The interfaith community plays an active role in influencing
not only the opinions of parish members, but also those of key policy makers at the highest levels of government. MWC has
successfully established a presence within the faith community of the Eastern seaboard, and has enjoyed many important discussions
with faith leaders. To date, MWC has launched a regular women’s gathering dubbed the “Day of Prayers,” and
participated in several interfaith dialogues in conjunction with the American Jewish Committee, The Ecumenical Institute of
Spirituality, Manhattan Jewish Republicans, and the Washington Hebrew Congregation.
MWC has also been involved with Interweave, an community learning center dedicated to improving
realtions between different faiths by offering an array of classes. Our president, Dr. Tasneem Shamim, is co-presenting, along
with Mr. Robert Corin Morris, a program called Abraham's Children: The Stories that Birthed Three Faiths. The classes are
offered on Friday mornings during the Fall of 2004 at Christ Church in Short Hills.
Stamp Out Hate CoalitionMWC belongs to
the Stamp Out Hate Coalition, an organization started by the American Jewish Commitee. It is comprised of various ethnic and
religous groups working together towards a better understanding of each others cultures and perspectives. The Coalition
works throughout the year to organize an annual day-long conference. Previous topics include "Within the Silence", a
program about Japanese internment camps during World War II, and "Embrace Differnce and You'll Make One."
“Ilm” is the Arabic word for
knowledge, and knowledge dissemination is one of MWC’s key goals. As most people rely on their local libraries to provide
them with information, we have aimed to provide our libraries with literature that reflects the beauty of true Islam. As we
are not always able to donate books to a library, MWC also provides a list of recommendations that we hope will inspire the
library’s purchases. Click on Book List for a list of recommended books.
Garnering Community Support
The Muslim Women’s Coalition relies on the generosity and support of Americans
willing to reach a lending hand to someone in need. Most of our neighbors are just waiting for the right opportunity to give
their support. MWC is developing many different avenues for generous people like you to make a difference. To date, we have
launched our Web presence at www.mwcoalition.org, conducted our first direct mail effort, and held our first annual fundraising
dinner. These efforts have been remarkable successes, demonstrating the outstanding kindness present in our communities. Thank
you. We depend on your support to continue our efforts.
Outreach For the Greater Washington DC Area:
Regional Chapter's projected aim for the future:
purpose is to:
1.To develop understanding of culturally diverse population issues within the Muslim communities of Northern VA.
2.To network and develop a pilot program with the women of projected communities by holding regular meetings with
them in a casual atmosphere called "gup-shup" meaning chitchat.
3.To hold workshops accordingly with the help of Fairfax County and other professionals.
4.To act as a liaison with Fairfax County in helping these communities understand and benefit from the program offered
to them by the County.
5.And, to help the County Government understand what these needs are.
6.Develop awareness amongst the youth such as in the RT 1 community to focus on education.
We continue to:
1.Encourage county public libraries to buy books on moderate Classical Islam and displaying them appropriately
during the month of Ramadan.
2.Donating moderate Books on Islam to other interfaith agencies.
3.To serve as a resource for all Americans whether they are Muslims or other faith traditions to learn more about the
beauty of Islam as it unfolds during the religious holidays such as the month of Ramadan and Mawlud (celebrating the birthday
of Prophet Mohammed (Peace And Blessings Upon Him).
4.Voice Muslim women's concerns on social and religious issues by providing timely and relevant information to media
and research groups. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research interviewed Regional Director Uzma Farooq about
women's participation in faith-based social justice organizations. Voice of America also did an interview with Uzma Farooq
during summer of 2004 on her views on Islam as she practiced it in the US as compared to her country of origin.