It’s easy for young Muslim professionals to feel fearful as they enter into the workforce. Girls are afraid to go into journalism with their hijabs on, guys are afraid to enter into business with their beards. Often, this fear causes our young professionals to dissociate from their Muslim identity to assimilate into American culture. The truth of the matter is that the Prophet SAW stated that “Islam began as something strange and will revert to become something strange so glad tidings to the strangers.” Instead of being afraid to be different, we should proudly stand out. Our youth should be the first Muslim hijabi news anchors and the first Muslim male CEOs. Your Islam should not be the reason for your hiding, rather your Islam should be your means of standing out.
Standing firmly for justice is a core value in Islam which should be given a priority in managing our resources and planning on both individual and community levels. Our efforts in standing for justice should be principled, not exploitative, and should observe Allah’s ﷻ limits. What are the features of our “Standing for Justice” which might differentiate us from other Social Justice and Advocacy movements? What should American Muslims do to deliver to this religious responsibility?
When the first generation of Muslims was just settling down in the US, no one would have dreamt it possible for a black man to be president. After the Obama era and the first female nomination for president, we see that this is not just the land of opportunity, it is the land of extraordinary ambition. We need to live in this world with a purpose. What can we do as an ummah to fulfill that purpose?