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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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  • 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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  • 300+ Attend MPAC's 'Crisis of ISIS' Event

    October 31, 2014
    With the incessant violence in the Middle East caused by violent extremism, Muslims are asking each other a major question nowadays: “what can we do?” It seems impossible to actually do anything here about something that is being caused by fanatics in another part of the world, but in reality, there is a lot we can do to combat groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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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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  • Setting the Record Straight on Violent Extremism on C-SPAN

    October 1, 2014
    This week we had the opportunity to set the record straight to millions of Americans by going live on C-SPAN to talk directly about Islam and the unfortunate reality that it is being tarnished by groups like ISIS.

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  • Your Vote Matters!

    September 20, 2014
    We signed onto a voter engagement campaign called "Your Vote Matters" with Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) whose mission is to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities. Because of the commonalities in our missions, we see possibility to learn and grow from each other.

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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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  • 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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  • MPAC Promotes Unity & Civic Engagement at Orange County EidFest

    August 7, 2014
    Last Saturday, MPAC took part in Orange County’s Annual Eid Festival held in Anaheim, CA. Attended by thousands, the event featured table displays from dozens of organizations, as well as their efforts in providing a celebration for the holiday. It was a great opportunity for Muslims, as well as non-Muslims, to learn more about Eid and Islam.

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  • Al-Marayati Continues 'Medina Constitution' Lecture Series at Masjid Bilal in L.A.

    July 25, 2014
    The Bilal Islamic Center in south Los Angeles hosted MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati last weekend for a talk about the parallels between the Medina Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. The Medina Constitution is the social contract created between the Prophet Muhammad with leaders of other faith communities.

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  • MPAC Community Iftar Reunites 60+ Community & Young Leaders

    July 19, 2014
    Last week, more than 60 community leaders and young professionals joined MPAC at our L.A. office for our annual Community Iftar. Community leaders, alumni from our young leaders programs and young professionals from all over Southern California who have worked with MPAC in one way or another came togehter to see old friends and to make new ones.

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  • Ellison Calls for Unity & Action During DC Book Event

    July 19, 2014
    This week, MPAC co-sponsored a discussion and book signing with Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) alongside Busboys and Poets and Crescent Moon Nights. Ellison shared his unique experience as the first American Muslim elected to Congress, through passages from his new book "My Country 'Tis of Thee: My Family, My Faith, Our Future.”

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  • Meet Community Outreach Fellow Marwa Abdelghani

    July 19, 2014
    My aspirations for making the dreams of our future Muslim generations come true plays a large role in my field of work, community outreach. I hope to bring MPAC to different communities outside of Los Angeles in order to help them get involved in the kind of work that we do. I strongly believe that American Muslims must be at the table, lest they will be on the menu. In order to relieve the U.S. from the stereotypes and Islamophobia targeting Muslims, we must put ourselves in the nerve centers that make the major decisions for our communities.

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  • Join MPAC for Book Reading with Rep. Keith Ellison

    July 10, 2014
    MPAC is co-sponsoring a discussion and book signing with Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Tuesday, July 15 with Busboys and Poets, Cnvrgnc, iEmerge786 and Crescent Moon Nights. Ellison will share his experiences as the first Muslim elected to Congress in his book "My Country 'Tis of Thee: My Family, My Faith, Our Future."

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  • HBO Documentary 'Newburgh Sting' Begs for Police Reform in Muslim Communities

    June 20, 2014
    Yesterday, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati participated in a panel discussion following a screening of HBO’s new documentary “The Newburgh Sting” at the AFI Docs Documentary Festival in Washington, DC.The documentary, which will debut on HBO on July 21, reveals the FBI’s involvement in the domestic terror case of the “Newburgh Four,” which targeted a Muslim community in the disadvantaged neighborhood of Newburgh, NY and lured individuals into agreeing to commit acts of terrorism.

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  • DHS Secretary Applauds Safe Spaces Initiative

    June 17, 2014
    During a meeting of American Muslim and Syrian leaders in Chicago on Friday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson applauded the Muslim Public Affairs Council for launching its community-based Safe Spaces Initiative.

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  • Safe Spaces Endorsed by Against Violent Extremism Network

    May 15, 2014
    The Against Violent Extremism (AVE) Network, a global network tackling violent extremism, featured MPAC’s Safe Spaces Initiative in their April newsletter as a “Project Spotlight.” The AVE Network is made up of former extremists and survivors of extremism working together to prevent violent extremism. They are unique in their use of technology to “connect, exchange, disseminate and influence all forms of violent extremism.”

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  • Join MPAC for LA County Election Forum This Sunday

    May 2, 2014
    This weekend, MPAC will host the first of its Election Forums ahead of two key races in Los Angeles County. We will bring together candidates vying for L.A. County Sheriff and the L.A. Board of Supervisors at the Islamic Center of Southern California on Sunday, May 4 at 11:45 a.m. Join us for your chance to meet the candidates, learn about their priorities and ask them your questions.

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  • MPAC Debuts 'American Muslims Get… Happy!'

    May 2, 2014
    Today, MPAC proudly released “American Muslims Get… Happy,” a music video set against the backdrop of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. The video features American Muslims from all across the United States.

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