The Reminders

MPAC 2014 Gala

american muslims
Anand Giridharadas
Islam (Religion)
Rais Bhuiyan
The Reminders
True Americans
On December 31, 2014 By MPAC
MPAC's 2014 Convention Gala highlights the inspiring story of Rais Bhuiyan, an American Muslim shot in the head by a white supremacist. Compelled by his faith, Rais led a campaign to spare the life of the man who tried to kill him. This story of mercy and redemption was turned into a book by New York Times columnist Anand Giridharadas, and is now being made into a major motion picture. Also, watch the highlights of MPAC's 2014 successes, hear from MPAC's leadership and watch the dynamic husband and wife duo, the Reminders.
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Let’s Be Honest: The Arts, Identity & Activism – MPAC 2013 Convention

25 year anniversary
ahmed younis
omar offendum
shaikh yassir fazaga
The Reminders
On December 19, 2013 By MPAC
"Art is a message from the soul, wrapped in an envelope of beauty." ~ Dr. Hathout. Part of MPAC's Convention, "Celebrating 25 Years on the Road Less Traveled," the first session of the day began with some performances. Art conveys an understanding about Islam and Muslims in ways that academic papers and lectures never will. Using the arts to express a message is not a revolutionary idea; Muslims, throughout the centuries, have contributed significantly to various forms such as architecture, literature and music. Three performers, Omar Offendum, Aja Black and Big Samir of the hip-hop duo The ReMINDers, spoke about their journey in the arts, and how they have been able to influence others' perceptions about Islam and spirituality through their music. Moderated by Ahmed Younis, the session featured performances and a fascinating conversation where they were joined by Shaikh Yassir Fazaga of the Orange County Islamic Foundation.
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