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‘Brotherhood’ Portrays 1st Muslim Fraternity

Published: 02/06/2014 03:47:39 PM GMT
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CAIRO – Alif Laam Meem, America’s first all-Muslim fraternity, will be featured in an upcoming documentary, Brotherhood: America's Favorite Muslim Fraternity to explore the successful life of young American Muslims. “Through the experiences of these young men, this film explores the Muslim American identity, as well as the challenges...(more)

CAIRO – Alif Laam Meem, America’s first all-Muslim fraternity, will be featured in an upcoming documentary, "Brotherhood: America's Favorite Muslim Fraternity" to explore the successful life of young American Muslims.

“Through the experiences of these young men, this film explores the Muslim American identity, as well as the challenges of living by faith in a secular society,” the fratenity’s kickstarter website says.

“We're happy to announce that by year's end, we will have a collection of stories within this story that will be full of life and totally unforgettable.”

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The project to finance the film started over six months ago to raise a required budget of $50,000.

The project was successfully funded on May 9 after gathering $53,721, allowing the fraternity to start the film that is expected to be released in 2015.

The film trailer was released last May, offering a glimpse of the stories Muslims share in the upcoming film.

Deemed America’s first Muslim Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Mu was established in February, 2013, at the University of Texas.

Alpha Lambda Mu, which stands for Alif Laam Meem, three letters that start several chapters of the Quran, was founded by Ali Mahmoud, a junior biology and sociology major at the University of Texas, Dallas, as a national fraternity for Muslim college students.

A total of 24 members now make up the Texas chapter.

Though there are no official estimates, the US is home to from 7-8 million Muslims.

An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.

Two reports by the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies indicate that an evolution has indeed occurred.

In 2009, 40 percent of Muslim Americans ages 18 to 29 said they were thriving, the lowest percentage in that age group. By 2011, 10 years after the terrorist attacks, that number had risen to 65 percent.

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