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September 2015 - In This Issue:

The probability of peace in the next 15 years?

Muslims for Progressive Values attended the Social Good Summit in New York, raising awareness for the new 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 
This Month in Pictures
Ever wondered about freedom of expression and art in Islam? Our second MPV Youth Podcast episode provides an insightful discussion on freedom of expression with our guest from Pakistan, Ro, who writes for Quranalyze It and the Huffington Post and our guest Niam from Lebanon, who is about to release her documentary "Twice Upon a Time".
Check out what young feminist advocates from around the world have to say about the Post-2015 Framework by listening to MPV's third Youth Podcast episode.
This infographic is one of four infographics that will be released in the next couple of months to raise awareness for human rights issues in Sudan.
Arvind Narrain of ARC International delivering the statement at the Human Rights Council Session 30.
Check out MPV's Universal Periodic Review Stakeholder Report on Somalia in English and Somali.
Register now to take part in MPV's 9th Annual RetreatDo you have any ideas for the upcoming MPV National Retreat on October 9, 10, 11, 2015? Please contact with your questions.
KMU members brainstorming during the Capacity Building Workshop on the 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th of August, facilitated by Christopher Dekki from UN's Major Group on Children and Youth. The workshop provided a platform to learn about advocacy, team-building, movement-building and networking.
Moderated by Ian Masters, Sheikh Maytham al-Salman and Ani Zonneveld will be dissecting what Sharia Law entails on October 1 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Click here for details or to watch 'live'
Join us for a delicious dinner and an evening of live performances on stage with special celebrity guests, at the Pico Union Project! in Los Angeles, California!
MPV's Ani Zonneveld on a exploratory visit to Tunis. Pictured at the OHCHR office with Issaf Ben Khalifa (OHCHR), Ani and Bechir Ouarda (MENA Coalition Against Hate Speech)
September Recap
MPV Youth Podcast Episode 2: Arts in Islam
MPV's second Youth Podcast episode is out now!

Listen to this podcast episode for an insightful discussion on freedom of expression led by MPV's Research Fellow Monica Islam: whether freedom of expression is absolute or not; how Muslim communities can preserve and encourage creativity and arts; depicting God and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh); and the significance of limitless imagination in our society, especially in educational institutions. This episode also features and mentions works of Muslims, including Sufi trance music and a pop song for the LGBTQI community.

Check it out here.
Global Voice Anthology: Young Feminist Advocates on the Post-2015 Framework
MPV's third Youth Podcast episode is a Global Voice Anthology and is featured on the AWID Young Feminist Wire. This episode provides insight from young feminist advocates from around the world on their experience engaging with the Post-2015 Development Framework. With an introduction and concluding remarks from MPV Research Fellow Monica Islam, speakers include:
  1. Iffat Gill, Founder of ChunriChoupaal (from Pakistan/Netherlands)
  2. Olanike Olugoboji, Program Coordinator of Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE) (from Nigeria)
  3. Kabukabu Ikwueme, Law Graduate (from the United Kingdom)
  4. Lisa K. Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator of World Pulse (from the United States of America)
  5. Hideko Nagashima, Founder of SWACIN Inc. (from Japan)
  6. Grace Eclavea, Ambassador for Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (from the Philippines)
Listen to the full episode here.
MPV UPR Stakeholder Report on Sudan
Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) has submitted its 2015 Stakeholder Report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Sudan to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council for review at the 25th Session of the Working Group to be held April 2016.

Read the report here.
Check out the infographics here.

International Peace Day 2015: A Call for Peace in Syria
On International Peace Day 2015, ARC International and Muslims for Progressive Values shared a statement at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the human rights abuses in Syria, calling for the international community to sanction all parties involved in this exacerbated conflict, halt the flow of arms and adequately protect all civilians, including all religious, ethnic and sexual minorities.

Read the statement here.
Watch the statement being delivered by Arvind Narrain here (#65 at 2:44:00) here.

MPV in the News

Update from MPV Chapters and MPV Offices
MPV Chicago
  • We will be having our first Friday prayer at Lake Street Church, October 2nd at 1 pm. For any questions, email Ahmed Karrar at
MPV Atlanta
  • MPV-Atlanta will be hosting the MPV Retreat on October 9 - 11. Sign up today and join us for fellowship and fun! See more here: 
MPV Malaysia (KMU)
  • Please visit KMU's website to stay informed with KMU's activities and relevant news! We are inviting the public to write a commentary or article on Islam & justice. Kindly email us at
  • We post comics or infographics on a monthly basis. Please check out our Facebook  or Twitter!
Looking Ahead in October
October 1: "What is Sharia Law, actually?" at the Hammer Museum
On October 1, 2015, Dr. Sheikh Maytham al-Salman, a prominent Shia cleric and Islamic scholar, and MPV's Ani Zonneveld, will illuminate the concept of Sharia law and its relationship to the tenets of Islam at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. This event will be moderated by journalist Ian Masters.

Join the event on Facebook here.
October 10: Soup for Syria
On October 10, 2015 from 5 to 10 pm, at the Pico Union Project near downtown Los Angeles, The Markaz in partnership with Muslims for Progressive Values, the Karam Foundation, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, CODEPINK Women for Peace, The Peace Project, Mediators Beyond Borders, Bloom, Carousel and many other concerned parties, invite you to participate in a very special charity event to benefit the refugees of Syria. Proceeds from the festival will help feed more than 1,000 Syrian refugees, under the auspices of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and the Karam Foundation.

Learn more here.
October 30: Peace Forum 2015
We will be hosting a panel discussion at the Peace Forum in New York! Join us on October 30, 2015 at 3:00 - 4:30pm in the Boss Room, 8th floor of the Church Centre of the United Nations in New York. Stay tuned for list of panelists.

Please RSVP before October 27, 2015 at

Learn more about the event here.
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Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) is the only American movement that advocates for egalitarian expressions of Islam, for women, for LGBTQI rights, for freedom of expression, and for freedom of and from religion and belief. MPV does this by creating inclusive spaces for religious discourse, the arts and social activism.