As our nation recently commemorated the historic 10th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11, several Muslim Public Service Network alumni across the country recognized this meaningful day by participating in a variety of events in their local areas, including commemorative and interfaith services and dialogues and community service projects.
In the Midwest, Detroit-area alumni from MPSN classes several years apart (1995 and 2008) met for the first time while participating in a large service project organized by a variety of local organizations in response to President Obama's National Call for Service. These local alumni were a few of the over 600 individuals from diverse backgrounds who participated in service projects in Detroit as part of this event (such as making food packages for home-bound seniors and providing art supplies to local schools) and in follow-up dialogues during the Acts of Kindness Commemorative Service Event
On the West Coast, some alumni in the Bay Area participated in an interfaith commemorative event organized by the Muslim Community Association and others in the area which incorporated reflection on how to move from fear to friendships and greater mutual understanding and respect.
On the East Coast, in Boston a recent aluma of the MPSN program (class of 2011) participated in an interfaith prayer service which brought together several other students on her campus at Tufts University.
And finally in Washington, D.C., the city of course which not only annually hosts the MPSN program but also retains several of its graduates, alumni from a range of classes came together to participate and volunteer with the two very prominent events: United We Stand: One Nation, One Destiny, a historic conference featuring a number of distinguished speakers to address some of the many critical issues facing our nation since 9/11; and the 9/11 Unity Walk, a powerful annual interfaith tradition which has received endorsement from several global leaders, including Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. This year, notable Muslim-American leaders such as Mohamed Magid, president of ISNA, and Hamza Yusuf were also involved.
MPSN alumni and former staff volunteering in Washington, D.C. at the 9/11 Unity Walk take a photo with Hamza Yusuf, who also participated in the prominent event.
This 10th year commemoration reminds us of the positive influence MPSN alumni have bring to their areas nationwide and presents an important opportunity for us all to renew our commitment to improving our own communities and to improving the lives of others through sustained and meaningful service.