MAS Joins 1st International Conference of Muslim Councils in the West
(Washington DC 02/04/16) — The Muslim American Society (MAS), as part of the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), announced today in a press conference the creation of a steering committee for the Coordinating Body of Muslim Councils in the West. This announcement comes at the end of the 1st International Conference of Muslim Councils in the West that took place in Washington, D.C. from February 1st through the 3rd.
The conference, which included 200 representatives of Muslim Councils and their member organizations from North America, South America, the Caribbean, Australia, and Europe, was a historical move towards Western Muslims’ continued growth and development as a global community. Conference discussions focused on:
- Identifying and developing strategic priorities for the Muslim communities in the West,
- Exchanging ideas and developing strategies to address the rise of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim bigotry in the West,
- Developing ways with which to challenge and counteract the problem of violent extremism in all its forms,
- Enhancing the integration and positive contributions of Muslim communities in the societies in which they live,
- Developing strategies for the resettlement of the new waves of refugees and exchanging experiences and resources.
In a statement earlier today, MAS Executive Director Mazen Mokhtar said, “It is essential that Western Muslims identify struggles and concerns unique to us in order to address them in a productive, practical way. The Conference and subsequent establishment of a coordinating body will pave the way for better understanding and collaboration.”
The Muslim American Society is a dynamic charitable, religious, social, cultural and educational organization. Its mission is to move people to strive for God consciousness, liberty, and justice, and to convey Islam with utmost clarity.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Lana Safah
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