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Clarifying Core Islamic Concepts

In September 2006, when I was consulting in a prison in Washington state, an American family invited me to their home for dinner. When I got there, nearly six couples were present, all professionals, intellectually curious, and well-informed. As the conversation started, we first discussed political problems facing the country. Then it suddenly took a new turn and a volley of questions was directed toward me, mostly religious in nature. These questions primarily focused on three issues: (1) Is Allah, the God of Muslims, different from the God of Jews and Christians? (2) Did Islam bring any special message that was not covered by Judaism and Christianity? (3) What will happen to those people who never heard or accepted the message of Islam? Being the guest of a very gracious host, I ini...

Mission and Goals

1. Community Service and Charitable Work: To serve the humanitarian cause by rendering help to the needy people -Muslims and non-Muslims, who have been left behind. 2. Political Empowerment: To educate Muslims in the American political process and to engage with elected and appointed officials at the local, state and national level on issues of American Muslims’ concerns. To encourage Muslims to participate at all levels of political process. 3. Muslims Empowerment: To organize educational forums to emphasize the essential Islamic message of peace, progress, justice, and tolerance. MCA will articulate this enlightened view, project the position of the silent majority of moderate Muslims, and help them gain a prominent voice. The need for the moderate voice is vital, which ...

Source Values of MCA Foundation

On Terrorism and VIOLENCE in Islam

Religious Rulings of the Fiqh Council of North America, ISNA – largest Muslim organization, dated 7/28/05
"Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives. There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilians’ life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram – or forbidden - and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not martyrs ... In the light of the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah we clearly and strongly state: 1. All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are haram (forbidden) in Islam. 2. It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of...

Our Core Values

We derive our inspiration from the fact that we are Muslims as we are Americans. From both sources we get universal values of freedom, justice, equality and human dignity. We want to be charitable to all; and naturally want to contribute by undertaking humanitarian work to the Muslim nation and the American society both. As regards our specific commitment as Muslim, we subscribe to the enlightened- moderate view of Islam. As American, we believe in the democratic system and in the Constitution of the US. Having preamble in being Muslim and American, gives us other specific values as listed below.

We believe in Social Justice for All

  • We believe in the principle of equality in the opportunity for all and uphold the position of no discrimination on the basis of race, re...

Panelists with Specialties

Islam

Zainab Alwani Ph.D- Islam Virginia UP  
*Farooq Ahmed MD New York UP  
Inam-ul-Haq M.A Illinois UP  
Aslam Abdullah Ph.D Nevada UP A

 

Interfaith

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Want to Understand Islam?

John L. Esposito, Professor at Georgetown University Author of "What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam." Board Member of the MCA Foundation
Nearly half of Americans have a generally unfavorable view of Islam, according to a 2006 Washington Post-ABC News poll, a number has risen since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. That climate makes it easy to lose sight of the fact that the majority of mainstream Muslims hate terrorism and violence as much as we do -- and makes it hard for non-Muslims to know where to begin to try to understand a great world faith. Like Judaism and Christianity, Islam originated in the Middle East. As F.E. Peters shows in "The Children of Abraham," the commonalities can be striking. Muslims worship the God of Abraham, as do Christians and Jews....

Can Muslims be Americans? They ask…

Aslam Abdullah, Ph.D, Board Member of MCA
Can Muslim Americans be loyal to America? She asked. The immediate response of the person to whom the question was addressed was a big no. It didn't surprise many who were present during the conversation as many nodded their heads affirmatively. It was an ordinary discussion in a home setting where friends and relatives had gathered and some of them had raised the issue of loyalty of Muslim Americans. An elected public official from California, who chooses to remain anonymous, was also present at the gathering. She told the audience not to jump to conclusions and that she would present the questions raised at the gathering, to a Muslim who she knew. She forwarded me a list of issues that were brought up at the gathering and asked my input...

Unholy War in the name of Islam

John Esposito, Ph.D, Board Memebr of MCA
In this interview, Professor Esposito discusses his new book, Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002). In your book, Unholy Wars: Terror in the Name of Islam, you focus a great deal on the religion, its history, its interpretation over time, and the connection between the faith and what happened on September 11. Do you think that a deeper understanding of Islam could help us to understand why the events of September 11th occurred? It is important to understand the tradition because I think it is critical to be able to distinguish between what I would call mainstream Islam and extremist Islam. In Islamic history, as with Christian and Jewish history, and Hindu and Buddhist history, there is ...

The Challenge to Muslims

Nazir Khaja, MD, Board Member of MCA
When people lose consciousness of the true spirit and values of their faith, their actions and practices no longer reflect the message of the religion they practice. The forms become an end in themselves as the greater vision that is meant to uplift and transform individuals and societies is lost. The significance of faith is reduced to a mere preservation of and adherence to the traditional outer practices that had once complemented and reflected the message. Religion becomes a museum for the preservation of the outer shell that was a container for the sustaining and life transforming core. Focus is turned towards concepts of individual piety and self righteousness disengaging people from humanity. It is lost to such followers that belief i...

Defining the American Muslim Vision for the 21st Century

A Proposal Introduction
SULAYMAN NYANG, Ph.D, Board Member of MCA
Since the events of 9/11 American Muslims have faced a number of challenges. Some of these challenges have heightened the American national consciousness of many Muslims, others have created a deep sense of fear among the leaders and the led of this community of native-born and immigrants. The diverse nature of the community has accounted for the divergent experiences and interpretations of their individual and communal experiences. Because the community members are drawn from over eighty countries around the world, no categorical statement can be made about the community, its membership, and its behavior in the country. Yet, there are opportunities provided by the challenges of 9/11 for Muslims to take st...

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