DC

We’ve Seen Ta’leef Collective, now meet “MakeSpace”

We’ve seen the work of Ta’leef Collective in creating an inclusive place for Muslims, well now meet MakeSpace. This is a group of Muslims in the DC Metro area trying to create a center where Muslims can come and grow without the barrier of entries in other places.

The mission of MakeSpace is to serve as an inclusive, responsive and transparently-managed hub for the Washington Metropolitan area Muslim community, with a strong focus on youth and professionals, to grow spiritually, intellectually and professionally and to develop an American Muslim identity rooted in the values of balance and compassion through educational programs, civic engagement initiatives, community service projects and recreational activities with the aim of making the timeless message of Islam relevant to the lives of all community members.

Meet the Muslim Versions of Justin Bieber or One Direction or [insert male pop singer(s)]

I am pretty much an uncle to the current teenage generation of Muslims. All I know is that Justin Bieber and One Direction are the Justin Timberlake and Backstreet Boys, respectively, of their generation. I am all for better alternative musical talents for Muslims to consume. My recommendation would be not to go down the nasheed route like Maher Zain or Sami Yusuf. That limits your audience to Muslims. They should go the Lupe Fiasco or Yuna route, whom both are Muslims but internationally acclaimed artists. Whichever fiqh opinion they choose for their music they should spread the message to a wider audience. May Allah continue to bless them and guide them. Ameen!