Press Releases

Press Release #3 ( Jan 20, 2017)

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 Ease 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 Release #2 ( Nov 14, 2016)

On Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, Mr. Donald Trump was elected as the next President of the United States. We respect the democratic process and 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, thus far have been extremely alarming, we still expect that President-Elect Trump will indeed serve as “a President for all Americans,” as he pledged in his victory speech.  President-Elect Trump 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 Jefferson Davis to Arizona in 1856 and faithfully served the U.S, government for thirty years.

Just last year, 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-Elect 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 (AMA)’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”

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 of American Islamic Relations                                                            Muslim Outreach and Volunteer Enterprise                                                 HHRD

Spokesperson/Contacts:                                                                                      Susan Bassel (423) 957-9317                                                                         Kristy Sabah (480) 704-3786                                                                         Ahmad Shqeirat (480) 495-4998

 

Press Release #1 (June 15, 2016)

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”