Mohamed Magid appointed to US Commission on International Religious Freedom

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Imam Mohamed Magid, executive religious director of a mosque in Northern Virginia and a leader in interfaith relations, has been appointed to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Magid said he received a message from the White House that his appointment was official on Wednesday.

“I look forward to working with the wonderful commission members and staff of the International Religious Freedom Commission to advance religious freedom around the world and be the voice of the voiceless,” he said this week. .

The bipartisan commission, an independent watchdog, publishes an annual report on global religious freedom and the deterioration of human rights. Its members go on fact-finding trips and make recommendations to the State Department on which countries most violate religious freedom.

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President Biden announced his intention to appoint Magid as commissioner on July 1, after which Magid said he was “honored and humbled.”

“It is indeed a divine privilege to work with others to ensure that every person has the right to freely practice their beliefs,” Magid, 57, said in a statement posted on his Facebook page at the time.

He succeeds Khizr Khan, a Gold Star father who was recently awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom and served as commissioner from August 2021 until May this year.

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Commission President Nury Turkel welcomed Magid’s appointment.

“We warmly welcome the appointment of Mohamed Magid to the Commission,” Turkel said in a statement. “His breadth and depth of experience on a range of international religious liberty issues will be a tremendous asset to USCIRF in the future.”

Magid, originally from Sudan, is the Executive Imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center and has worked with the United Nations Development Program to train imams dealing with extremism and violence against religious minorities in West Africa. West and East.

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Former president of the Islamic Society of North America and current co-chair of Religions for Peace, Magid has played a key role in numerous declarations and dialogues bringing together world leaders of different faiths, including the 2016 Marrakech Declaration, unveiled in 2016 in Morocco. .

“I hear each other’s perspective and then we can come away with a common understanding of what’s unique about an issue,” he told the University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. of Georgetown in an interview in January. “The challenge is to make sure that at the end of our discussion or our conference, someone will say, ‘We want to take this to the next level.'”

Magid is also the co-founder of the Multi-faith Neighbors Network, which seeks to foster relationships between evangelical Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities, and was recently named a thought leader with Interfaith America’s Vote Is Sacred initiative. .

— Religious News Service

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