The Crescent Report

November 5, 2008

MAS Freedom Responds to Vote for Change in Election of Barack Obama for U.S. President

Filed under: American-Politics, Muslim Americans — Tags: , , , , — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 8:08 pm

Virginia Muslims Respond to MAS Freedom Get Out the Vote in Record Numbers


WASHINGTON, D.C. (MASNET) Nov. 5, 2008 – MAS Freedom (MASF) the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS), shares the jubilance of voters nationwide in the news that on Nov. 4, 2008, one of the single most historic days in history, Democratic candidate Senator Barack Obama was elected to be the 44th President of the United States of America.


“I offer my congratulations to President Elect Obama. This is a historical moment for our nation that is rooted in the epic struggle for freedom and justice. When I consider that in Virginia during the 50’s my grandparents home was torched by a racist mob because they registered African American’s to vote, this moment is not only historical but deeply personal and moving,” stated MAS Freedom Executive Director, Mahdi Bray.


Bray added, “I feel truly blessed that I could participate in a process through MAS Freedom, that brought Muslims to the polls in record numbers. I am sure that when the empirical data becomes available, it will be clear that like the election in 2006, the Muslim block vote played a significant role in the election results for Virginia and other battleground states. The message is clear, despite candidate slights and political Muslim bashing, the Muslim block vote is in play and we are politically on the move.”


MAS Freedom and the Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee (VMPAC), led by community activist Mukit Hossain, worked tirelessly in campaigning for massive Muslim voter turnouts in Virginia and several battleground states.


Informal exit polling and surveys indicate that in Virginia Muslim voter registration was up approximately 15% from 2006, when Muslim voter turnout exceeded 80% with over 52,000 Muslims turning out to vote.


According to Abdul Rashid Abdullah, local Fairfax County Election Officer for Precinct 237 at McNair Elementary School, the precinct reported that roughly 72% of the eligible voters came to the polls.


MAS Freedom, through its Voting Is Power (VIP) campaign, originally launched in 2003, made a significant impact in the 2006 electoral process.


A key tool the MAS Freedom VIP promotion of voter registration in Election 2008 has been a video titled “It’s Your Choice – Your Voice – Use It or Lose It!”, viewed thousands of times at YouTube. The video was also widely distributed to mosques, college campuses, and local civic groups.


MAS Freedom looks forward to the days ahead and the prospect of working with the Obama administration to ensure the harmonious co-existence of a nation comprised of people of different cultures, faiths, practices, races and ethnicities.


For additional information please contact call MAS Freedom at (202) 552-7414, or toll free at 1-888-627-8471 or by sending your email to mas DOT freedom AT yahoo DOT com.



Nov. 4 Acceptance Speech of President Elect Barack Obama

Join the Discussion at MAS Freedom VIP

MAS Freedom Mobilizes Muslims to Oppose Slot Machines in Maryland

MAS Freedom Heading Major Muslim Voter Mobilization Campaign

ISLAM ONLINE INTERVIEW WITH MAHDI BRAY: US Muslims: Uniting, Voting, and Becoming

2008 U.S. Election Finale Radio Show, including MAS Freedom’s Imam Mahdi Bray

(Also features a slide-show presentation that includes several photos of MASF-VIP activities.)



MAS Freedom (MASF) is a civic and human rights advocacy entity and sister organization of the Muslim American Society (MAS), the largest Muslim, grassroots, charitable, religious, social, cultural, civic and educational organization in America – with 55 chapters in 35 states. Learn more here. To donate click here.


MAS Freedom

1325 G Street NW, Suite 500

Washington DC 20005

Phone: (202) 552-7414

Toll Free: 1-(888)-627-8471 

Fax: (703) 642-6191

MASF on the Web

Contact MASF by Email


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