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  • Donate Your Zakat to MPAC Foundation

    July 10, 2015
    As Ramadan approaches, we look to the Quran for guidance in fulfilling our oblications for giving zakat (alms). Every year, many questions arise about who and what organizations can receive zakat. Surah At-Tawba speaks about zakat in a practical way and clearly outlines the paramenters.

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  • New Racial Profiling Guidance Remains More of the Same

    December 11, 2014
    This week, Attorney General Eric Holder released the revised “Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies,” expanding the guidance to now include a ban on religion, national origin, sexual orientation and gender. While this week’s release was welcomed by MPAC and other national civil rights and faith-based organizations working to improve federal profiling guidance, it included troubling exemptions and loopholes.

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  • Jerusalem: More Divided Than Ever

    November 21, 2014
    The continued rising tensions in Jerusalem between Israelis and Palestinians is feeding the environment of animosity that already exists as a result of aggressive Israeli policies.

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  • Will the 114th Congress Deliver or Disappoint?

    November 13, 2014
    Between 2006 and now, Americans have been dealing with a constant shift between a Republican and Democratic-led Congress. This Congressional pendulum has led to new people and (sometimes) new voices going through a revolving door of uncertain lawmaking.

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  • Nassar Speaks at Anti-Cyber-Bullying Forum

    October 31, 2014
    MPAC’s Deana Nassar moderated the youth panel exploring the social media divide between youth and adults and ways in which adults can support young people in navigating cyber-bullying.

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  • Communities of the Willing Working for Religious Freedom for All: An Interview with Chris Seiple

    October 30, 2014
    In this week’s special edition of MPAC’s DC News and Views, we interviewed Chris Seiple, President of the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) about his recent trip to the Middle East where he witnessed first-hand the plight of religious minorities due to the continued unrest in the region as a result of the terrorist group, ISIS.

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  • Rehabilitation or Retribution? Tackling Violent Extremism in America

    October 24, 2014
    Global terrorism has created concerns for governments around the world regarding their citizens traveling to countries such as Iraq and Syria to fight with groups like ISIS. Focusing on access to social services, including mental health services, education and employment opportunities serves both as an intervention and prevention approach to tackling countering violent extremism head-on.

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  • Horror of Canadian Parliament Shooting

    October 23, 2014
    MPAC condemns the criminal behavior and actions committed by Michael Zehaf-Bibeau on Parliament Hill yesterday in Ottawa, Canada. We offer our condolences to the family members of Cpl. Nathan Cirrillo and victims who were injured during the heinous attack. We stand in solidarity with the Canadian people.

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  • Empowering American Muslim Voices for Reform

    October 16, 2014
    American Muslims have proven to be invaluable in countering extremists and their ideology. Yet, with the solution (American Muslims) imploring the masses to have their voices heard, there are very real challenges and obstacles for change.

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  • Addressing Hysteria Through Representation

    October 9, 2014
    Having one-sided conversations about Islam and Muslims without the presence or representation of Muslims is extremely counterproductive to debunking the myths surrounding the faith and its followers.

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  • Questions Remain for the Next Attorney General

    October 2, 2014
    Eric Holder, the nation’s first African American attorney general (AG) has announced his resignation from the post following a turbulent five-and-a-half year tenure focusing on civil rights, national security and quelling racial tensions. A number of unanswered questions remain for the next AG.

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  • Obama Applauds and Admonishes Muslims in UN Speech

    September 25, 2014
    President Obama’s statement at the United Nations General Assembly this week focused on “defining questions at the root of many of [our] challenges.” Islam and Muslims were the centerpiece of his remarks.

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  • Defeating ISIL Will Take More than Military Might

    September 18, 2014
    The House Intelligence Committee held a hearing to “Examine Threats Posed by ISIL, al Qaeda and other Islamic Extremists.” The hearing featured three witnesses who chose to focus much of their commentary on military options to defeat ISIL.

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  • America's Strategy to Defeat ISIL

    September 11, 2014
    Last night, President Barack Obama revealed his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism campaign.” Ultimately, the President stated that we will begin a campaign to defeat the threat of ISIL within Iraq and expand it to Syria as well.

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  • Preventing, Intervening and Ejecting the Ideology of Violent Extremism

    August 29, 2014
    Yesterday, MPAC held a press conference in Beverly Hills, CA calling for continued cooperation between the American Muslim community and law enforcement in combating violent extremism. The speakers included a mix of community activists, faith leaders and law enforcement officials.

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  • Intimidating Assembly and Redress: Silencing the Constitution

    August 22, 2014
    Beyond being fundamental rights, assembly, petition and redress are necessary and essential tools in the political and governing process. American history is rich with examples of assembly and redress as building blocks to social movements that changed the country.

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  • ISIS Execution of American Journalist Underscores Need to Combat Extremism

    August 20, 2014
    The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) condemns the barbaric execution of American Journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and urges all people of conscience to take a stand against extremism. Mr. Foley was a journalist who courageously covered the atrocities against the Syrian people. We offer our condolences to his family and friends

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  • When Will it Stop? The Deadly Price of Racial Profiling in 2014

    August 15, 2014
    This week, the police shooting of Michael Brown, an African American teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri has once again sparked a critical national conversation around race, prejudice and fairness in the American criminal justice system.

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  • Gaza Teach-In Sheds Light on Evidence of Israeli War Crimes

    August 15, 2014
    On Sunday, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati moderated a panel discussion at the Islamic Center of Southern California called “Gaza Teach-In: War Crimes and Settler Colonialism,” between two experts on the crisis. Palestinian Professor George Bisharat of UC Berkeley School of Law and Israeli Professor Gabriel Pieterberg of UCLA's Center for Near Eastern Studies discussed exposed how Israel’s military campaign violates countless international laws and also is rooted in settler colonialism.

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  • Visit us at ISNA Convention

    August 14, 2014
    Join MPAC at the 51st Annual ISNA Convention in Detroit, MI, the weekend of Aug. 29 through Sept. 1. Salam Al-Marayati will be featured during two sessions about grassroots activism and working in the media industry. Also, come by and visit the MPAC at booth 622 in the bazaar!

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