This morning, my first post has been published over at Muslim Matters: Isolation to Integration: Befriending our America. It’s a review of talk given by Dalia Mogahed at this past summer’s ISNA/MSA convention. Check it out, in sha Allah.
Research by Gallup demonstrates Muslims Americans are doing well or comparable to other faith groups in many indicators. Muslims are the most diverse religious group in the United States with African Americans comprising the largest group, although there is no clear or dominant ethnic/racial group.
Muslim American youth (18-29) are not doing well, not thriving, and are confused about thier identity and religion. This is not surprising considering the confusing and diverse views we hear bandied about and given legitimacy in segments of our communitites.
Mogahed’s ideas encompass a three-fold paradigm shift and behavioral shift toward more engagement in the wider society through multi-faith social service initiatives. The United We Serve campaign is winding down but Muslims contributed the majority of the projects, out of 3003 projects submitted, 2, 279 of these were Muslim-led initiatives.