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Ustadh Usama Canon speaks about serving, educating, and supporting new Muslims and the special place this cohort has in the American-Muslim community to identify issues and strengthen the community. He delivered this talk at the Muslim Community Center – East Bay (MCC East Bay) in Pleasanton, California on August 3, 2013.
Abdur-Raheem Green, formerly known as Anthony Green, a British convert to Islam. Appearance-wise, he bears clear similarities with the image that the Christian world has made of Prophet Jesus (PBUH). Green was born by British parents in Darussalaam, Tanzania, in 1964. He was educated at a famous Roman Catholic Monastic School called Ampleforth College and went on to study history in the London University. However, he left his education unfinished. Green was dissatisfied with Christianity since the age of eight, and eventually he left that religion. He practiced Buddhism for nearly three years though he never formally embraced it. Gradually Abdur-Raheem Green started to study the Qur’an, and this gave him an immediate attraction towards Islam, and he accepted the religion in 1988.
Ustadh Usama Canon discusses the first safe space created for Muslim converts in Mecca: Dar al-Arqam. In this story, we learn many lessons on how the Prophet Muhammad [peace be upon him] cared for the needs of newly-converted Muslims.
Ustadh Usama Canon Ustadh Usama Canon talk’s about the importance of the idea of creating a safe, open space for new Muslims, people interested in Islam and spirituality and/or the often marginalized youth of our Muslim community. Also, discussing why and how an open space like this is crucial to sustain and encourage Muslim students and youth to inculcate and continue an open, non-judgmental approach to inviting others to Islam, which is imperative in a pluralistic community that is often found on college campuses.