While Muslims residing in Europe and North America may enjoy better economic prospects, their social life is not only in transition but also beset by challenges. Getting suitable spouses for their children is one of the most pressing issues.
Most masjids in North America are used merely for prayers and offer little by way of social support. Most Imams are not equipped to deal with the challenges thrown up living in the West.
We continue our conversation with Dr John Andrew Morrow about his views on the role of Muslims in North America.
Islamophobia has gone mainstream. Both in North America and Europe, it has received official sanction and is being used to justify the West’s wars of aggression against Muslims.
Most Muslims have either been co-opted or intimidate by the system; others are gamely trying to stand up to the corporate and establishment bullies. Their best chance of survival is to frame their discourse in terms of the broader interests of the American people.1
The challenges and moral dilemmas facing Muslim families requires an understanding of the shifts in ideological, social, religious and political forces that are shaping the structure and function of families in North America.
In its 1997 report, the United States Agriculture Department revealed that, ‘Americans routinely toss away uneaten vegetables, day-old bread and other pantry items, wasting one-fourth of the nation’s total food supply.