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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.

  • J Street National Conference - DC

    February 26, 2017
    MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati will be speaking on a panel about combatting Islamophobia at J Street's National Conference.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New Book: “Islam: Plain and Simple”

    June 5, 2014
    MPAC is proud to endorse Tariq Jalil’s new book, “Islam Plain and Simple: Women, Terrorism, and Other Controversial Topics.” Jalil’s book aims to set the record straight on the faith of 1.6 billion global followers, delves into the life and actions of Islam’s last prophet, Muhammad, and expands on the rich contributions to human civilization inspired by Islam.

  • 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).

  • Muslim, Arab-American Groups Call on 9/11 Museum to Edit 'Insufficiently Vetted' Film

    April 24, 2014
    A coalition of American Muslim and Arab-American organizations (see list below) today urged the National September 11 Memorial Museum to consider editing a planned film presentation, "The Rise of Al Qaeda," because it may lead viewers to wrongly conclude that that the entire faith of Islam is responsible for the 2001 terror attacks.

  • '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.

  • MPAC Joins LAPD in Answering Community Questions

    April 7, 2014
    Last Friday, Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC's President, presented the Safe Spaces Initiative, a campaign to provide American Muslim communities with tools for developing and maintaining a healthy community, at an LAPD community forum at the Islamic Center of Northridge.

  • 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.

  • LAPD Wants to Better Serve Muslims: Take This Survey, Share Your Thoughts

    March 27, 2014
    A rare opportunity has arisen to collectively tell the LAPD how it can better serve the needs and interests of Muslim communities based in Los Angeles. Through a survey created by the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of Massachusetts Lowell and helped framed by MPAC, the community is invited to share their thoughts in an effort to make our communities safer and foster a stronger relationship.

  • Watch MPAC’s Lekovic on ‘Dr. Phil’ Explaining Islamic Teachings

    March 4, 2014
    On Monday, March 3, the “Dr. Phil Show” aired an episode called “I’m Worried My Daughter May Turn into a Terrorist” which featured Edina Lekovic, MPAC's Director of Policy and Programming. The segment focuses on a mother and daughter, Darlene and Abby, who became estranged after the daughter converted to Islam two years ago. Lekovic sheds light on the teachings of Islam and dispels misconceptions about Muslims.

  • Elshishtawy Talks About Dangers of Law Enforcement Surveillance

    January 2, 2014
    This past November, Hoda Elshishtawy, MPAC’s National Policy Analyst, spoke on a panel about racial profiling, surveillance and hate crimes at the South Asian Bar Association, Washington, DC, (SABA-DC) Civil and Human Rights Symposium at George Washington University (GWU).

  • 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.

  • Apply for MPAC & AAANY Fellowship:

    December 9, 2013
    MPAC announced it will partner with the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY) for its Spring 2014 Research Fellowship, which will document the impact of surveillance on Muslim New Yorkers. Specifically, the fellowship will look at how the civic engagement and political mobilization of targeted communities have been impacted.

  • 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.

  • Tarin Talks about Responsible Reporting on Islam & Muslims at ICFJ Conference

    October 21, 2013
    Recently, Haris Tarin, Director of MPAC's DC Office, spoke on a panel at the International Center for Journalists conference. The annual event brings together reporters, producers and other executives in the media industry to address issues impacting media coverage of various issues and events.


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