MPV Principles on Activism and Justice
We believe that freedom of conscience is not only essential to all human societies but integral to the Qur'anic view of humanity.
We embrace religious pluralism and the diversity of inspirations that motivate people to embrace social justice.We affirm our commitment to social, economic and environmental justice. We believe that the fullself-realization of all people, in a safe and sustainable world, is a prerequisite for freedom, civility, and peace. We support women’s agency and self-determination in every aspect of their lives. We believe in women’s full participation in society at every level.We endorse the human and civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) individuals.
We support freedom of expression and freedom of dissent, whether political, artistic, social or religious, even when that expression may be offensive and that dissent may be considered blasphemous. No one should be legally prosecuted, imprisoned or detained for declaring or promoting unpopular opinions.
We support efforts for universal health care, universal public education, the protection of our environment, and the eradication of poverty. We are committed to work toward societies that ensure social, political, educational, and economic opportunities for all.
MPV Ummah Canada Condemns Violence Against Women, Religious and Sexual Minorities in the Muslim World and Invites Action and Advocacy by The Office of Religious Freedom and The Government of Canada. See our statement, here dated, February 27, 2013, Ottawa, Canada:
In the name of Justice for a fellow Canadian - supporting Dr. Hassan Diab:
At Muslims for Progressive Values Canada we affirm our commitment to social justice. We believe that the full self-realization of all people, in a safe and sustainable world, is a prerequisite for freedom, civility, and peace.
We also affirm that justice and compassion should be the guiding principles for all aspects of human conduct. We repudiate militarism and violence, whether on an individual, organizational, or national level.
It is on that basis that we lend our support to Dr. Hassan Diab – an Ottawa professor and fellow Canadian citizen who is the subject of extradition from Canada to France. We stand by the views of fellow MPV Canada member and advisor, Asif Rehman in his correspondence to Justice Minister Nicholson, communicated as well to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Opposition Leader, Jack Layton, MP David McGuinty (Ottawa South), Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird, Foreign Affairs Opposition Critic, Paul Dewar, Liberal Foreign Affairs critic, Bob Rae, Green Party Leader, Elizabeth May and spokesperson for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Sukhanya Pillay. We urge MPV members to send similar letters on Dr. Diab's behalf.
Please click on this link to see Asif Rehman’s letter, dated June 22, 2011.
Statement re. Suspected Terrorist Arrests from Muslims for Progressive Values Ottawa - August 26th, 2010
In wake of the recent arrests of terror suspects in Ottawa, we at Muslims for Progressive Values Ottawa (MPV) support police and law enforcement agencies in their efforts to keep Canadians safe, trust that they have sound evidence to support valid charges against the individuals arrested and that all Charter rights of those individuals arrested have been upheld.
We welcome police talks with Ottawa’s Muslim community to encourage mutual understanding.
We encourage Ottawa’s Muslim community leaders to continue to encourage members of the Muslim community, the vast majority of whom are peaceful, to be tolerant and accepting of fellow Canadians of other faiths and/or lifestyles.
We denounce terrorism in all forms and stand by our fellow Canadians to maintain a secular, peaceful Canadian society and way of life.
Muslims for Progressive Values MPV Ummah Canada - Latest Media AdvisoryRe: Chiheb Esseghaier of Montreal and Raed Jaser of Toronto, arrested this morning and charged with conspiracy to carry out an attack and conspiracy to murder persons unknown for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group.
(Ottawa, Canada – April 22, 2013) - MPV Ummah Canada thanks law enforcement for its work to maintain the safety of Canadians and trusts our justice system shall uphold individual Charter rights.
As ordinary citizens who trust our trains and streets are safe for travel by our families, friends and neighbours, we are grateful to law enforcement for the discovery, interference and cessation of an alleged plot to endanger the lives of Canadians. We trust that our justice system shall swiftly provide the suspects with a fair trial and all rights as guaranteed under The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and that the outcome of such trial shall assist to ensure the safety and freedom of our society.
MPV Ummah Canada Condemns Violence Against Shia Muslim Minority Communities in Pakistan and elsewhere and Invites Action. February 27, 2013, Ottawa, Canada. At Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) Ummah Canada (www.mpvottawa.com ) our congregations and gatherings are places of unity without barrier, irrespective of gender, faith, sexual orientation nor are we divided by sectarian differences in Islam. We pray shoulder to shoulder with our Shia Muslim brothers and sisters. And we make no distinctions between Imams and Khateebs of Shia or Sunni sects of Islam, who are guided by unique but harmonious interpretations of sacred text. We are shocked and saddened by the multitude of attacks in the past year, against Shia Muslim minority communities throughout the Muslim world. The most recent escalations resulted in the death of dozens in Quetta, Pakistan, for the sole reason that these men, women and children belonged to the Shia Muslim minority population there. We condemn the attacks and stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with our Shia brethren all over the world and mourn the loss of innocent people targeted by violence for their faith. It is on this basis that we urge protection for Shia Muslim minorities everywhere, who remain the target of sectarian violence.We urge The Government of Pakistan to take measures to protect its Shia Muslim citizens and bring to justice in a court of law the perpetrators of violence. We call on the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) to require nation members, where Shia Muslim minorities are targets of sectarian violence, to do the same. As Canadians, we urge our Federal Government of Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, led by Minister Jason Kenny, to make Canada a safe haven for Shia Muslim refugees from Pakistan and other regions where communities of Shia Muslim minorities have been targeted by sectarian violence. We also call upon The Office of Religious Freedom of the Department of Foreign Affairs, its ambassador, Dr. Andrew Bennett and Minister John Baird, to advocate for the Shia Muslim minority groups who are targets of violence in the Muslim world.We call upon citizens of all nations to demand an end to sectarian violence. We invite the citizens of all western nations, in particular, to urge their governments to make their nation a safe haven for Shia Muslim refugees from Pakistan and other regions where Shia Muslim minority communities have been targeted by sectarian violence. “Whoever kills a human being…it is as though he has killed all of humankind.” (The Holy Quran, 5:32). Please click the link below for contact information to express your support for this statement:
MPV Ummah Canada signs on - please join us:
Activist Organizations and Inclusive Faith Groups in solidarity with Chief Theresa Spence and Idle No More, January 10, 2013 (Ottawa, Canada)
Dear Chief Spence: We are a group of organizations who support and embrace you in your struggle to seek justice and dignity for your community in Attawapiskat and First Nations communities from coast to coast to coast. To see the rest of the letter - click below:
On International Human Rights Day - December 10, 2012 MPV Canada raises awareness of three Canadians in prison in Iran and three individuals under our jurisdiction convicted under security certificates Why do human rights for all matter in Canada? Check out the following link and share: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/shahla-khan-salter/international-human-rights-day-canada_b_2268702.html
On November, 14, 2012 - Hamas launches rockets and Israel retaliates with Operation Pillar Defense, both killing innocent civilians. Should Canada support Israel or mediate peace? Write to your MP. Here is what Asif Rehman told Minister Baird:
MPV Canada's statement on the Tragedy at the American Embassy in Libya, in which US Ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Smith were killed and our condemnation of the violence, dated September 12, 2012:
MPV is against blasphemy laws in the Muslim world. We are relieved that Rimsha Masih of Pakistan is free and safe but Pakistan's blasphemy laws remain. Please see MPV Canada's letter to The Government of Pakistan to Free and Protect Rimsha Masih, Aasia Bibi and end Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws (email addresses included) the body of which you are free to copy and paste and sign and email to Pakistani leaders:
BAN ON THE BURKA? No. MPV Canada's position is here:
Can Islam Promote Human Rights and Peace? Yes.
The 4th Annual Ottawa Peace Festival is took place from September 21 to October 2, 2010 at St. Pauls University. All events are free to the public.
On September 27, MPV Ottawa was honoured to be seated with other faith and humanist peace activists on a panel hosted by Dialogue with Diversity and the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution. The topic: How Can our World Religions Promote Peace?
To read MPV Ottawa's submission on the Peace panel discussion, click here:
FREE THE THREE CANADIANS IMPRISONED IN IRAN
MPV Canada demands the Iranian Government release fellow Canadians SAEED MALEKPOUR of Richmond Hill Ontario, HAMID GHASSEIMI-SHALL of Toronto and Canadian/French blogger, HOSSEIN DERAKHSHAN. Here is our speech made at the Iranian Embassy in Canada, February 4th, 2012. Contact your MP and tell them that you care about what a Canadian passport is worth and write to Ayatollah Khameini and tell him the actions of his government are un-Islamic. Here is the link for the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDmGU9jjxDY
How can you take action? Check out this link - write to our Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ayatollah Khamieni: http://peoplewithoutnation.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/take-action-write-a-letter-to-stephen-harper-canadas-prime-minister/
MPV and The Arab Spring
Muslims for Progressive Values stands in solidarity with the protesters across Middle East as they continue to demand for just political, economic, and social reforms that have been denied them for far too long. We urge Arab governments and governments everywhere to respect the universal rights to freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom of assembly without resort to violence or provocation. As we continue to bear witness to the most significant uprisings the Arab World has ever seen, we pray for the peace and safety of our brothers and sisters in their fight for a brighter future, and for self-determination.
For more about Democracy in the Muslim World from MPV Canada - please check out Yahya Abdul Rahman's speech delivered on February 5th, 2011 at a dinner held by Canada's Tunisian community -
Regarding the Death of Osama Bin Laden. May 2, 2011
Based on the US report of the death of Osama Bin Laden Muslims for Progressive Values Canada issued this statement.
Osama Bin Laden must be remembered not as a representative of Islam but as a criminal who hijacked the faith of more than a billion people and helped to cause chaos throughout our world.
It is a further tragedy that during his lifetime Bin Laden did not see the error of his ways and find the authentic path of Islam which promotes peace and love.
We hope and pray that the ideology Bin Laden fought for shall be buried with him and Muslim and non-Muslim citizens throughout the world may be allowed to live in peace, with dignity and democratic freedom, regarding one another as brothers and sisters in humanity.
We honour the memory of the victims of 9/11 and all people of all faiths, men and women, young and old, in the West and abroad, who have died since 9/11 as a result of war and terror.
Muslims for Progressive Values Canada.
Anti-UN Demonstration on December 11th, 2010 at United Nations Headquarters, NY
MPV supports Mission Free Iran in its upcoming demonstration taking place on December 11th, 2010 at noon at United Nations Headquarters. More than one hundred women shall participate in a mock stoning exercise in protest of gender apartheid laws in many Muslim countries. For our statement click here. For more information see www.missionfreeiran.org.
4:135 O you who believe, stand with justice as witnesses to God, even if against yourselves, or the parents or the relatives. Even if he be rich or poor, God is more worthy of them, so do not follow your desires from being just. And if you twist or turn away, then God is Expert over what you do. The Holy Quran.
"Visit the sick, feed the hungry, free the captive." Prophet Muhammad. (Hadith al-Bukhari, Vol. 7, #552
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GENDER JUSTICE - SEE FREE OUR SISTERS PAGE
FREE HAMZA!! - AN URGENT PLEA TO WORLD LEADERS (french to follow)
On February 27th, 2012 we held a protest outside the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Ottawa demanding the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia free Hamza Kashgari. Watch it here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoYPOOSB5jw
Muslims for Progressive Values Canada and el-Tawhid Juma Circle: Toronto Unity Mosque support freedom of expression and freedom of dissent, whether political, artistic, social or religious, even when that expression may be offensive and that dissent may be considered blasphemous. No one should be legally prosecuted, imprisoned or detained for declaring or promoting unpopular opinions.
As such we denounce the order of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia for the arrest in Malaysia of twenty-three year old Saudi writer, Hamza Kashgari for publishing comments online via Twitter in which he portrayed an imaginary conversation with the Prophet Muhammad.
We urge Muslim organizations to join us in this call to stand up for human rights and for international world leaders to grant asylum to Hamza Kashgari, in the absence of which he may face the death penalty for apostasy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
We demand the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia quash the order for Hamza Kashgari's arrest and any criminal charges that may be pending against him. Any state enforced penalty, either for apostasy or for criticism of our Prophet Muhammad, runs contrary to the true spirit of Islam, the example of our Prophet Muhammad and spreads intolerance throughout the world.
We invite all human rights organizations, community organizations and individuals of conscience to join us in urging international world leaders to grant asylum to Hamza Kashgari and to demand, with the assistance of the international community, if necessary, that his arrest order and charges in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia be quashed immediately.
Check out our blog on the Huffington Post: "Muslims Must Rally to Save Hamza Kashgari" and more at:
Email leaders in Canada who can help including your MP:
Prime Minister Stephen Harper: email@example.com
Minister of Consular Affairs, Diane Ablonczy: firstname.lastname@example.org
Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird: email@example.com
Opposition Leader Nycole Turmel: firstname.lastname@example.orgL
Liberal Leader Bob Rae: email@example.com
Foreign Affairs Critic, Paul Dewar: firstname.lastname@example.org
MP Irwin Cotler (lib) has offered to act as international counsel to Hamza: email@example.com
The Malaysian Ambassador to Canada, Dato' Hayati Ismail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Canada , Osamah Al Sanosi Ahmad:
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Les Musulmans pour des Valeurs Progressistes (MPV) appels les associations musulmanes et les dirigeants internationaux à prendre position pour les droits de l'homme vis à vis de l'extradition en raison de l’apostasie du blogueur saoudien Kashgari Hamza.