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ARIZONA MUSLIM ALLIANCE’S PRESS RELEASE ON THE INAUGURATION OF DONALD TRUMP

As Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president, we hope and pray for unity, peace, and justice for all people.  Though there was harmful and offensive rhetoric during the election campaign, and some of his cabinet appointments, have been extremely alarming, we still expect that President Trump will indeed serve as “a President for all Americans,” as he pledged in his victory speech.  He also stated “…it is time for us to come together as one united people.”

We want to remind Arizona Muslims and Muslims across this nation to continue their civic engagement, social justice work, and to work towards the greater community for peace and unity in our country.

Muslim Americans feel blessed to have the right to vote, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion.  We also recognize that Muslims are intricately intertwined with the history and fabric of the United States and encompass the best of America.  Twenty percent or more of the African slaves brought here were Muslim. Their free labor helped contribute to America become the superpower it is today.

Muslims have been in Arizona prior to the establishment of the state in 1900.  In Quartzite, Arizona, the tomb of Arizona Muslim Hi Jolly (or Hadji Ali) is the most visited site. Hi Jolly was a Syrian Muslim brought by the U.S. Army to Arizona in 1856 and faithfully served the U.S, government for thirty years.

In 2015, Arizona Muslims demonstrated that love is greater than hate by uniting for a peace rally with over 20 organizations of various faiths in the summer of 2015.  This was in response to a nationally televised hate rally outside a local mosque. As Dr. Martin Luther King stated “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”   We hope that President-Trump will make good on his statement that the government will serve the people, regardless of their “race, religion, background and beliefs.”

We pray that God will bless our country, and permit all people to continue to enjoy the tremendous opportunity we have for freedom, prosperity, equality, and justice for all.

The Arizona Muslim Alliance’s (AMA) vision is “To be the unifying federation of Muslim organizations in Arizona, the leading advocate of the diverse Muslim community, and a catalyst for enriching the society at large.”

 Supporting Organizations Include:

  • Islamic Community Center of Tempe
  • Islamic Center of the East Valley
  • West Valley Islamic Center
  • Arizona Cultural Academy
  • Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley
  • Islamic Center of Laveen
  • Council on American Islamic Relations, Arizona
  • Muslim Outreach and Volunteer Enterprise
  • Helping Hands for Relief and Development, Arizona

For more Information, Contact:

  • Susan Bassal (423) 957-9317
  • Kristy Sabbah (602) 716-1213
  • Imam Ahmad Shqeirat (480) 495-4998

 

Press Briefing

Arizona Muslims Stand in Solidarity With Victims and Families of Horrific Orlando Shooting

(6/12/16 – PHOENIX, AZ) Arizona Muslim community stands united in condemning the horrific mass shooting at Pulse, an Orlando LGBT night-club early Sunday morning. Leaders from the Arizona community offered condolences and prayers to the victims and families of all those affected by this senseless act of violence, and called on community members to help in the effort of donating blood to the victims of this attack.

“The Arizona Muslim community is sickened by this senseless act of violence. There is no justification for these acts in any ideology, and for those who justify these acts – our community stands squarely against you,” said Imraan Siddiqi, Executive Director of CAIR-AZ. “We encourage everyone who is able in the Central Florida community to help in any way possible – including donating blood.”

Supporting Organizations Include:
-CAIR-Arizona
-Arizona Muslim Alliance – Which includes mosques from across the Valley, including:
Islamic Community Center of Tempe
Islamic Center of the East Valley
West Valley Islamic Center
Arizona Cultural Academy
Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley

There will also be a #PrayForOrlando interfaith vigil this evening:
Phoenix Pride LGBT Center
Sunday, June 12th
Time: 7:00pm
Address: 801 N. 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

We encourage the local community to come and offer their prayers and solidarity for the victims of this tragedy.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
The Arizona Muslim Alliance’s vision is “To be the unifying federation of Muslim organizations in Arizona, the leading advocate of the diverse Muslim community, and a catalyst for enriching the society at large”

Recent Events

About 60 of AZ Muslim community leaders attended today the official kick off of AMA (Arizona Muslim Alliance) an umbrella organization that will be the voice of the mainstream Muslims of Arizona.

By-laws

ARIZONA MUSLIM ALLIANCE PARTIAL BYLAWS

In the name of Allah the Beneficent the Merciful

Article I: NAME

The name of the organization shall be Arizona Muslim Alliance (AMA), which may hereafter be called “The Alliance” or “AMA”.

 Article II: VISION

The Vision of the Alliance is “To be the unifying federation of Muslim organizations in Arizona, the leading advocate of the diverse Muslim community, and a catalyst for enriching the society at large”

 Article III :  MISSION

The Mission of the Alliance includes:

  1. Uniting the Muslim community in Arizona by establishing effective communication, enhancing cooperation, sharing resources, and coordinating activities among Arizona’s Muslim Organizations
  2. Representing and defending the interest of Arizona Muslims
  3. Enhancing Muslim  participation in the public sphere; encouraging cooperation and partnership with other religious and civic groups for the common good;
  4. Providing services not available nor provided by individual member organizations

 

Article IV: PHILOSOPY & POLICIES

Section  IV- A      Arizona Muslim Alliance shall engage itself in such activities that comply with the laws of the local, State and Federal Governments

Section  IV- B      AMA shall respect the integrity and independence of member Muslim organizations without interference with their operation, procedures or finances

Section  IV- C      AMA shall represent the interest of “Main Stream Arizona Muslims”, who are an integral part of the citizens of Arizona; Arizona Muslims are a diverse community, not limited to a certain race, national origin, or ethnicity

 

Section IV- D       “Main Stream Islam” is herby defined as:

  1. A complete way of life guided by the authentic sources of Islam; the Glorious Qur’an and the Authentic tradition of Prophet Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (peace & prayers be upon him).
  2. Other traditions, man-made rules, cultures and ethnic behaviors and traditions are not considered as sources of AMA however, reserves the right to follow a ruling agreed upon by the majority of Islamic scholars
  3. AMA believes that there is no compulsion in religion (as commanded by the Glorious Qur’an),
  4. The affairs of AMA are conducted according to a majority rule; men and women are equally responsible to actively energize AMA activities
  5. There is no role of violence in promoting the cause of Islam or advancing the interest of Muslims

Section IV-E        AMA is committed to quality performance and services with the state of the art Systems and means in order to efficiently and professionally achieve its  goals

 Article V : ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Section V-A          The Alliance shall be a nonprofit Arizona corporation operating under IRS tax exempt status code 501 (c) 3

Section V-B          The Alliance is a federation of Arizona Muslim organizations (Article II)

Section V-C          Its base assembly is made of voting and non-voting representatives of participating Arizona Muslim organizations, called the House of Representatives (HR)

Section V-D          The HR elects a governing board called the Board of Directors (the Board)

Section V-E          The Board assumes the charge of all the Alliance affairs, including hiring and overseeing a complement of:

  1. Employed staff who serve as an administration, headed by an Executive Director,
  2. And volunteer staff, who serve as individuals and committees