AIC’s Mission and Principles

AIC’s Mission:

The American Islamic Congress is a non-religious, civic society organization that provides an alternative Muslim voice for the promotion of civil and human rights through advocacy, engagement and education.


AIC’s Statement of Principles:

American Muslims must champion pluralism and condemn all forms of intolerance

American Muslims have a vested interest in the strength of religious freedom and democracy. We must work to guarantee our equal rights within American society. At the same time, we must condemn hate speech and violence that threaten tolerance and peace, particularly by those individuals defending violent behavior in the name of Islam. American Muslims must be ambassadors to the Muslim world.

America has been a haven for Muslims, and we must educate the world about the freedoms and coexistence we enjoy here. Virulent anti-American rhetoric and action by radicalized Muslims threaten out country, freedom and democracy.

American Muslims must recognize and celebrate their own diversity

The American Muslim community encompasses individuals of diverse backgrounds and belief systems. By working to bridge the sectarian, ethnic, racial, cultural and political divisions within our community, we also strengthen American society.

American Muslims must encourage social and economic prosperity, and protect the rights of minorities in the Muslims world.

In much of the Muslim World, income disparities, high unemployment, economic underdevelopment, and limited individual rights create a fertile ground for despair and extremism. American Muslims are citizens of a nation who enjoy abundant social freedoms and have prospered greatly in the global economy. We have a responsibility to improve economic conditions and to support freedoms in the Muslim world. Furthermore, American Muslims know first-hand the importance of protecting the rights of minority communities. We must advocate for the civil rights of minorities throughout the Muslim world, particularly minority groups based on gender, race/ethnicity, religion, and politics.


AIC Commends the Court Decision on Suspension of the Travel Ban on Persons from Seven Muslim-Majority Countries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: American Islamic Congress 1718 M Street NW #243 Washington, DC 20036 Phone: +1 202 595 3160 (Washington, D.C., 02/10/2017) – “AIC Commends the Court Decision […]

AIC’s Executive Director Speaks at “Counter Radicalisation Programme” in Brussels, Belgium

December 4, 2015 Zainab Al-Suwaij talks about the impact of 9/11 and the “haunting” presence of Islamic extremism in both the West and the Islamic World at a briefing organized […]

AIC’s Executive Director speaks with NPR Berlin and America Abroad on Countering Violent Extremism

AIC’s Executive Director, Zainab Al-Suwaij spoke at a live town hall event in Philadelphia with Jacki Lyden and NPR’s Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley from Berlin. America Abroad Media and NPR Berlin […]

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