Muslims for Progressive Values
Putting Islam Into Action 
June 2013
MPV Speaks Out Against the Call for Molestation of Women in Saudi Arabia
Press Release
MPV Logo May 30, 2013

Al Dawood, who has more than 97,000 followers on Twitter, is reported to have stated on Twitter, with the use of the hashtag harass_female_cashiers, the direction that his followers should sexually molest women hired to work as cashiers in big grocery stores in Saudi Arabia. 


We at MPV International strongly condemn such a violent expression of misogyny. 


Please read our full statement  

Statement also available in 

Arabic,  French, and Bangla.

MPV Responds to Head of Al-Azhar's Statement that "Gay Marriage" is "Haram"
Press Release
Allah Loves Us All Campaign Logo June 10, 2013

"Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the head of al-Azhar University in Cairo, the world's most prominent Sunni mosque and university, has  issued a public statement to condemn gay marriage, saying it is 'haram' (forbidden).


MPV and its affiliates in the United States, Canada, France, Chile and Australia respond.


Please read our statement.


Also available, statement in 

Arabic,  FrenchSpanish, and Bangla.

Ani Zonneveld
June 17, 2013

MPV's President Ani Zonneveld points out you can't fix radicalism with radical theology in Aslan Media
"The Roots of Muslim Rage? Comfy Counter-Narratives Don't Address Them!"
Supreme Court of the United States
June 26, 2013

MPV on the Supreme Court decision for the Voting Rights Act

MPV is profoundly disappointed by the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to rule Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional.
In a country where there are states that continue to enact restrictive laws, we believe the decision endangers citizens' ability to vote freely and fairly.


Charity Dreams Campaign
Give a Little! Get a Lot!
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Live like a Rockstar, Give like a Saint

2) Select an Experience   
3) Choose MPV as the Charity.

Have an Amazing Experience AND donate to MPV! 
MPV-USA Board Meeting in Los Angeles
July 6-7, 2013
MPV Board some
Shahla, Ani, Daayiee and Kelly at the 2012 Board Meeting
The MPV Board of Directors will gather in Los Angeles on July 6 and 7 to work on strategic planning for the organization.

A Saturday evening activity will be held with MPV-LA.

MPV Board of Directors:

Ani Zonneveld - MPV-LA - President
Daayiee Abdullah - MPV-DC - LGBT Outreach
Kelly Wentworth - MPV-Atlanta - Secretary
Matthew Simmonds - MPV-USA
Frank Parmir - MPV-Columbus 
Frank Parmir and MPV-Columbus Members
June 21, 2013

Frank Parmir, head of MPV-Columbus, and MPV-Columbus members participated in the Stonewall Columbus Pride this year. The theme was "Changes Lives", which MPV-Columbus contributed to with heartfelt passion!
Same Sex Marriage
Image: CBS News
June 26, 2013
 MPV Applauds the Supreme Court Decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California's Proposition 8.

We at Muslims for Progressive Values are thrilled in the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the definition of marriage as being exclusively between a man and a woman.


MPV  on The Jeselnik Offensive on Comedy Central
Jeselnik Offensive
Bassam, Ali, Anthony Jeselnik, Ani, Aiman, Rae and Members of MPV-LA
June 28, 2013 


MPV-LA taped a segment with Comedy Central's "The Jeselnik Offensive" called "Sacred Cow: Islam". The segment will feature MPV members as they give their perspectives on the world of Islam and Muslims. The "Sacred Cow" segments are meant to be edgy and "gleefully rip the veil of sanctity from off-limit topics."
MPV - Special Book Reading With Amir Ahmed
My Islam
On July 6, 2013, MPV-LA has partnered with the Levantine Cultural Center to sponsor a Book Reading with Amir Ahmad.

Amir's book is titled "My Islam - How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind And Doubt Freed My Soul". The book has received some great reviews from notable folks such as Reza Aslan. Amir has been featured in the New York Times and the Guardian and on Al Jazeera. 
There is a video intro/interview with Amir that is very entertaining and speaks to why he wrote this book.

For more info about the event, click here.
Local Chapters
MPV Welcomes 
MPV-New York City!

MPV-NYC held its first meeting on June 3, 2013. They currently have a BBQ Iftar planned for July 20. If you are in or visiting the NYC area, please join them!


Ramadan Schedule 
Theme - "Be Intentional"

July 12
Prayer Service - 1:15pm
Topic: Be Intentional...About Feeding People
Also: World Population Day
Iftar - 8pm - Potluck

July 19
Prayer Service - 1:15pm
Topic: Be Intentional - Learning
Also: Mandela Day
Iftar - 8pm - Pool Party at Member Home

July 26
Prayer Service - 1:15pm
Be Intentional - About Healthy Living
Also: World Hepatitis Day
Iftar - 8pm - Meal at Member Home

August 5
Prayer Service - 1:15pm
Be Intentional - About Action
Also: Sexual Abuse Awareness Day
8pm - Dinner and a Movie Iftar

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