Muslims for Progressive Values
MPV International Newsletter - Volume 1
Fall 2013

An Evening with 
Reza Aslan -
"Enemy of the State: Jesus, Muhammad and the Zealots of Today"

  Reza Aslan 
Friday, November 15, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Washington, DC

Dr. Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, is author most recently of
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. 

He is the founder of, an online journal for news and entertainment about the Middle East and the world, and co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of BoomGen Studios, the premier entertainment brand for creative content from and about the Greater Middle East. For a complete bio, please visit 

Be sure to bring your copy of "Zealot" for him to sign! 


Deadline: November 11, 2013, 6:30 PM ET

Please print and bring your confirmation ticket 

Tickets can be purchased here. 

Cafe Rumi Launching 

 MPV-Los Angeles launches Cafe Rumi - a cultural coffee shop promoting a message of peace, love and understanding. Opening date: October 8, 2013. Address: 5998 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035-2657. Phone:323.696.2678

"What is Progressive Islam?"
"What is Progressive Islam" - lecture series and forum open to the public. Please visit for dates and locations or write to us at

Credit: Sama Wareh


100% of proceeds go to school and art supplies to Syrian kids in refugee camps. 


Matted Prints- $25 each, Framed prints- $75 each. $5 for shipping and handling. Please mail your check to Sama Wareh : P.O. Box 675 Silverado, CA 92676.
Latest MPV International Press Release addresses terrorism

We at MPV remain firm in our pledge to our sisters, brothers and family in both Islam and humanity to not just denounce acts of terror, but to work to extinguish the intolerant ideologies and the political and economic conditions that manifest such violence. And, we shall continue without fear, to promote an authentic understanding of Islam that spreads harmony, universal love and peace, and one that regards all human beings as worthy before God.  To read the rest of the press release please click here. 

France, Chile and Australia's 
News & Projects

  • Oct. 26th, 2013, starting at 10:00A.M., MPV-Chile will host a Women and Interfaith Dialog workshop on "Female Archetypes of the Bible and the Koran
  • Successful completion of the first cycle (9 sessions) of webinar series "Islam, Feminism, and Human Rights", held in conjunction with the Islamic Human Rights Mission of Argentina and Corporation Anne Frank for Human Rights in Colombia.
  • October marks launch of 8 week online course (in Spanish) on "Islamic Feminism, Human Rights, and Gender Justice" 
  • For more information email
MPV-Chile on "Islam, Feminism, and Human Rights"


MPV Australia is one of the newer chapters of MPV International. Since starting in May 2013 MPV Australia is progressing with baby steps towards building a progressive Muslim community in Australia.


During the last few months we have been engaging with one person at a time to discuss and promote progressive values. We must admit that the task has not been easy as often people find it difficult to think or accept values that are beyond their mental box.


Our future plan includes registering MPV Australia before June 2014 and developing a website.

MPV-Ummah Canada at Capital Pride March
 MPV-Ummah Canada


  • 4th Annual Iftar Dinner
  • Marched in Capital Pride in Ottawa
  • Lent a hand to our family at El-Tawhid Unity Mosque by campaigning for funds as a fiscal sponsor for its 10th Annual Salaam Peace Iftar Dinner - the biggest meet up of the Toronto chapter yet!
  • Multi-Faith Housing Initiative an interfaith effort that works to ensure affordable housing for all 
  • Continued participants in interfaith dialog at Faith House Ottawa
  • Canadians Tarek Loubani and John Greyson have been imprisoned in Egypt for the past nineteen days without charge and must be freed immediately. Here is a petition.
  • We remain concerned about Saudi activists Wajeha Al-Huwaider and Fawzia Al-Oyouni, who filed an appeal last month against their conviction of takhbib in Saudi Arabia - which arose from their assistance of our fellow Montreal sister, Nathalie Morin, whom we have been working to free from that country, with her children, for the past three years. 

Please check out our website

with links that include Huffington Post Canada blogs by our members. MPV Ummah Canada has two chapters, one in Ottawa led by Shahla Khan Salter and another in Toronto, led by Anila Muhammad. MPV Ummah Canada is managed independently by the Canadian not for profit corporation Universalist Muslims and does not accept donations from any organization and/or embassy not aligned with our principles. We are on Facebook and Tumblr.  You can contact us by email here:  


Do you have books, art, philosophy, or news to share with MPV?
Email the MPV Newsletter Editor, Rachelle Fawcett, at
Rachelle holds an MA in Islamic Studies from Hartford Seminary, has written on Islam, Islamic feminism, and women in Islam for al-Jazeera and The Islamic Monthly and currently resides in Hartford, Connecticut, where she works as a Program Coordinator for COMPASS Youth Collaborative.

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