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"Ask A Muslim" is a new monthly series FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC that addresses some of the most pressing questions surrounding Islam today. It takes place on the first Thursday every month at The Markaz, Arts Center for the Greater Middle East (5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035).
Bring your questions, friends, and a brown bag dinner!
This panel seeks to engage the greater Los Angeles community across all religious, cultural and political boundaries, and to foster public conversation about the Qur’an and what constitutes a compassionate, egalitarian and peaceful practice in all its manifestations, with the intention to dispel simplistic or stereotypical interpretations and vilification of the Muslim religion.
Presented by Muslims for Progressive Values and The Markaz, and sponsored in part by the A & A Fund and Bana & Nabil Hilal.
www.mpvusa.org | Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or questions.
When & Where
Muslims for Progressive Values
Established in 2007, Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) is a faith-based, grassroots, human rights 501(c)(3) organization that embodies and advocates for the traditional Qur’anic values of social justice and equality for all, for the 21st Century.
We are the only American movement that advocates for egalitarian expressions of Islam, for women and for LGBTQI rights, and for freedom of religion and belief.
MPV envisions Islam and an Islamic community that embodies the ten principles of MPV. Further, MPV envisions a future where Islam is understood as a source of dignity, justice, compassion and love for all humanity and the world.
WHAT WE DO:
MPV establishes and nurtures vibrant progressive Muslim communities. We do this by creating opportunities for religious discourse, volunteer and community activities, and cultural events bringing together the arts, spirituality and social activism.
Since its inception in 2007, MPV has expanded its reach to include chapters and affiliates in 12 countries and 19 cities, and to securing consultative status at the United Nations.
At the United Nations, MPV challenges human rights abuses in Muslim-majority countries in the name of Sharia law. We do so by hosting panels and forums and filing shadow reports at the U.N.
For us in America, it is just important that our own progressive voices are heard loud and clear, and especially now. MPV has always been an American organization that spoke for the rights of all Americans – a women’s agency and self-determination in every aspect of their lives including reproductive rights, supporting the fundamental rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. We support Fair Sentencing for Youth– a chance for parole for crimes committed under 18, Caring Across Generations – a coalition of American organizations advocating for home care workers’ rights to basic workplace protections. We are a member of the United Nations Committee on Freedom of Religion and Belief, and the national Planned Parenthood Clergy Advisory Board.