Muslim youth came out to engage in conversation and also to remove fear, misunderstandings
On Saturday, September 9th, Muslim youth from across the country took part in the second national #MeetAMuslim Day – a nationwide effort to answer questions about Islam.
The goal of the event is in order to build bridges and eliminate any ignorance.
The nationwide effort is being organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) – the young men’s organization of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA – who will host #MeetAMuslim events nationwide in 80 locations across the country.
In each location, young Men and boys from the AMYA will stand in public spaces holding signs reading “I’m a Muslim, ask me anything” or “Meet a Muslim.”
“As active and engaged Americans, our mission is to always promote dialogue and understanding between all people,” said Dr. Bilal Rana, National President of AMYA.
Rana continued, adding, “The best way to defeat ignorance about Islam is to make ourselves available as sources of knowledge about our faith. According to a Pew Research Poll, 62% of Americans say they don’t know a Muslim. We want to change this by getting out in our local communities, engaging in dialogue, and thereby tackling the misconceptions people have about Islam.”
The event was also a blood drive in the afternoon of September 9th throughout Smale Riverfront Park in Downtown Cincinnati.
About Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association:
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) is a nationwide youth group that works with young Muslim men and boys around the country.
The association serves as the young men and boys auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Officially established in the United States in 1939, AMYA is one of the earliest Muslim Youth organizations in the United States.
AMYA is a dynamic and vibrant association serving not only the needs of its members but of its local communities and nation.
The association is comprised of more than 3,000 men and boys aged seven to 40, spread across 70 local chapters.
Previous members of AMYA include Grammy Award winning artists and Pulitzer Prize winning journalists. AMYA is headquartered in Silver Spring, MD.