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Washington, D.C. – January 11, 2024 – Rahat Husain, Executive Director of the Shia Muslim Foundation, participated in a briefing today hosted by the White House Office of Public Engagement, alongside Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy Neera Tanden and U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Rashad Hussain. The briefing focused on the ongoing development of a National Strategy to Combat Islamophobia and related forms of bias and discrimination.

This briefing marks a significant step forward in the Biden-Harris administration's efforts to address the rise in hate crimes and discrimination targeting American Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs, and South Asians. The strategy builds upon the foundation laid by the United We Stand Summit in 2022 and the subsequent release of the U.S. National Strategy to Counter Anti-Semitism, which also acknowledged the need to address Islamophobia and other forms of hate.

"The Shia Muslim Foundation welcomes the development of this comprehensive strategy," said Mr. Husain. "Islamophobia has far-reaching consequences, impacting not only individuals and families but also hindering our nation's ability to live up to its ideals of inclusivity and equality. We are hopeful that this strategy will pave the way for concrete actions and meaningful change."

The briefing highlighted several key points about the National Strategy:

* Community Engagement: The strategy will prioritize engagement with affected communities, ensuring their voices and perspectives are heard throughout the development and implementation process.

* Long-Term Vision: The goal is to develop a strategy that stands the test of time and drives lasting change within federal government agencies, influencing their policies and practices towards communities facing discrimination.

* Addressing Specific Needs: Recognizing the unique manifestations of Islamophobia, the strategy will tailor its approach to effectively address the challenges faced by American Muslims, Arabs, Sikhs, and South Asians.

* Interagency Collaboration: The Interagency Policy Committee, established in December 2022, plays a crucial role in coordinating efforts across various government departments and agencies, ensuring a unified response to combat Islamophobia and related forms of bias.

The briefing also acknowledged the recent rise in anti-Muslim, anti-Arab, anti-Palestinian, and anti-Sikh hate incidents surrounding the conflict between Israel and Palestine. This underscores the urgency of developing a comprehensive national strategy to address these issues.

[December 7, 2023] - The Shia Muslim Foundation is proud to announce news of a meeting of Dr Sayed Razawi and Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados, amongst other notable individuals.

Dr Razawi, serving on Oxfam's Zakat board, had the opportunity to engage with Prime Minister Mottley. The conversation, led by the Prime Minister, focused on vital topics such as ethics, morality, and the challenges of xenophobia and colonialism's legacy.

This encounter provided a valuable platform for understanding and sharing perspectives.

Dr Razawi's presence at this event exemplifies the Shia Muslim community's commitment to global dialogue and understanding.

SMF extends our deepest appreciation to Prime Minister Mia Mottley for her willingness to engage in these critical conversations and to Dr Razawi for representing the principles of the Shia Muslim community with such distinction.

The Shia Muslim Foundation continues to support and encourage such engagements as part of our mission to promote peace, understanding, and shared ethical foundations across the globe.

About Dr Sayed Razawi

Dr Sayed Razawi is a respected Scottish Shia scholar, renowned for his commitment to addressing contemporary issues through the lens of morality and ethics. His work, particularly in the realms of interfaith dialogue and social justice, has been pivotal in fostering understanding across different cultures and beliefs.

November 14, 2023 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Shia Muslim Foundation (SMF) participated in the groundbreaking National Muslim American Leaders Convening at the United States Department of Commerce in Washington D.C. This historic event, attended by numerous Shia organizations including Shia Rights Watch and representatives from various Shia mosques across the US, marked a significant stride towards empowering the Muslim American community.

The convening featured a lineup of distinguished American Muslim speakers such as Small Business Administration's Dilawar Syed, Farooq Mitha, Director of the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), and Fayrouz Saad, Director of Public Engagement for the CHIPS Program at the Department of Commerce. Their insights and experiences added substantial value to the discussions and workshops.

The event's primary objective was to empower the Muslim American community by sharing crucial resources and knowledge. Workshops covered a wide array of topics vital for community growth and development, including entrepreneurship, acquisitions, federal procurement, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) implementation, business development, data & innovation, climate resilience, equity, and anti-hate community organizing.

SMF's participation underscores its commitment to fostering growth and resilience within the Shia Muslim community in America. By engaging in this platform, SMF aims to bring back invaluable knowledge and resources to help bolster community initiatives and projects.

"This convening is a testament to the strides our community is making in key areas of development and civic engagement," said a spokesperson for SMF. "We are honored to be part of this dialogue and look forward to implementing these insights within our community."

The Shia Muslim Foundation continues to be at the forefront of advocating for and supporting the needs and interests of the Shia Muslim community in the United States.

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