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Time to Speak Out – Libya and “Innocence of Muslims” Film 14 September , 2012

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Dear Alliance Supporters,

With all that has happened this week in Libya and across the Middle East, many of us are left feeling that those on the fringe are speaking for all of us. Whether it is the group who made a film that denigrates the Prophet of Islam or those behind the brutal killing of 4 people at a consulate in Benghazi, they do not represent us.

While the media focuses only on the most extreme views, the rest of us don’t get a fair hearing. Many of our leaders aren’t listening either. In fact, some are using this as an opportunity to divide all of us along religious lines. That’s not responsible leadership.

While we stand for freedom of speech, using our freedom to humiliate others is not the way forward. And, while we all believe in peaceful protest, violence is unacceptable. The sanctity of human life must always be respected.

So, we’re calling on all of you now to join us on Twitter under the hashtag #RepresentYourself and speak out, so the rest of the world can hear. In the words of President Sampaio, “You are the Alliance.”

Represent yourself to the world so your voice isn’t drowned out by a vocal and violent minority.  Write blog posts, take pictures, film vlogs, and post them all with the hasthag #RepresentYourself.  Encourage others to do the same.  Call for responsible leadership and responsible citizenship.

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Christian Muslim Forum – Christians and Muslims Working Together 4 September , 2012

Interfaith Youth in Action/World Faith Pakistan became part of the Christian Muslim Forum network. TheChristian Muslim Forum develops strong relationships between Christians and Muslims and believes that faith is a resource for peace and conflict resolution. This is an important step to strengthen World Faith Pakistan’s international interfaith network and to demonstrate how faith can inform work for unity and peace.

Find out more about World Faith Pakistan and there work here:

http://worldfaith.org/south-asia/30-world-faith-pakistan

http://iyapk.weebly.com/about-us.html

 

Common Values, Differing Faiths: A Muslim Marries an Evangelical 19 July , 2012

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More than two-thirds of evangelicals in America share the same religion as their spouse, according to a 2007 survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. Not Frank Fredericks, founder of World Faith. Last month, Fredericks, a non-denominational evangelical, married Medina del Castillo, a Muslim, in an interfaith ceremony. While both families embrace the union, Fredericks says that not all of his extended family were necessarily supportive of a Christian marrying a Muslim. And for her part, del Castillo says that when she first started dating Fredericks, she held a pre-conceived notion of evangelicals as zealots fixated on converting the masses. “So I think it’s been a very nice learning experience,” she says. “I think that will continue in our marriage.”

Watch the video: http://www.odysseynetworks.org/video/common-values-differing-faiths-a-muslim-marries-an-evangelical

 

Summer Fellowship Program 2012 – Call For Applications 25 April , 2012

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Last day to apply for Muslim Public Service Network (MPSN) ummer Fellowship Program 2012.

MPSN believes that the only way to make a difference in this world is by serving others – and what better way than training to be a civic leader in the nation’s capital?

For the last 18 years MPSN has been working on creating civic leaders, who have gone on to become distinguished scholars, civil rights advocates, researchers, lawyers and excelled in any profession that they have chosen.

About the MPSN Fellowship Program

Fellows participate in a rigorous eight-week curriculum taught by leading scholars and experts. The classes and workshops are designed to strengthen their understanding of the relationship between faith-based principles and the ethics of public service and civic engagement. Fellows are also paired with past program alumni, successful American Muslim leaders, as mentors to provide one-on-one support for career and personal development. Room and board are provided in Washington, D.C. by MPSN.

MPSN alumni have gone on to distinguished public service careers with many prestigious organizations, including senior positions in the Obama Administration, Bush Administration, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. House of Representatives, United Nations, Center for American Progress, NAACP, Brookings Institute, McKinsey & Co., Bain & Co. and numerous non-profit, consulting and education agencies. Several alumni have gone on to earn Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, Truman and Soros fellowships.

To provide scholarships to needy students, we have an ISF-MPSN scholarship – in partnership with the Islamic Scholarship Fund.

You can apply at http://www.muslimpublicservice.org/apply

For more information, log onto: http://muslimpublicservice.org

 

Mustafa Abdullah on Story Line 11 April , 2012

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Mustafa Abdullah talks with Miranda Kingsley Kelly.  Mustafa is Egyptian-American and President of World Faith Winston-Salem, a multi-faith organization.  Mustafa reflects on his experience as a Muslim-American living in a post-9/11 world and discusses his motivations to help shape the community consciousness regarding world religion.

 

To listen to Mustafa´s story visit: http://www.storylineproject.org/stories

 

Muslim and Christian Leaders Pledge Interfaith Harmony 11 August , 2011

Besides condemning violence, the Christian-Muslim Covenant of Non Violence in Pakistan urges signatories to actively tackle the root of religious tension and promote interfaith harmony.

The pledge, which has already attracted the high profile backing of Senator Malik Hakmeen Khan and General Secretary of the Human Rights Commission IA Rehman, calls for Christians and Muslims to work together ‘to bring prosperity to the country for all’.

Signatures are being sought from religious leaders and public figures, as well as members of the public looking to register their support for non-violence.

 

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Muslim, Jewish Doctors Team Up in Detroit 1 August , 2011

Muslim, Jewish and Chaldean health care professionals teamed up recently to offer free medical screenings for Detroit residents.

The Interfaith Health Fair ran for four hours on July 19 at the Muslim Center in Detroit. The goal was to provide screenings for the working poor who don’t qualify for government-provided health care or other discounted programs.

Organizers said patient referrals and urgent treatment were provided as needed. The clinic also featured education stations, and social workers were available to help with referrals to direct service agencies

The fair marked the second health care collaboration of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Detroit area Muslims also have joined Jews on Christmas for Mitzvah Day, their largest annual day of volunteering.

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Muslim, Jewish, Chaldean docs team up in Detroit 20 July , 2011

DETROIT (AP) – Muslim, Jewish and Chaldean health care professionals are teaming up to offer free medical screenings for Detroit residents.

The Interfaith Health Fair runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Muslim Center in Detroit. The goal is to provide screenings for the working poor who don’t qualify for government-provided health care or other discounted programs.

Organizers say patient referrals and urgent treatment will be provided as needed. The clinic also will feature education stations and social workers will be available to help with referrals to direct service agencies.

The fair marks the second health care collaboration of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan and the Jewish Community Relations Council.

Detroit area Muslims also have joined Jews on Christmas for Mitzvah Day, their largest annual day of volunteering.

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Religious Peace between Jews and Muslims 18 April , 2011

In Palestine, the Wasatia movement envisions a struggle that brings moderate Israelis together with moderate Palestinians in an effort to end the occupation, says Mohammed Daoudi.

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JERUSALEM – In this interview with Talya Ezrahi, editor at Search for Common Ground, Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi, founder of the Wasatia movement and Professor of Political Science at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, talks about an interfaith event in February that brought together 150 Jews, Muslims and Christians to Auschwitz in Poland, the site of the largest Nazi extermination camp.

Why was it important for you to join other religious leaders in this visit to Auschwitz?

Mohammed Daoudi: The purpose of the event was to disseminate information to Muslims and Christians who live in a world where there is Holocaust denial, or a scarcity of information about the Holocaust. In the Muslim world, for example, the Holocaust is linked to the establishment of Israel – and the Palestinian Nakba, or catastrophe. As a result, there is a scarcity of literature that adequately describes the genocide of the Jews during World War II.

We were invited as Muslim and Christians to witness for ourselves the horror that Jews experienced just for being Jews. I think it would be very important to arrange such visits for Palestinian students as part of their education. The Arab-Israeli conflict has shaped the way we Palestinians perceive and interpret historical events and I would like my students to arrive at a point where they can extricate their understanding of what happened during the Holocaust from the controversial context of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is a tragic chapter in human history that we cannot keep ignoring.

 

Interfaith forum tackles economy and morality 21 February , 2011

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Progressive people of faith share the concerns of progressives everywhere about the devastating impact of the current economic crisis. At a recent interfaith event hosted by Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, Illinois, 80 people from Muslim, Jewish and Christian traditions gathered to focus on the ethical and moral dimensions of our economy. An economist and a leader from each of the three Abrahamic faiths served as presenters.

Professor James Halteman, an economist, described how “dog-eat-dog” individualism has taken precedence over the common good, resulting in the powerful few who control and manipulate information for their own benefit, with resultant abuse and fraud. He challenged people of faith to address three questions: How is suffering to be shared in our time? Does the present lay claim on the future? Can public and private interests be brought into balance?

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