Established in 1993 as a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, the Muslim American Society (MAS) is a dynamic charitable, religious, social, cultural, and educational, organization. Over the past two decades, MAS has expanded to more than 50 chapters across the United States. MAS offers unique programs and services that seek to better the individual and in turn, the greater society by imparting Islamic knowledge, promoting community service, engaging in political activism, and much more.
Over the past two decades, MAS has evolved into a nationally recognized grassroots movement. The organization is empowered by a unique chapter structure that is linked through a common mission and vision. Focusing on personal development of individuals through a comprehensive Islamic educational curriculum, MAS promotes active involvement in communities across the U.S. by providing opportunities for community service, interfaith initiatives, youth programs, and civic engagement. By cooperating and collaborating with other organizations, MAS has expanded its reach into thousands of communities across the United States.
As a grassroots organization, MAS gains its strength from its members and volunteers. Becoming a MAS member instills a sense of responsibility in an individual and provides a sense of community in the form of geographic chapters.
Membership entitles an individual to participate in the decision making process of their local chapter, to hold key leadership positions, and gain access to numerous resources provided by their local chapter and MAS National. Membership in MAS is open to all Muslims in the United States who are committed to the MAS mission and vision. A membership fee is required to sustain MAS programs. The majority of MAS activities and programs are open to the public, with some being limited to members to ensure sustained commitment and active participation.
What We’ve Achieved
- Recipient of a U.S. federal grant as part of the President’s Faith Based Initiative Program.
- Along with other national organizations, MAS participated in meetings with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to discuss joint efforts against domestic violent extremists, and to work with the government to address community concerns about DHS policies, such as racial, ethnic, and religious profiling at airports and borders.
- Trained over 1,500 federal, state and local law enforcement officers in an outreach effort to build healthy relations between law enforcement and the American Muslim community; Outreach Director awarded by the Justice Department for the quality of these trainings.
- First American Muslim organization to hold a Citizen Civil Rights Hearing on Capitol Hill which was co-chaired by the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Congressman John Conyers.
- Trained over 7,000 civic and community activists.
- Commended by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee for outstanding services through the “MAS Boots On The Ground,” a project that provided assistance for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
- Established MAS Service Corps, which holds an annual meat drive that provides food for shelters, food banks, soup kitchens and other social service groups serving the poor.
- Received recognition in local and national media for civic and electoral achievements through MAS Freedom’s Center for Civic Empowerment and the Voting is Power (VIP) program.
- Cited by CNN and other media outlets for positive programs dealing with youth on the key issues of extremism, violence, hate and intolerance.
- Presented at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne, Australia (December 2009). Plenary speaker at an international conference on nuclear abolition, peace, and sustainable development in New York City (April, 2010).
- Developed and distributed, for congressional staff members and representatives, the first American Muslim “Four Year Legislative Agenda.”
- Hosted a Muslim Community Action Forum with the Governor of Massachusetts with the attendance of over 1,000 community members.
- MAS leaders serve on the boards of a number of major nonprofit organizations and councils, including:
- Steering Committee of Religious Non-Governmental Organizations at the United Nations
- Harvard University’s Islam in the West Program, Muslims in Boston Survey,
- The Interfaith Alliance
- Inter-religious Council for Public Life
- Center for Jewish Muslim Relations
- Religions for Peace
- Interfaith Workers Justice
- Washington D.C. Mayor’s Office on Metropolitan Ministries
- The Temple of Understanding (hosted by the United Nations)