The Crescent Report

November 17, 2008

MAS Freedom Civil & Human Rights Director Joins Historic Iran-US Civil Diplomacy Initiative

Filed under: Events, Muslim Americans — Tags: , , , — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 11:19 pm

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Delegation of Christian, Jewish and Muslim Leaders Organized by the Fellowship of Reconciliation to Visit Iran

MAS Freedom Civil and Human Rights Director, Ibrahim Abdil-Mu'id Ramey.

MAS Freedom Civil and Human Rights Director, Ibrahim Abdil-Mu'id Ramey.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (MASNET) Nov. 17, 2008 – MAS Freedom (MASF), as the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS), announces that Civil and Human Rights Director, Ibrahim Abdil-Mu’id Ramey, will co-lead a grassroots interfaith civilian delegation organized by the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) on November 26, 2008 for a two week tour of Tehran and other Iranian cities.

The FOR friendship and solidarity initiative, originally launched in December 2005, followed by subsequent delegations in May 2006, March 2007, and May 2007, began as a project seeking alternatives to the current political standoff between the United States and Iranian governments.

Also co-leading the November 2008 delegation is Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, a long-time peace activist and leader, co-founder of the Muslim-Jewish peace walk initiative in the United States and Canada, and co-founder of the Shomer Shalom Institute for Jewish Nonviolence. The delegation will also include a number of American Jewish leaders, including several congregational leaders and scholars.

This year’s delegates will meet with religious leaders, scholars, journalists, and representatives of Iran’s diverse faith communities, providing an opportunity for a diverse and representative group of Western peace activists to see firsthand the realities of life in today’s Iran. At the same time, they provide the opportunity for a wide range of ordinary Iranians to encounter citizens of the United States as we really are, beyond the stereotypes that define many views of the West.

The long term goal of the project is to facilitate the ongoing international and interfaith dialogue with the people of Iran, to nurture a different set of relationships with the American people and hopefully, in the long term, with the government of the United States of America.

The Fellowship of Reconciliation, located in Nyack, New York, is the nation’s largest interfaith peace and justice organization. Ramey served as coordinator of the FOR’s disarmament work from 1995 to 2006, and previously led or co-led FOR delegations to Iraq and Japan.

“This year’s trip follows our election of a new President, and with that there is renewed hope of our ability to counter the belligerent tone of the outgoing U.S. administration,” stated Ramey.

“MAS Freedom, through its human and civil right division and international advocacy work, will always strive to deepen understanding with the majority-Muslim nations in the world. We want to reinforce and strengthen our friendship with the Iranian people at this critical time in history.

“I understand that there will be many questions and issues related to this bilateral nation-to-nation-relationship, but our primary goal should always be the promotion of peaceful co-existence, deeper cultural understanding between the two nations, and a commitment to building long-term religious and institutional dialogue,” Ramey concluded.

MAS Freedom will provide a follow-up report on the delegation’s efforts in the days ahead.


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.



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