Civic Engagement


Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) is a committee established by the Muslim Association of Virginia (MAV) aiming to build alliances and coalitions across all communities to encourage active participation in government and civic engagement at all levels. PACE educates and mobilizes citizens to become a force for positive change and is bridging the gap between elected officials, government and community leaders and our diverse American communities.

PACE has been an integral part of our organization since its inception.  This committee was created in response to the adverse portrayal of the Muslim community in the media and in the current political realm. In the past few years, there has been a rise of verbal, emotional and physical attacks on minority groups including Muslims, African-Americans, and South Americans, etc. All these minority groups are vital part of the society we live in. No group should be given priority over another simply because of their race, ethnicity or skin color.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) stated in his last sermon, “All mankind is from Adam and Eve. An Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor does a non-Arab have any superiority over an Arab; a white has no superiority over a black, nor does a black have any superiority over a white; [none have superiority over another] except by piety and good action”.

– Prince William County School Board
– Prince William County Government
– Virginia Senate: Muslim Advocacy day
– National Association for the Advancement of Color People, NAACP, PW Chapter
– Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE)
– Local and State Government entities
– CASA, La Collectiva
– Virginia Council Muslim Organizations (VCMO)
– PW Committee of 100
– League of Women Voters
PACE committee challenges you all to get involved and BE the positive change that you’d like to see in your community!


Nearly 500 members of the ADAMS Greater and Western PWC congregation, as well as members from the Muslim Association of Virginia (MAV), packed the McCoart Building Tuesday for a public hearing to support the application for construction of ADAMS’ newest mosque in Nokesville.

While the crowds in support of the mosque were overwhelming in size, some members of a group called FORCE attended the public hearing to oppose the mosque’s construction plans. Opposition to the mosque w

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P.A.C.E. Activism:

  • Active participants in VOICE GOTV (get out the vote) for Prince William’s 2nd and 50th congressional districts and VOICE-wide Action-team meeting.
  • Hosted a Muslim Advocacy Day at the State Capital where we gave the
    invocation to begin the day’s legislative session.
  • Joined VOICE for the Interfaith Advocacy Day at the State Capital.
  • Hosted the Prince William County Chief of Police at Dar al-Noor following
    the announcement of the Travel Ban where he spoke with the community.
  • MAV Members visited a local synagogue, Ner Shalom, in a show of solidarity with our
    interfaith partners.
  • Hosted a community post-election event: Coming Together: How Can
    Prince William County Heal.
  • Hosted a debate for the special election for Clerk of the Court.
    MAV Members attended and spoke at a Public Hearing for the construction
    of ADAMS – Greater Gainesville.
  • Helped launch Alliance for an Indivisible America in partnership with other
    Mosques in the DMV, an organization dedicated to highlighting American Muslims
    and their contributions to the nation.
  • Developed the Prince William Social Action Calendar, which multiplies the
    efforts of eight local organizations including NAACP and Unity in the
  • Assisted in the registration of over 1,000 voters since 2016.