In 2013, the El-Hibri Foundation awarded a matching grant to support a long-term, “collective action” initiative to reduce discrimination against American Muslims and foster inter-religious understanding. A collective action strategy leverages different organizations across sectors and coordinates them centrally to solve large-scale social problems.
El-Hibri Foundation joined with Auburn Seminary, Islamic Networks Group, Religions for Peace USA, and the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding to support the pilot project, “Our Muslim Neighbor” (OMN). The project was launched in Middle Tennessee because of the number of reports of anti-Muslim incidents there and because of its many active and diverse religious communities, suggesting strong potential for strengthened inter-religious community relations.
The OMN team created the Faith and Culture Center, a locally-rooted backbone organization, to partner with 80 diverse local groups, including nonprofit, social justice, religious, and government institutions. The Center has since achieved several successes in its program areas, particularly in education and public diplomacy. OMN’s public launch coincided with its annual Iftar, which brought together 200 prominent community members, including leaders from the City Council, Chamber of Commerce, and religious and civic organizations.
Our Muslim Neighbor