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10 ways to make your Masjid teen-friendly

“Muslim teens, those who we rely on to keep Islam going after the older generation is gone, cannot and will not participate unless we make a strong effort to not only organize programs for them, but really make an effort to make them feel close to the Masjid.”

By Samana Siddiqui| Soundvision.com

Religion is an important aspect of life for a majority of Muslim youth in the United States. According to the Gallup Organization’s 2009 report Muslim Americans: A National Portrait, the percentage of young Muslims who say faith is important (77%) is roughly similar to the proportion of young Protestants (74%).

Yet, walk into most Masajid, whether that’s on a busy Friday or a weekend when classes are being held, and you’ll find Muslims under 10 or over 30. Those in between are usually absent. Especially noticeable is the lack of youth, between the ages of 11 and 19. While they may have attended weekend school classes as children, they have chosen to distance themselves from the Masjid as teens.

It’s an old crisis that requires new strategies and answers. Some Masajid have caught on and are trying to bring the youth back. Others believe it’s a lost cause. Others still, are willfully ignorant or are not willing to be a little flexible to allow Continue reading

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May 15: Michigan Mosque Open House day declared by the Governor Granholm of Michigan

The Governor Jennifer Granholm of the US state of Michigan, has declared May 15 as the Michigan Mosque Open House day to recognize and appreciate the presence and diversity that that Michigan Muslims bring to the state and the talents that this diverse community contributes. 

“‘The state of Michigan is proud of its cultural diversity and welcomes the opportunity to recognize our Muslim neighbors for their commitment to leadership, dedication to knowledge, and for their rich and fascinating heritage.

Muslims are part of the diverse fabric of the state of Michigan, contributing much to our state with their talents and hard work. I encourage the citizens of this state to learn more about the history of our Muslim residents and their many contributions to our state.” said the Governor.

The MI Mosque Open House day is organized by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan (CIOM). All the mosques in the state will be open for anyone. The citizens of Michigan and the organizations are invited to pay visit to the community Masjid (Mosque) and learn about the Muslims, their religion and culture. The certificate of tribute by the Governor Granholm can be seen at the very end.

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