Muslim Advocacy Day 2017 in Richmond

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

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