Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim 

In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

AMPD Empowers Our Community Through Civic Engagement

 

As Muslims, we are called upon by our faith to bear witness to the injustices around us. In a beautiful hadith of Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him), it is stated: “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his #hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his #tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his #heart - and that is the weakest of faith.”

It is no coincidence then that this hadith was quoted by our President-Elect, Joe Biden, at this critical moment in U.S. history as he seeks to unify our country. It is no coincidence this timeless message was broadcasted to Muslim Americans across the nation as a reminder of how to conduct oneself when one is a witness to the oppression of marginalized communities. When we neglect to take action when seeing evil, it is no coincidence our systems of justice and law enforcement begin to decay and fall apart.

This hadith is a testament of our faith that speaks to and symbolizes AMPD's core value of professionalism. As we reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his transformational leadership during the Civil Rights Era, we are reminded that professionalism does not mean standing silent in the face of human suffering. Professionalism is a call to action. Through AMPD's commitment to civic engagement, community service, and professional development, we believe we have a responsibility to call for reform of such systems not only to honor our faith but to honor the legacy of the greatest faith leaders across time and space.

In this new year as we are on the eve of welcoming new leadership, we are still facing old problems that have been plaguing our nation since its inception. We invite you to join us to continue empowering our communities through professional education, giving back to our community, and most importantly civic engagement. It is never too late to start, and it is our spiritual and professional responsibility to do so.

 

In the words of Dr. King, "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim 

In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

 

AMPD Counters Ignorance and Hate with Education and Service

 

As an organization committed to our core value of professionalism, AMPD’s mission is to provide a platform for professionals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to network, advance professionally, and serve our communities. Our members place a strong emphasis on building character through Collaboration, Humility, Accountability, Integrity and Respect. We believe these characteristics of professionalism extend to how we interact with all members of our community, inside and outside of the workplace. 

 

AMPD's vision, to elevate the professional experience for Muslims in Dallas/Fort Worth, has been impacted by the rise of Islamophobia on a local, regional, and national scale. Civil rights groups have reported several instances of hate crimes being committed against American Muslims resulting in our members feeling insecure in their homes, at their universities, at their workplace, and at their religious institutions. As a community, our lives, liberties, and abilities to access justice are increasingly being threatened by both private citizens and elected officials. At the same time, we are appreciative of the incredible support and solidarity shown to us by our neighbors and public representatives. The series of increasing negative events impacting the Muslim community at large in the United States should serve as a reminder of our responsibilities, and more specifically, what impact we should be having as American Muslim Professionals. 

 

AMPD has an ongoing commitment to investing in and engaging members of our community through our professional development programs, community service projects, and leadership and development initiatives. Since 2012, our members have built interfaith relationships by collaborating with local organizations, reflecting our interdenominational and interfaith commitment to social service. 

 

Join us again in elevating our professional experience and eliminating hate by continuing to do what we do best: serving our neighbors. While we face the challenge of Islamophobia in our communities, we are working closely with community partners to address these issues through positive collaboration, educational workshops, community service, and an ongoing commitment to interfaith dialogue and diversity.

 

After a successful Building Blocks for Professional Success event, our next community service project for our first quarter will be “Feed Their Legacy. Stay tuned for details on our charity selection and thank you for your ongoing support!

 

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Additional Resources for AMPD Members

 

We encourage our members to be vigilant and vocal if you experience hate or discrimination:

 

Your Legal Rights as a Student

 

Your Legal Rights as an Employee

 

• Feeling overwhelmed? Contact Muslim Youth Helpline (Confidential): 1.899.627.3342 – M-F 6 pm to 9 pm EST
 

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“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Thank you,

 

AMPD Executive Team, 2014-15

 

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AMPD Blog: Building Blocks 2015

 

New for 2015, AMPD will be hosting a recurring series of engaging events titled

"Building Blocks for Professional Success."

 

These events will be focused on bringing relevant content and activities aimed to elevate core, industry non-specific skill sets of our membership, while also providing a comfortable platform for professional networking. During these sessions, members will be able to connect with established professionals from a multitude of industries and get their perspectives on various scenarios and situations that occur in the professional realm.

Our initial "Block" entitled The Interview, will be centered on two areas: your resume, and subsequent interviews - regardless of industry and experience level. Esteemed guests: recruiters, division VPs and mid-level managers will be sharing their experiences about what works and what stands out. We will also host activities where members can get their specific questions answered. As always, our members will have the opportunity to network and expand their contact base in a relaxed atmosphere - look forward to a fun and unique activity at the beginning of the event!

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Aisha U-Kiu is an attorney and social entrepreneur who provides legal and compliance staffing and consulting solutions to law firms and corporations in her current role as a Division Director for Robert Half International. 

 

Aisha is the co-founder of the American Muslim Professionals of Dallas, a community networking and service organization, former Chair of the Dallas Bar Association's International Law Section, and is an active member of the DFW Muslim Bar Association. She most recently founded "Get Out The Muslim Vote - Texas" and serves on the national board for American Pakistani Public Affairs Committee's Texas Chapter.