CAIRO - Assisting a new generation of young American Muslims, an umbrella group has offered scholarships to provide students with more opportunities for a better education and future.
"I would like to sincerely thank Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the donors to this scholarship, Mohsin Mirza, one of the Muslim recipients of the scholarships, said in a statement obtained by OnIslam.net.
I feel incredibly blessed. I am incredibly honored and humbled to receive this award.
Mirza was one of Muslim recipients of Dr. Abdus Saleem's scholarship, launched by ISNA in honor of his firm belief in the value of education.
The scholarship is granted annually to three students, each awarded $10,000, majoring in medical technology, oil and energy, computer science, journalism, or business administration.
"I can't even put into words how immensely thankful and humbled I am to Allah Taa'la, ISNA, and the Dr. Abdus Saleem Family, for giving me the chance to pursue my studies and fulfill my dream of helping the Muslim Ummah, Nabeeha Abdul-Khadir, another recipient of the scholarship, said.
Along with Dr. Saleem's awards, ISNA organized other scholarships offered by Islamic Development Bank Scholarship.
The scholarship is a grant from the Jeddah-based bank to the Muslim community and is offered as an interest-free loan to the students, to be refunded in easy installments, for the future use of other needy students in the community.
Five scholarships of $15,000 each year for four years will be awarded.
This scholarship is dedicated for students entering their first year of undergraduate study.
"My goal as a physician assistant (PA) is to improve the quality of life for people with inadequate healthcare, said Muhammad Rafay, who received the IDB scholarship.
I want to make a profound impact in each patient's life by aiding in their healing process and emphasizing the mental, emotional and physical aspects of patient care.
ISNA is the largest Muslim umbrella organization in North America.
Muslim students hope that the scholarships would help them serve their community and the whole world.
"I hope to one day become a prominent advocate for the Muslim community, said Amal Younis, the third recipient of the scholarship.
In today's society it is very important that we have young, educated Muslim leaders emerging from our communities to help serve as positive examples for our youth.
Abdul-Khadir shares a similar opinion.
Today, someone's generosity has allowed me to help pay for my tuition and ease the burden on my parents.
Tomorrow, I hope to be able to use this opportunity to strengthen the Muslim Ummah and give back to the community so that others can be blessed with even more. Jazakallahu khairan!
Though there are no official figures, America is believed to be home to nearly eight million Muslims.A Gallup poll had found that the majority of US Muslims are patriot and loyal to their country and are optimistic about their future.