July 2016
  • After Orlando
  • No to Homophobia 
  • Upcoming Events
  • MPV at the U.N. in          Geneva
  • New York
  • Los Angeles
  • Atlanta
  • Malaysia
  • Australia
  • In the News
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Happy Eid to the Muslim world!

After Orlando

June 2016 was a challenging month for Muslims around the world in the wake of the massacre by Omar Mateen in Orlando. In response, MPV released a press release urging Muslim leaders and Islamic institutions in America to do away with un-Islamic homophobic teachings of hate toward the LGBTQI people, hate that we deem un-Islamic.
In a HuffPo op-Ed, Ani Zonneveld called out Muslim leaders who blatantly lied about their “standing shoulder-to-shoulder” with the LGBTQI community, providing evidence to the contrary. Ani writes: “The murderer of 49 party goers at Pulse in Orlando should be attached to your ‘Islam.’ An ‘Islam’ that raised him to believe that homosexuals will burn in hell, that you cannot be Muslim and be gay; and that killing homosexuals is killing out of kindness.” 

Moving forward, MPV is campaigning to have mosques and Muslim religious leaders in America pledge to eradicate all homophobic teachings from their respective communities. An invitation to pledge will be sent out July 1st to 200 Muslim representatives. On July 14th, at the LA Press Club “Ask A Muslim” event (details below), we will share with the media the list of pledges we’ve received. Sign on to the No to Homophobia pledge here
Watch Ani Zonneveld’s timely TEDx talk “Islam: As American As Apple Pie.” 
Upcoming Events
Los Angeles • July 7th
A pre-show conversation about the Pulitzer-Prize winning play “Disgraced” by Ayad Akhtar takes place at the Mark Taper Forum, with Brie Loskota, (Center for Religion and Civic Center, University of Southern California); Najeeba Syeed Miller (Claremont School of Theology) and Edina Lekovic (Public Affairs Consultant). more info

Los Angeles • July 14th
MPV's "Ask A Muslim" series co-presented with The Markaz holds a special forum, "Islamophobia and Homophobia After Orlando," cosponsored by and presented at the Los Angeles Press Club, with panelists Hamid Mavani, Ani Zonneveld and moderator Jaweed Kaleem from the LA Times. more info

June 8-10: With U.N. Special Rapporteur Heiner Bielefeldt, MPV co-organized a conference on Freedom of Religion and Belief and Sexuality at the U.N. In attendance were scholars, activists, representatives of faith and non-faith organizations and diplomats. 
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Ask an #ImamsForShe Champion: June 13th, with the support of Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands MPV organized a unique event in the hallway of Les Palais des Nations in Geneva whereby anyone can ask our scholars and imams questions they wanted asked about Islam. 
#ImamsForShe Panel at Le Palais des Nations 

​June 14th, 2016: MPV hosted an #ImamsForShe panel at Le Palais des Nations with the support of Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, addressing the issues of forced/child marriage, right to education for girls, FGM/C and inheritance. On the panel is Dr. Khadija Moalla (Tunisia), Dr. Mongia Souahi (Tunisia), Imam Khalfan (Burundi) and Dr. Usama Hasan (U.K.) with opening remarks from Ambassador Roderick Van Schreven and Ani Zonneveld as moderator.

On June 26th, MPV-NY participated as one of the 450 organizations to march in the one of the largest NYC PRIDE MARCHES in history of NYC. MPV-NY was also featured in the NY Times.
MPV New York Annual Iftar

On June 18th, MPV-NY hosted its annual potluck iftar and Quran Discussion. Shared iftar, prayed Maghrib as a community and discussed Surah al-Talaq.

June 24, 2016, Reza Aslan and Ani Zonneveld converse with the public about all things Islam and Muslims in advance of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Disgraced” by Ayad Akhtar at the Mark Taper Forum.

MPV-Atlanta participated in a vigil for Orlando at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. MPV-Atlanta member, Amina Abdul-Jalil spoke.
MPV-Atlanta also participated in a panel highlighting love and the work of Dr. Martin Luther King - “A Love, Unconditional: King and Absolute Love” at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Amina Abdul-Jalil was a featured panelist.
MPV-Atlanta will be hosting an Eid Celebration on Wednesday, July 6 from 6-9pm at our community space in the Edgewood/Candler Park area. Please email kelly@mpvatlanta.org for details.
MPV-Atlanta hosts a weekly Friday gathering at 1:30pm in Edgewood/Candler Park and helps host a zikr in Midtown at 5pm on Sundays. Please email kelly@mpvatlanta.org for details or join our Meetup group.
MPV Malaysia (KMU)
BUKBER ANTARA AGAMA / INTERFAITH IFTAR: On June 25, MPV Malaysia in collaboration wiith North South Initiative (NSI), School of Acting Justly, Loving Tenderly and Treading Humbly with God (SALT) and Path of Peace (POP) shared the meaning of fasting with individuals from different faiths, ethnicities and nationalities.  We offered the iftar prayer and the significance of breaking fast from a spiritual as well as a communal perspective.  We had a dialogue on our concerns on religion and extremism, and on how interfaith gatherings could help each community reach-out, unite and spread the message of peace.

Sexuality and Legal Workshop: KMU has jointly organized a capacity building workshop with Seksualiti Merdeka and Justice for Sisters. This workshop has targeted more than 30 people comprising of LGBT groups, independent human right activists and other human right organizations. KMU's presentation on the recognition of Islam of LGBT community and extremism against the sexual minorities were well received and celebrated.

Read an op-ed by Aizat Shamsuddin, “On-LGBT Malay Being A Refugee” 
MPV Australia
Our first annual iftar dinner was a HUGE success. In traditional style we had too much food, we ate too much and the night’s energy was defined by friendship and family. 

MPV Australia Iftar at the East Melbourne Library

Also, MPV Melbourne had a group iftar and has been running regular inclusive taraweeh prayers. We have been attending city iftars around town: the Darebin CIty IFtar, the Moonee Valley iftar, the Australian Football League Iftar, the Jewish and Christian Communities Victoria (JCCV) iftar to help build ties with the communities.

MPV Canberra also had a group iftar on June 9!
In the Democracy Journal, Ani Zonneveld joins Congressman Keith Ellison, Asra Nomani, Hassan Abbas at a roundtable discussion on “Islam and Liberalism.” Read discussion here
Malay Mail: Muslim group urges US mosques to condemn Orlando shooting
HuffPo World Post: Karima Bennoune, "Orlando Mon Amour"
CBS News: North Hollywood residents honor dead in Orlando
McClatchy DC: LGBT Muslims see Orlando as opportunity to confront their leaders
USA Today: Muslim attitudes about LGBT community are complex
FOX TV interview with MPV leader discusses homophobia in Muslim community
City Vision radio discussion on the complications of being gay and Muslim
Atlanta Journal Constitution LGBT Muslims hope for a time of unity, understanding
Georgia Voice Atlanta LGBT Muslims navigate difficult path after Orlando shooting
Salon "Discriminated Against and Misunderstood, Being Gay and Muslim..."
L.A. Daily News Gay muslims caught in the crossfire
Fox News Revelers, gay pride events a victory over fear

June 27th, MPV-LA on KALW: Listen to the interview with Rolla Selbak Award-winning filmmaker of Three Veils; and Younes Mourchid, M.A., Ph.D: Adjunct Professor of Communication Studies at Cal State East Bay archived. 
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