In a lecture that has recently resurfaced Mohamed Magid speaks in discussion with Amam Ali, Habeeb Quadri, and Janaan Hashim. He spoke to a crowd at the Islamic Society of North America on the topic of re-imagining the mosque for the youth. Many Islamic centers continually discuss ways to engage the youth in the community. Also to draw them toward the mosque. Moreover, to increase the love for the religion of Islam and Prophet (PBUH) in their hearts.
Magid on Culture in Mosques
One of the ways Muslim community leaders have tried to attract youth to the masjid is by holding events on topics that relate to the youth. This includes current events and injustices that all should be aware of. A hadith by the Prophet (PBUH) outlines the seven kind of people who will be sheltered under the shade of Allah on the Day of Judgment. These include “one whose heart is attached to the mosque”, and “a young man (or woman) who passed his youth in the worship and service of God.”
Mohamed Magid is the Imam of All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, Virginia. He has been featured on CNN for his perspective on outreach and interfaith work. In this khutba, he speaks at length on the concept of recreating our understanding of community. Furthermore, to understand the wants and needs for youth. Magid is adamant on Culture in Mosques. He states that it is important for community leaders to cultivate a culturally competent strategy. And to attract youth to religious spaces. Lastly, he says there is an issue with youth being turned away at mosques. The solution to that is directing the message to be relevant to “our children.”