Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow
August 11, 2010

In this issue:

• MLTs Naif Al-Mutawa, Azeem Ibrahim, Hazami Barmada, Sumbul Ali-Karamali, Mohamed Brahimi, Sumbul Ali-Karamal

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Park51 In the Media:

NY Daily News

Washington Post

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Park51 Update

Recent events have shown us that the proposed Park51 project in Lower Manhattan is fundamental to safeguarding the rights of the Muslim community at large.

Plans to build mosques across the country have come up against strong opposition in Tennessee, Ohio, Wisconsin, Staten Island and most recently in California and Brooklyn.

We call on you to lend a supporting hand in forming a strong coalition against these attacks. With your expertise and professional capacities, we can provide a strong force against Islamophobia and the resulting fear and anger.

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Educators Forum 2010: Empowering Trends In Education

indiaMLT Anjum Babukhan sits with members of the 2010 Educators Forum in Hyderabad, India.

Imam Daniel was recently invited to lecture at the All India Scholars Conference that was recently held in Calicut India. His talk focused on matters related to Minority Fiqh, practical examples, and the correct interpretation of the same in communities where Muslims are the minority. He also elaborated on his experience in disseminating the true teachings of Islam and his efforts in combating the extremist narrative in a scholarly way based on research from the Quran and classical Islamic texts.

The conference was attended by over 200 scholars from India and Nepal with guest speakers from Kuwait, UAE and Burma sharing their experience and knowledge in the field.

asAzeem Ibrahim, Chairman and CEO of ECM Holdings, – MLT, UK

“The saddest thing about this situation is that it is a deliberate result of policies -- European policies. The European Union makes a point of selling its extra produce - rice, milk powder, cereal, potatoes and so on - to poorer countries. All too often, it undercuts local producers, causing real hunger and entrenching dependency. This is Europe's Common Agricultural Policy, and it is a disgrace. If we really want to tackle poverty around the world, we should join Sweden in calling for its abolition...”

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asNaif Al-Mutawa, Creator, The 99- MLT, USA

In "THE 99," Naif Al-Mutawa's new generation of comic book heroes fight more than crime -- they smash stereotypes and battle extremism. Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, his characters reinforce positive messages of Islam and cross cultures to create a new moral framework for confronting evil, even teaming up with the Justice League of America.

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asReza Aslan on CNN in defense of Cordoba House/Park51 Community Center -MLT, USA

"By implying without any evidence whatosever that the funding for this cultural center is coming from overseas and therefore involves extremism is absurd and offensive."

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“Cordoba House: A Symbol of Progress in Lower Manhattan,” By Zeeshan Suhail -MLT, USA

"New York is one of the most religiously diverse cities in the world. Where better to create a space where Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Hindu New Yorkers, among others, can learn from each other through art classes, poetry readings, film screenings and interfaith dialogue? By investing in the larger New York community, Cordoba House is poised to become an incubator of social progress and a haven of tolerance."

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Hazami Barmada Creates Empowerment Groups in America and works to improve the lives of Muslims and non-Muslims, -MLT, USA

“I have three organizations that I founded from peanuts that are alive and active and kicking with support from people who believed in me and what I was trying to do. All founded and fueled literally with vision, passion, dedication, perseverance and persistence — no funding. And our programming speaks for itself,” Barmada says.

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As-Salamu Al-Aykum,

Ramadan Karim! This is a time for people of conscience to wage peace and build bridges. At ASMA, we work to ensure that relationships between different communities grow and flourish. Within the last month, ASMA has been broadcasted by over 200 media outlets, in respect to the latest project of establishing a cultural center. Although the media and political pressures have increased and heightened considerably, ASMA society is ever-increasing their efforts at peaceful relations with the greater community.

Further, we would like to thank our supporters, from New York to the worldwide community. A special thanks in particular to Mayor Bloomberg who gave an impassioned speech in defense of our project and civil liberties. See his speech here.

We also recognize Newsweek writer and CNN host Fareed Zakaria's generous statement regarding our project. By supporting ASMA, you are building a movement for dialogue and peace. As responsible members of American society, it is our duty to partake in the uplifting of our community. While this is true of all times, we are asked to be particularly mindful of this in the holy month of Ramadan, which is a time for spiritual renewal, reflection, and charitable acts. During this time, we are enjoined to pay our annual zakat by sharing our wealth with those less fortunate than ourselves. To help calculate your Zakat, click here to see a worksheet that will help you determine your dues.

Your donations are vital to the success of our community. At a time when many of you are busy, and there is much confusion about where to give, you can give safely to ASMA. Your donations go directly into our program activities which strengthen our young leaders, empower women, build coalitions with interfaith communities, and respond to media inquiries. Our work has been recognized and supported by foundations like Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Ford Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, and the Tides Foundation. Now, we invite you to join us in building a better future for us all.
With that said, ASMA society wishes everyone a most blessed month of Ramadan, one of renewal, reflection and rejuvenation. May it bring us all a chance to refocus ourselves to God, as well as our fellow brothers and sisters. Please keep us in your prayers and may God bless you and your families in this holy month.

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Dear Friends,

ASAK. Early this week, Mayor Bloomberg, in the midst of an array of religious leaders, gave an impassioned speech in defense of the community center in Lower Manhattan. Standing in front of the Statue of Liberty, Mayor Bloomberg along with Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders spoke in the spirit of upholding the U.S constitution and our civil liberties.

Bloomberg concluded in what is now being called “one of the finest political speeches ever,” by letting Muslims know that they are welcome in New York City. "Muslims are as much a part of our City and our country as the people of any faith," he said, "and they are as welcome to worship in Lower Manhattan as any other group."

For me, the speech exemplified the essence of American values and the foundation that this country was built on. He has stood strongly against those who have been in opposition to our civil liberties and all Americans should applaud his efforts.

Please take a minute today to thank him for his outstanding and courageous leadership.

Email the Mayor

You can watch the speech below:

Mayor Bloomberg's Speech August 3, 2010

Kind Regards,
Nancy Shihadeh
ASMA Executive Coordinator


Mohamed Brahimi writes:

Join me at the American Public Health Association 138th Annual Meeting
and Exposition where the scientific research I co-authored will be
presented. The APHA Annual Meeting is the premier public health event
taking place November 6-10 in Denver, CO. With more than 1,000 cutting
edge scientific sessions, 700 booths of information and state-of-the-art
public health products and services, this is an extremely important
meeting in the public health field.

My submission, titled "Impact of enhanced Immigrations and Customs
enforcement on immigrant health: Perceptions of immigrants in Everett,
MA" is scheduled to be presented at session 4141.0, "The Many Shades of
Social (In)Justice - Taking a Closer Look", Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at
12:30 PM.

I hope you can attend the presentation and join the public health
community and APHA in exploring the latest public health practices and

More information

Sumbul Ali-Karamali writes:

I just wrote a letter to Mayor Bloomberg's office, thanking him for his support of Park51 and for standing up to Sarah Palin. It occurred to me that as many of us who can, should write to thank him, because I'm sure he's getting loads of hateful stuff.

Here's his info:
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY 10007
PHONE 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC)
FAX (212) 312-0700

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