Humera Khan, Executive Director of Muflehun, featured in a special report by PBS NOVA that traces the evolution of terror strategies from the World Trade Center to today.
The US State Department invited Muflehun Executive Director Humera Khan and other community leaders from around the world to discuss the best ways to counter extremism for the #StrongCities Initiative. Ms. Khan talks to NPR about the role of civilians in this space.
On Feb 6, 2015, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama joined Muflehun Executive Director Humera Khan on a panel discussion with American Muslims on “Service in Action.” The event was organized by DOST (Development Organization for Societies in Transition).
The panel was moderated by John T Pinna, (DOST) and panelists included Sheikh Al-Sahlani, general representative of His Eminence Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Al-Sistani and head of the Al-Khoei Foundation in New York; Ms Manal Omar, acting Vice President for the Middle East and Africa Center at the US Institute for Peace; Mr Anwar Khan, CEO of Islamic Relief USA in addition to Ms Humera Khan, Executive Director of Muflehun.
Ms Khan spoke about the values that underpin service by American Muslims: preservation of all life, preservation of faith (freedom of religion and beliefs), preservation of intellect (freedom of thought and expression), preservation of property and preservation of lineage & progeny. She emphasized the right of every human to live in safety and be able to believe as they want.
The work of Muflehun, in countering violent extremism, directly addresses the need to preserve life, faith and intellect. In addition Ms Khan addressed the need for accuracy in language and labels, especially in not using jihad as a synonym for terrorism. In reference to events in Paris, she echoed Ms Omar’s sentiments that the choice between freedom of religion and freedom of expression is a false dichotomy and one must respond to bad with something better.
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Suhail Khan, Board chairman of Muflehun spoke on a panel about “Integration as a National Security Asset” at a day long conference on “America the Inclusive: Building Robust Community and Interfaith Partnerships.” The event was hosted by Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Program and the Interfaith Youth Core, led by Eboo Patel.
Keynote speakers at the event included the Honorable Jane Harman and Director Michael Leiter (NCTC). Several speakers made special mention of Imam Magid, Muflehun board member, for his work.
More information on the event can be found here.
Denis McDonough, the U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor & Assistant to the President of the United States, will be speaking this Sunday Mar 6 at 4:00 pm Eastern on the Obama Administration’s approach to our collective security and countering violent extremism. This special invitation-only event will also feature a group of community leaders and people from different faiths and beliefs, and the following Interfaith Leaders who will address the event:
- Imam Mohamed Magid, Board member, Muflehun and Executive Director, All Dulles Area Muslim Society
- Marshall Medoff, Past President (2007-09), Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation Synagogue
- Reverend Stephen Smith-Cobbs, Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church
Live webcast can be viewed at http://www.adamscenter.org