Diversity and empathy are core values of Islam and the defining feature of Muslims for Progressive Values’ (MPV) work. In this Blackfriars Lecture, Vice-President of MPV Omar Hashmi will briefly cover MPVs’ role in modern Australia and how it differs from other Muslim groups, before discussing the issue of diversity at the time of the Prophet Muhammad and why it is important to phrase conversations around morality in the Muslim community in this manner. The talk will emphasise the significant role history must play in building a better more empathetic world in the 21st century.
About the speaker:
Omar Hashmi is Vice President of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), an organisation that is building a community of people focused on bringing empathy, compassion and reason to the forefront of religious thinking in Australia.
Omar was born and raised in Canberra, attended public schooling and studied Engineering at the ANU. Omar has been engaged in the Muslim community and progressive politics since university. Omar was a delegate to the Youth 2020 summit held by the Rudd government in 2008, and joined the ACT Labor party later that year.
After navigating the complexities of marriage in the Muslim community Omar joined the Executive Committee of the Canberra Islamic Centre campaigning for gender equity. Omar was elected Secretary of the CIC before joining the new organisation Muslims for Progressive Values. Last year Omar setup a Canberra branch of MPV and left the CIC to become ACT state director of MPV. MPV has grown rapidly, both locally and nationally, and is now one of the most active Muslim groups in the ACT.