may emphasize differently. The following verses are translated by Pickthall and the verbs have been modernized for readability (thou becomes you, bestowest becomes bestows, etc.)

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  • City of LA Hosts Memorial Service for Dr. Maher Hathout

    January 8, 2015
    The City of Los Angeles, in conjunction with MPAC, will be organizing a memorial service for Dr. Maher Hathout this Saturday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall Spring St. side. Use Google Maps to get directions to LA City Hall. Parking will be available in City Hall East. This map provides additional parking information and directions. For updates, please check the memorial event page.

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  • In Memory of Dr. Maher Hathout

    January 3, 2015
    Inna lillaahi wa innaa ilayhi raaji'oon. To God we belong and to Him we will return. Last night, the world lost a pioneer, visionary and a leader of the American Muslim community. Dr. Maher Hathout (1936-2015) was a leader for Islam and for humanity, a voice for the voiceless, a patriot, a poet, a physician, a friend and a family man. He made an indelible impression on everyone he met.

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  • Your Support, Our Impact

    December 29, 2014
    I hope you'll join me in re-dedicating yourself to our shared vision that America is enriched by the vital contributions of American Muslims. Please watch our annual convention video called “Dear God…” It's true that the challenges are real, but with your help, we can overcome them.

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