Arts, Culture, and Humanities

MUSLIMS FOR PROGRESSIVE VALUES

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • www.mpvusa.org

Mission Statement

Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV) is an inclusive community rooted in the traditional Qur’anic ideals of human dignity and social justice. We welcome all who are interested in discussing, promoting and working for the implementation of progressive values — human rights, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state — as well as inclusive and tolerant understandings of Islam.

Main Programs

  1. Literary Zikr
  2. Officiant Services
  3. Islamic Choir
  4. Keep It Halal

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service areas

International

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ruling year

2008

chief executive for fy 2007

Ani Zonneveld

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Keywords

Muslim For Progressive Values

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EIN

26-1125983

Also Known As

MPV

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Islamic (X40)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Impact statement

Equality: We affirm the equal worth of all human beings, regardless of race, sex, gender, ethnicity, nationality, creed, sexual orientation, or ability. We are committed to work toward societies that ensure social, political, educational, and economic opportunities for all.

Programs

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Program 1

Literary Zikr

Most progressive Islamic thought remains inaccessible to the youth and through Literary Zikr, this project adapts scholarly writings into simple middle school English. By providing an alternative to the readily available fundamentalist interpretations that pervade the Internet, Literary Zikr will demonstrate, among other things, that Islamic values are consonant with American values.

Category

Education

Budget

$80,000.00

Population Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

General Public/Unspecified

Program 2

Officiant Services

We recognize that many Muslim women are now marrying outside
the faith, and gay Muslims seeking religious validation for their marriage. MPV offers officiant services in compliance with Islamic traditions
while respecting the non-Muslim tradition. We custom our services to your needs, offer a nikah contract, and a marriage certificate. Officiants are located in Los
Angeles, Atlanta
and Washington D.C.and will also travel.

Category

Religion

Budget

$50,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Female Adults

Gays/Lesbians

Program 3

Islamic Choir

For centuries music has been a form of spiritual expression in Islam. However as of lately mainstream Muslim communities in America have been expressing a more radical interpretation of Islam where women are not permitted to sing and in some cases, music is totally 'forbidden'. By creating an Islamic Choir we are countering this extremism. The music is classical with Islamic lyrical content that reflects inclusivity and our common values of humanity.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Budget

$170,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 4

Keep It Halal

Video is a powerful tool and Muslims for Progressive Values has learned that our video of a woman-led prayer has garnered over 1.3 million views. We know change cannot happen unless we challenge people to think. To do that we are developing a web series titled "Keep It Halal". We are utilizing the tools of cartooning, animation, digital vectoring and video to point out the injustices and the hypocrisy enacted in the name of Islam.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy

Budget

$388,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

service areas

International

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MUSLIMS FOR PROGRESSIVE VALUES

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ani Zonneveld

BIO

Ani Zonneveld, is
Co-founder and President of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), a 501 (c) (3)
founded in 2007. In the short years since inception, Ani presided over MPV’s
expansion to include chapters and affiliates in Los Angeles, Washington DC, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Columbus (OH), as well as Ottawa and Toronto, Canada. She has organized numerous interfaith
arts and music festivals, participated in many interfaith dialogues and is a
strong supporter of LGBTQ rights. She is the brainchild of Literary Zikr – a
project that counters radical Islam on-line and most recently MPV’s first book,
an anthology titled “Progressive Muslim Identities – Personal Stories from the U.S. and Canada”. Ani is a singer/songwriter/producer and
is the first woman to release an English Islamic pop album in the U.S., titled "Ummah Wake Up"
followed by "One". Her latest project "Islamic Hymns-
Celebration of Life" establishes a new musical genre. Ani performs wedding
services for mixed faith and gay couples and in 2006, she was named a Muslim
Leader of Tomorrow by the American Society for Muslim Advancement.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"Too often in Muslims in America are asked 'Where are the progressives amongst us?" Aren’t there any Muslims who are for women’s reproductive rights, for LGBTQ rights, for the separation of Religion and State?’ Muslims for Progressive Values has been in existence since 2007. Quietly and diligently we have been building our progressive community, one city at a time, and now one country at a time. In the short time since our inception in Los Angeles, we have expanded to include chapters in Washington DC, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Columbus (OH), as well as Ottawa and Toronto, Canada. We assert that Islam is inherently progressive, inclusive and egalitarian; an understanding from which our community is built on and that informs the ten principles of MPV."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ani Zonnevled

Muslims for Progressive Values

Term: Oct 2011 - Oct 2013

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