Muslims for Progressive Values
Putting Islam Into Action 
November 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's talk is titled "Enemies of the State: Jesus, Muhammad and Zealots of Today" in salute of the many brave Muslims who speak up against state tyrany, in support of freedom of expression as well as freedom from religion, particularly in Muslim majority countries. 


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 

Copies of "Zealot" will be sold, for him to sign! 


Early Bird deadline: November 13, 2013, 6:30 PM ET

Please print and bring your confirmation ticket 

Tickets can be purchased here. 
MPV President Ani Zonneveld to speak at Georgetown University on Progressive Islam

 Ani Zonneveld

Progressive interpretations of Islam are often talked about as if they are a pie-in-the sky, an ideal that is not attainable. Ani Zonneveld will speak about real lived out examples of what it means to be a progressive Muslim in America, in the 21st century, and the religious and cultural form that is taking root here in America, Canada and elsewhere. She will weave her presentation with spiritual Islamic songs that she herself has composed. 

To learn more and register, visit the
Georgetown University Event website.

VerbalEyze Press, in partnership with MPV-USA, is currently looking for submissions for an anthology entitled "That Long Journey into Yourself", which is a special Muslim voices edition of an ongoing young  writers anthology series. Submissions from writers between the ages of 13 to 22 can submit poetry, short stories, non-fiction, songs, plays and graphic novels. Selected authors will qualify for
scholarship-based royalties.  
For more information, please click here.

Live in New York or Chicago? MPV now has chapters in the Big Apple and the Windy City. Visit the MPV-NY and MPV-Chicago Facebook pages to get involved!

 Cafe Rumi is open in LA!  
Stop by and visit this artistic, loving space filled with music, laughter, and peace and help support MPV. Visit the Cafe Rumi Facebook page for events and news, or website.


MPV-LA elected its new local board. Board members are:
President: Ani Zonneveld
Co-President: Jamila Ezzani
Treasurer: Lisa Shah
Education/Spirituality: Ayeman Toubeh
Youth Coordinator: Tom Earl
LGBTQ Coordinator: Omar el-Hajoui
Membership Coordinator: Jim Ghaznavi
PR/Outreach: Erica Bashaw



MPV-LA has started an MPV-LGBTQI meetup led by MPV-LA Board member Omar el-Haroui.  Click here for Meetup information.


MPV-Atlanta is looking for writers to contribute to it's weekly blog. Blogs entries can be stories, khubaths, poetry, pictures, and other creative expressions of the MPV Principles.
Please email submissions to

MPV-Atlanta Partner

MPV-Atlanta will join the Secular Humanist Community of West Cobb for their first ever gathering. The event is free, but if you plan to attend, please RSVP here: 
Join MPV-Atlanta's partner community - The Emergent Cohort of Cobb County - in Marietta, GA on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please contact us at for more information or to RSVP.  

Those whose existence is necessary
must necessarily be one essence.
- Avicenna
MPV-Atlanta teamed up with MPV-Canada and Yemeni activists to create a petition on to help encourage the Yemeni government to change the marriage age in the company to 18. A goal of 20,000 signatures has been set and will be delivered to the Yemeni government by the 
Yemeni Minister of 
Human Rights Huriya Ahmad Mashoor. 
To sign the petition, click here.


MPV-Atlanta friend Scott Kugle hosts a weekly zikr in midtown Atlanta on Sundays at 5PM. 
Everyone is invited. For more information or to RSVP, please contact us at
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