“One of the solutions to Islamophobia is organizing around city-based issues,” Naim Shah Jr, a professional accountant, told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday, January 1.
“Trying to deal with global issues can lead to entanglements.”
Over the past 15 years, Shah has been an active member in the Muslim community.
Being an assistant to the imam at Masjid Ibadallah, a mosque in
He is also engaging with activities of other religious minorities to discuss issues of concern to American public.
Working with Christian and Jewish activists across
He is also one of four paid trainees in
“Uniting around local issues can broaden understanding,” said Khan.
Arriving at his placement with the group
Acting to fix this, he managed within two weeks to plan 35 one-on-one meetings with Muslim scholars and successfully mobilize 70 Muslims to participate in a responsible-banking rally organized by
Several mosques also joined the group's network of churches and synagogues, which represents 30,000 families.
The American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute is also helping American Muslim leaders to adequately participate in public discourse.
“We are simply saying that Muslims should be part of the national conversation,” said Brie Loskota, a co-founder of the institute.
“It's part of religious pluralism in our country.”
The institute, a key sponsor of COR, also shares a partnership with a Muslim-Christian center at
“We try to get Muslim leaders to think not just about their own community but how their community works in the larger society,” said Loskota.
The idea of the institute, which brings together Muslims of many backgrounds, including African Americans and Arab and Asian immigrants, was first proposed in 2005 by Loskata and the institute director Nadia Roumani.
“[We wished to] expand rather than contract the public square [and help Muslims get from] suspect to full citizens,” said Loskata.
“We found that Muslim leaders often don't know a process exists or how to participate in it.”
The institute offered help to Muslim leaders to get access to the larger
“We have people attaining the highest levels of education and living the American dream but not feeling like they have a stake” in it, Loskota said.
“That's not good for our country.”
Engaging together in community programs, US Muslims and Jews were finding a new shared ground for dialogue.
“For those who say that the Jewish and Muslim communities can't work together, I have the program that says otherwise,” Simon Greer, president and chief executive of Jewish Funds for Justice, said.
“This is not interfaith discussion. It's not about finding two Jews, two Christians and two Muslims who know each other.”