Muslim Peace Fellowship (Ansâr as-Salâm), founded in 1994, was the first Muslim organization specifically devoted to the theory and practice of Islamic nonviolence. We understand unarmed struggle in pursuit of wise, just, and compassionate social transformation to be the original and enduring genius of the Prophetic jihad. Part membership group, part think tank, and part movement builder, MPF is a gathering of peace and justice-oriented Muslims of all backgrounds who are dedicated to making the beauty of Islam evident in the world.
In the Generous Qur’an, God commands la ikrâha fîd-dîn: “Let there be no compulsion in religion.” (2:256) We hold that the beauty of Islam can only reach fruition in a conscious and voluntary global harmony – a world worth living in for everyone. We believe this is more than a dream: we have a chance.
A chance, not a certainty. Realization rests with Allah, not in human hands. Yet acting with intention is a form of prayer, and prayer may be accepted.
- To work against injustice and for peace in ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world.
- To affirm the commitment to peace on behalf of all Muslims.
- To explore and deepen our understanding of Islamic teachings about peace and nonviolence.
- To expose and transcend the vicious circle of religious stereotyping and false identity.
- To develop faithful and authentic nonviolent strategies for the establishment of sustainable social balance and the redress of wrongs.
- To reach out to people of other religious traditions to further mutual understanding and respect, and to build solidarity in the service of the planet.
- To work together with all people of good will to keep open the Straight Path between human conscience and the creator of the worlds.
Muslim Peace Fellowship pursues its goals through conferences, publications, service projects, teaching in academic and grassroots settings, speaking engagements, coalition building, and interreligious social action. And, of course, through interior work and prayer.
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Muslim Peace Fellowship is a member of the Fellowship of Reconciliation network.