Why has Unmosqued become a trending topic among American Muslims? The recent documentary, Unmosqued, and the growth of "third spaces" (alongside home and mosque), point to a growing phenomenon in the American Muslim community: many young adults increasingly feel left out of their local mosques. Many feel that mosques are oriented more toward the immigrant communities who founded them, rather than toward today's young adults looking for a place to worship. Common concerns include lack of worship space for women and children, khutbas (sermons) that don't address current issues, and a focus on traditions and ideas that may seem out-dated to younger members of the community.
How should we respond to this challenge: Do we focus on rethinking the mosque experience? How do we do so while respecting the elders who got us this far? How do women, children, and those with special needs fit into the picture? How do we go from Mosqued to UnMosqued to Remosqued? Or does the future of the American Muslim community hold space for both mosques and alternative third spaces?
Charles Turner, Graduate Student, George Mason University
The Unmosqued movement brought forth much-needed conversation about how to help our mosques meet our needs. But how do we move from conversation to actual change?
Atif Mahmud, Co-producer of unMosqued
Yes, Unmosqued is a problem. But the solution is right in front of us. The solution IS us.
Rabia Chaudry, Attorney, Founder and President of the Safe Nation Collaborative, Blogger, "Split the Moon"
I've become unmosqued because of who the Prophet (pbuh) was and what he taught. I'm seeking a worship space that will reflect the love and compassion of my Prophet (pbuh).
Irfan Rydhan, Architect and Blogger, "Al Mihrab"
It's the year 2064, and now the mosque is much more a part of the overall community, just as the Church was in the past—used for public gatherings, voting in elections, emergency shelters, and town hall meetings.
Laila Alawa, Activist, Author, Founder and President of Coming of Faith LLC
I fought long and hard to fit within the mosque, to bring relevancy to scheduled programming for youth and adults. But two years ago, I gave up, and walked out of the mosque, defeated and worn out.
Marwa Aly, Editor, "Grow Mama Grow," and Co-Producer of unMosqued
The lack of inclusionary space, language barriers, generational disconnects, and the lack of proper financial stewardship are all creating obstacles for community life.
Joohi Tahir, Executive Director, MUHSEN, Vice President at Crescent Foods
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