Civic engagement goes far beyond voting and showing up to events when called. The fact is that Islam endorses active involvement against injustice not only when it is easy but when its difficult.
This past weekend we got a chance to hear from some of the Muslim leaders in civic engagement here in Georgia. Br. Ehab Jaleel demonstrates authentic engagement in several ways one such is as a board member at North Fulton Community Charities. Br. Shuaib Ahmed focuses on getting the uniformly diverse voice of American Muslims out there in Atlanta and now hopes to expand to the US. Br. Ahmed Ali practices his engagement as a renowned public speaker in the North Fulton Area. Finally Aliya Naim has studied elections in Libya and Yemen and now works with Georgia Muslim Voter Project to enable Muslims make a greater impact in our elections.
With a more intimate group setting, we were able to converse with these leaders and learn some key tips of how to get involved and make a difference in the way people perceive the Muslim community as a whole. The first step is by getting out of our comfort zone be that comfort in religion or culture or history. We must take the time to invest in our skills and hobbies and leverage those to interact externally with the Non-Muslim society or the Non-Arab or Non-Desi, or non[insert race here] society to become relevant to our society. The harsh note truly is that if our Masjid disappeared today would people, Non-Muslims, be happy or sad? Would it be a loss or a tragedy? What have we done to be relevant?