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  • Let Islamic Reform Start in America

    October 31, 2014
    ‘Muslim communities in the West,” wrote Graham Fuller and Ian Lesser in 1995 (“The Geopolitics of Islam and the West”), “are more likely to exert influence on their countries and cultures of origin rather than receive influences from them; over time they may have a substantive effect on the perceptions of secularization and minority rights in the Middle East.”

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  • New York Times Publishes MPAC Op-Ed

    October 17, 2014
    In his op-ed, MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati calls for Muslims in the West, who have the privilege to worship without the coercion of state power, to form independent religious and political thinking from those who have created an unholy alliance between mosque and state in the Middle East.

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  • Islam: the Hero to Combat ISIS

    September 19, 2014
    A recent op-ed published by MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati in The Huffington Post called “The Key to Defeating ISIS Is Islam” cites Islam as the cure to preventing violent extremism. Al-Marayati’s central argument is that “America needs Islam -- not to convert people to the religion, but as the antidote to the toxic and threatening ideology of ISIS.”

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  • MPAC Op-ed Published in ‘On Faith’

    August 30, 2014
    MPAC President Salam and Al-Marayati, along with Community Outreach Coordinator Cherif Abou El Fadl and Special Projects Fellow Omar Noureldin published an op-ed in “On Faith” this week called “Takfirism: The Key to Understanding ISIL.” The op-ed explores the method through which ISIL uses Islam to justify it’s crimes. It also explores ISIL’s “ideological underpinnings” by looking at the history of takfirism and offers recommendations on how the United States can combat violent extremism.

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  • Op-Ed:

    November 22, 2011
    Imran Khan, the noted cricket champion and head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, led a massive rally of ordinary Pakistanis, last week. Khan has been dabbling in politics since the 1990s but has never gotten much traction, so where did this rally come from and what does it mean?

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  • Op-Ed: 'Closing the Muslim Divide''

    August 24, 2008
    When the fires broke out near my home in recent weeks, there was almost nothing that could keep me from my friends and family -- but the promise of meeting with members of Congress who wanted to hear what young Muslims had to say was enough to pull me away.

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  • D.C. News & Views - Ramadan & Anxiety Over Charity

    August 21, 2007
    As Ramadan fast approaches, there is a nervous anticipation among charities on whether the U.S. Treasury will shut down or raid or make some announcement about another charity.

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  • Op-Ed: 'For Muslim Americans, Faith Infuses Activism & Politics'

    August 3, 2007
    I recently found myself standing between Shaarik Zafar, senior policy advisor in the Office of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Saqib Ali, Democratic Delegate from Maryland's District 39, casually contributing to a conversation on issues

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  • In the News: Southland Muslims Promote Code of Unity

    April 24, 2007
    As the conflict deepens between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in Iraq, Muslim leaders in Southern California have launched what they hope will be a nationwide movement to promote unity among different branches of the faith in this country and help prevent acts of violence here.

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  • Mayor, Governor Should Stick to Job

    July 31, 2006
    On Sunday, July 23, both Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger braved the gripping heat wave to speak out at rallies to express solidarity and support for the state of Israel. They did not attend any interfaith vigil calling for a cease-fire in this senseless violence in Lebanon.

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  • Protecting Speech

    February 25, 2006
    About 150 conservatives, liberals and libertarians gathered peacefully yesterday in front of the Danish Embassy -- at the behest of author Christopher Hitchens -- to support free speech and protest Islamic radicalism.

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  • Younis Takes on Islam in U.S.

    February 24, 2006
    Strengthening the voices of moderates is the surest way to overpower the voices of extremists, according to Ahmed Younis, National Director of [Muslim Public Affairs Council

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