It all started when...
Sisterhood is empowering, and empowered women are superwomen. YM is all about sisterhood; we strive to create a safe space for all of us girls to share our thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Unity is something emphasized in Islam as well.
The Prophet ﷺ said, “A believer is a mirror to another believer,” (narrated by Abu Hurayrah).
A few years ago, several devoted Islamic workers took a hard look at Islamic work in North America and saw that one huge bulk of the Muslims population was being lost in the shuffle: the youth. Those who themselves must carry the torch of Islam one day were feeling little or none of it in their hearts.
And so, Young Muslims was born. Young Muslims is the youth division of Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and was established specifically to address and solve this problem. YM’s purpose is to seek the pleasure of Allah ﷻ through educating and developing the youth in order to foster in them the desire to live their lives for the sake of Allah and to change the lives of others around them to have that same desire.
The most important part of YM is the NeighborNet—we call it a NeighborNet because essentially it’s a network of neighbors. This is a halaqah type gathering where sisters meet up and talk about their problems, find answers through Islam, and enjoy a Muslim atmosphere. 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 sisterhood with their peers, they become comfortable with Islam and its teachings. With each other, YM members work together to make an impact in their communities when the local masjid, shelter, or fundraising to help another country. In YM, there is a balance between knowledge, activism, and fun.
YM Unscripted is a podcast that is dedicated to discussing problems that the youth face and how we can overcome them. It’s something new and exciting that we hope can benefit everyone who listens. YM Unscripted tackles topics from respecting yourself to defining the American Muslim identity and is the perfect relevant podcast to listen to on your way to work, school, or in your free time.
YM Goes Green
“He released the two seas, meeting [side by side]; Between them is a barrier [so] neither of them transgresses. So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny? From both of them emerge pearl and coral. So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?” (Quran 55:19-23)
NATIONAL DEPARTMENT HEADS FOR THE 2016-2017 TERM:
subregional coordinators for the 2016-2017 term:
YMS Rhode Island
YM Morris County
YMS North Brunswick
YMS Brighton Beach
YMS New Hyde Park
YMS East Meadow
Each NeighborNet does things a little differently. But generally, these are the programs we participate in.
A halaqa (حلقة) is a religious gathering meant to study aspects of Islam, like the Qur’an or hadith. Members of YMS will give a halaqa for us to get closer to our deen.
FEED THEIR LEGACY
Feed Their Legacy is a campaign dedicated to the community service that Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha took part in.