The challenge is friends! Our friends help us choose which path to take… if our friends remind us of Allah (swt), it becomes much easier to feel strong on the path that Allah (swt) has ordained for us… but friends that are heedless of Allah (swt) only make it easy for us to forget! Instead of pulling us towards Allah, they pull us away! If we feel guilty and want to come back to the path of Allah… our friends, who are not on this path, make it difficult for us… we stand out, maybe even look weird! Friends have lead innocent youth to crime… friends have caused peer pressure to make a Muslim youth conform to societal expectations… but also… Friends have pulled a fallen youth up from the gutters, bringing them closer to Allah (swt)! It all depends on the company you keep! So how do you get to have such a company?
One year ago, #ConfidentMuslim Ibn Ali Miller was a construction worker working 10-12 hours a day to provide for his family. Since then, a video of him breaking up a street fight in his neighborhood went viral, shared and praised by athletes and celebrities. Now, he travels the world as a motivational speaker, advocating for underprivileged Muslims in the inner cities.
During the Confident Muslim session at MAS ICNA Annual Convention 2017, Ibn Ali discusses the struggles of the youth in his community, the teacher who invested his time, knowlege, and money in him and the difference it made in his life, and the importance of finding your purpose.
Stay tuned for the complete “Islam and the Inner Cities” talkshow with Ibn Ali Miller and Sh. Omar Suleiman.