MPAC Releases Videos from Leaders Saying No to Hate, No to Violence

Messages Available in Arabic, English, Farsi, Pashtu & Urdu

September 24, 2012

MPAC today released a series of videos by some of the most well-recognized and prominent American Muslim scholars and leaders calling on all people of consciousness to bring an end to senseless violence in the massive demonstrations that have swept across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

In the series, Dr. Maher Hathout, MPAC’s Senior Adviser; Nouman Ali Khan, the Founder of Bayyinah InstituteImam Zia; Imam at the Islamic center of Irving; and AbdulNasir Jangda, the Founder and Director of the Qalam Institute; examine the current protests against an amateur anti-Muslim hate video in light of the Prophet’s example of responding to hate and intolerance with patience and wisdom.

Dr. Maher Hathout
(available in Arabic & English)

Nouman Ali Khan  
(available in Arabic, English & Urdu)

Imam Zia
(available in Farsi & Pashtu)

AbdulNasir Jangda
(available in Arabic, English & Urdu)

In 2010, MPAC released “Injustice Cannot Defeat Justice,” a public service announcement featuring nine of America's leading Muslim figures speaking against the use of violence as a means to impact change and its violation of Islam's core teachings.

“The very unfortunate reaction of some of the Muslims leading a larger number of Muslims in a misguided, misdirected way to target the wrong target which is the United States of America,” Dr. Hathout said.

"The Prophet himself said himself 'be patient over whatever they say'," said "Where in the Quran does it justify anger like this? If anything I argue that the one thing we should feel for the people who made the film is sorrow. They can't hurt the Prophet; they can't take away his honor. It was given from Allah, and nothing on Earth can take it away."

These videos are the first in a series of “No to Hate, No to Violence” messages from American Muslim leaders and scholars to the world, especially Muslim majority countries.


Calling all community leaders, scholars, imams and people of consciousness – Take 10 minutes to plan, record and upload your own message to the world about the need to say no to hate and no to violence.

The reaction and violence in several countries in the region was sparked by a hateful internet video, “Innocence of Muslims,”  that was designed to spark a reaction. The protests and attacks have targeted U.S. embassies and businesses around the region.

ALSO SEE: “MPAC Condemns Attacks on U.S. Embassies, Calls for Protection of All U.S. Personnel” (

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