|Announcing Muslims for Progressive Value's Fourth Annual Retreat|
"Cultivating a Progressive Environment"
August 7th - 8th
This year's retreat, hosted by Muslims for Progressive Values and the American Islamic Fellowship, will include workshops on the history of progressive Islam, progressive movements in other faith traditions, religious education for Muslim youth, and developing community goals.
We welcome all who are willing to respect, listen and learn from one another with an open, non-discriminating heart. MPV strives to create safe spaces for everyone including LGBTQ individuals, mixed faith couples, and people of various religious and sectarian affiliations. Limited capacity, please register soon.
Click here for registration information and a complete schedule of events.
Light of Islam Sunday School
We are currently fundraising
for the Light of Islam Sunday School in Los Angeles, CA, scheduled to open in
the fall of 2010.
MPV is in the process of developing a holistic curriculum for
Muslim children and their families to learn about Islam from an inclusive
and tolerant perspective. Students will learn the history, traditions and
rituals of Islam in an environment encouraging open inquiry and discussion, in
addition to Arabic and Qur'an lessons. Emphasis will be placed on social and
environmental consciousness, religious tolerance, compassion, and artistic
expression. While the school will be based in Los Angeles, the curriculum will
be made available for others who wish to establish a school in their own
donations, big or small, are much needed. Please contribute online
or send a
check today. Donations are tax-deductible.
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Free Nazia Quazi:
Updates from MPV Ottawa
|Here is an update from our newest chapter in Toronto, Canada.|
24-year-old Canadian citizen, Nazia Quazi, had been held in
Saudi Arabia since 2007, unable to leave without her father's consent. MPV Ottawa has been working tirelessly on this case
the international public aware of Nazia Quazi's circumstances in the
hope that public pressure would force the Canadian government, the
Saudi authorities, and anyone else involved, to do what they could to obtain
Finally, we are pleased to report that Nazia was granted an exit visa and has safely left Saudi Arabia.
Shahla Khan-Salter, chair of the MPV Ottawa Chapter,
confirmed this weekend with Bjorn Singhal, Nazia
Quazi's boyfriend, that Nazia is in Dubai. He is meeting
today, invited by her mother to their hotel, along with his own
mother to discuss wedding plans. We await further news from Nazia herself.
We continue to demand answers from
our government as to
the reason it allowed a Canadian citizen to waste
years of her life in a foreign country, after numerous pleas for help.
MPV-DC Chair, Kareem ElBayar, is in Dubai at this time. He is
Canadian media and we are hoping that he will be able to meet with
Bjorn soon to assist with an interview with CBC today.
While Nazia has safely left Saudi Arabia, this victory has come after far too long. We will continue to advocate for abolishing the male guardianship system in Saudi Arabia and for women's self-determination in every aspect of their lives.
information and to get involved in our chapter, please visit www.mpvottawa.com.
Lit - er - ar - y Zik - r: [lit-uh-rer-ee zi-k-ur]
1. (Verb) Actively remembering God by engaging and challenging the intellect.
2. (Noun) The belief that critical thinking is essential to spiritual development.
The Literary Zikr (LZ) project is in full swing! We are in the middle of
our second adaptation and are currently fundraising for the third stage
of the project. In the following months, we will be adapting Asma
Barlas' "Believing Women in Islam."
Literary Zikr is all about making theological knowledge and analysis of progressive Islamic thought accessible to young, curious and bright minds by: inspiring critical thinking, inviting
youth to be a part of the dialogue of what it means to be a Muslim in
today's world, and challenging them to address the multifaceted
realities of human rights in our time.
Visit the Literary Zikr site at: http://www.mpvusa.org/lz/
and please make a contribution today by clicking here
Your donations will ensure the success of this critical project!
We believe that it is essential for the next
Muslims to have confidence in their ability to interpret
apply their faith to the changing realities of our modern world. By
increasing accessibility to alternative interpretations of Islamic
scripture and thought, we will promote a legacy of positive
and fulfilling Muslim lives.
Muslims for Progressive Values is an all-volunteer organization. 100% of your tax-deductible donation is used for our programs, campaigns, and services, including our new anti-domestic violence campaign. Support us today by donating online.