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halim, Baltimore, Md. - wrote on 1/7/2011 5:58:13 PM
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Comment:I apologize to all for the repeats. There was no indication it was posted and a message kept coming up saying the code was wrong. Due to this I tried several times and did not know it was going through. Though I do stress what i had to say, I would not have intentionaly repeated it. Again, my apologies.


halim, Baltimore, Md. - wrote on 1/7/2011 5:42:24 PM
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halim, Baltimore, Md. - wrote on 1/7/2011 5:41:26 PM
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Comment:In the Name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful All praise is due to Allah alone. May He send peace and blessings upon his beloved, Muhammad; his family, companions and all who follow him until the day of judgement. To proceed: This article is very well done but I think it overlooks one major contributing factor. When I say this it is not exactly accurate because the paper deals with the issue over and over - but from a perspective different from mine. Perhaps if I re-read the article a couple more times I will change my position on what I'm about to say but I will go on and put this here clearly for the readers anyway. PERHAPS the one thing over looked is that the Muslim youth here in America do not feel free in our own land. We have the non-Muslims constantly equating Islam with terror (which the article addressed) but then we also have the older Muslims becoming so afraid due to this that they will not allow the youth to express their Islam. Due to this you have either Muslims who go to extremes to express their Islam or Muslims who would like to BE Muslim in every aspect of their lives but due to the non-Muslim propaganda and the Muslim fear - we are not allowed. We become trapped in a world where we are told what Islam is, encouraged to live our faith but then restricted in nearly every way when it comes to looking, feeling, thinking, acting, speaking and playing as Muslims. Why is it that in nearly every major town there are gun ranges, archery ranges, paintballing fields, martial arts schools, etc. - but Muslim youth are discouraged from doing what is lawfull, what their peers do on a normal basis, what is fun and from the sunnah to engage in...discouraged due to the fear instilled in the older generation due to the propaganda. Yet we are more than happy to have them waste their time (i.e. Their lives) playing on some electronic medium or chasing a ball up and down a field. This is seen as good wholesome fun for Muslims while expressely sunnah recreational activities are seen as a training for jihad and so must be feared, avoided or hidden. This of course is not to say that everyone would enjoy such activities, instead it is in order to say that the youth are tired of having their activities and intentions questioned and criticized by non-Muslim and Muslim alike. Where are the lawfull activities for the youth IN the communities? There is a serious disconnect between the immigrant Muslim elders and their American raised youth let alone the immigrant Muslims whocome from oppressive lands and are inclined to fear the propaganda and the American converts raised up in this society to speak their mind and believe they have the right to do what they want as long as it is lawfull. This too is a great source of frustration in the youth which then turns to anger when it is either not addressed or worse, silenced. This fear/control mechanism which is labelled psychological terrorism goes a long, long way in contributing to the anger in Muslim youth...then when this anger boils over the F.B.I. is right there to set up another twenty year old young man and plaster it on the news to creat more fear and control. If one truely wants to fix the problem of anger in the Muslim youth, one needs to take away the fear and instill confidence in their Muslim identity, instill courage to be Muslim...indeed, those who believe and do righteious good deeds, they are the best of creation.


Halim, baltimore, Md. - wrote on 1/7/2011 11:48:51 AM
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Comment:In the Name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful All praise is due to Allah alone. May He send peace and blessings upon his beloved, Muhammad; his family, companions and all who follow him until the day of judgement. To proceed: This article is very well done but I think it overlooks one major contributing factor. When I say this it is not exactly accurate because the paper deals with the issue over and over - but from a perspective different from mine. Perhaps if I re-read the article a couple more times I will change my position on what I'm about to say but I will go on and put this here clearly for the readers anyway. PERHAPS the one thing over looked is that the Muslim youth here in America do not feel free in our own land. We have the non-Muslims constantly equating Islam with terror (which the article addressed) but then we also have the older Muslims becoming so afraid due to this that they will not allow the youth to express their Islam. Due to this you have either Muslims who go to extremes to express their Islam or Muslims who would like to BE Muslim in every aspect of their lives but due to the non-Muslim propaganda and the Muslim fear - we are not allowed. We become trapped in a world where we are told what Islam is, encouraged to live our faith but then restricted in nearly every way when it comes to looking, feeling, thinking, acting, speaking and playing as Muslims. Why is it that in nearly every major town there are gun ranges, archery ranges, paintballing fields, martial arts schools, etc. - but Muslim youth are discouraged from doing what is lawfull, what their peers do on a normal basis, what is fun and from the sunnah to engage in...discouraged due to the fear instilled in the older generation due to the propaganda. Yet we are more than happy to have them waste their time (i.e. Their lives) playing on some electronic medium or chasing a ball up and down a field. This is seen as good wholesome fun for Muslims while expressely sunnah recreational activities are seen as a training for jihad and so must be feared, avoided or hidden. This fear/control mechanism which is labelled psychological terrorism goes a long, long way in contributing to the anger in Muslim youth...then when this anger boils over the F.B.I. is right there to set up another twenty year old young man and plaster it on the news to creat more fear and control. If one truely wants to fix the problem of anger in the Muslim youth, one needs to take away the fear and instill confidence in their Muslim identity, instill courage to be Muslim...indeed, those who believe and do righteious good deeds, they are the best of creation.


Halim, baltimore, Md. - wrote on 1/7/2011 11:44:58 AM
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Comment:In the Name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful All praise is due to Allah alone. May He send peace and blessings upon his beloved, Muhammad; his family, companions and all who follow him until the day of judgement. To proceed: This article is very well done but I think it overlooks one major contributing factor. When I say this it is not exactly accurate because the paper deals with the issue over and over - but from a perspective different from mine. Perhaps if I re-read the article a couple more times I will change my position on what I'm about to say but I will go on and put this here clearly for the readers anyway. PERHAPS the one thing over looked is that the Muslim youth here in America do not feel free in our own land. We have the non-Muslims constantly equating Islam with terror (which the article addressed) but then we also have the older Muslims becoming so afraid due to this that they will not allow the youth to express their Islam. Due to this you have either Muslims who go to extremes to express their Islam or Muslims who would like to BE Muslim in every aspect of their lives but due to the non-Muslim propaganda and the Muslim fear - we are not allowed. We become trapped in a world where we are told what Islam is, encouraged to live our faith but then restricted in nearly every way when it comes to looking, feeling, thinking, acting, speaking and playing as Muslims. Why is it that in nearly every major town there are gun ranges, archery ranges, paintballing fields, martial arts schools, etc. - but Muslim youth are discouraged from doing what is lawfull, what their peers do on a normal basis, what is fun and from the sunnah to engage in...discouraged due to the fear instilled in the older generation due to the propaganda. Yet we are more than happy to have them waste their time (i.e. Their lives) playing on some electronic medium or chasing a ball up and down a field. This is seen as good wholesome fun for Muslims while expressely sunnah recreational activities are seen as a training for jihad and so must be feared, avoided or hidden. This fear/control mechanism which is labelled psychological terrorism goes a long, long way in contributing to the anger in Muslim youth...then when this anger boils over the F.B.I. is right there to set up another twenty year old young man and plaster it on the news to creat more fear and control. If one truely wants to fix the problem of anger in the Muslim youth, one needs to take away the fear and instill confidence in their Muslim identity, instill courage to be Muslim...indeed, those who believe and do righteious good deeds, they are the best of creation.


Halim, baltimore, Md. - wrote on 1/7/2011 11:44:33 AM
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Comment:In the Name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful All praise is due to Allah alone. May He send peace and blessings upon his beloved, Muhammad; his family, companions and all who follow him until the day of judgement. To proceed: This article is very well done but I think it overlooks one major contributing factor. When I say this it is not exactly accurate because the paper deals with the issue over and over - but from a perspective different from mine. Perhaps if I re-read the article a couple more times I will change my position on what I'm about to say but I will go on and put this here clearly for the readers anyway. PERHAPS the one thing over looked is that the Muslim youth here in America do not feel free in our own land. We have the non-Muslims constantly equating Islam with terror (which the article addressed) but then we also have the older Muslims becoming so afraid due to this that they will not allow the youth to express their Islam. Due to this you have either Muslims who go to extremes to express their Islam or Muslims who would like to BE Muslim in every aspect of their lives but due to the non-Muslim propaganda and the Muslim fear - we are not allowed. We become trapped in a world where we are told what Islam is, encouraged to live our faith but then restricted in nearly every way when it comes to looking, feeling, thinking, acting, speaking and playing as Muslims. Why is it that in nearly every major town there are gun ranges, archery ranges, paintballing fields, martial arts schools, etc. - but Muslim youth are discouraged from doing what is lawfull, what their peers do on a normal basis, what is fun and from the sunnah to engage in...discouraged due to the fear instilled in the older generation due to the propaganda. Yet we are more than happy to have them waste their time (i.e. Their lives) playing on some electronic medium or chasing a ball up and down a field. This is seen as good wholesome fun for Muslims while expressely sunnah recreational activities are seen as a training for jihad and so must be feared, avoided or hidden. This fear/control mechanism which is labelled psychological terrorism goes a long, long way in contributing to the anger in Muslim youth...then when this anger boils over the F.B.I. is right there to set up another twenty year old young man and plaster it on the news to creat more fear and control. If one truely wants to fix the problem of anger in the Muslim youth, one needs to take away the fear and instill confidence in their Muslim identity, instill courage to be Muslim...indeed, those who believe and do righteious good deeds, they are the best of creation.


Jawdat Abboud, oak brook, il - wrote on 10/7/2010 4:11:25 PM
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Comment:It is great article; it has discussed in details the outside factor on our youth. In my opinion, the problem is much more complicated than what we think, of course the society around us has an impact on our kids, and youth, but I think one of the main factors of our kidís anger, and frustration is internally in origin, I mean it comes from within the family itself. The way we raise, teach, or discipline our kids has too much to do with who our kids, or youth feels. Most of the time we rely on very old and traditional ways to deal with our kids, ways my dad or granddad use to used it in mu home country. I wish the author could elaborate on that side of the story.


ZawajAli, Brooklyn - wrote on 6/17/2010 5:07:26 AM
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Comment:Thanks for a very well-written and interesting article! I am the wife of a Muslim man (and mother of Muslim children)-- and a lot of what I see here hits home. I would add one more factor that I see in my own life/experience. I was actually raised Jewish and one of the things that was taken for granted within much of the Jewish community was that kids HAD to be given a lot of extra education and support if they were expected to "turn out well". I think Muslim families know this and it's important to them, but not all are necessarily prepared as to how to accomplish this. Most Jews have family histories of being minorities in whatever country they've lived in, so over generations, they've developed strategies to make Judaism both portable but also inviting and attractive to children, knowing that they have to do this in contrast to the larger population, when possible. In other words, they've KNOWN that the larger community wasn't sufficient to raise their children approriately; but they've also had the strategies and resources available to raise them Islamic-ly. Some Muslim immigrants (as in the family I married into) are sure, on one hand, that they don't want their kids to take on "majority" values when it comes to things like drinking or dating; but on the other hand, having come from a largely homogeneous Muslim society (in this case, Yemen), they are not even used to thinking in terms of how to raise kids in a pluralistic society. They know of course that they want to teach their kids to pray and NOT to engage in "unwholesome" things; but they don't necessarily even think in terms of things like youth groups-- where they came from, the whole society served as the incubating ground for kids, so even the concept of a youth group is alien. I have a Palestinian friend who is living a full, full Islamic life as a teen. She went to an Islamic high school and still spends much of her time in an Islamic youth group. She seems both happy and engaged as a Muslim and as an American. I think of her in contrast to my nephews and nieces, who are essentially expected to navigate the huge contrast between their Muslim home life and their American schools and jobs by themselves (with some input from their parents and concerned adults like me, their weird multi-religious aunt). Just reading this study makes me want to put all of my nieces and nephews (and my kids) into Islamic schools and youth groups so they have the benefit of being around other kids and adults who've really put themselves to the task of figuring out how to make living in this country as a Muslim a rich and FUN experience. This is a lot of food for thought.


Gaylan Mathiesen, Fergus Falls, MN - wrote on 4/18/2010 7:41:56 PM
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Comment:Articles like this are very encouraging to those of us in American who are outside the established Muslim community. I frequently visit SoundVision to get an unbiased view of what Muslims are thinking and doing in the US, and how you are creatively and earnestly dealing with issue of living in our country, Sometimes I even hear personally from SoundVision staff on issues of importance to all of us. Your work is so very important. I am very grateful for this site, and enjoy sharing the positive things of the Islamic American community with my students and friends. Devout Christians and devout American Muslims have many common concerns about our our world, our nation and our families. Keep up the excellent work.


Shaghil Husain, Kalamazoo - wrote on 4/18/2010 2:38:04 PM
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Comment:Good article providing facts with statistics. There are many factors for Muslim Youth Isolation and anger. Unfortunately, as indicated in the article only 1-2 percent of Muslim Youth attend full time Islamic school and lot of money is spent on bricks and mortar to establish these schools. The need of the time is to establish in every community where there is a mosque or Islamic center, "Muslim Youth Groups". Provide financial support to these groups, so these groups can perform volunteer or civic duties for the communities, to every resident regardless of their religious faith. Muslim youths in general are not groomed by the parents/Muslim community leaders to have interaction with their non-Muslim peer group after school hours. Muslim communities should pool their monetary resources together to provide funds to establish Islamic Institutes in the degree colleges and Universities in the USA. Islamic Relief USA, hosts "Day of Dignity" for the homeless people in 17 cities of the USA, and engages youth of Muslim Student Organization of area colleges and is very well appreciated by the local community, elected officials and by the residents. Now it is time for action. We should take lessons from survey results and instead of providing negative comments, we should act now. Too much has been spent in building mosques and Islamic centers, lets spend now in our youth development and engaging them in their community development that will give self esteem a boost.


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