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Enough with the Scapegoating: An Analysis of the G.O.P. Primary Debate

The first Republican Primary debate was a frustrating experience for many American Muslims as there seemed to be silence on issues surrounding our community. The words “Muslims” or “Islam” were only mentioned when candidates discussed acts of terrorism, thereby demonstrating the close-minded perceptions of certain candidates towards our community. There were also a host of xenophobic and targeted remarks made ...

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Building a United Front Against Discrimination

In the past week, at least two African American individuals were killed by police officers for basic traffic violations and four Confederate flags were placed on the grounds of a historical African American church. While a number of spokesmen from the African-American community have openly condemned these acts, including some Muslims within that community, other non-African American minority groups have ...

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Why the U.S. Must Heed Palestine’s Call for Religious Freedom

The recent raid of the Al-Aqsa mosque demonstrates the daily reality of Muslim and Christian Palestinians as they are unsafe and restricted in the practicing of their faiths. The right-wing Israeli government and settler movement have actively taken measures to ensure that Palestinians are unable to engage with their religious community and, as a result, are made to feel isolated ...

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ACTION ALERT: Urge White House to Take Leadership on Syrian Crisis

Dear Friend — The Syrian people need your help! The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), along with a coalition consisting of the nation’s leading human rights, humanitarian, refugee and faith-based organizations are urging the White House to address the current Syrian refugee crisis and our country’s response to it. Specifically, the coalition is calling on the White House to take a “Treat ...

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The Iran Deal: End of American Exceptionalism

Iran nuclear deal

At the end of the Cold War, the magnitude and reach of U.S. influence could neither be denied nor contested by the international community. The Soviet Union, the only other superpower, had collapsed, which meant there no longer existed a check on the U.S.’s ability to extend its influence. With the U.S. dominating all major international institutions, maintaining the world’s ...

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Call it what it is: The Srebrenica Genocide

Srebrenica

Twenty years after the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II, the world hoped that the United Nations would finally unanimously acknowledge the loss of 8,000 Muslim lives in Srebrenica as a genocide. Instead, Russia vetoed the bill and four other states abstained, thereby demonstrating that a third of the states present in the Security Council did not feel ...

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As We Start Last Week of Ramadan

MPAC-WNY

Asalam-Alaikum:   Happy Ramadan once again. As you well now, it’s a time to recommit ourselves to our faith and our community , to spend time in prayers, supplications and it’s a time for self-discipline, spiritual renewal, uplifting of the less fortunate amongst.May Allah accept our prayers and service to our community (Ameen)In relation to Zakah, Quran says: “The offering ...

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A Great Leap Backward: The Persecution of the Uyghurs

Uyghurs

The Chinese government has feared that its Uyghur population, which is primarily Muslim, would pose an internal threat to the nation by continuing its calls for independence, in addition to being “susceptible to extremist ideology.” Thus, the government decided that it needed to launch a campaign to restrict the religious practices of this minority as means of integrating them into ...

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19 Members of Congress Defend Rights of Palestinian Children

Palestinian child

Stand with the Palestinain Children & Express Your Support Recently, 19 members of the House of Representatives submitted a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry defending the human rights of Palestinian children languishing in Israeli jails. These 19 members were moved to action after attending a briefing detailing the current situation of these Palestinian children. As American Muslims, it is imperative ...

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MPAC Condemns Shooting At Military Recruiting Center

chattanooga-shootings

MPAC condemns the violent attack that resulted in four Marines being killed at a recruiting center in Chattanooga, TN. MPAC extends its condolences to the families of the victims of the attack. The alleged shooter, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, was killed by police. According to reports, authorities are investigating the shooting as a possible terror attack. U.S. Attorney William C. Killian ...

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