CAIRO - In a bid to make summer more worthy for young Muslims, an American youth organization will be hosting a conference for youth in the United States with the aim of raising hope in Allah's forgiveness and encouraging unity among Muslims.
The Muslim youth need to realize that it is not too late, that they should never despair in the mercy of their Lord, the conference page on the Facebook says.It is a part of our job to keep the torch of Islam from dying out.
Because we have this responsibility on our shoulders, we need to be more hopeful in terms of deen (religion) as well as duniya (worldly matters).
Organized by the Young Muslims (YM) organization, the three-day conference will begin on May 25.
Themed the The Seekers: A Quest for Hope, the event aims at inspiring young American Muslims to reclaim hope in Allah's forgiveness and in people surrounding them.
We need to have hope in people and in Allah. We need to introduce change in society, build a social conscious, and encourage unity as Muslims, conference's page says.
We need to be the great people we were meant to be, taking back our title, our story. We have the ability to make a difference.
We are the generation that will take over. We are the ambassadors of this deen. We are the seekers of hope that will bring about a better tomorrow.
The event will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center, the largest convention facility between New York and Boston.
It will be parallel to the 38th Annual ICNA-MAS Convention that takes place at the same venue under the theme Islam: The Pursuit of Happiness.
A holst of leading Muslim figures will attend the conference as Nouman Ali Khan, founder and CEO of Bayyinah Institute, Sheikh Omar Suleiman, member of the Islamic Circle of North America's Shari`ah Council and ICNA's Institute of Learning Foundation (ILF), and prominent Boston imam Suhaib Webb.
The event would also be attended by Ustadh Wisam Sharieff of Bayyinah Institute, Sheikh Abdul Nasir Jangda and Imam Siraj Wahhaj.
The United States is home to a Muslim minority of between six to eight million.
A US survey has also revealed that the majority of Americans know very little about Muslims and their faith.
Last year, Gain Peace, a Chicago-based Muslim outreach group, launched a public and television campaign to clear long-held misconceptions about Islam.ICNA has also launched a campaign to educate Americans about Shari`ah and dispel wrong perceptions about it.