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Mainstream Muslims are speaking out against terrorism and fanaticism, clearly and consistently. Non-Muslim people often forget that Muslim populations are amongst the first victims of Islamic terrorism in Africa, Middle East, Europe, and North America. When attacks happened in the Western World, Muslims are also the victims of the bloodshed. Muslim citizens are part of our societies, it is important to build strong ties with mainstream Muslims to fight radicalization and extremism. Especially when unfairly singled out the Muslim community is considered as a factor of recruitment by ISIS and other extremist groups.
The three-year national campaign which will also be extended to Europe in 2018 entitled, “Muslims Are Speaking Out” is aimed at showing the larger public that Muslims are denouncing extremism, fanaticism and terrorism and thereby empowering Muslims (and non-Muslims alike) to speak out against terrorism and raise their voice loudly to continue their fight against the Muslim extremists who have hijacked the narrative of Islam.
The goal of the campaign is to correct unfair misconceptions and misunderstanding toward Muslims. Especially as a large part of them consider that Muslims are all violent and extremists or at least that Muslims never speak out against terrorism assuming that they are silent because they support terrorist’s ideology.
The initiative has received the support from major US Muslim organizations and leaders.
Today, I am a Muslim Too Rally - Times Square, New York, February 19, 2017
Thousands of New Yorkers representing a myriad of backgrounds and faiths, converged in Times Square on Sunday, February 19th, 2017, and joined a coalition led by Russell Simmons, Rabbi Marc Schneier, Imam Shamsi Ali, in a demonstration of support for the American Muslim community.
#MASO's Campaign Launch Party at L.A. Reid's house in New York City on May 26, 2016
Muslims Are Speaking Out Videos
March for America (Washington, DC)
FFEU's Muslim-Jewish Program Director Walter Ruby was among the featured speakers at the American Muslim March on Washington held on July 23rd, 2016 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The March for America was convened by American Islam, an Orlando, Florida-based organization headed by Imam Muhammad Musri, together with the support of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS). Among the other speakers were Rabbi Steven Engel, Rev. Bryan Fulwider, ISNA National Director Dr. Sayyid Syeed, Imam Mohamed Hag Magid ADAMS Center, Pastor Joan Bell Haynes, Luby Ismail, Imam Talib Shareef, Andrea Barron of Washington Area Jews for Jewish-Muslim Understanding and Comedian Preacher Moss.