August 2016
  • MPV Philippines!
  • MCC Conference
  • "Disgraced" Podcast 
  • #AskAMuslim
  • Eid Reception in D.C.
  • Tedx Talk
  • Upcoming Events
  • Los Angeles
  • Atlanta
  • Columbus
  • July 
  • In the Press
Quick links:
MPV Comes to the Philippines!

We are very happy to announce the establishment of MPV-Philippines! Given the radical climate of Muslims in The Philippines, progressives and converts to Islam feel the dire need to counter the extremist and intolerant narratives. Join the movement!
MCC General Conference 

On July 4th, MPV president Ani Zonneveld was a keynote speaker at the Metropolitan Community Church’s General Conference in Victoria, Canada. Her presentation included singing two Islamic hymns, the latest updates on the progressive Muslim movement, the initiatives that MPV has undertaken, the triumphs in advocating for egalitarian and inclusive values, as well as the positive outcomes of our international work to counter radical narratives and in defending human rights for all. She concluded her talk by discussing her recent Huffpost op-ed, and MPV's challenge to the American Muslim Community’s religious leaders to pledge no to homophobia.

Pictured: Secretary Kerry, actor Mandy Patinkin (top left), Tunisian Ambassador Faysal Gouia with MPV President Ani Zonneveld (bottom right)

On July 12th, 2016, MPV was invited to participate in a special Eid Reception held by Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington, DC. Ani Zonneveld attended on behalf of MPV. The event was attended by a “who’s who” of the Muslim American community as well as non-Muslim allies such as Mandy Patinkin, who delivered a heart-warming appeal for refugees. He stated that we should never compromise our humanity in the name of security. He related his own experiences helping Syrian refugees in Greece to his family’s experience as Jews escaping the Holocaust during World War II, to find safety here in America.

Center Theater Group Podcast 

As part of the Community Conversation series Center Theater Group hosted various panels toward understanding and challenging some of the stereotypes in the drama “Disgraced”. Listen to Reza Aslan and Ani Zonneveld’s on CTG’s Podcast.
Watch Ani Zonneveld’s timely TEDx talk “Islam: As American As Apple Pie” 
Upcoming Events
Los Angeles • August 10th
MPV's "Ask A Muslim" series continues this month with a discussion entitled - Rational Progressive Islam: Beyond the false dichotomy of ‘Radical’ and ‘Moderate’. The rise of ISIS and the failure of “moderate” Muslim clerics to present Muslims with a serious challenge to extremism can only be countered by a rational progressive Islam. The discussion will be moderated by Ani Zonneveld with special guest speaker, Professor Ahmed Alwishah, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pitzer College. Professor Ahmed will show that such an approach can be generated and developed from within the early Islamic tradition that predominated in the 9th and 10th centuries, and from the subsequent schools of thought that placed human reason as the only arbitrator in determining Islamic theology. The talk will propose three steps in implementing the rational progressive approach and fighting extremism in the Islamic world. 
Click here for event details.

Los Angeles • August 12th
MPV-LA will be hosting a Friday prayer in Orange County on August 12th. Ani Zonneveld will be giving the khutbah and leading prayer. Click here for more details.

Los Angeles • August 21st 
LA friends come join MPV-LA's table on August 21st, 7:00 pm, as we enjoy another free concert courtesy of Grand Performances. Fuzon & Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad Qawwal will be performing Sufi rock along with Qawwali legends of traditional devotional music in a transcendent evening of South Asian vibrations. Click here for more info. 

August 12: MPV-Atlanta will be meeting with Dr. Katrina Daly Thompson. Come join us to talk about Progressive Muslims and the work we do today.

MPV-Atlanta is currently in the planning phase of bringing Coming Out Muslim to Atlanta. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact kelly@mpvatlanta.org.

MPV-Atlanta meets weekly every Friday at 1:30pm. Come join us for prayer and discussion! Click here for details. 

Columbus • August 5th- 8th
MPV-Columbus is calling for a three day period of silence, a "Fast of Repentance" for the inhumanity of our past participation in nuclear war.  We are asking participants to refrain from all normal conversation, speaking only as is absolutely necessary to avoid injuring or offending others.

Fast begins: Aug 5th, 7:15 PM local time (8:15 AM Aug. 6th in Hiroshima) when the first atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima killing eighty thousand people instantly and fatally injuring tens of thousands more.

Fast ends: Aug 8th, 10:02 PM local time (11:02 AM Aug. 9th in Nagasaki) when the second atomic bomb exploded over Nagasaki inflicting similar carnage.

We encourage participants to use this silent fast of repentance to examine their hearts for areas of hardness. These areas cannot soften until they have been seen and understood. We cannot be effective agents of compassion for our society until we have escaped the hardness of our own hearts.

We must remember:

All of the affairs of Hell, without a single exception, arise from the hardness of our hearts. 
All the affairs of Heaven, without a single exception, arise from the softening of our hearts.

Malaysia • August 11th at 10 am
In collaboration with Youth South East Asia Leader Initiative (YSEALI), MPV-Malaysia will be organizing a discussion on “Unstoppable  Monsters: Defeating  Extremism  through  the Power  of  Ideas” with Joshua Salaam, Director of All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS). The event will be held on August 11th at 10 am at the Malaysian  American Commission  on  Educational  Exchange  (MACEE). See you there!

July 14, 2016, in collaboration with The Markaz, MPV-LA held its talk series #AskAMuslim to discuss issues surrounding Islamophobia and Homophobia post Orlando, and addressing issues of homophobia within  the Muslim community and the obvious implications of these problems in light of the tragic events in Orlando, Florida at Pulse Nightclub. Moderated by Jordan Elgrably, panelists included Ani Zonneveld, President of MPV, Hamid Mavani, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Bayan Claremont—Claremont School of Theology in California, and were later joined by Naveed Najmuddin Merchant, co-founder of Satrang, The event was streamed live on Facebook, and generated a healthy and productive dialogue both at the conference and online. The talk was hosted at the LA Press Club. For complete footage of the event, please click here.
MPV-DC’s Director Maliha Khan was at a round-table with Mr. Abed Ayoub (American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee) and Mr. Corey Saylor (Council on American-Islamic Relations) to discuss the issue of “Anti-radicalization and combating violent extremism among youth”, organized by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational Cultural Affairs. 
MPV Malaysia (KMU)

MPV Malaysia’s Regional Director at Durban for AIDS 2016.

MPV Malaysia was present at the 21st International  AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa from  July 18-22, 2016. AIDS 2016 is a platform for those working in the field of HIV prevention, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic.
MPV Australia

MPV-Australia had a fantastic month. It kicked off with an Eid dinner at an Ethiopian Restaurant (Abyssinian) where we had over 30 attendees.

MPV-Sydney had its first successful meetup, led by Ala’ Yasin with 10 attendees at the Berkelouw Library Cafe.

MPV-Perth led by Leah Cornish has also had its first meetup this month.

MPV-Canberra has been working diligently meeting every fortnight and developing a strategic plan of change. Led by Omar Hashmi, the team is looking to take part in various AGM’s of local Muslim initiatives and use their votes to push for a progressive agenda.

MPV-Melbourne led by Zahirah Johari, has been invited to be part of the Yarra Interfaith Council. We are working on a number of projects, including an "Ask a Muslim: Islam 101" where we will go to local libraries and offer Q&A sessions to the local community. Many Australians have never met a Muslim, we think this will be a great opportunity to do community outreach and lead the way in advocating for a progressive Islamic agenda.

                                        Stichting Maruf and Haardvuuravonden hosted a well-attended, inclusive and intimate queer iftar where Fenna ten Berge was asked to speak on behalf of MPV- Nederland. Both Muslims and youth thinking about converting to Islam expressed their gratitude after hearing about the Islamic evidence for respect and love for the whole of mankind, including LGBTQI-persons, and the importance of an inclusive and loving Islam, not only for queer Muslims, but for the betterment of mankind at large.
In the Press:

MPV-USA: LGBT Muslims Find Mainstream Platform to Talk Faith, Sexuality After Pulse Shooting. Read the article here.

MPV Malaysia: MPV Malaysia's Director was present during the Turkey Coup Attempt. His story was circulated all over Malaysia. Read the news here.

MPV Australia: MPV Australia's Reem Sweid was interviewed for a five part series documentary by ex-Muslim Pakistani comedian, Sami Shah (titled ‘the Islamic Republic of Australia’) on the Australian Broadcasting Network Radio Channel. You can have a listen to the podcast here.
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