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Veterans and Muslims Stand Together: A Conversation on Ending Anti-Muslim Bigotry

January 29, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm


Veterans for American Ideals, a project of Human Rights First, in partnership with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Center of Baltimore, warmly invites you to participate in a conversation about unity, service, and ending anti-Muslim bigotry.

When U.S. military veterans took their oath to defend this country and its values, they did so without regard to any specific race, creed, or religion. Freedom of religion and equality are not only ideals cherished by the nation as a whole; they are embodied in the service members who fight to protect it. American Muslims have been faithfully serving in the United States military since its founding, and many have given their lives for their country.

Now, veterans of all faiths, including Muslim veterans, are speaking out against the resurgence of bigotry being heard in today’s national dialogue. We proudly host these veterans as they address a problem once posed by Dr. Martin Luther King:

“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don't know each other; they don't know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

Schedule of Events

3:00 - Recitation of Holy Quran with translation

3:05 - Opening remarks

3:10 - Keynote speakers

3:40 - Panel discussion and audience Q/A

4:25 - Closing remarks

4:30 - Refreshments


Dr. Faheem Younus

Dr. Faheem Younus is senior fellow at the Hoffberger Center for Ethics at the University of Baltimore and a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland. In post 9/11 America, where Islam is a source of intrigue to some and angst to others, Dr. Younus initiated a dialogue surrounding Muslim and American values. That dialogue led to the birth of his blog——where you can find his archived works. Dr. Younus is the National Youth President at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Center.

Scott Cooper

Scott Cooper is the founder of Veterans for American Ideals and the director of national security outreach at Human Rights First, where he leads efforts to build partnerships with members of the military and national security communities as well as national security focused think tanks and research institutions. Prior to joining Human Rights First, Scott spent a career in the Marine Corps. He flew the EA-6B Prowler, serving five tours in Iraq, two in Afghanistan, one in Europe, and one in the Western Pacific. He flew the Bosnian and Iraqi no-fly zones, the Kosovo air campaign, and in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He also served on the ground as a forward air controller in Iraq and Afghanistan. He commanded an EA-6B Prowler squadron and finished his career as speechwriter to the head of Marine Corps Aviation.


Mansoor Shams

Mansoor Shams is a U.S. Marine veteran, business owner, and Muslim youth leader. Mansoor served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he attained the rank of corporal and received several honors including a meritorious promotion, Marine of the Quarter and Certificate of Commendation. He has been featured by the BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Buzzfeed News, and more. Mansoor holds a master's degree in government, with an emphasis on national security studies, and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Sarah Feinberg

Sarah Feinberg is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served from 2007-2012. She served as the operations and logistics officer for a battalion of nine hundred marines and sailors and was recognized as the junior Marine Corps officer of the year by the Reserve Officer Association. After leaving the Marine Corps, she served as a lead associate at Booz Allen Hamilton working on financial operations and corporate strategy. She is now a senior financial analyst at The Washington Post.

Veterans for American Ideals, a project of Human Rights First, is a nonpartisan group of veterans who share a belief that America is strongest and most secure when its policies and actions match its ideals. We dedicated parts of our lives to our country as citizen-soldiers, and we believe that honor, courage, commitment, duty, and country are not just words, but values that embody our service and our entire nation. After taking off the uniform, we seek to continue serving our country by advocating for policies that are consistent with the ideals that motivated us to serve in the first place.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to endorse a separation of mosque and state. Over a century ago Ahmadas taught his followers to protect the sanctity of both religion and government by becoming righteous souls as well as loyal citizens. He cautioned against irrational interpretations of Quranic pronouncements and misapplications of Islamic law. He continually voiced his concerns over protecting the rights of God’s creatures. Today, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community continues to be an advocate for universal human rights and protections for religious and other minorities. It champions the empowerment and education of women. Its members are among the most law-abiding, educated, and engaged Muslims in the world.


Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Bait Us Samad Mosque

7302 Philadelphia Road

Rosedale, MD