September 2016
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#ImamsForShe Launched in Tunisia

 In the photo: Ani Zonneveld (founder, president Muslims for Progressive Values), Professor and human rights lawyer Yadh Ben Achour,  Ramy Ben Othman (Founder, President Coexistence, MPV’s Tunisian sister organization.)

We are very happy to announce the launch of #imamsforshe in Tunisia! With our Tunisian sister organization, Coexistence, MPV held a press conference to announce the initiative. 

AnchorInclusive Prayer In Anaheim 

On Friday, August 12th, MPV-LA hosted an inclusive Jummah at Ma’s Islamic Chinese Restaurant in Anaheim, CA. Ani Zonneveld delivered an informative, educational, and inspirational khutbah to a group of Progressive Muslims and allies. The attendees included women, men, college students, and children. Ani discussed the importance of women’s rights in Islam, specifically as it relates to marriage. Congregants received an in-depth exploration of marriage in Islam, the nikkah contract, and finally the crisis of child marriage. She then led the congregation in prayer, but first asked everyone to take a moment to meditate, clear their minds, and focus their intentions. It was a beautiful reminder of the purpose of the gathering. After prayers she led the group in singing an inspirational song that was originally one of the Prophet Muhammad’s prayers. The afternoon concluded with an in-depth group discussion over a delicious Chinese lunch served on a lazy Susan.  
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AnchorLos Angeles • September 11th, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

#illwalkwithyou: A Solidarity March & Rally for American Unity 

With the recent shooting deaths of American Muslims, Americans of all backgrounds have responded to the violence with the hashtag, #illwalkwithyou. This is a message to their Muslim compatriots that they will combat fear by walking with them to their mosques. 

Muslims for Progressive Values would like to take this sentiment to the next level, and bring people together to say #illwalkwithyou for solidarity, #illwalkwithyou for unity, #illwalkwithyou for community, and #illwalkwithyou for love. 

The march will begin in front of Pershing Square with songs of peace & love. We will make our way to the public speaking area of City Hall and once there we will rally and share stories of strength and unity. We will conclude with a candle lighting ceremony to honor the lives lost 15 years ago, and all lives lost since as a result of violence. And 15 years later, we will reaffirm our commitment to stand united as a nation. MPV invites you to stand with us at our rally and declare #illwalkwithyou.

To RSVP, please click here
For inquiries please contact crystalk@mpvusa.org.


September 11: MPV-Atlanta will be celebrating Eid Al-Adha with the Kaleemi Khanqah Atlanta Sufi Order. The day will start at 3:30 pm with a Rumi reading, Zikr will be at 5:00 pm and dinner at 6:30 pm at Cafe Agora in midtown Atlanta. Please drop in anytime. If you are interested in joining us, please contact kelly@mpvatlanta.org or visit the event on FB.

MPV-Atlanta will be bringing Coming Out Muslim to Atlanta on October 8. 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! Contact MPV-Atlanta on FB or email kelly@mpvatlanta.org.

MPV-Columbus will celebrate Eid Al-Adha on Sunday, September 11. The gathering for Zikr will begin at 12:30pm, Prayers and the Khutbah will be at 1pm, and Sharing of Food will begin at 2pm. Special contemplation will be given to acknowledge those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

MPV-Columbus meets weekly for prayers on Fridays at 1:00pm. Come join us for prayer and fellowship. Contact MPV-Columbus on FB.

AnchorMPV Los Angeles: Sufi Rock And Qawwali Night

 On Sunday, August 21st, MPV-LA members enjoyed a night of Pakistani Sufi Rock and Qawwali at Grand Performances in Downtown Los Angeles. The band Fuzon with Farid Ayaz,  and Abu Muhammad Qawwal & Bros. played to diverse crowd in the heart of Los Angeles, while MPV hosted a table. MPV interacted with concert goers as they approached and asked questions, provided feedback, explored the brochure, signed up for the newsletter, and purchased MPV merchandise. MPV members were nearby engaging in dialogue with non-Muslims and stopping from time to time to enjoy a truly magical moment in music. There was singing, dancing, and of course, discussion! After the concert, members of MPV continued the festivities over dinner at Perch, a speakeasy style rooftop restaurant near Pershing Square.


August 27, MPV-Atlanta, in coordination with Oakhurst Presbyterian Church, Quakers for Racial Equality, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Congregation Bet Haverim, and Oakhurst Baptist Church gathered with community members and Black Lives Matter for a community rally to remember people who have died, to build community, and to act for change.

LaTrina Jackson of MPV-Atlanta spoke at the rally.
MPV Australia: Sydney Ideas Festival

Reem Sweid at the Sydney Ideas Festival

MPV Australia was present at the Sydney Ideas Festival. President Reem Sweid presented on what an Australian Mosque could look like, discussing the issues of gender segregation and women-led prayer
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MPV Canberra  - meetups have moved to the Griffith Centre and continue to occur fortnightly. The next meetup will be on Saturday, 17 September at 2:30pm.

MPV Melbourne  - MPV continues to run it’s fortnightly Quran Discussion Groups at the Ross House with great success. RSVP early as our places always get booked out!

MPV Melbourne - members also attended and supported a Muslim Feminists panel at the Melbourne Writers Festival

MPV Sidney - Reem, MPV Australia President, travelled to Sydney to run a planning meeting with the Sydney MPV group. It was a fantastic team effort and MPV Sydney is stepping up to great things. 

Please visit www.mpv-australia.org for upcoming events.

MPV Nederland - spoke at the launch of the bi-cultural GSA project, started to create space to discuss homosexuality in Pakistani, Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi and Somali Dutch communities, and to empower LGBTQI+ in those communities. 

MPV Nederland - has joined the Coordinating Group of the Gelijk=Anders (Same=Different) Festival, a festival focused on gender equality & equity.It was very well received last year by several ministries, civic society actors and the general public. MPV is excited to be on board from an Islamic perspective!
AnchorIn the Press:

MPV-USA: Saudi still treats women as property, but new marriage law is effort to pretend they don’t. Read the news here.

Trump’s Latest Insult: The Best Thing That’s Happened to Muslim Americans in Forty Year. Read the news here.

MPV Atlanta: 5 Ways Muslims Can Support LGBT Acceptance. Read the news here. 

Coexistence: #ImamsforShe Initiative Launched in Tunisia with our Sister Organization, Coexistence.
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