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Muslim Professionals Leading the Way
By: Nadia S. Mohammad and Moniza Khokhar

Bringing together the next generation of Muslim American professional leaders, the Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals (CAMP) held its annual conference this past weekend. Held in Princeton, New Jersey, the summit aimed to ensure that Muslim professionals build a strong, vibrant, confident, economically strong and well-educated network.

The day kicked off with keynote speaker Reza Aslan, author of No god but God, revving the crowd up with an energetic speech about the perception of Muslims in mainstream media and how young Muslims should take ownership of their identity to set things straight. Reza emphasized the importance of capitalizing on existing financial strengths and channeling those resources towards the betterment of humanity and in this way educating those misinformed about who Muslims really are. He particularly stressed the importance of breaking down stereotypes by communicating through the arts, such as music and film. >> Read More

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Bringing Muslim Professionals Out of the Shadows
by Rikki N. Massand

Since 9/11 knee-jerk reactions to Islam have been built into the psyche of many Americans. News of foiled domestic terror plots have only accelerated negative opinions. The proposal to build a mosque near Ground Zero seized headlines — and hatred — while plans to build one in West Windsor have already caused some to balk at the idea.

On March 10 the first of New York Congressman Peter King’s Congressional hearings on “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community” kicked off amid a frenzy of protests and outcries. Allegations were made that a modern-day witchunt had been launched. >> Read More

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