MPAC calls on American Muslims to celebrate Independence Day
The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is calling on the American Muslim community to join fellow Americans in celebrating Independence Day on July 4th.
The July 4th celebration is a symbol for the principles of freedom and liberty. It's a day to affirm our commitment to the values of democracy, human rights and respect for all regardless of religion and national origin. It's also a time to reach out to your fellow Americans to get to know them and to build bridges of understanding among all people.
On this day as American Muslims we need to resonate our dedication to uphold the Declaration of Independence. " We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness ".
We believe it is the hope and aspiration of humanity that the guarantees provided by the American constitution will be realized by all people struggling for freedom.
Every year, elected officials, law enforcement representatives, various faith and ethnic communities and local governments host, organize and sponsor the 4th of July parades, forums, picnics and regional events. MPAC is asking local Islamic centers and mosques as well as local Muslim leaders to represent the Muslim community by offering to speak on behalf of the American Muslim community.
If you need any assistance contacting your local elected officials or preparing any material pertinent to the 4th of July, call the Muslim Public Affairs Council at 323.258.6722 or e-mail [email protected].
The Muslim Public Affairs Council is a public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims, for the integration of Islam into American pluralism, and for a positive, constructive relationship between American Muslims and their representatives.
Please visit http://www.mpac.org/
Topics: American Muslims, Muslim Public Affairs Council (Mpac), Muslims
my comment is really to the brother who referred fourth of july as a holiday of kaffir. i think we should restrain ourselves calling everyone kaffir, this is a very grievious charge. kaffir are those who deny and cover up the signs of Allah SWT and who are ungrateful to Allah SWT. to name a whole nation kaffir is unjust. i personally do not celbrate 4th of july but i would congratulate a friend with if if she were. our prophet pbuh taught kindness and tolerance, our deen is one of compassion and justice. let us not label people kaffir, let us build bridges. inshallah
We have three Eid's Eid al-Fitr, EId al-Adha, and Eid al-Jumuah. No more no less.
Building bridges of understanding between people is always the right thing to do whenever possible. It is important to try to live at peace with one another.
Hey FRANK! Do you really believe that Muslims are brainwashed? You have no idea of what is really going on out in the world do you. You need more knowledge. Remember, ignorance is not really blissful.
You quote the declaration of independence! You must remember those that put this together and how they lived their lives....
Muslims soley need to embrace and celebrate that which is given to us by Allah (swt). We already hold these truths to be self evident, we need not look for acceptance by following that which is not self evident....... Insha Allah, may Muslims living in the US remember what is truly self evident.
Islam is a peaceful religion. According to the Quran and the example of the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) we must live in peace with and respect everyone around us.
Islam is the Middle Way; we must choose the more peaceful, loving and easier route according to principles of the Quran. There is nothing wrong with national pride.
Furthermore, Western nations are far more closer to democracy than many of the so-called Islamic nations ruled by dictators and monarchs.
Islam established the right for women to vote 1400 years ago, while women and black people in the America only achieved this liberty in the 1900s. Islam forbids non elected governments and monarchies that do not have ample representation of the people, such as an elected prime minister.
We must celebrate that democracies that do exist in countries such as Canada and lobby leaders in "Islamic" countries to truly behave and govern according to the Quran.
I believe the narrow-mindedness and the embarrassing need to even have to tell Muslims to respect and celebrate Independance Day is the result of LOSING FOCUS. We are the cause of our own lack of good public relations. The solution: do not believe everything you hear or see from many of our leaders who are not education in academics or religion properly. Check references; I suggest the Quran and certified hadith and sunnah.
Happy Fourth of July!
You'll never assimalate into our culture and will always be outsiders.
Oh well, suit yourselves, that's what this countries is all about.
Indeed, brother and sister Muslims, let us celebrate "Independence Day": tell your neighbors the truth about Palestine, about Iraq, about Afghanistan, about the genocides this government is committing and intensifying under the War of Terror. Tell them exactly why those crazed Muslims "hate" America so much. If you don't tell them, nobody else will.
Celebrate your independence by writing or calling your representatives to complain about all the illegally detained Muslims in American prisons and American support for the terror-state of Israel. Demand an end to support for regimes like India who have used the War of Terror to roll back human rights and slaughter your fellow Muslims wholesale.
The ones who really love their county are the ones who care enough to criticize it, and the ones who really love their religion are the ones who demand justice no matter what the consequence.
Defy these weak and stupid so-called leaders of the American Muslim community and walk in the path of true heroes and patriots, American and Muslim alike.
Fi Amaan Allah.
Muslim can only be Muslim regardles where he lives.
There's nothing like American Muslim, Indian Muslim or Pakistani Muslim or else. From where you have adopted this term. Whoever practices Islam in its prescribed way is a Muslim regardles where he/she lives.
Or you can say Muslims in America.
Have you heard of anyone saying Indian Christian,
UK Christian ....
As a muslim living in the USA I know that we are free to move and live almost anywhere in the world. Yet we choose to live here because there is no better place.
Why not show some of the positive attributes of Muslims such as gratitude? So as to encourage at least the positive qualities of America and to show by our good examples. Instead of constant criticism.
America may not be the perfect place to live, but what is? It is a predominantly Christian population which allows Muslims to freely practise our religion. Does Saudia Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait tolerate other religions? Do they even tolerate Muslims of different ethnicity?
Lets thank Allah for what he has blessed us with and do out best to make this a better place by following the example of the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH).
Khadija Anderson, Seattle, WA
The day is not far when the Muslims in America are going to be humiliated, and organizations like yourselves are going to be in the forefront of getting this humiliation.
May Allah swt keep the Muslims on the straight path, ameen.
This is a fact, That Constantine mixed Paganism(see the cult of mithras)with that of Christianity, and this paganism is prevelant today. If you don't believe me study the history of Western Civilization.
I'm writing all of this to say, before we blindly jump to pledge our alleigance to the flag and show our loyalty as Americans, we should study about the the culture and civilization we live and understand the significance of these ceromonies your organiztion is calling the Muslims too. I'am not anti American, I respect those of other faith, but Iam also cautious of what I participate in. My question is this, how far will we go to show our loyalty? Will we start celebrating Christmas and other holidays that have nothing to do with Islam. "Never will the Jews and Christians be satisfied with thee unless thou follow their form of religion. Say. "The guidance of Allah that is the only guidance wert thou to follow their desires after knowledge which hath reached thee, then woudlst thou find neither protector nor helper against Allah" 2:120