MAPS Mission & Objectives
Our mission is to support the career, workplace, and community development of Muslim American public servants and serve as a catalyst, resource, and force multiplier for the associations that represent and support them. MAPS aims to harness the rich, collective power of Muslim Americans across public service sectors to build a more just and equitable United States.
We build community across government and civil society.
MAPS aims to facilitate welcome spaces for Muslim public service professionals, and promote their contributions and achievements. MAPS will serve as connector to resources and ideas for professionals interested in forming new civil society groups or MAPS chapters at their public institutions, and support and coordinate the range of existing Muslim employee and professional associations across the Federal interagency and within other branches and levels of government.
We provide personal and professional growth tools and resources.
MAPS will serve as a strategic partner in fostering a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, and will support existing institutional efforts to maintain safe workplaces free of discrimination. MAPS aims to create or promote professional networking, mentorship, career education and advancement, and skill development resources among members and within MAPS chapters and partners.
We cultivate the next generation of American Muslim public service.
Broadening pipelines into public service is critical to not only MAPS, but our broader mission as American public servants. MAPS will share resources and launch outreach programs, in collaboration with local and national service organizations across the country, to ensure Muslim American young professionals are part of the national efforts to build a public service workforce that looks more like America.
While we focus primarily on government officials, MAPS defines public service broadly to include anyone working on public policy and engaged in national service. MAPS welcomes all; those identifying as Muslim, as well as allies and anyone interested in becoming part of our community.
MAPS believes that the United States is enriched by the contributions of Muslim Americans and other people of faith. A more inclusive Federal, State and local workforce strengthens the institutions they serve and ultimately, the American public, by providing a broad range of skills and a diversity of experiences and perspectives. A diverse civil and foreign service is also essential to our national security, both at home and abroad.
MAPS believes that Muslim professionals should exercise their right of association at the workplace, and be accorded all other rights and privileges available to them free from discrimination. Members of MAPS are also committed to public institutions that allow employees to observe their religious beliefs either alone or in congregation with others, in accordance with Federal laws and guidelines.
MAPS draws from Islamic faith traditions to promote the Muslim and American values of freedom of religion, equality and solidarity, community building, and public service:
- Religious Freedom: “There shall be no coercion in matters of faith.” (Quran 2:256); “For you is your faith, and for me, my faith.” (Quran 109:6)
- Equality and Solidarity: “We have made you into nations and tribes, so that you may come to know one another.” (Quran 49:13)
- Community building: “Never will God change the condition of a people until they change it themselves,” (Quran 13:11); “Help ye one another unto righteousness and piety. But help not one another unto sin and transgression,” (Quran 5:2); “Whoever fulfills the needs of his brother, God will fulfill his needs; whoever removes the troubles of his brother, God will remove one of his troubles” (Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad, Al-Bukhari, Chapter 47, Al-Mazalim, 2442).
- Public Service: “The best of people are those who are most beneficial to people” (Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad, Al-Tabarani, Al-Mu’jam Al-Awsaṭ, 5937).
To obtain and review a copy of MAPS’ current bylaws, dated January, 2021, contact us.