Muflehun Receives TSA 2015 Community Partnership Award

Muflehun Receives TSA 2015 Community Partnership Award

TSAMuflehunAwardMuflehun was honored to receive the Transportation Security Adminstration (TSA) 2015 Community Partnership Award for our service and efforts for several years to enhance the traveler experience and to ensure that all passengers are treated with respect and dignity. The award was presented at the TSA 13th Annual Coalition Conference

As a member of the Disability and Multicultural Coalition, Muflehun provides advice and recommendations on TSA screening policies and procedures and is also a cultural awareness trainer for officers as part of the agency’s “Islam 101 Passenger Support Specialist Training.”  Muflehun provides expertise in the development of TSA’s anti-discrimination guidance to the workforce, and is a committed participant in the TSA Multicultural Branch’s community engagement initiatives.

TSA Press Release: “TSA presents community partner awards to Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, America’s VetDogs, and Muflehun”

Joint Statement on Meeting with FBI Director Robert Mueller

Joint Statement on Meeting with FBI Director Robert Mueller

Washington, DC | www.muflehun.org | February 15, 2012 – In a continuing effort to address concerns related to inflammatory training material, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently met with community and interfaith organizations to provide an update on steps taken by the agency to rectify the matter. On Wednesday, February 8, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the Arab American Institute (AAI), Interfaith Alliance, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muflehun, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), and the Shoulder-to-Shoulder campaign had an opportunity to discuss the matter with the Public Affairs Office of the FBI. Director Robert Mueller joined the meeting to discuss these matters with the representatives from the organizations.

The conversation with Director Mueller centered on material used by the agency that depicts falsehoods and negative connotations of the Muslim American community. The use of the material was first uncovered by Wired Magazine in an article published on September 14, 2011. Director Mueller informed the participants that the FBI took the review of the training material very seriously, and he pursued the matter with urgency to ensure that this does not occur again in the future.

Humera Khan, Executive Director at Muflehun, stated, “We appreciate Director Mueller and the FBI’s commitment to addressing the serious issue of discriminatory training materials. The new touchstone guidelines to shape future trainings are welcome and will help in rebuilding trust with the American Muslim community.”

The Director also informed participants that to date, nearly all related FBI training materials, including more than 160,000 pages of documents, were reviewed by subject matter experts multiple times. Consequently more than 700 documents and 300 presentations of material have been deemed unusable by the Bureau and pulled from the training curriculum. Material was pulled from the curriculum if even one component was deemed to 1) include factual errors, 2) be in poor taste, 3) be stereotypical, or 4) lack precision.

The meeting also provided an opportunity to share with Director Mueller other matters of concern to community members. Issues related to privacy, including the surveillance of mosques, were discussed. It was clear to all meeting participants that the issue of trust between community members and the FBI needs to be taken seriously by all of our nation’s decision-makers. It was also evident that the Bureau must strengthen its efforts to build trust. The Director has testified before Congress about the invaluable contribution that the Muslim community makes to our nation’s security, noting a recent bomb plot in Tampa, FL that was foiled thanks to a joint effort by the FBI and the local Muslim community.

The changes proposed by the FBI to the training modules are a welcomed first step in ensuring that such a mistake does not occur again in the future. The group asked the FBI Director to issue a formal statement on this matter acknowledging the negative impact of these training materials on the Muslim community. Representatives from the community and interfaith organizations also stressed the importance of transparency by the Bureau in dealing with these matters, and suggested that a committee of community leaders and experts be assembled to review training material issued by the FBI. Meeting participants requested that the training process be open and transparent moving forward and requested future meetings with Director Mueller to continue the conversation.

Muflehun Convenes Working Group at Brookings US-Islamic World Forum

Muflehun Convenes Working Group at Brookings US-Islamic World Forum

U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Washington, D.C. on April 12, 2011. U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Washington, D.C. on April 12, 2011.U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Washington, D.C. on April 13, 2011.

In April 2011, Executive director Humera Khan and Board Vice Chair Imam Mohamed Magid co-convened a working group on the role and responsibilities of “Muslim-Majority and Muslim-Minority Communities in a Global Context” at the first Brookings US Islamic World Forum to be held in DC. The participants included theologians, clergy, academics, activists, and politicians from across the United States and the Muslim world.

In an increasingly interconnected world, the relationship between majority and minority communities, both in the United States and abroad, must be better understood. What is the role of not only the Muslim-minority population in the United States, but also of the majority population toward American Muslim communities? Muslim minorities, especially in the West, are increasingly becoming ambassadors and advocates of social justice and freedom in their societies, yet they continue to face a number of challenges. Similarly, what are the roles and responsibilities of Muslim majorities toward minorities, and what can Muslims, both in the West and in Muslim-majority countries, learn from each other’s experiences?

The working group discussed these questions in the context of five major issues: integration and identity, the impact of media and politics, security and counterterrorism, the treatment of marginalized communities, and interfaith relations. The group’s participants also came up with a number of recommendations, summarized at the end of the paper.

The full paper can be downloaded from the Brookings US Islamic World Forum website.

Muflehun Board Chairman Moderates Discussion on “The Image of Muslims in the US”

Muflehun Board Chairman Moderates Discussion on “The Image of Muslims in the US”

The Congressional Muslim Staff Association hosted a panel discussion on the image of Muslims in the US, aired live on C-SPAN on August 31, 2010. The moderator was Suhail Khan, Chairman of the Muflehun board and Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Engagement.

Speakers included James Zogby, who heads the Arab American Institute, Azizah Al-Hibri of Karamah and Salam Marayati of MPAC. Participants discussed the controversy surrounding the Islamic Center near Ground Zero in New York City, among other topics.

A recording of the 1.5hr event is available from the C-SPAN website.

Muflehun Board Members Visit Holocaust Camps

Muflehun Board Members Visit Holocaust Camps

Muflehun board members Suhail Khan and Imam Mohamed Magid were part of a small delegation of Muslims leaders and clerics that visited Dachau and Auschwitz concentration camps in August 2010.

The participants were accompanied by US government officials from the Reagan, Bush and Obama administrations.

Imam Magid will be writing an article for Islamic Horizons, one of the most widely read Muslim American magazines (published by ISNA) about his experience and condemning anti-Semiticism & Holocaust denial.

As Imam Mohamed Magid said:

“No Muslim in his right mind, female or male, should deny the Holocaust. When you walk the walk of the people who have been taken to be gassed, to be killed, how can a person deny physical evidence, something that’s beyond doubt?”

The participants issued this joint statement at the end of their trip:

“O you who believe, stand up firmly for justice as witnesses to Almighty God.” (Holy Qu’ran, al-Nisa “The Women” 4:135)
On August 7-11, 2010, we the undersigned Muslim American faith and community leaders visited Dachau and Auschwitz concentration camps where we witnessed firsthand the historical injustice of the Holocaust.
We met survivors who, several decades later, vividly and bravely shared their horrific experience of discrimination, suffering, and loss. We saw the many chilling places where men, women and children were systematically and brutally murdered by the millions because of their faith, race, disability and political affiliation.
In Islam, the destruction of one innocent life is like the destruction of the whole of humanity and the saving of one life is like the saving of the whole of humanity (Holy Qu’ran, al-Ma’idah”the Tablespread” 5:32). While entire communities perished by the many millions, we know that righteous Muslims from Bosnia, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, and Albania saved many Jews from brutal repression, torture and senseless destruction.
We bear witness to the absolute horror and tragedy of the Holocaust where over twelve million human souls perished, including six million Jews.
We condemn any attempts to deny this historical reality and declare such denials or any justification of this tragedy as against the Islamic code of ethics.
We condemn anti-Semitism in any form. No creation of Almighty God should face discrimination based on his or her faith or religious conviction.
We stand united as Muslim American faith and community leaders and recognize that we have a shared responsibility to continue to work together with leaders of all faiths and their communities to fight the dehumanization of all peoples based on their religion, race or ethnicity. With the disturbing rise of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of hatred, rhetoric and bigotry, now more than ever, people of faith must stand together for truth.
Together, we pledge to make real the commitment of “never again” and to stand united against injustice wherever it may be found in the world today.
  • Imam Muzammil Siddiqi, Islamic Society of Orange County, CA and chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America
  • Imam Mohamad Magid, All-Dulles-Area Muslim Society, Dulles, Virginia and Vice President of the Islamic Society of North America
  • Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director of the Islamic Society of North America’s Office of Interfaith & Community Services, Washington, D.C.
  • Imam Suhaib Webb, Muslim Community Association, Santa Clara, CA
  • Ms. Laila Muhammad, daughter of the late Imam W.D. Muhammad of Chicago, IL
  • Shaikh Yasir Qadhi, Dean of Academics for the Al Maghrib Institute, New Haven, CT
  • Imam Syed Naqvi, Director of the Islamic Information Center in Washington, DC
  • Imam Abdullah T. Antepli, Muslim Chaplain, Duke University

Read more:

POLITICO

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41220.html#ixzz0xBsbSE4D

The Jewish Daily Forward

http://www.forward.com/articles/130013/