#MASO - Muslims Are Speaking Out

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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 two-year national campaign which will be extended to Europe in 2017 entitled, “Muslims Are Speaking Out” is aimed at showing the larger public that American Muslims are denouncing extremism, fanaticism and terrorism and thereby empowering American 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 the misconception and misunderstanding that some American citizens feel 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 already received the support from major US Muslim organizations including:


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#MASO's Campaign Launch Party at L.A. Reid's house in New York City on May 26, 2016

FFEU Chairman Russell Simmons speaking at the launch of The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding's #‎MASO‬ campaign in NYC last May.

"We're here to bridge that gap, so that we can all understand the importance of "Us" and the importance of "others" and to really bridge the gap of race relationships around the world." - LA Reid at the ‪#‎MASO‬ Launch campaign event.

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the ‪#‎MASO‬ campaign launch party in NYC on May 26, 2016.

Muslims Are Speaking Out

Daisy Khan, Executive Director of the Women's Islamic Initiative for Spirituality and Equality, speaking out about changing the narrative for Muslims in America. #MASO

Dean Obeidallah believes that Muslims are speaking out and he is doing so through his comedy. #MASO

Imam Shamsi Ali speaking at the Jamaican Muslim Center: "There is no but..."

"Extremism must be defeated by our involvement in the community." - Congressman André Carson ‪#‎MASO‬ ‪#‎getinvolved‬ ‪#‎muslimsarespeakingout‬

"Literally millions of faithful Muslims everyday are caught between some extremist maniac who hates Muslims and some extremist mania who is a hating Muslim." - Rep. Keith Ellison #MASO

"I hope I am judged by the way I carry myself (...) and not by the violent acts of a few across the world." - Rabiah Ahmed, Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)'s Communications Director. ‪#‎MASO

American Imams like Imam Muhammad Musri and Imam Mohamed Hag Magid are fighting extremism and are working to empower Muslim youth as prospect and asset to the country. ‪#‎MASO‬

"But what we also realize is that it's not just a matter of speaking out but it's those bonds and relationship building that actually changes perceptions... So its that relationship building that's what's going to make a bigger difference" - Fatima Salman ‪#‎MASO‬

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.