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     Working to forge a better understanding between American Muslim converts and the immigrant Muslim community. 

    “American Muslims can never speak as one voice until all American voices are heard”

    American Muslim single identity politics is when powerful Muslim organizations project to the American public that all Muslims in the United States have the same politics. It’s when we tell America that we all are petrified of islamophobia, that we all have identity issues, and that we all are still trying to find our place in America. That is a completely false and misleading narrative that has cost American Muslims our moral credibility.  However, we can start to get it back by accepting that Muslims are just as human and fallible as anyone else. Americans can understand that, but we will never accept that anyone who has criticism, or a negative impression of  Islam or Muslims is automatically a bigot or an islamophobe. 

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    Principled Advocacy. Morals over politics

    Principled Advocacy For Muslim America. What is it?

    It means that American Muslims should stop going on and on bragging about our accomplishments, and in trying to convince people to like us, all the while not stopping to look at ourselves and our own injustices, and deploracle marginalization of African American Muslim converts. Umar Ib al-Khattaab, the  2nd Successor (Khalifah) to the Prophet (SAWS) once said, “call yourselves into account before you are called into account.” Principled advocacy means to follow what is right and principled over any political objectives, racial bias, or cultural ignorance. It’s the same principle found in the verse; ”O YOU who have attained to faith! Be ever steadfast in upholding equity, bearing witness to the truth for the sake of God, even though it be against your own selves or your parents and kinsfolk. Whether the person concerned be rich or poor, God's claim takes precedence over [the claims of] either of them.. Do not, then, follow your own desires, lest you swerve from justice: for if you distort [the truth], behold, God is indeed aware of all that you do!”-   . 4:135, Nissaa. 

    The way that America looks at Muslim America is very much connected to how Muslim America treats Black American Muslims. Right now, that look is not too good. That’s the meaning of principled advocacy in a nutshell ; the pursuit of principle, ethics and moral soundness, over politics, public image, and public relations.

    American Muslim Convert After Care. What’s that mean?

    During the last 40 years, American Muslim converts were bombarded with an ideological torrent of literature, tapes, books, Muslim ideals,  historical Muslim movements, like the ikhwan al-Muslimeen, the Shehu, Hizbul Tahreer, Salafiyyah, Ansaarul Sunna, Ahlul Bayt, al-Muraabitoon,  As-Saabiqoon, as well as a full buffet of tariqas , complex terminology, life altering fataawa, opinions, and Islamic rulings. We were all you can at buffet of cultural -religious identities to choose from. Each person picked of these what appealed to them and since each sub ideology was touted as more authentic than the next, we argued with each other about everything.  

    Now, 40 years later, we see that a lot if these ideological influences have come and left whatever beneficial knowledge, valuable lessons, and experience Allah has written for it, and kinda waned on us and left us still here standing, holding the bag.   And the American Muslim convert community is in worse shape, still arguing back and forth with each other.  Except that now, the American Muslim convert community is completely fragmented, marginalized, in turmoil, with al kinds of problems resulting from the onslaught of religious programming, and Muslim leaders have nothing more to say except, oops! Y’all need to learn more Quran. There is an entire warehouse of uncharted civilizational pain and trauma associated with that. This is something that we need to understand and process through our own eyes, and treat using the cure that Allah sent down with the disease. This is what convert after-care is all about. This is why I started Mosque Without Borders.

    The first American Muslim Convert Advocacy and After Care Center, isn’t it about time?

    What  if American Muslims are not living up to our religious and moral standards of racial equality, and ethical treatment towards for the ex-slave community? What if we need to do more to help uplift and empower the marginalized Muslim Americans in our midst. This practice, of immediately upgrading the narrative and established by our Beloved Prophet ( SAWS)? There is no doubt that tevery socio-economic barometer we have that measures well being and a community‘s ability to thrive places the American Muslim convert community at or right next to the bottom of the pile. 

    Given this reality, doesn’t the American Muslim convert community ‘deserve the same  help, attention, and material support, and civilizational relevance that other Muslim causes get? I believe with all my heart and soul that I am not wrong here, and I believe that there are other Muslims who see what I see. That’s why I started Mosque Without Borders. This is why we need at least one full time organization on post.  So here we are. Telling you that’s it’s going to take a lot more than empathy to even begin to understand what the American Musl convert community has been through right inside the belly of Muslim America. How can it not make sense to give your support? 

    Why American Convert Communities are Becoming Extinct

    All Muslims Matter

    Every place in the world, where Muslims are under oppression, there are organizations, groups, advocates, armies and governments who come to their aid with money, resourses, material and tactical support, and advisory assistance, and political lobbying, to help address their particular crisis. Every group without exception, receives this courtesy. 

    Except for the American Muslim Convert community.  Read the full article

    Thanks for your support!

    Our work at Mosque Without Borders is entirely funded by people like you who believe that the time has come for Muslim Americans to have open and honest conversations with ourselves about issues like racism amongst Muslims, sectarianism and its divisive consequences, and the growing chasm between the two Muslim Americas (immigrants and converts). These are issues of civilizational consequence that we cannot ignore any longer. Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 

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