I would like to thank the Washington Post and Newsweek for two good sections on there websites. Newsweek has a section dedicated to Islam in America and from Washington Post, On Faith: Muslims Speak Out which features Shaykh Ali Gomaa, Amr Khaled and others.
These are some of my favorite points from the ‘Islam in America’ article
Most of the Muslims who were born here are African-American converts and descendants of converts. But a fast-growing number are the children of immigrants, and this last group is extremely young; nearly half are between 18 and 29. In this melting pot, no one group is significantly bigger or more powerful than any of the others—it is, Muslim Americans like to say, the most diverse group of Muslims anywhere except in Mecca during the annual pilgrimage, or hajj.
That’s basically where I fit in and where most of us fit in (those who read this). America knows we have power, so let’s use it to our advantage to bring about good and rid evil from this world, God willing. It is very true that we are a very diverse group of youth, but it’s not only in Makkah, but also in Canada, the UK and other European countries.
The foreign-born imams “are at a disconnect with our new generation,” says Maher Hathout, an Egyptian-born cardiologist and senior adviser to the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles. “If you get the best scholar in Islamics, but he cannot connect with my child or my grandchild, it’s a waste. It’s the opposite of what we want.”
What the heck is ‘Islamics’? Thank God for Shaykh Hamza and Imam Zaid and the future Ustadh Yahya Rhodus, Ustadh Khalil Moore and the seven seminary students at Zaytuna.
More unsettling is the question of what these foreign-born imams preach. According to unofficial estimates by government investigators, at least 50 percent of American mosques may receive some funding from foreign governments or institutions, mostly Saudi Arabia. The danger is obvious: if Saudi Arabia is exporting its Wahhabi Islam to this country via imams, pamphlets, Qur’ans and buildings, how long before a warped version of this extremist ideology intersects with a vulnerable group of teenagers?
At least tasawwuf ain’t funded by Saudi, alhamdulillah. It’s funded by Allah and the awliya. 😀 Salafi Islam is definitely popular in America amongst the youth, but you can’t buy iman and taqwa. You have to earn it from Allah. So spend Ya Saudia! Spend all the money Ya Dawah-as-Salafiyyah! Bring more people to Islam and let Allah change there hearts. 😀
Whatever its source, fundamentalist Islamic ideology is readily available on the Internet as well as in U.S. mosques. In one poor neighborhood in Trenton, N.J., at the Masjid As-Saffat, which for more than 20 years had served a mixed community of Muslims from Afghanistan, Egypt, Somalia and the Palestinian territories, the presiding imam several years ago suddenly and inexplicably had an ideological change of heart. Whereas once people worshiped together in a communal, almost relaxed way, imam Sabur Abdul Hakim began applying rigid standards to prayer and worship. Last year he closed the mosque school, saying it wasn’t sufficiently Islamic, congregants say. He began to preach a Salafi ideology, invoking the purity of the earliest Muslims and disapproving of any variation. In a perfectly American response, a group of Hakim’s opponents sued him, demanding that he and his supporters be removed from the board of directors, that they turn over the mosque’s accounting books and records and that elections be held to instate new trustees. The case is in mediation; Hakim and his lawyer declined to comment.
May Allah guide these people. Looks like Saudi needs to send some more money to this community. They will have a lot of lawyer fees to pay off. May Allah make it easy for them.
African-American Muslims say such reactions are common. Growing up African-American and Muslim in Chicago, Ismail Mitchel says he never fit in. Black Muslims are in a “no man’s land,” says Mitchel, a 21-year-old student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “We get flak from Arabs and we get flak from other black people.” Neither group, he says, wants to embrace him. “It’s like we’re the black sheep of the whole community, literally.”
Racism sucks. We need to get over this black Muslim thing.
In our July 30 cover story “American Dreamers,” we mistakenly included Iran among a list of nations in the Arab world. Newsweek regrets the error.
LOL, sorry Iranians, your not Arab.