Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Muslim American Leaders Stress Rights

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Muslim American Leaders Stress Rights

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Some twenty Muslim American leaders representing national Islamic organizations met in New York City on 19 Sept. to discuss the rising wave of Islamophobia and how to protect the community's constitutional rights.

Organized and hosted by the Majlis Ash-Shura of Metropolitan New York (the Islamic Leadership Council of New York), which comprises more than fiftyfive area mosques and Islamic organizations, the group drafted and approved a six-point "Core Principals of Cooperation." The participants included Imam Mohamed Majid (ISNA president), Dr. Ahmed Elbendary (president, Muslim American Society), Dr. Zahid Bukhari (president, Islamic Circle of North America), Nihad Awad (executive director, Council on American Islamic Relations), Imam Siraj Wahhaj (amir, Muslim Alliance in North America), Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi (chairman, Islamic Fiqh Council of North America), Imam Ashrafuz Zaman Khan (president, North American Imams Federation), Imam Mahdi Bray (executive director, MAS Freedom and Justice Foundation), Abdul Malik Mujahid (board chairman, Parliament of World Religions), Imam Asim A. Rashid (amir, Majlis Philadelphia), Haris Tarin (director, Muslim Public Affairs Council), and M. Salim Akhtar (executive director, American Muslim Taskforce.

Zaheer Uddin (executive director, Majlis Ash-Shura NY) urged attendees to find ways to deal with bigotry and Islamophobia as a short-term goal and figure out how to pool their resources and coordinate their efforts effectively. Imam AlAmin Abdul Latif (president, Majlis AshShura NY) stated that the last time such a high-level meeting had been convened was in 1991 to discuss the first Gulf war. …

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