Virginia Eid Gala 2016

Emerge USA Annual Eid Gala
“Engaging the Muslim Vote in 2016”

Voting expresses political choice and influences our elected leaders. Emerge USA chapters across the US are working to civically and politically empower American Muslims through programs and activities at all levels of government. For over a year, our Virginia Chapter has been building relationships, training constituents, and focusing on data driven strategies for innovative outreach.

Growing the voter base this Presidential election cycle is indeed critical, but representative governance requires the constant mobilization of communities in influencing local policies, which directly affect the well being of all citizens and continually strengthen our union.

There is a growing acceptance to the minority community now that has made sure to ensure good governance in their life that will help them to lead a better lifestyle to help with making sure that their life is a much better improvement on the one they had on their own country. This has interested many people to help them with helping hand.

There are donations given, that can help out with the way the minority community functions, making sure that they do not lose out on their life making up for the lost opportunities and time, in total providing a better opportunity that they came looking for. Much like a helping hand that can make sure to enable a better situation, lifestyle has been pushed above the given level and helps the life beyond borders.

It is good to have a peek here to understand the plans that are in store for the Eid celebrations that will definitely be the most wonderful opportunity of showing unity in the minority sections. It is a place where celebrations and good and enjoyable situations can emerge that will be best for the world. With improving world situation such gatherings have been the most influential and the best possible show of unity and power. It is a very auspicious occasion and has been the most suitable time to celebrate towards a new life.

We are dedicated to providing communities across America the tools to remain informed, more relevant and consistently engaged. As we celebrate this Eid, join us in recognizing our milestones as the Virginia Chapter of Emerge USA and share with us a vision for the future.

July 16, 2016 at 7pm – 10pm
Virginia Eid Gala 2016
7801 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22043
United States
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Who are American Muslims Supporting?

Who are American Muslims Supporting?

The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding released the results of their American Muslim Poll: Politics, Priorities and Prejudice in 2016.  You can see the data below that summarizes sentiments of American Muslims.

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September 23, 2015 3:40 PM

Candidate Ben Carson recently clarified – and doubled down – on this statements about Muslims by stating that Islam is “incompatible” with the Constitution and thus, Muslims are not fit to be President.


    September 18, 2015 4:41 PM

    Donald Trump affirmed a question from a town hall held in Rochester, N.H. where Muslims are a “problem” and that he was “going to be looking at that.” Emerge USA has issued a letter to the campaign to seek clarification and his position on American Muslims.


    February 15, 2015 12:00 PM

    In honor of #OurThreeWinners – Deah, Yusor, and Razan – and their beautiful commitment to love and service before they were taken away too soon from us, Project Downtown Fort Lauderdale dedicated Valentine’s Day to their memory.


    November 03, 2015 8:25 AM

    Today is Election Day Floridians! See the links below to the sample ballots of races in South Florida.  There are NO elections in Broward or Palm Beach Counties today.


    October 22, 2015 5:24 PM

    So, I’ve been reading policy and working on policy related issues for 15 years. Disregarding the fact I’m a nerd, I did it while with the Federal government for the first 14 years of my career.

    Theocratic Wave Hits Florida Shores

    My fellow Floridians your freedom  is under attack this coming legislative session. A bill will be introduced to the Florida House of Representatives next year that would allow organizations to discriminate against certain groups of people under the guise of a “sincerely held religious belief.“ House Bill 43, otherwise known as the Pastor Protection Act, is being sponsored by State Representative Plakon, a conservative Republican in Central Florida and is already making waves in the LGBT community. House Bill 43, “Provides that churches or religious organizations, related organizations, or certain organizations may not be required to solemnize any marriage or provide services, accommodations, facility, goods or privileges for related purposes if such action would violate sincerely held religious belief; prohibits certain legal actions, penalties, or governmental sanctions against such individuals or entities”.  

             If this bill passes it will be the latest in a series of attempts to undermine democracy and equal treatment under the law in the United States. Our founding fathers had a vision for this country that included religious freedom for all, ensuring its citizens had the right to practice their religious beliefs freely, not the freedom of discriminating against others because they don’t share the same faith. One of the  underlying principles of our constitution is the separation of church and state, specifically “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the exercise thereof”  was  written to ensure  no government entanglement of religion would take place, and no chosen faith our nation should be governed by.” The freedom of religion is incredibly important – that’s why it is protected by the very first amendment of the Constitution. By further enumerating the protections that the First Amendment provides, this bill could do more to threaten the intentionally-broad application of religious freedom than to bolster it.

    This is a slippery slope, the American Muslim community is no stranger to discrimination. Since the tragic events of September 11th, Islamophobia has run rampant through our halls of power, across our media channels and down our neighborhood streets. Presidential candidates doubt the merits of a Muslim president theoretically taking office, representatives in Congress and state legislators have introduced bills to ban the practice of shariah law in the false belief that the religious rights of Muslims will somehow supercede the Constitution, which is the “law of the land.” This bill serves as a guise of providing “additional protection” for religious rights, when it actually attempts to legislate religious services through vague language. Legislation does not need to be, or should it be, in our personal lives and in our religious rights as provided by the Constitution.

    In the pursuit of freedom and democracy, we are ALL Americans and this is another attempt to create vague legislation for rights that are already protected under the Constitution.

    We have plenty of situations that require attention in the current scenario. We can well be prevalent with such issues to bring the societies further than to create a topic for concern that essentially does not seem important in a big way. Other reforms can be well established that will help the people in need.

        Emerge USA is instituting a CALL TO ACTION to protect citizens across the state of Florida from Rep. Plakon’s discriminatory bill. Call on your State Representative to “Protect the integrity of our Democracy; and ask them to vote NO on HB43, the Pastor Protection Act.” Let them know that “we don’t need more legislation on the religious rights we already have under the Constitution.” If you agree that this bill is unnecessary, antagonistic, and fear-mongering at its finest, we need legislators to hear from you. Please sign this pledge in opposition of the so-called Pastor Protection Act and hold our government to a higher standard.

Emerge 2012 Annual Banquet: Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Emerge USA will be holding its annual banquet on April 21, 2012 at the Marriott Fort Lauderdale North.  The theme of the banquet is “Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders Today” with Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin of Teaneck, NJ and Comedian Ahmed Ahmed.

Success is everyone’s common goal. Whatever we do, we always seek success. We always have the reliability to learn and understand to excel in whatever we are trying to do. Dream and desire to the right ambition will automatically bring the success in necessary matters without any doubt. We have to keep ourselves focused on what we essentially require so that we will build a rich reputation for ourselves in the best manner possible. But, how do we drive towards the right motive? How do the nation and the government help us towards it all? What does politics do in this regard? These are questions like this left to be pondered.

We will have to find the answers to it. It is quite a sensible living that we need to search for. Answers come to us in the real form only through experience. We will have to experience hard to get a real feel about all that is getting around our lives. But, we cannot wait for ages to get the real feel of everything to essentially reap the benefits from experience. We have to get the right education and training in this regard to earn what we might get out of experiences.

Training and events have to be from the right source and with the right people. This is what really matters in the end. Life is all about how you succeed in life and not about how you pretend to make the real money. A right training source with experienced people with a good surrounding platform can be the best way to become a good leader. Investing in tomorrow’s leaders today is the current trending concept. When we have many responsibilities ahead, we will opt to choose to live in a coordinated fashion.

A good way of thinking will improve the decision making power and problem-solving capacity increases to a large extent. This will have to be offered at the cost of effective training. Have a peek into this website and you will get to know more. Regardless of whatever is being built, we will have to work hard personally and engage ourselves in doing the right things always. This will contribute to a successful path ahead to live a happy life.


Registration is at 7pm and doors open at 7:30pm.  Hallal dinner will be served and childcare will be available.

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Event date: April 21, 2012 07:00 PM
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EMERGE-USA Activisim

Emerge USA’s volunteers are calling Muslims across the state encouraging them to vote in this year’s election.

Emerge USA mobilized hundreds of Muslims to keep the Sunrise City Council from approving the building of an industrial dump site next to a mosque in Sunrise, FL.

Emerge USA’s coordinated a Statewide Voter Registration Day, where they registered 1,000 voters across Florida.

American Muslims on Gun Control, Income Inequality & Education

Emerge USA was present at the 2015 ISNA Convention #ISNA52Chicago this year! As a part of our effort to engage the American Muslim community, we took polls of attendees on Gun Control, Income Inequality/ Economy and Education.

Who constitutes the American Muslim community? America is today home to one of the most diverse populations of Muslims across the world. The home people who come from varies countries, ethnicities and different schools of thought. Most of the reports will let you know that the American Muslims are the recent immigrants into America but look at the demographics and that narrates a different story.

Today America has more than 3-6 million Muslims of which it is roughly believed that one third are African-American, one third are from South Asia, one-quarter of the American Muslim population traces its origin to Arab and the rest of the population are from the other parts of the world. There is also today a Latino Muslim population that is growing.

More than half of the American Muslim population was born in the UnitedStates of America and a percentage of this still continues to grow. The immigration has become less and the increase in number is because of the Muslim families that have settled in America and have started to have families here.

The main idea for Muslims to migrate to America was to have an economic opportunity and seek freedom. The American Muslim today forms a part of the middle class society of America.

You can see American Muslims working as doctors, newspaper vendors, taxi drivers, lawyers, athletes etc. almost every job opportunity may have a number of American Muslims employed. There are also a number of famous America Muslims that you can read about. Go to the website for the list of names of the famous American Muslims.

the American Muslims are civil, have become a part of the American community, and live in complete harmony.

The results are depicted below.

Emerge USA will be continuing to conduct these polls on the grassroots level to better understand American Muslim voter attitudes in our chapter States. If you would like to participate and share your perspective through this poll, please click on the infographic below to be guided to the appropriate survey.

It is time for American Muslims to write our narrative and define where we stand on issues that affect America so that Islamophobes don’t do it for us anymore.

Super Tuesday is HERE! What You Need to Know


Presidential Primaries in March 2016

Super Tuesday is HERE!

Super Tuesday is a date that a majority of States have their Presidential Primaries.

Regardless of party affliation – Democratic, Republican or Independent – the rules vary based upon your State.

It is the basic privilege of a person to select the candidate for their respective legislature making sure that their selection will be good and appropriate for themselves and help them in the best possible manner. There are options as to the candidates they should vote for and select them appropriately so as to help out in the well being of their nation. There is widespread thinking among the newer generation who are considerably reluctant to vote but it should be made aware that their vote counts.

There is a good reference required to make sure the candidates they are voting for are eligible to be voted up and able to uphold the position and this information should be good enough and voting should be done upon this content.

Be aware of whether you are in a open, closed or semi-closed primary State.

What is an Open Primary?

In an open primary, the voter has the choice to vote in any one party without being officially affiliated or registered with that party. Example: I can vote in the Republican primary even though I am registered as a Democrat. Also important to note, you cannot vote in both primaries- you have to pick one.

What is a Closed Primary?

You must be officially affiliated with a party to vote for that party. Example: If I want to vote for Bernie or Hillary, I have to be registered as a Democrat. If I am registered as an independent, I cannot vote for either/any of them in the Presidential Primary.

What is a Semi-Closed Primary?

The semi-closed primary is a hybrid of the open and closed primary process. In a semi-closed primary State, registered Democrats can only vote in the Democratic primary, registered Republicans can only vote the Republican primary and Independents have to choose one primary race – Democratic or Republican – to cast their vote. 

If you don’t vote, it is as if you don’t exist. Do your civic duty for you and your community and
get registered to vote today regardless of where you live!” Presidential_Primaries_Super_Tuesday_March_1st.jpg

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Emerging Leader

“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” John Maxwell

The Emerging Leaders Program builds a pipeline of ethical, well informed, diverse, and prepared individuals, ready to serve as civic leaders in their communities and across the state and country. At the end of this six-month program, participants are connected with internship opportunities within government and civics in order to utilize the skills they learned throughout their time in Emerging Leaders.

Why Apply?

College students often are often pressured to focus solely on textbook and lecture-led education; during the Emerging Leaders: Leadership Program retreat participants practice team-building skills in realistic, hands-on scenarios, as well as fostering lifelong relationships with like-minded colleagues and dedicated mentors.
All Emerging Leaders graduates are assisted individually to secure an internship in their field of interest once the program is completed.

Since there is a schedule as long as six months it is a detailed training with an aim to improving emerging students to be better leaders everywhere and in the situation for a much successful and better future. During this period of training, each person is given special preference and they are familiarized with their situation and helped out in their ventures checking their interests and making appropriate placement specific training. It is better to sneak a peek at this website before starting out just so as to stay prepared for this program.

Who Should Apply?

The Emerging Leaders program is looking for dedicated and motivated college age and graduate students from Florida, Texas and Virginia to participate in the 2015-2016 class of Emerging Leaders. Emerge USA is an organization that is dedicated to ensuring our country’s minority communities have the same constitutional rights, social privileges, and political opportunities afforded to all Americans.  Therefore, all applicants must represent an underrepresented community and be registered college students or recently graduated. Visit your State to see Application Deadlines.


The Emerging Voters program includes voter registration campaigns, absentee ballot drives, candidate forums, statewide phone banking and organizing early voting events. These activities create opportunities for candidates and elected officials to interact with community members so they can learn about and discuss issues that are important to them.

“Emerge’s voter guide provided all the information and was a tremendous resource in helping voters make an informed decision about our locally and nationally elected officials.” -Dr. Hajira Shujaat, 35, Orlando



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There have been a lot of debates lately about how Muslims arrived in the United States of America. The advantage of the immigration was many. This is not a question that is easy to answer because there are no official numbers of the Muslim population in the United States. However, as per the little data that we have the Muslims roughly make up around 1.1% of the total population of the United States.

The Muslims are not as high in number in the United States as the Jewish population, but it is estimated that by the year 2040 the Muslim population in America will outnumber that of the Jews. There is a lot of prevalence of Muslims in the demographic groups.

Muslims are not evenly distributed across the United States. There are some metro areas that have a pretty sizeable population of the Muslims. There are other states where the population is high and still other states where the population is very less.

The number of MuslimAmericanshowever is growing at a rapid rate. This could be because of a high fertility rate of the Muslim-Americans and also because of the migration of the Muslims to America which is continuous.

The religious conversions, however, do not have a lot of impact on the size of the Muslim population in the United States. This is because the number of Americans who convert to Islam is almost equal to the number who stops following Islam.

Most of the American Muslims today belong to other parts of the globe. This was particularly strong when the Immigration And Nationality Act was passed in the year 1965 that lowered the barriers for immigration causing many Muslims to immigrate from Africa, Asia and from other parts of Europe.

The share of the Muslims born in the United States is also high. This includes the descendants of the Muslim immigrants, those who have converted to Islam and the descendants of those who converted.

There is a similarity that is found out between the US-born and the foreign-born Muslims. The religious practices that they followed of the same level. But there are also some differences to be seen. The immigrants have a strong socio-economic stand than the Muslims who were born in the United States. The immigrants have more positive opinions to express about the place that they had in America.

Emerging Voters


The Emerging Voters program aims to make sure as many Muslim, South Asian and Arab American (MASA) voters as possible are educated on the issues relevant to them and are registered and ready to vote on Election Day.


The Emerging Voters program includes voter registration campaigns, absentee ballot drives, candidate forums, statewide phone banking and organizing early voting events. These activities create opportunities for candidates and elected officials to interact with community members so they can learn about and discuss issues that are important to them.

The political profile of the Muslims has been the same sense how it was a few years back. Muslims form a strong Democratic constituency. Many of the Muslim voters in America have a view that the immigrants are those who contribute to the economy of the United States and strengthen it because they are talented and hard working. Also, many are of the opinion that they would rather have a big government that offers more services than a small government will less number of services.

Most of the American Muslims also express that they have faith in America’s dream. Muslims are optimistic about the dream of America and that people can go ahead in life with hard work. This is what they believed even a decade ago. these Muslims believe that those who work hard can actually thrive and there is no question of chance success.

However, there has been one change that is highly notable in the view of the Muslims of America. They have started accepting homosexuality which matches the shift that has happens in the people of America. One would be surprised to know that American Muslims have accepted homosexuality and the share of those who accept it has more than doubled in the last five years.

The American Muslims prefer the Democratic Party and a very few of them prefer the Republicans. Even less in number are those that do not prefer any party. The composition among the American Muslims is hardly changed and they still have a strong view on the Democratic. It is true for Muslims that come from various backgrounds and countries. This is something that is interesting.

“Emerge’s voter guide provided all the information and was a tremendous resource in helping voters make an informed decision about our locally and nationally elected officials.” -Dr. Hajira Shujaat, 35, Orlando