Joining Muslim Matters

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.

Some highlights:

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.


  1. As Salaam Alaikum Ify,

    I’m soo pumped for you. Now I have 1 more reason to read MM. Here’s a thought, I say we leave the world of blood and guts and shoot on over to journalism… your thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m only suggesting it because I enjoy reading your words so much. No pressure.. just let the idea marinate for a little bit, lol

    1. Wa alaykum salaam Jams,

      Leave blood and guts? But, we’re just getting to the good part, learning how to give injections and clinicals in various hospitals. I appreciate your thoughts on my writing, I’ll let it marinate. I always did think the arts and letters was more of my field i.e. history, law, anthropology, journalism and that sort of thing, we’ll see, in sha Allah. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Found a minor typo — ‘Dalia gave and update”…

    I thought those were interesting points, particularly the ‘who we aren’t’ as distinct from ‘who we are’.

    1. Thanks Bill, you have sharp eyes, I’ve corrected it. After writing a long post, I can’t look at it for about a week or I won’t be able to catch many of the mistakes.

  3. Asalaamu alaikim wa ramatulahi wa barakatu

    Welcome to MM!

    I’m glad you were linked too your blog so I could find you and read more.

    I love the way you have with words, and knowledge and the way you think. I have an ease at saying what I mean as well, but you can write it far better than I can! (Oh well I’m practicing)

    MashaAllah May Allah continue to bless you with knowledge, and the ability to share it Ameen

    PS . Keep shutting it down ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Wa alaykum salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

      Ameen. Thanks Holly, you’re very kind. I look forward to reading more over at your blog as well, in sha Allah.

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