Young Muslims – The Voice of Muslim Youth in America

MV: Aselamulaikum

Do you guys remember my recent post, How I Found My Identity? The Youth Groups, Selden and Frisco I was part of, are also a part of Young Muslims of America. In these days, many youth are turning to the wrong direction. The age of the youth is crucial. That was one of the reasons that “Young Muslims” or YM was created. From YM many of the youth are able to build strong bonds, activism, and become leaders of the community. So why become associated with YM instead of keeping your or your community’s Youth Group the way it is?

Its because your a part of something bigger. Through YM (speaking from personal experience as well) your able to meet new people and build strong bonds from people from one coast to another. Here’s a good example. I was once at a friends/family gathering. I started talking to one of my friends who was also a part of YM Frisco about….YM Frisco. So all of sudden, one of the brothers sitting by us asks, “Are you guys part of YM?” I then found out that he was actually in fact a part of YM Bay Area (California). He was in the Dallas area because he was taking classes at Bayyinah institute. I invited him to my YM and from that we had a long conversation and then we progressed into becoming friends (yes, I actually have friends). I found it amazing how I met someone from the West Coast just through being a part of YM. Another time I remember a couple of brothers from YM Houston came to visit our YM in the Dallas area, guess what, I made some more friends! So the bottom line is, you not only make new friends, its almost like you become part of a family.

Here is information about YM (Young Muslims) of America:

What is YM?

Young Muslims (YM) is a pioneering national youth organization that has been on the youth scene since the early 90’s. We have established a well organized network of local youth groups that we call NeighborNets (which means network of neighbors) across the United States and Canada. Each NeighborNet is a dynamic youth group which attempts to build a solid understanding of the principles of Islam amongst its members by helping them put these principles into practice. By providing the youth with an Islamic atmosphere where they can form bonds of brotherhood with their peers, they become comfortable with Islam and its teachings. We stress the importance of knowing, understanding, and fulfilling our individual and collective obligations as Muslims.
Young Muslims constantly strives to embody the Quranic verse: Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right, and forbidding what is wrong: They are the ones to attain felicity. (3:104)

What is a Neighbor Net?

The foundation of YM’s activities is the “NeighborNet”. This is a weekly gathering of knowledge, advice, and spiritual empowerment. The comfortable, friendly atmosphere present with each NeighborNet across YM’s national network allows an attendee to immediately connect with other attendees. Is through this gathering that strong bonds of friendship are formed, which fosters mutual mentorship and progression.

Each NeighborNet has two major components. The first is the discussion circle (halaqah). It is during this time that the NeighborNet Coordinator conducts a discussion of an Islamic topic that was prepared for the group. The topics are uniquely designed to provide these young minds with a balanced and comprehensive understanding of Islam, and are presented in a manner easily relating the subject matter to the experiences of the attendees.
Every NeighborNet is combined with an activity/sports component as well. These activities are the medium of developing mutual familiarity (ta’aruf) and strong friendships. Many members of YM can attest that some of their strongest, most wholesome, relationships have been attained through the NeighborNet. Sports, group dinners, and road trips are only a few examples of the activities that have been organized.
The NeighborNet is truly the essence of YM: it is in these weekly meetings that community service and activism is achieved. NeighborNets often work together to organize and execute serve projects at soup kitchens, shelters, and many other places where the general community can benefit from their work.
YM NeighborNets meet each week across YM’s vast network – from California to New Jersey & New York, to Chicago and Houston. We are constantly growing alhamdulillah.

What Others Say

YM Brothers are amazing mashaAllah. Every time I meet one of them or spend time with them, I am taken back. May Allah bless them for their efforts and hard work. Ameen”Imam Omar Suleiman

“I am indebted to YM for what its done for me, it’s had a huge impact on my life…I made life-long friendships.”Faraz Iqbal, fmr. YM Natl. Coordinator ’98-’00

“The best years of my life were spent as a member of Young Muslims. No joke!”Gareth Bryant, fmr. YM Natl Shurah member ’08-09′ from YM NY

“There’s nothing like the feeling you get after a great NN [YM NeighborNet]. It makes you wonder how much more amazing hanging out with the brothers will be in Jannah. iA The Most High allows us to keep experiencing moments like these in our lives and in the hereafter.”Omar Moqeet, fmr. YM Natl. Shura Member, active YM Chicago member

“There is absolutely nothing like YM alhumdulillah. There are literally [brothers] here from age 14 to 27 and everyone is straight chillin’ “Arif Hussain, fmr. YM Natl. Coordinator ’08-’09

“You need to have amazing youth groups… I love YM. I love those guys.”Nouman Ali Khan

Did I mention that Br. Nouman Ali Khan (also my favorite Muslim celebrity) invited me and my YM to his place (Bayinnah) JUST because I was a part of YM? 😉

Some Neighbor Nets across America (Not up to date at this moment):

California

Neighbornet Name Masjid Name Address Meeting time/day
YM Lomita NeighborNet Masjid Al Noor 25816 Walnut StreetLomita, CA 90717 Saturday 2:45 – 3:45 PM
YM Bay Area MCA (Masjid al-Noor) 1755 Catherine St
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Saturday 6:00 PM

Florida

Neighbornet Name Masjid Name Address Meeting time/day
Miami Gardens Muslim School of Miami 11699 Southwest 147th Avenue
Miami, FL 33186
Saturday 7:00 PM
West Palm Beach Muslim Community of West Palm Beach (MCWPB) 4893 Purdy Lane
West Palm Beach, FL
Friday 6:00 PM

Illinois

Neighbornet Name Masjid Name Address Meeting time/day
YM Northside Chicago NeighborNet ICNA Dawah Center 6224 N California Ave,
Chicago IL 60659
Saturday 6:30 PM
YM Westside Chicago NeighborNet IFS (Islamic Foundation) 300 W. Highridge Road
Villa Park, IL 60181 USA
Saturday 5:45 PM
YM IFN NeighborNet IFN (Islamic Foundation North) 1751 North O’Plaine Road
Libertyville, IL 60048
Friday 7:00 PM
YM Niles NeighborNet MEC (Muslim Education Center) 8601 North Menard St.
Morton Grove, IL 60053
Saturday 5:30 PM

Massachusetts

NeighborNet Name Location Address Meeting time/day
YM Worcester Worcester Islamic Center 248 East Mountain Street
Worcester, MA
Saturday 6:30 PM

New Jersey

Neighbornet Name Masjid Name Address Meeting time/day
YM Jersey City NeighborNet Masjid Al-Salam 2824 John F Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07306-3921
Friday 6:00 PM
YM Piscataway NeighborNet MCMC (Muslim Center of Middlesex County) 1000 Hoes Ln,
Piscataway NJ 08854
Friday 6:30 PM
YM Woodbridge NeighborNet MCNJ (Muslim Center of New Jersey) 15 South Second Street
Fords, NJ 08863
Saturday 1:15 PM
YM Teaneck NeighborNet Darul Islah 320 Fabry Ter.,
Teaneck, NJ 07666.
Friday 7:00 PM
YM Plainfield
NeighborNet
Plainfield Center for Islamic Enlightenment (PCIE) 147 – 151 North AveBr>;;; Plainfield, NJ 07060 Friday 6:00 PM
YM Trenton Masjid Saffat 25 Oxford Street
Trenton, NJ 08638
Friday After Maghrib prayers

New York

NeighborNet Name Location Address Meeting time/day
Bronx NN Bait-ul-Aman 2348 Newbold Ave
Bronx NY 10462
Saturday 6:30 PM
Jamaica NN ICNA Markaz 166-26 89th Ave
Jamaica NY 11432
Friday 6:30 PM
Seldon NN Islamic Association of Long Island 10 Park Hill Dr
Selden NY 11784
Friday 6:00 PM

YM Selden is where its at! (My former YM)

Texas

NeighborNet Name Location Address Meeting time/day
Clear Lake NN Asia Center 618 Barringer Ln, Webster TX 77598 Friday 6:00 PM
Synott NN Islamic Education Institute 10415 Synott Road
Sugar Land, TX 77498-1132
Saturday 11:00 AM
Bear Creek NN ISGH 17250 Coventry Park Dr
Houston, TX 77084
Saturday 6:00 PM
(As you can tell, YM Frisco on here yet as its relatively new and is the first YM in the Dallas area.)

Wanna help start a YM in your area? Email contact@ymsite.com for more information on how to become affiliated.

Be a part of a whole, start a chance in your community. Young Muslims are definitely a big voice for the youth of America!

http://ymsite.com/

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