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  • Blasphemy Laws: Religious Suppression & Political Authoritarianism

    October 17, 2017
    MPAC and the Newseum are partnering to hold a discussion on how blasphemy laws violate the fundamental human right of free speech. This panel will present the status of blasphemy laws in the world today, and examine the use of these laws in some countries to stifle dissent.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • Supreme Court to Hear Holt v. Hobbs Religious Freedom Case

    October 7, 2014
    Today is a big day. The Supreme Court is hearing a case looking at the limits of religious freedom in the prison setting. The case, Holt v. Hobbs, involves an Arkansas prisoner petitioning to grow a half-inch beard, which the Arkansas Department of Correction (ADC) believes is hazardous to prison security.

  • Working to Protect Travelers on Hajj

    October 5, 2014
    As thousands of American Muslims embark on Hajj every year, this year presented a new set of issues for travelers that voiced their fears of attacks that other pilgrims have faced in the past. After collectively addressing these pressing issues, the State Department emplaced initiatives and protocols to protect American Muslims at Hajj.

  • When Freedom of Speech and Religious Freedom Collide

    October 5, 2014
    Listen to this Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) podcast featuring Director of the MPAC Washington, DC office Haris Tarin and Legal Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Asma T. Uddin. They discuss the intersection of free speech, religious freedom, and social change, as part of CFR's Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MPAC Rebukes Sudan’s Apostasy Law Ruling

    May 16, 2014
    MPAC rebukes the intolerable actions of a Sudanese court in sentencing a pregnant woman to death for what it claims to be apostasy. The Sudanese court, along with so many other authorities in Muslim-majority countries that are invoking sharia, is violating the core Quranic principle which states, “There shall be no compulsion in religion” (2:256).

  • 'Jinn' Stars MPAC Media Award Honoree Faran Tahir

    April 10, 2014
    The feature film Jinn, which was released in theaters on April 4, takes a concept that is familiar to over a billion people and introduces it to mainstream entertainment. Jinn touches upon a concept that is well-known to the three major religions: Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

  • Intersection of Spirituality & Social Justice Brought Ncube to MPAC

    April 2, 2014
    This past fall and currently this spring term, Gabbi Ncube has been interning with MPAC in communication, marketing and media. Originally from Tempe, AZ, Ncube is a third year student at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She is working toward her major in media arts and culture, with a focus on media production and screenwriting, and a minor in critical theory and social justice.

  • Lekovic Keynotes Chicago Community Dinner

    November 19, 2013
    Recently, MPAC’s Director of Policy and Programming Edina Lekovic served as the first-ever female keynote speaker during the 21st Annual Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC) dinner.

  • MPAC DC Director Co-Authors Brookings Paper on Religious Freedom

    November 18, 2013
    MPAC announced today that the Brookings Institution, an independent think tank and policy institution, recently published a paper titled “Rethinking the ‘Red Line’: The Intersection of Free Speech, Religious Freedom, and Social Change” co-authored by Haris Tarin, Director of MPAC’s Washington, DC, office and Asma Uddin, Legal Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

  • Elshishtawy Speaks at Newseum on 'Defining Religious Freedom in America'

    March 27, 2013
    Last week, Hoda Elshishtawy, MPAC’s Legislative and Policy Analyst, joined a panel at the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum in Washington, DC, to explore religious freedom in America.

  • Al-Assad Regime Needs to Be Removed so Syria Can Be Rebuilt

    November 21, 2012
    As news continues to pour out over the current conflict between Hamas and Israel, we cannot forget the ongoing crisis in Syria. To date, the total death toll of Syrians is almost at 40,000. The Syrian revolution has been ongoing since March 2011, but after the formation of a coalition of Syrian opposition groups in Doha on Nov. 11 known as the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (NCSROF), MPAC views this development with hope for the future of Syria.

  • Scholars Address Taboo Subjects at MPAC’s ‘Let’s Be Honest’ event

    November 16, 2012
    Last Sunday afternoon with more than 150 people gathered, four prominent Muslim speakers came together to address taboo topics at MPAC's "Let's Be Honest: Getting Beyond the Taboos of Our Community."

  • MPAC to Launch NYC & DC Metro Ads Opposing Racism & Bigotry

    October 18, 2012
    On Monday, Oct. 22, the NYC subway system will feature ads by MPAC, which is an effort to counter the recent hateful and divisive ad released by Pamela Geller’s organization, AFDI. One week later, on Monday, Oct. 29, the Metro system in DC, will post the same ads on WMATA buses across the DC, Virginia and Maryland areas.

  • MPAC Condemns Taliban Attack on Pakistani Teenage Girl Fighting for Education

    October 12, 2012
    MPAC today condemned the Taliban’s appalling attack against Malala Yousafzai, an innocent 14-year-old girl in Pakistan, who was advocating for education. Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban for being a girl and standing up to unjust policies and oppression for the past three years through her BBC blog.

  • MPAC Represents United States at Human Rights Conference

    October 1, 2012
    On Oct. 1, MPAC president Salam Al-Marayati spoke in Warsaw, Poland, as part of Ambassador Avis Bohlen’s U.S. delegation to the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).


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