Muslims for Progressive Values – DC Annual Iftar

Join Muslims for Progressive Values’s (MPV) DC chapter at our annual iftar dinner on Friday, May 25. This year we will be joined by Islamic scholar and theologian Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed. Our iftar is an interfaith gathering of people from diverse backgrounds. Come learn about all the amazing work MPV has been doing and enjoy some great food!

Prior to the iftar, we will be hosting the first workshop in our Inclusive Islam Series, featuring Imam Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed. This workshop will explore the ways in which sacred Islamic texts can be read to affirm the rights of all individuals, with a particular emphasis on LGBTQI rights and Islam’s inherent values of inclusivity and justice. The purpose of this workshop is to challenge the dominant homophobic, sexist, and overall discriminatory teachings of Islam with an emboldening interpretation that emphasizes inclusivity, equality, human rights, and social justice. The strategy includes providing an Islamic human rights language of inclusivity and equality to scholars, legal professionals, and media representatives with the expectation that these influencers will facilitate further dialogue concerning these topics through their networks and the greater public (i.e. students, through public policy/court cases, in the media).

The workshop will take place right before the program for the iftar begins (from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm) at the Human Rights Campaign building (1640 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036).

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Muslims for Progressive Values aims to create inclusive spaces of worship that are welcoming to all – regardless of a person’s gender identity, or sexual orientation. We welcome our partners, friends, and families to participate in prayer that holds great significance in our traditions and rituals. Prayer can be immensely powerful, healing, and nourishing. With these thoughts in mind, every person is invited to participate in the salaat (prayers).

The following are our guidelines in creating inclusive spaces of worship:

● We pray in mixed congregation. Please stand wherever you feel most comfortable. People are welcome to pray side-by-side and next to one another, regardless of gender. We are one community.

● Ours is a gender-equal space and people of all gender identities are encouraged and welcome to lead prayer. Additionally, we encourage those who have not had the opportunity to lead in other spaces, to take advantage of those opportunities. We understand that every human being has spiritual agency.

● Ours is a non-denominational space. Folks are welcome and encouraged to lead according to the tradition of their sect, Sunni, Sufi, Shi’a or otherwise. This is part of how we come to know and experience the diversity in our community.

● We pray wearing whatever clothing as decided by the individual. As an inclusive community we do not judge each other.

● Whether you pray regularly or not, we invite you to this open and welcoming space. If it has been a while, you are welcome to join us.

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Learn more about MPV at www.mpvusa.org or connect with us at http://www.meetup.com/DC-MPV-USA.

  • Category: Ramadan 2018
  • Date: May 25, 2018
  • Location: Human Rights Campaign 1640 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia

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