Picture, if you will, a group of youth, tweens, teens and college students, in Tampa, FL on a Saturday morning. They are helping their community. They are a diverse group. They are getting rid of stereotypes about themselves. They are Muslim and proud of it.
Welcome to the Muslim American Society (MAS) Tampa's new Media Movement. This aforementioned scene is what we, as members of this beginning group, hope will blossom and thrive. We make no bones about it: Muslims around the world are definitely in a tough situation now. They can no longer remain indifferent to the current social climate. Rather, they must stop waiting for the world to change. Instead, we firmly believe that it is the duty of every able-bodied Muslim to take initiative and change the world for its betterment, especially the youth.
The Holy Book of Islam, the Qur'an, reads: "Verily, Allah (God) never changes the condition of a people until they change themselves." (13:11)
We have decided that it's about time to step up to that challenge and take the lead. If we don't care about our future, who will?
Join us on our quest towards a better future inshaAllah. No one said it would be easy, but they promised it would be worth it.
Sarah Kassem and Nora Zaki
Muslim Youth for Truth Co-Founders
Members of MAS Tampa's Media Movement