About Crescent Peace Society
The Crescent Peace Society is a not for profit organization established in 1996. The Society was formed by a small group of committed Muslims from the Greater Kansas City area after the Oklahoma City bombing. This painful event in Oklahoma affected not only the victims and their families, but also our entire nation. For the Muslim community, it affected our children who were afraid to attend their schools while much misinformation was spread about who committed this heinous crime.
It was after that traumatic event when that we felt that there was an absolute need for the Muslims living in America to enhance the understanding within the communities we live in about who we are and what we stand for. We are not the negative images portrayed in the media. The news tends to focus on sensational and controversial stories. We realized that we needed to reach out at the local level. Since 1996, the Crescent Peace Society has worked within the Greater Kansas City community through a series of organized, educational and cultural interactions with other faiths and the media. We have been invited to speak at many churches, synagogues, community events and radio talk shows.
The events of 9/11 were another monumental moment for the America and the American Muslim community. Harming innocent lives is barbaric and is not justified by any cause, any group or any religion. The Crescent Peace Society condemned this act. Unfortunately, we found the work that had been accomplished since 1996 was not enough to stop the hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in our community. The Greater Kansas City didn’t have as many hate crimes reported as other major cities, but nonetheless we had them. Demand for Muslim speakers increased, as non-Muslims wanted to understand our faith, Islam. We have tried our best to put correct information in place. We have tried our best to show positive American Muslim role models. Our request to our Muslim brothers and sisters is that we need your help in building bridges with our non-Muslim brothers and sisters. America is our country. We all need to be active and involved.
Our annual Ramadan Eid Dinners have become a permanent fixture in the Greater Kansas City area. At these events we gather with Muslims and non-Muslims to celebratE Eid-ul-Fitr—a day that marks the end of the 30-day fasting period in the holy month of Ramadan. We have organized and encouraged service projects especially for our young members in the Muslim community. We want to show our children and the citizens of Greater Kansas City, that we are civic-minded, law abiding, socially conscience American Muslims.
We have had many successes thanks to many prominent Muslims and non-Muslims for their efforts in sharing our Mission. To each one of them, we thank you. As events around the world affect our lives in America, there is much more work to be done. With Allah’s (God’s) help, the Crescent Peace Society will continue our mission. Inshallah (God willing). The Board and the Executive Committee of Crescent Peace Society invite you to join the Society’s cause for propagating a better understanding and awareness of different Muslim cultures and for peace and harmony all over the world. Membership is open to all US residents or citizens of any religious affiliation or culture.
Executive Board Members
Ahsan A. Latif - President
Dr. Hibba Haider - Vice President
Aqsa Choudhry - Secretary
Dr. Shahid Umar - Treasurer
Dr. Iftekhar Ahmed
Immediate Past President:
Mohammad Khurram Qureshi
Advisory Board Members: