The Crescent Report

August 31, 2009

MAHDI BRAY SPEAKS-MAS Freedom Answers President’s Call to Serve in Nation’s Recovery and Renewal

Filed under: Events, Muslim American Society, Serving — Tags: , , , — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 6:07 pm

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Muslim Americans to Participate in Development and Promotion of Faith-Based Community Service Projects

WASHINGTON, DC (MASNET) August 31, 2009 – In the ongoing spirit of ‘extraordinary people can achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools’, MAS Freedom (MASF) as the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS) joins President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in promotion of ‘United We Serve‘. The 81-day initial campaign, running from June 22, 2009 through September 11, 2009, is a national service with the aim of encouraging all Americans to participate in the nation’s recovery and renewal by committing to and creating community service projects. (VIDEO)

“Economic recovery is as much about what you’re doing in your communities as what we’re doing in Washington – and it’s going to take all of us, working together. I’m calling on all Americans to make volunteering and community service part of your daily life and the life of this nation,” stated President Barack Obama.

As part of the Muslim American community’s commitment to create 1,000 service projects before summer’s end, between now and September 11, 2009, MAS Freedom will sponsor no less than three major service projects designed to engage Muslim community members in service not only to the Muslim community, but to our interfaith and local community neighbors as well.

MAS Freedom’s projects will include:

Sponsorship of a major gathering in northern Virginia to discuss interfaith responses to the national health care crisis;
Organization of a community forum in Washington, DC emphasizing the role of Muslim and religious values in the call for justice in the workplace and support for the Employee Free Choice Act; and,
Organization of a summit for Washington, DC youth, youth service providers, and leaders on the issue of youth violence and hate.

MAS Youth and MAS Scouts will also be busy coordinating service projects in Iowa, Illinois, and New Jersey, fulfilling a variety of community needs ranging from distributing food and meat products to soup kitchens and homeless shelters, providing school supplies for children through the MAS Service Corps, and organizing a neighborhood clean-up in the Jersey City, New Jersey community.

In affirming the importance of faith-based voluntarism and interfaith service, MAS Freedom Executive Director Mahdi Bray noted that MAS as a whole “has taken community service as a cardinal principle of our faith, and sustained numerous programs that seek to provide help for all who need assistance, whether Muslim or not.”

Bray added that, “service in the Islamic tradition is rooted in the life and practice of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), who is our model for being caring neighbors to all.”

The summer 2009 initiative will culminate on September 11, 2009, a National Day of Service and Remembrance, but United We Serve will remain an ongoing initiative. The National Day of Service and Remembrance will recognize the summer’s accomplishments, honor those who died on September 11, 2001 by serving in their memory, and encourage Americans to make an ongoing commitment to service.

For information about specific MAS Freedom and MAS service projects, or to register a MAS service project in your community, contact the national office of MAS Freedom at (202) 552-7414, (703) 642-6165 or 1-888-627-8471. Inquiries can also be made via email by writing to info @ masfreedom.org.

RELATED:
VIDEO: United We Serve (UWS) Launch
UWS Tool Kits in English & Spanish
UWS Tips for Working with the Media
UWS Guide to Working with Media
UWS Sample Press Release
UWS Sample Media Advisory
MASF UWS Logo
UWS National Logo
MASF-VIP UWS Calendar of Events

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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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MAS Freedom
1325 G Street NW, Suite 500
Washington DC 20005
Phone: (202) 552-7414
or (703) 642-6165
Toll Free: 1-(888)-627-8471
Fax: (703) 998-6526
MASF on the Web
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