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Way too many Muslim youth are "un-mosqued" b/c they feel mosques arent safe for them

A thread for #MuslimTwitter & anyone else listening /1
To be clear, I don't mean "unsafe mosques" in terms of extremism or violence. I mean in lack of representation, empathy, & leadership /2
Muslim sisters are in my DMs upset that they cant find a mosque that has room for them. Black Muslims in my DMs due to racism in mosques /3
Non "mainstream Sunni" Muslims (as if thats a monolith) in my DMs asking if I know of non-sectarian mosques so they can pray w/o hassle /4
Young ppl have a very, very, low tolerance for hypocrisy. The epidemic rates of "unmosqued" Muslim youth should be a neon flashing sign /5
A black Muslim scholar who identifies as non-sectarian told me she estimates over 60-70% of American Muslim youth are "unmosqued." /6
Mosques should be safe places for everyone, Muslim or not, male & female — all people. Literally the only requirement is to come in peace /7
Muhammad (sa) opened his mosque for Christians to come pray as they wish w/o restriction. How are mosques today gonna restrict Muslims?? /8
If you don't have equal facilities for women—split the mosque's main hall in half for those who prefer purdah & give men the smaller half /9
Better yet, when building the mosque—make sure women sit on the board for mosque construction so women maintain an equal voice. /10
If the Imam is racist or promoting racist ideologies, then get rid of him & get someone worthy of that role. This isn't difficult stuff. /11
I can tell you w/conviction w/in my community, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Comm, all our 16000+ mosques have equal space for women & men /12
Our mosques are in 210 nations. Our Imams are as diverse as our members. Black, White, Asian, Arab, Latino—Imams reflect our community /13
Last week when I spoke at MercyHurst, a young Muslim women said she accepted Islam but left b/c she had no mosque support—just judgement /14
She no longer identified as Muslim. That's on all of us. We must do better to provide support to our youth & to new Muslims. /15
My message to "unmosqued" Muslims: Whatever your sect, belief, etc—our mosques are open to you too. No one's checking your faith ID /16
Just don't despair. Know our doors our open & our hearts are open. We dont have to agree on faith to respect as humans—That's #TrueIslam /17
If you want to find a mosque nearby to visit, shoot me an email (in my bio) & I'll do my best to find you one. That's my promise to you /18
And to the mosques driving our youth away—you gotta stop this. Reform yourself & invite them w/love & service. That's #TrueIslam. ☮️ 19/19

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