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(Overland Park, KS, 1/27/2017) -- The Crescent Peace Society (CPS), a Kansas City area interfaith organization, was joined today by Kansas Interfaith Action, Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council, The Center for Religious Experience and Study (CRES), KC For Refugees and Hatebusters, Inc., in opposing President Trump’s Planned ‘Muslim Ban’ Executive Orders halting the acceptance of Syrian refugees and restricting immigration and travel from several Muslim majority nations including Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

 “These Executive Orders are expected to focus on refugees, immigrants and visa holders from Muslim majority countries only.  It is clear that this is the first step in implementing the President’s promised ‘Muslim Ban,’ effectively excluding people based on their religion,” said CPS President, Ahsan Latif.  “Predicating travel, immigration and refuge from harm on the basis of religion, or a religious litmus test, is un-American.  I grew up learning the American values of pluralism and freedom of religion.  The enactment of these policies threatens to turn our long held Constitutional values into just another set of alternative facts.”

This policy harkens back to another dark time in our history, when during World War II the United States turned away Jewish refugees seeking our protection and instead sent them back to Europe where many did not survive. “Refugees entering this country are already the most vetted of all people entering our borders,” said Latif.  “They undergo several levels of screening by multiple national security agencies before they are even selected as refugees.”

These orders will adversely affect American Muslims seeking to host their family members from overseas.  They would prevent citizens from aiding parents and grandparents seeking medical treatment and tarnish our image as a country that stands for the ideals of religious freedom and tolerance.  “This ‘Muslim Ban’ does not make our country safer,” said Latif.  "Instead it will be a propaganda tool for our enemies who portray America as the perpetrators of a holy war against them."

The Executive Orders claim to focus on nations with some unspecified correlation to terrorism.  However, the countries included do not have a record of committing terrorist acts in the United States (Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, for example, are not included on the list).  Additionally, statistics show that over 116 times more Americans have died from gun violence compared to terrorism (CNN: American deaths in terrorism vs. gun violence in one graph). "It is important to address the issue of terrorism, but it should be based on evidence and hard data instead of faith, race or national origin,” said Latif.

The Crescent Peace Society is a Kansas City area interfaith organization seeking to enhance the understanding of Muslim cultures through educational and cultural activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences among people of diverse cultures.  Its mission is to build bridges among faith communities, encourage dialogue, and promote justice and mutual understanding.

If there are groups interested in having a Muslim speaker meet with their congregation or organization regarding Muslims in America or Islam, they email a request to: crescentpeacesociety@gmail.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Crescent Peace Society: Ahsan Latif, President, 913-485-9218, latif.ahsan@gmail.com, Hibba Haider, Vice President, 816-309-8065, hibbahaider@gmail.com, and Advisory Board Member Mahnaz Shabbir, 816-213-2536 and mahnaz@shabbiradvisors.com  

Kansas Interfaith Action, Rabbi Moti Rieber, Executive Director, (316) 680-7381, mrieber@kansasinterfaithaction.org

Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council: Reverend Kelly Isola, Vice Chair, (816) 550-3475, kisola@me.com  


The Center for Religious Experience and Study, Reverend Vern Barnet, (816)753-1633, vern@cres.org

KC For Refugees: Dr. Sofia Khan, Founder, (913) 523-4113, zaims5@live.com  

Hatebusters, Inc.: Ed Chasteen, Founder, HateBuster@aol.com




 
 
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(Overland Park, KS, 12/20/2016) -- The Crescent Peace Society (CPS), a Kansas City area interfaith organization, today expressed solidarity with the people of Europe against yesterday’s terror attacks in Anarka, Turkey, Berlin, Germany, and Zurich, Switzerland.  

“Kansas City area Muslims express solidarity with people across Europe and join them in their concern and prayers for the innocent victims of this senseless violence,” said CPS President Ahsan Latif.  “These horrific attacks targeting a Russian ambassador, a bustling Christmas market and the prayer area of a mosque are examples of shocking and cowardly violence perpetrated in an attempt to further divide us.”

 

The attack on the Russian Ambassador in Turkey was reportedly in response to Russian involvement in the heartbreaking destruction taking place in Aleppo, Syria.  Although we join with many around the world that sympathize with the people of Aleppo, this assassination of a diplomat at a peaceful event is abhorrent and does not advance the cause in Aleppo. “This attack can only harm the innocent people of Syria and Turkey and will not do anything to help the families and children suffering in Aleppo,” said Latif.  Our prayers and thoughts are with the Ambassador’s family. 

 

The attack on the Berlin market is a terrifying disruption of the Christmas season for Berliners who should be preparing for the upcoming holiday instead of mourning dead and wounded.  Although police are working diligently to uncover the suspect and motive involved, the attack echoes another deadly attack in Nice, France on a peaceful crowd.  “Any ideologically motivated attack on Christians celebrating their holy days is an attack on the freedoms of all people to practice their faith freely and openly,” said Latif.  “Muslims and Christians share a special kinship in Islam as people who have received sacred scriptures from God, or ‘People of the Book’.  We are united by our love of Jesus and of his mother, Mary.  There is so much more that unites us than divides us.” 

 

In Zurich a gunman entered a mosque and fired at a group in a prayer room.  Two individuals were injured in the attack, but are expected to recover.  “These are the types of attacks that the deviant criminals who perpetrate terrorist attacks aim to foment,” said Latif. “Attacking people of faith in their places of worship is damaging to all.” 

Although responsibility for the attacks in Anarka and Berlin have not yet been determined, the so-called “Islamic State” or Daesh has been active in spreading terrorism throughout Europe in an attempt to provoke a civilizational war.  Daesh is the Arabic name for ISIS or ISIL which rejects the organization’s self-proclaimed status as the ‘Islamic State.’ Daesh has proven to be a monstrous organization whose brutal acts have no foundation in any faith or ideology.

CPS has previously joined with U.S. and World Muslim leaders by endorsing an open letter to the leaders of Daesh, refuting the ideology of the terrorist group ISIS and urging its supporters to repent and "return to the religion of mercy." The letter can be found at http://lettertobaghdadi.com.

The Crescent Peace Society is a Kansas City area interfaith organization seeking to enhance the understanding of Muslim cultures through educational and cultural activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences among people of diverse cultures.  Its mission is to build bridges among faith communities, encourage dialogue, and promote justice and mutual understanding.

If there are groups interested in having a Muslim speaker meet with their congregation or organization regarding Muslims in America or Islam, they should email us at: crescentpeacesociety@gmail.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ahsan Latif, President, 913-485-9218, latif.ahsan@gmail.com, Hibba Haider, Vice President, 816-309-8065, hibbahaider@gmail.com, and Advisory Board Member Mahnaz Shabbir, 816-213-2536 and mahnaz@shabbiradvisors.com


 
 
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(Overland Park, KS, 7/15/2016) -- The Crescent Peace Society (CPS), a Kansas City area interfaith organization, today condemned the horrifying terror attack in Nice targeting families celebrating Bastille Day.

“Kansas City area Muslims express solidarity with the people of France and mourn the many innocent victims of this senseless attack,” said CPS President Ahsan Latif.  “We condemn this horrific attack as we have condemned previous ISIS or ISIS-inspired atrocities as well as the deviant ideology that produces such shocking and cowardly violence.”

The attack in Nice comes on the heels of attacks in Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq and also outside the Prophet’s Mosque in the city of Medina.  “These attacks harm all of humanity, whether Christian, Jew, Muslim or those without faith,” said Latif.

Although responsibility for the attack in Nice has not yet been determined, similar attacks have been attributed to the so-called “Islamic State” or Daesh. “Daesh is the Arabic name for ISIS or ISIL which rejects the organization’s self-proclaimed status as the ‘Islamic State.’ Daesh has proven to be a monstrous organization whose brutal acts have no foundation in any faith or ideology.

CPS has previously joined with U.S. and World Muslim leaders by endorsing an open letter to the leaders of Daesh, refuting the ideology of the terrorist group ISIS and urging its supporters to repent and "return to the religion of mercy." The letter can be found at http://lettertobaghdadi.com.

The Crescent Peace Society is a Kansas City area interfaith organization seeking to enhance the understanding of Muslim cultures through educational and cultural activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences among people of diverse cultures.  Its mission is to build bridges among faith communities, encourage dialogue, and promote justice and mutual understanding.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ahsan Latif, President, 913-485-9218, latif.ahsan@gmail.com and Advisory Board Member Mahnaz Shabbir,816-213-2536 and mahnaz@shabbiradvisors.com


 
 
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(Overland Park, KS, 6/28/16) -- The Crescent Peace Society (CPS), a Kansas City area interfaith organization, joined with Muslims around the world in condemning today’s senseless and horrific attack at the Istanbul airport.

“We are outraged by these attacks on innocent people travelling to visit Istanbul, one of the most beautiful cities in the world,” said Ahsan Latif, President of CPS. “We grieve today for the victims and their families and applaud the heroic work of law enforcement in preventing the damage from being even greater.”

“That this attack takes place during the holy month of Ramadan, especially during the last ten days of the month which Muslims revere as a time for reflection and self-evaluation, demonstrates how inconsistent such violence is to the practice of Islam,” said Latif.

Although the identities and motivations of the criminals who perpetrated today’s attack are still unknown, Turkey has been targeted frequently by the so-called Islamic State for its role as a front line member of the coalition currently fighting to eliminate the terrorist group. “In this and so many of these attacks, Muslims were the targets and the victims of ISIS,” said Latif. “Muslims worldwide are disgusted by these evil acts committed by criminals who claim to share our beliefs. In the strongest terms possible we reject their violent ideology.”

The so-called “Islamic State” is often referred to as Daesh. “Daesh is the Arabic name for ISIS or ISIL which rejects the organization’s self-proclaimed status as the ‘Islamic State.’ Daesh has proven to be a monstrous organization whose brutal acts have no foundation in any faith or ideology.
CPS has previously joined with U.S. and World Muslim leaders by endorsing an open letter to the leaders of Daesh, refuting the ideology of the terrorist group ISIS and urging its supporters to repent and "return to the religion of mercy." The letter can be found at http://lettertobaghdadi.com.

The Crescent Peace Society is a Kansas City area interfaith organization seeking to enhance the understanding of Muslim cultures through educational and cultural activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences among people of diverse cultures. Its mission is to build bridges among faith communities, encourage dialogue, and promote justice and mutual understanding.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ahsan Latif, President, 913-485-9218, latif.ahsan@gmail.com and Advisory Board Member Mahnaz Shabbir,816-213-2536 and mahnaz@shabbiradvisors.com

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(Overland Park, KS, 6/12/16) -- The Crescent Peace Society (CPS), a Kansas City area interfaith organization, today expressed solidarity with the LGBT community in Orlando and condemned the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub.

“Kansas City area Muslims join with those around the country in shock and disgust at the senseless attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando,” said CPS President Ahsan Latif. “We are deeply saddened by the evil committed by this individual and reject any claims by the suspect or others that this action was justified by his religion.”
"Our concerns and prayers are with those affected by these terrible attacks," said Latif. "Our hearts grieve for the families of the victims."
Islamic organizations in Florida are calling for Muslims to respond to this attack by joining the community in donating blood to help save the lives of victims of the attack.
The LGBT community and the Muslim community have a shared status as minority populations in the United States and have collaborated and supported one another in their shared pursuit of justice against discrimination. Our cooperation on these issues stands diametrically opposed to the hatred and disregard for life demonstrated by the suspect of today’s shooting.
The Crescent Peace Society is a Kansas City area interfaith organization seeking to enhance the understanding of Muslim cultures through educational and cultural activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences among people of diverse cultures. Its mission is to build bridges among faith communities, encourage dialogue, and promote justice and mutual understanding.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ahsan Latif, President, 913-485-9218, latif.ahsan@gmail.com and Advisory Board Member Mahnaz Shabbir,816-213-2536 and mahnaz@shabbiradvisors.com
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(Overland Park, KS, 6/8/16) The Crescent Peace Society (CPS) will hold its annual interfaith iftar or fast-breaking dinner on June 11 at the Leawood Community Center.  The goal of the event is to share the experience of opening fast with the community and celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with neighbors and friends. 

"We value the friendship and support of our fellow Americans,” said Ahsan Latif, President of CPS. “In order to dispel misconceptions about our religion and what it is to practice Islam, it is our pleasure to bring people together to break their fast in the spirit of Ramadan.” 

This outreach effort is designed to enhance understanding of the Muslim experience in America and to help Americans of all faiths meet their Muslim neighbors by participating in a complimentary post-fast meal. Guests from all over the Kansas City Area have been invited, including local and state municipal officials, interfaith leaders, professors, activists and law enforcement officials. Expected guests include the mayors of Leawood and Overland Park and several members of the Kansas City refugee community. 

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is a special time for Muslims during which they refrain from food, drink, and other worldly pleasures from dawn to sunset daily. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, which serves as a spiritual and physical cleansing of the mind and body respectively. 

WHAT: Crescent Peace Society Annual Interfaith Iftar 

WHEN: Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. with the fast opening at 8:45 p.m.
WHERE: 
Oak Room at the Leawood Community Center (lower level of the Leawood City Hall, 4800 Town Center Drive, Leawood, KS 66211
To RSVP please visit crescentpeace.org

The Crescent Peace Society is a Kansas City area interfaith organization seeking to enhance the understanding of Muslim cultures through educational and cultural activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences among people of diverse cultures.  Its mission is to build bridges among faith communities, encourage dialogue, and promote justice and mutual understanding.

 MEDIA CONTACT: Ahsan Latif, President, 913-485-9218, latif.ahsan@gmail.com and Board Member Mahnaz Shabbir, 816-213-2536 and mahnaz@shabbiradvisors.com


 
 
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(Overland Park, KS, 3/22/2016) -- The Crescent Peace Society (CPS), a Kansas City area interfaith organization, today expressed solidarity with the people of Belgium following the horrific attacks in Brussels that left at least 34 people dead and numerous injured.

“Kansas City area Muslims express solidarity with the people of Belgium and offer condolences to victims of this senseless attack and to the families of the victims,” said CPS President Ahsan Latif.  “We are disheartened by this evil committed by criminals who claim to act in the name of our religion. In the strongest terms possible we reject their violent ideology.”

The attacks in Brussels come on the heels of terrorist bombings in Turkey where several dozen lives were also lost, including two Americans.  “These attacks harm all of humanity, whether Christian, Jew, Muslim or those without faith,” said Latif.

These attacks have been attributed to the so-called “Islamic State” or Daesh. “Daesh is the Arabic name for ISIS or ISIL which rejects the organization’s self-proclaimed status as the ‘Islamic State.’ Daesh has proven to be a monstrous organization whose brutal acts have no foundation in any faith or ideology.

CPS has previously joined with U.S. and World Muslim leaders by endorsing an open letter to the leaders of Daesh, refuting the ideology of the terrorist group ISIS and urging its supporters to repent and "return to the religion of mercy." The letter can be found at http://lettertobaghdadi.com.

The Crescent Peace Society is a Kansas City area interfaith organization seeking to enhance the understanding of Muslim cultures through educational and cultural activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences among people of diverse cultures.  Its mission is to build bridges among faith communities, encourage dialogue, and promote justice and mutual understanding.

 
 
PictureSyed Farrukh Shabbir, M.D.
First Place $500 Scholarship and Second Place $250 Scholarship for a College Bound Graduating Senior in 2016 (est. 2006)

Syed Farrukh Shabbir, M.D. was a physician who practiced in the greater Kansas City area for over 27 years. He was married to Mahnaz Shabbir and had four children, Ali, Adil, Abbas and Ahmed. During his lifetime, he was active in the community serving the health care needs at various hospitals, universities and in his own private practice as a psychiatrist.

In addition, he was involved in working with people of many faiths not just in the health care area, but also in community activities. Unfortunately, his life was cut short on January 22, 2006 at the age of 57 after fighting a debilitating autoimmune disease called wegener's granulomatosis.

In his memory, the family has started the Syed Farrukh Shabbir, M.D. Memorial Scholarship through the Crescent Peace Society. This scholarship will be awarded to a college bound graduating senior who has written the most compelling essay about the importance of peace and understanding in a pluralistic world. This 500-word essay contest is open to any graduating senior from a high school located in the greater
Kansas City area.

This is a blind essay. The judges will not know who has written the essay. In order to keep the essay blind, students need to submit their essay with the enclosed cover sheet. The essay itself should only include the Student’s ID number and the Student’s High School code (the code that is used on ACT/SAT tests). This information should be located in the header of the essay. The cover sheet should be stapled on top of the
submitted essay.

Essays should be mailed to Syed Farrukh Shabbir, M. D. Memorial Scholarship, P.O. Box 23175, Overland Park, Kansas 66283. Submissions are due by April 30, 2016.

The winners will be announced the first week of May and awarded at the student’s high school awards ceremony. The winners will also be guests to the annual Crescent Peace Society dinner held on August 6, 2016. If they are not able to attend, then a 2 minute video will need to be submitted.

For more information, please contact Mahnaz Shabbir at 816.213.2536, Mahnaz@shabbiradvisors.com.
Instructions for the Scholarship can be found here: Syed Farrukh Shabbir Memorial Scholarship 2016

 
 
Syed Farrukh Shabbir, M.D. Memorial Scholarship
First Place $500 Scholarship and Second Place $250 Scholarship for a College Bound
Graduating Senior in 2014 (est. 2006)
Syed Farrukh Shabbir, M.D. was a physician who practiced in the greater Kansas City
area for over 27 years. He was married to Mahnaz Shabbir and had four children, Ali,
Adil, Abbas and Ahmed. During his lifetime, he was active in the community serving the
health care needs at various hospitals, universities and in his own private practice as a
psychiatrist.
In addition, he was involved in working with people of many faiths not just in the health
care area, but also in community activities. Unfortunately, his life was cut short on
January 22, 2006 at the age of 57 after fighting a debilitating autoimmune disease called
wegener's granulomatosis.
In his memory, the family has started the Syed Farrukh Shabbir, M.D. Memorial
Scholarship through the Crescent Peace Society. This scholarship will be awarded to a
college bound graduating senior who has written the most compelling essay about
the importance of peace and understanding in a pluralistic world. This 500-word
essay contest is open to any graduating senior from a high school located in the greater
Kansas City area.
This is a blind essay. The judges will not know who has written the essay. In order to
keep the essay blind, students need to submit their essay with the enclosed cover sheet.
The essay itself should only include the Student’s ID number and the Student’s High
School code (the code that is used on ACT/SAT tests). This information should be
located in the header of the essay. The cover sheet should be stapled on top of the
submitted essay.
Essays should be mailed to Syed Farrukh Shabbir, M. D. Memorial Scholarship, P.O.
Box 23175, Overland Park, Kansas 66283. The deadline is April 30, 2015.
The winners will be announced the first week of May and awarded at the student’s high
school awards ceremony. The winners will also be guests to the annual Crescent Peace
Society dinner held in the fall. If they are not able to attend, then a 2 minute video will
need to be submitted.
For more information, please contact Mahnaz Shabbir at 816.213.2536,
Mahnaz@shabbiradvisors.com.

 
 
(Overland Park, KS., 2/18/2015) -- The Crescent Peace Society (CPS), a Kansas City area interfaith organization, today reiterated its condemnation of the ISIS terrorist group following the killing of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.  CPS also condemned two deadly attacks in Denmark, one at a free speech event and the other targeting a synagogue.

"Today Kansas City Area Muslims join with Muslims around the world in denouncing the shocking murder of Egyptian Coptic Christians by Daesh,” said CPS President Ahsan Latif. Daesh is the Arabic name for ISIS or ISIL which rejects its self-proclaimed status as the “Islamic State.”  “Daesh has proven to be a monstrous organization whose brutal acts have no foundation in any faith or ideology."

“In the same breath we condemn the attacks on people of faith and freedom of speech in Denmark. Such violent extremism is inexcusable and Muslims stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters and their right to practice religion peacefully and freedom to speak freely.” 

In Islamic hadith (the record of the deeds and practices of the Prophet Muhammad), the Prophet strongly warned against maltreatment of people of other faiths. He said: “Beware! Whoever is cruel and harsh toward a non-Muslim minority, or curtails their rights, or burdens them with more than they can bear, or takes anything from them against their free will; I (Prophet Muhammad) will complain against that person on the Day of Judgment.” (Abu Dawud).  

CPS has previously joined with U.S. and World Muslim leaders by endorsing an open letter to the leaders of Daesh, refuting the ideology of the terrorist group ISIS and urging its supporters to repent and "return to the religion of mercy." The letter can be found at http://lettertobaghdadi.com.

 The Crescent Peace Society is a Kansas City area interfaith organization seeking to enhance the understanding of Muslim cultures through educational and cultural activities involving the exchange of ideas and experiences among people of diverse cultures.  Its mission is to build bridges among faith communities, encourage dialogue, and promote justice and mutual understanding.

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