September 2017
The Slaughtering Season of August

By Ani Zonneveld

After 10 years, Muslims for Progressive Values is finally in a position to hire a full-time Executive Assistant in addition to our U.N. Team in New York, Malaysia and The Netherlands. I am proud to be introducing you to Yasmin Kadir (pictured), who, starting October 2nd, will work closely with me on administrative issues, leading the MPV-Los Angeles chapter, the liaison for our Los Angeles community, and for the slew of government and non-government agencies we partner with.

While most folks have been on vacation, we at MPV have been prepping for what’s to come in the coming months. Come October we will have a major announcement to make, one we think will be a game-changer for the world of advocacy against radicalism and toward a just world.

We have also established a publishing arm as we begin restructuring our organization to accommodate an income generating model. Given the many excellent thinkers and writers in our progressive community, we decided to create a one-stop shop for all alternative and progressive content by creative, critical thinkers and readers interested in Islam and all things Muslim.   

The second most important Islamic religious holiday Eid al-Adha just took place, marking the end of the Hajj season. This religious holiday symbolizes the sacrifice Prophet Abraham was willing to make, one that was most dearest to him, his son, in God's name. Many of us in the progressive Muslim community find the symbolic practice of slaughtering sheep as misplaced religiosity. It should be about sacrificing what is dearest to you. Please watch my interview on this matter, or my disdain for this practice, on BBC Arabic.

As we feast during Eid al-Adha, the people of Yemen are being slaughtered by bombs and deprivation of food and medicine, and the Rohingyas by their own government of Myanmar, led by Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

We can only move onward and upwards...

  • President's Letter
  • Recommended Book
  • Press Releases from August
  • August Update
  • MPV In the News

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Recommended New Book

La jihad delle donne Il femminismo islamico nel mondo occidentale
(Women's Jihad: Islamic feminism in the Western world)

Luciana Capretti 

This book lays out the many Muslim women who have reclaimed religious authorities back from traditional roles held by men. MPV’s Ani Zonneveld is featured in a chapter entitled Ani e i Trasgressor, Il Corano e L’esegesi Pui Liberale (translation: Ani and the rebels), laying out her work at MPV.
Press Releases from August

“It is imperative that continued exposure of and dialogue and education around the eradication of supremacist ideas continues to happen. As part of Quran 13:11 says, ‘…God does not change the condition of a people unless they change what is in themselves.’”

“The actions of Saudi Arabia, its unjust and barbaric forms of punishment, are seen as representative of Islam, effectively increasing miso-Islamia (hate of Muslims and Islam) in the U.S. and Europe. Instead of chopping off his head, allowing al-Sweikat to come study at Western Michigan University will demonstrate that education is valued in Islam and that KSA  can earn back some respect.”
August Update 

MPV Los Angeles
At Politicon 
July 29-30th at the Politicon Conference in Los Angeles, MPV hosted a panel entitled “Radicals, Refugees & Republicans” which was well-attended at full capacity of 650. Our panelists were: Adam Housley (Fox News), Robert Davi (famous actor, singer and Trump supporter), Bassem Youseff (Egyptian satirist in exile in Los Angeles), Hasan Piker (famous TV host of The Young Turks), Dr. Halleh Seddigzadeh (a traumatist expert and the zen of the panelist)  and moderated by Ani Zonneveld (MPV). You can watch the very lively debate here.
MPV Nederland
Celebration of Life Videos
Last June, MPV Nederland held its first annual Celebration of Life event. Highlights of the event can be viewed here. Keen on seeing the best of the musical performances? They can be viewed here.
Interview with MPV Nederland in Trouw
Trouw, a major Dutch newspaper, published an article on progressive Islam and women taking the lead! The article, in Dutch, is a must-read and can be found here.
Coming up! 
October 11: 99 names of Allah
Following the example of MPV Australia, MPV Nederland will start the event series 99 Names of God. We will come to contemplate on what Asma’ al-Husna means for us, followed by discussion. The events will be held in Dutch and English, and can be joined through Skype.
Start: Wednesday October 11, 20.00 AMS
The group will consist of a minimum of 5 participants and a maximum of 15.
September 23: Islamophobia Conference
Fenna ten Berge will speak on the topic of religion in secular society at the Islamophobia Conference, organised by the University of Amsterdam, the Collective against Islamophobia and Discrimination, and Emcemo. More information and signing up through Religion Research (Dutch). For the record, MPV’s official term on the climate toward Muslims is miso-Islamia, hate for all things Islam.
MPV Washington DC
Monthly Film Screening
In August, MPV-DC held its first monthly film screenings in downtown Washington, DC. Over twenty people gathered to watch a film entitled Enemy of the Reich: the Noor Inayat Khan Story. After the film, participants discussed the film and mingled over refreshments. Our next film screening will take place in the middle of September and we will show a documentary about the famous Muslim traveler and scholar Ibn Battuta.
Interfaith LGBT Event
On August 12, MPV-DC member Nabeel Kirmani served as a panelist at an LGBTQ interfaith event at the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum. The event, entitled “LGBTQ and the Church,” brought multiple types of faith-based and LGBTQ communities together for a topic that is seldom discussed in houses of worship today. Panelists discussed their common struggles in navigating their religious identities in relation to sexual orientation, race, gender, and socioeconomic status.
Eid Group Brunch
On September 2nd, MPV-DC held a group brunch to celebrate Eid al-Adha. 
MPV Australia
Meet a Muslim Series
MPV Canberra's "Meet A Muslim" event series continues to be popular with around 20 participants, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, stand on equal ground to discuss different themes and ideas. The August 30 meeting attracted participants from all walks of life.
MPV Australia is also looking to establish Meet A Muslim in Sydney and invites anyone identifying as Muslim or of Muslim background based in Sydney to submit an expression of interest.
Coming up! 
Eid Mubarak! MPV Australia will be holding Eid al-Adha socials in various locations. Join us for a Quran discussion in Melbourne, a dinner in Sydney, or a dinner and movie in Canberra - RSVPs now open!
Eid Celebration
An Eid al-Adha Dinner  was celebrated at the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, in partnership with the NYC Commission On Human Rights, Tarab NYC, Caribbean Equality Project, Young Feminists & Allies (YFA) - NOW's 1st Virtual Chapter, Muslims Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity and  Nur Ashki Jerrahi Community Sufi Order.  The event was sold out with 120 guest attending! Our director, Bee Diaz, also led a mixed gender prayer at Maghrib time.
Check out future MPV NY events on our Facebook page!
MPV in the News

Claudia Shambaugh Podcast | Ask A Leader: Miso-Islamia, American Politics | August 29, 2017
Gatestone Institute | Jew-Hating Imams Need to be Removed | August 10, 2017