MPAC to Release ‘Declaration Against Extremism’ at Friday Press Conference

December 11, 2013

This Friday, MPAC will be joined by prominent American Muslim leaders for a press conference to stand together and sign a “Declaration Against Extremism,” a document authored by MPAC Senior Adviser, Dr. Maher Hathout, reflecting upon his thoughts and priorities.

SEE: “Declaration Against Extremism” (

The Declaration challenges Muslims to respond to all forms of extremism through engagement, positive articulations of theology and a willingness to stand up to and push back against those voices who use the garb of religious authority to further their own political and social agendas.

The “Declaration Against Extremism” reads, in part:

“Extremists are defining the public face of Islam, leaving the mainstream largely on the defensive, vehemently wanting to share the true message of Islam. The voices of extremism are very loud; their voices garner false but almost instantaneous authority because they are cloaked in religious garb and theological jargon. The dangerous power these voices have mislead people with false claims of religious superiority and authority.”

 Muslims around the world are constantly challenged by having to respond to the voices of extremists who in no way represent their understanding of faith and their relationships with people of other faiths. Many Muslims feel that their voices are not heard; even as they seek to create platforms to help their fellow citizens better understand what their faith truly represents.

The Declaration serves as a launching pad for upcoming projects and campaigns, including a toolkit which will empower communities to better organize and address the potential for violent extremism. We encourage leaders, activists, students and all concerned Muslims to share the document with their congregations and facilitate discussions on this important topic.

MPAC “Declaration Against Extremism”
Press Conference

 WHEN: Friday, Dec. 13, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: MPAC Headquarters
4988 N. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90042

WHO: Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC
Imam Mahmoud Harmoush, 
Ashraf Jakvani, Islamic Center of San Gabriel
Sadegh Namazikhah, Iranian American Muslim Association of North America
Jihad Turk, Bayan Claremont University
Mohammed Khan, Society to Offer Prosperity and Peace (STOPP)
Asim Buyuksoy Religious Director, Islamic Center of Southern California

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