Happy Holidays from your Muslim Neighbors!

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American Muslims wish their neighbors happy holidays

America’s first-ever Muslim Community holiday video features diverse Muslim families wishing their neighbors a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Holidays. The film ends with all Muslims wishing all Americans Peace on Earth, and Goodwill to All, and by quoting Charles Dickens’ famous line from A Christmas Carol: “God Bless Us All, Everyone.” The video was produced by the Alliance for an Indivisible America 2020 (AIA 2020), which was created to foster more understanding of Islam and Muslims, and highlight the positive contributions Muslims are making to our nation. 

We need your help to get this video seen as widely as possible. Your Donation will help pay for social media and even traditional media (national TV) advertising and get our message to millions of Americans, and show that Muslims in America respect and honor the holiday traditions of our fellow Americans. Every dollar donated opens up possibilities for placing the video on national social media platforms and even on TV stations nationwide.  

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Interfaith Community celebrates diversity among America’s heroes

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Arlington National Cemetery — For almost 100 years Americans from all backgrounds have come together on Veterans Day to give thanks to and celebrate the dedicated men and women who have served our country in uniform.   This Friday, in a special event to celebrate our veterans, the Alliance for an Indivisible America 2020 and the Muslim American Veterans Association sponsored an event an interfaith gathering at the National Cemetery in Arlington designed to underscore the devotion and diversity of those who served – and in some cases died for America.

The event was attended by veterans, family members and supporters from the Muslim American Veterans Association, the Center for Pluralism, MACCPAC, the Greater Washington Muslim Jewish Forum, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), the Muslim Association of Virginia/Dar Al Noor mosque, Masjid Muhammad in Washington, the Muslim Community Center of Maryland, various Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, and individual visitors to the Cemetery who happened upon the event.

As many speakers noted, the diversity of our nation was reflected in the many races, ethnicities and faiths of those who attended the commemorative event.  Arlington Cemetery, with its mix of graves of every religious denomination and every ethnic group in America, was the perfect setting for the diverse group who came to honor their brothers and sisters buried there.

Imam Mohamed Magid, ADAMS Executive Religious Director, led a traditional Muslim prayer at the grave site of Staff Sgt. Ayman Taha, a member of the ADAMS community who died in Iraq in 2005 while serving in the US Special Forces.  Imam Magid, who had presided over the funeral of S/Sgt Taha in 2006, noted that his sacrifice was fully in keeping with the dedication of the Muslim community to their American homeland and that his sacrifice was a testament to the patriotism of all immigrants who love America, of whatever faith.   Several of the MAVA commanders also recalled their own service in the US Army, Navy and Air Force during the Vietnam War, and how much it meant for them to be able to honor the sacrifice of all their comrades, living and dead.

According to AIA 2020 Executive Director Robert Marro, a past member of the National Guard and a retired senior US Foreign Service officer, “Many American citizens were born outside the USA, but their level of patriotism and love of country is no less than native born Americans.  Like these New Americans of today, my Grandfather, from an immigrant family from Italy, fought for America in France in 1918 along with many fellow American soldiers who barely spoke English but wanted to repay the country that had given them so many opportunities.  I am proud to have served my country as a Muslim American, and especially proud to be associated with an event that typifies how much America has benefited from the service and dedication of both its new and old citizens.”


American Muslims honor Fellow Veterans at Arlington National Cemetery

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American Muslims and family members recently honored their fellow Veterans by visiting grave sites At Arlington National Cemetery, to pray for God’s mercy on all who have sacrificed their lives for our country.  AIA 2020 will hold another interfaith event, on Friday, Nov 10 at 9:00 AM at the Cemetery (meeting at Section 60, site 7986), where veterans (and families) of ALL faiths can honor ALL Veterans who have served America.





ADAMS Deplores Anti-Semitic threats and hate crimes against Jewish Community

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The members of the Alliance for an Indivisible America 2020 (AIA 2020), the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) and our entire community are shocked and disgusted by the recent Anti-Semitic threats and hate crimes against Jewish Community Centers and Cemeteries, and to the Jewish Community as a whole. We are very disturbed to know that Anti-Semitic threats have been the highest proportion of all hate crimes every year, and that this has been increasing in 2017. We are also disappointed by the recent trend of increase in anti-Muslim attacks against 130+ Mosques in past 2 years and rise of hate speech and crimes against African Americans, Hispanics, Women, LGBTQI, and fellow minority communities.

ADAMS will host a special prayer service tonight for the safety of all minorities.

Muslim Americans Help Donate to Repair Anti-Semitic Vandalism of Historic Jewish Cemetery. Please donate at https://www.launchgood.com/cemetery

ADAMS has contacted the FBI and DOJ to press for them to investigate and find the perpetrators of the recent Anti-Semitic graffiti and hate crimes in our own area, in Herndon and in Charlottesville, VA.

We now reiterate our call to the FBI and DOJ to continue to investigate the recent nationwide threats against Jewish Community Centers, and desecration of a Jewish Cemetery. We all must understand that an attack on any faith and minority community is an attack on all faith and minority communities. We therefore stand united for Religious Freedom and against all bigotry.

We also deplore (and will continue to speak out against) the mounting fear mongering, hateful rhetoric and vilification of Jewish, Muslim, and Minority communities that can too easily inspire such hate threats and hate crimes. Such rhetoric has no place in America, and we urge all officials oto speak out forcefully against any perpetrators of such speech.

ADAMS has forged very strong Muslim-Jewish Partnerships and has routinely spoken out against Anti-Semitism in the following areas:

Imam Mohamed Magid and ADAMS take a strong stand against Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial and have consistently urged other Muslim leaders to do so as well:

Muslim Imams Visit Auschwitz, Nazi Death Camp, to Pray for Holocaust Victims:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/23/imams-auschwitz-muslim-nazi-holocaust_n_ 3326547.html

ADAMS has two branch locations hosted at Synagogues. ADAMS Sterling was the first ever Mosque to host a Holocaust Remembrance event in 2006, and ADAMS-Ashburn hosted another Holocaust Remembrance event in January 2017. Both events featured Ms. Johanna Neumann, a Holocaust Survivor saved by Albanian Muslims:

ADAMS Reston Friday Prayers at Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation Synagogue News Video since 2008. Dialogue and Partnership started in 1990.

Since 2006 ADAMS has hosted an Interfaith Seder every year. A Documentary short about our Interfaith Seder co-hosted with the Washington Area Jews for Jewish-Muslim Understanding was produced by Matt Spangler:

May 2008 ADAMS-Ashburn Branch Open House Mosque and Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation Synagogue as Neighbors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHJx7DAqnyA

Sisterhood of Salaam-Shalom Unity Vigil

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On Feb 16, 2017, the Sisterhood of Salaam-Shalom sponsored a vigil at the Rodef Shalom Synagogue in Falls Church VA, as part of a larger effort by Sisterhood chapters across the USA. The goal of the event was to provide a venue where members and their guests could gather together to affirm each other and to remind each of us that we are not alone.

A host of Jewish and Muslim speakers came to the event to give each other the strength and courage needed to gain control of the chaotic and dangerous world created by the political rhetoric of the Presidential campaign and intensified by the political posturing of the recent weeks.

AIA Director Robert Marro spoke about his experience living in Paris and seeing the many commemorative plaques and memorials to the deported Jews in France during WWII, and his own personal experience with Holocaust survivors he had met growing up in New Jersey. He related his fear that the current attacks on immigrants and minorities were all too reminiscent of the rhetoric and atmosphere that prevailed in places like Germany or France in the 1930s and 1940s.

However, he also emphasized that unlike that situation, America has a long tradition of opposition to any such demagoguery, and events like this vigil and groups like this Sisterhood offer a powerful contrast to the
indifference and even general hostility that pervaded those European countries. But, as Marro cautioned, it is vital we do not give up our vigilance, and that we use all opportunities like this Vigil, and all platforms like AIA 2020, to demand that America live up to its own principles and traditions of welcoming immigrants, and protecting the religious freedom of all Americans.

The event featured readings from the Bible and the Quran, as well as reflections of from various well-known commentators on religion and religious freedom. The speakers and the audience of nearly 100 reflected on our traditions and teachings that create a welcoming space for all. The Sisterhood Unity Vigil helped to re-affirm the harmony that we experience when we celebrate the dignity and diversity we see in one another, and
provided a dynamic call for prayer and readings to offer courage and hope to one all attending.

For more information on the Sisterhood, please contact us at info@aia2020.org, or one of the following co-leaders:
Leina Wahba lwahba@yahoo.com
Nancy Bloch nbloch48@verizon.net
Rumana Abedin rumana.abedin@gmail.com
Susan Kohn sekohn76@gmail.com

Robert J. Marro

Tel:  (703) 421-8045
Mob: (703) 309-6726

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Hate Crimes

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WASHINGTON – James Benjamin Jones, 35, pleaded guilty today to two federal hate crimes for threatening two Muslim grocery stores in Fort Myers, Florida, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III for the Middle District of Florida.

During the plea proceedings, Jones admitted that he threatened the owners of two Muslim grocery stores last year.  In June, he threatened to harm the owner of Halal Meat and Grocery, if he did not close down his business.  Specifically, Jones threatened the owner “to shut down the business” and said that “four people will come with guns and they will blow up [the owner]” if the store was not closed in one month.  The defendant further stated that he and others would be “keeping an eye” on the owner to ensure that the owner was closing the business, as Jones and others “will blow up all Muslims and get this land back.”  Later in July, Jones threatened the owner of Sahara Mediterranean Market to close his business down.  Jones told the owner of this grocery store that he (Jones) was from “the good temple” and that “we decided whatever happened in Orlando is not gonna (sic) happen again.  We don’t need no halal business in the area either you or the other guys (referring to the Halal Meat and Grocery Store) back there.”  Jones then told the owner, “so for your safety and your family’s safety, you got two months to go, to leave.”

“The defendant made violent threats in an attempt to extinguish people’s economic livelihood simply because of their religion,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Wheeler.  “The Justice Department is committed to vigorously prosecuting the federal laws that prohibit such conduct.”

“Our Office is committed to prosecuting those who threaten others on the basis of their national origin or religious beliefs,” said U.S. Attorney Bentley.  A sentencing hearing has not yet been set. The FBI and the Fort Myers Police Department investigated this matter.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jesus M. Casas of the Middle District of Florida and Trial Attorney Maura White of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section are prosecuting the case.

Muslim Advocacy Day 2017 in Richmond

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Around 30 representatives of the Muslim Communities in Northern Virginia, Richmond and other parts of the Commonwealth came to Richmond for a Muslim Advocacy Day on January 24, 2017.  The event was organized by AIA Founding Members Muslim Association of Virginia (MAV) and the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), and leaders of both mosques and many others joined AIA Executive Director Robert Marro, Directors Rafi Ahmed and Yaqoub Zargarpur and over 30 interested and active Muslim Leaders in an event designed to reach out to our many Senators and Delegates in the VAS General Assembly.

Muslim Day Advocates waiting official Recognition by Virginia Senate

The breakfast was attended by over 30 Senators and Delegates (including House Speaker Bill Howell), and the group was invited to attend the Senate Session where Lt Governor Ralph Northam officially welcomed them to the Senate, and acknowledged the many contributions of the Muslim Communities of VA.

VA Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam Recognizes and Welcomes AIA and Muslim Advocates Group to the Senate

The following day (Jan 25) another large group (50+) of Muslim Community leaders, representatives and students from the Al Fatih Academy and others joined the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy at another Interfaith Advocacy Day at the General Assembly.  These visits play a key role in bringing our Senators and Delegates (and other VA Officials) more information about the Muslim Community and its many contributions to the Commonwealth.

Muslim Day Advocates at the VA General Assembly Building
Imam Johari Abdul Malik with VA InterFaith Center Director Kim Bobo
AIA Executive Director Robert Marro welcomes guests and explains the purpose of the Muslim Advocacy Day meeting at the General Assembly in Richmond
AIA Director Rafi Ahmed with Senator Jeremy McPike
Delegates Jennifer Boysko and Ken Plum at the Muslim Advocacy Day Breakfast
Dar Al Noor (Muslim Assoc of VA) AIA Leaders with Delegate Tag Greason
AIA Exec Director Robert Marro with Delegate Bob Marshall
AIA Director Rafi Ahmed welcomes House Speaker William Howell
AIA Director Rafi Ahmed shares a laugh with Delegate Sam Rasoul

Stand in Solidarity Rally

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Visit of Gov Terry McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring to ADAMS for the Stand in Solidarity Rally with 400 local neighbors and supporters coming to show solidarity with the Muslim community, along with Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel and Fairfax Supervisor John Foust.

Solidarity at ADAMS Center

On Friday, Feb 3rd over 400 people stood in solidarity and support of the Muslim community at the ADAMS Center. With beautiful posters, and smiling faces, well wishers exemplified universal teachings of community, love and friendship. haqqMedia All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)

Posted by DEEN TV on Sunday, February 12, 2017


Standing with our Muslim Neighbors

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Imam Delivers Message to Trump at Inaugural Service

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Washington (CNN)

An imam who had been expected to deliver the Islamic call to prayer at an interfaith religious service for President Donald Trump instead recited two verses from the Quran that contained clear political messages for the new president and his administration.

Imam Mohamed Magid, executive director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, is a well-known figure in Washington, but he had been sharply criticized by fellow Muslims for agreeing to take part in the event Saturday at Washington National Cathedral.

Magid was one of 26 religious leaders from a diverse array of faiths to participate in the service, an inaugural tradition since George Washington. The event’s program said Magid would recite the “Muslim call to prayer,” leading many to believe he would intone the adhan, the melodic call to worship that issues forth from many mosques five times a day.

Instead, the imam chose two passages from the Quran with clear political implications, especially at a time of racial and religious strife, when many American Muslims feel marginalized and mistrusted.

Addressing the capitol’s power brokers, including Trump’s family and Vice President Michael Pence, Magid read first in Arabic and then provided an English translation.

The first verse he read was from Surah Al-Hujarat, in which God says:
“O humankind, We have created you a single male and female (Adam and Eve) and made you into nations and tribes and communities, that you may know one another. Really, the most honored of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you, and God has all knowledge…”

The second verse he read was from Surah Ar-Rum:

“And among the signs of God is the creation of heaven and earth, and the variation in your languages and your colors. Verily, in that are signs for those who know.”

A spokesman for Magid said his recitation of the verses had been approved by officials at the Washington National Cathedral.

“After the election, when a lot of things were said about Muslims, and there were questions about Muslims’ loyalty, these verses were intended to convey the message that we must come together and respect diversity — that God made us this way,” said Rizwan Jaka, board chairman at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society.

Like Magid, Episcopalians had been criticized for hosting and praying with Trump, whose campaign included harsh language about Muslims, Mexicans and women.

The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of the cathedral, also chose a prayer that spoke to the country’s divisive political climate, asking God to “break down the walls that separate us” and “take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts.”

Praying with the President

For years, Magid has been a familiar face at interfaith and government events in Washington.

He has met with former President Barack Obama to discuss fatherhood and hosted members of Obama’s administration at the large complex of Islamic centers Magid leads in Northern Virginia. Last year, the FBI gave that complex, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, a community leadership award for strengthening ties between local Muslims and law enforcement.
From 2010-14, Magid led the Islamic Society of North America, whose conferences draw thousands of Muslims each year, and the genial Sudanese-American regularly makes the list of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims.

But some American Muslims criticized Magid for agreeing to take part in the National Prayer Service with Trump.

Many American Muslims have accused Trump of stoking suspicion about their religion by saying “Islam hates us,” proposing a registry to monitor Muslims and pledging, at one time, to bar Muslims from entering the United States. (That plan may be modified to “extreme vetting,” Trump’s team says.) The president’s new National Security Adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, has called Islam a “cancer.”

Before Saturday’s service, Hussam Ayloush, who heads the Council of American-Islamic Relations’ Los Angeles chapter, compared Trump to the proverbial emperor without any clothes and urged Magid not to “hand him a towel.”

“In the face of unreluctant and unrepentant defamation and animosity toward Islam and Muslims (and many other communities) by this Trump team, a symbolic participation that does not involve any opportunity to preach or make a statement does not qualify as engaging or correcting the wrongdoers, but rather enabling them and providing them with a token cover for their bigotry,” Ayloush said in a statement.

Ayloush also said that Magid’s role in the prayer service “undermines the courageous and principled activism of so many Muslims and allies” who have challenged Trump’s rhetoric and proposals.

In response, Magid said the role of religious leaders is “to share the truth and values of Islam to everyone, including those in power. “

“Do not assume that the efforts to engage those who have misconceptions of Islam are in any way contradictory to other efforts to influence public opinion,” the imam said. “Rather they go hand in hand.”

Muslim-Americans need to share their message both through public protests and private meetings with government officials, Magid said, implying that the Prophet Mohammed would agree.

“Many people came to do harm to Prophet Mohammed, and after engagement and getting to know him they changed their mind in a positive manner.”