CIP Names Murat Muftari of Michigan as New U.S. National Director
by Stephen Schwartz
Murat is an Albanian-American and adherent of Bektashi Sufism. He is a former soldier in U.S. Special Forces who served in Iraq during the war to liberate the country from the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. Murat is the co-founder and president of the Albanian Legacy Foundation.
He is therefore a proven moderate Muslim who has distinguished himself in defending the values CIP holds to most: support for American democracy, the freedom of the oppressed, and pluralism in Islamic thought and practice.
Murat, as CIP U.S. National Director, will be based in the Detroit area, which has a large Muslim presence, including numerous Albanian-Americans in addition to Arab-Americans. He will develop programs for outreach to other American religious communities as well as reinforcement of pluralistic and spiritual principles in American Muslim life.
Public affairs groups and institutions interested in meeting with Murat and learning about his experiences may contact the CIP national office in Washington, DC.
We welcome Murat to our ranks and look forward to his and our success, guided by the will of Almighty Allah and the examples of Bektashi spiritual leaders and patriots.
Stephen Suleyman Schwartz
Center for Islamic Pluralism