#NotInMyName- Muslims Respond

IT Building, Room 152, IUPUI, 535 W Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN


In a time when “the deviants,” the unrepresentative Muslim (approx. 0.01%) receive an unfair percentage of the media’s valuable and influential space, very few people have access to know the Muslims living, breathing, working and sharing the ecosystem that is the United States. Like most things, the trouble lies in the narrowness of our perception, as well as where we first obtain our information on what have become politicized subjects. Join us as we engage in conversation with fellow American Muslims Salam Al-Marayati, Ahmed Young and Dania Saltagi as they share their personal narratives to stand above the sloganeering and chaos caused by religious radicals, soldiers of self-immolation and destruction, and of course, fear mongering politicians.

Why now? It is high time the good people of the world, from all faiths and denominations work together to benefit mankind, through knowledge and good actions. We hope this platform offers a place to meet, a place to learn, a place where all of us can stand in solidarity high above the bigoted perceptions of our beloved country, the United States.

Speakers: Salam Al-Marayati; Muslim Public Affairs Council; Ahmed Young, Office of Mayor Hogsett; and Dania Saltagi, Butler University Student.

About the Speakers:

salam-al-marayatiSalam Al- Marayati, President of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, is an expert on Islam in the West, Muslim reform movements, human rights, democracy, national security, and Middle East politics. He has spoken at the White House, Capitol Hill and represented the U.S. at international human rights and religious freedom conferences.

His writings have appeared in every major national news publication (including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times), and his interviews have been featured on national and international news outlets (including CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and C-SPAN).

Because he believes that community development is essential to fully integrating Muslims within America’s pluralism, Salam has facilitated hundreds of civic engagement workshops around the country—from rooms of five people to conference halls of hundreds.

Salam is an adjunct faculty member at Bayan Claremont, a board member of the Muslim Reform Institute, and an advisor to several political, civic, and academic institutions seeking to understand the role of Islam and Muslims in America and throughout the world. Deeply involved in interfaith activities, Salam was co-chair of the Interfaith Coalition to Heal Los Angeles, which formed in the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles uprisings.

Young-AhmedAhmed Young, Director of Education Innovation, made the transition from teacher to lawyer after realizing a legal career could help him in his quest for equality and making the community a better place. He spent time working with repeat juvenile offenders in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office before joining Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, where he also served as second vice president at Bose Public Affairs Group, before being recruited by Mayor Joe Hogsett.



Screen Shot 2016-04-28 at 4.00.57 PMDania Saltagi, senior at Butler University, is among the top 100 students there. She is bilingual in Arabic and English and majoring in pre-health. She plans to earn a master’s degree to become a Physician Assistant. The Fishers native wants to specialize in cardiology and work at an Indianapolis hospital. When she isn’t at school studying, she keeps herself busy by volunteering at Trinity Free Clinic and being involved with interfaith activities on campus and within the Indianapolis community.



Registration is free but requested: HERE

Free parking vouchers will be provided. 

This event is brought to you by the Desmond Tutu Center, the Islamic Society of North America, Butler University Muslim Students Association and IUPUI Muslim Students Association.

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