Vision & Mission
The Muslim Public Affairs Council improves public understanding and policies that impact American Muslims by engaging our government, media and communities.
America is enriched by the vital contributions of American Muslims.
We promote the Islamic and American values of mercy, justice, peace, human dignity, freedom, and equality for all.
Mercy: "And thus O Prophet, we have sent thee as (an evidence of Our) grace towards all the worlds." (Quran 21:107)
Justice: "O you who have attained to faith! Be ever steadfast in upholding equity, bearing witness to the truth for the sake of God, even though it be against your own selves or your parents and kinsfolk. Whether the person concerned be rich or poor, God's claim takes precedence over (the claims of) either of them. Do not, then, follow your own desire, lest you swerve from justice: for if you distort (the truth), behold, God is indeed aware of all that you do!" (Quran 4:135)
Peace: "But if they incline to peace, incline thou to it as well, and place thy trust in God: verily, He alone is all-hearing, all-knowing!" (Quran 8:61)
Human Dignity: "Now, indeed, We have conferred dignity on all the children of Adam, and born them over land and sea, and provided for them sustenance out of the good things of life, and favored them far above most of Our creation." (Quran 17:70)
Freedom: "There shall be no coercion in matters of faith. Distinct has now become the right way from (the way of) error: hence, he who rejects the powers of evil and believes in God has indeed taken hold of a support most unfailing, which shall never give way: for God is all-hearing, all-knowing." (Quran 2:256)
Equality for All: "O men! Behold, We have created you all out of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you may come to know one another. Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him. Behold, God is all-knowing, all-aware." (Quran 49:13)
As a community-based policy advocacy group working for the integration of Muslims into American pluralism, MPAC actively strives to affect policy reforms that uphold core American values and preserve Constitutionally protected freedoms of all Americans.
Our staff members in Washington, DC and Los Angeles advise government agencies on national security and civil rights issues, provide comment and background to reporters and other media professionals to inform public opinion, advise the entertainment industry on creating humanizing portrayals of Islam and Muslims, and assisting victims of hate crimes/incidents and to prevent hate crimes, and building alliances with diverse communities and cultivating relationships with opinion- and decision-makers.
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