American Muslims Form Organization in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — American Muslims in the Washington, D.C. area announced Aug. 5 the formation of the American Muslim Institution, a nonprofit organization to provide reliable information and advice to public and policy makers on Islam and Muslims.

“We need constructive solutions to current and emerging problems emanating from wrong perceptions and misinformation about Islam and Muslims in America," Dr. Islam Siddiqui, Indian American president of the newly-formed institution, stated in a press release.

“Our mission is to work for a world of co-existence through inclusiveness and participation. As a member of a diverse family of faiths, our efforts will be directed towards justice and equality to attain peace for Americans with a firm grounding in commonly held values,” Siddiqui added.

Siddiqui is a former U.S. Under Secretary of Agriculture and Chief Agricultural Negotiator and was the highest ranking American Muslim in the United States government under the Clinton and Obama administrations.

Details of the official launch will be announced in the near future.