About Masjid Muhammad


American Muslims Against Violence and Terrorism (AMATE) Initiative is a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Masjid Muhammad “The Nation's Mosque” designed to counter the narratives of violent extremism domestically.

We engage domestic stakeholders in order to raise awareness about the threat of  violent extremism, while tapping into our 80 years of experience of providing alternative narratives and solutions to the problem of violent extremism.

Our goal is to be a comprehensive resource center, so that we create healthy, happy, involved communities that are resilient to all forms of violent extremism. We seek to support efforts, services, and resources of our communities for individuals who may be going down a destructive or harmful path.

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    Born in the USA – The Need for an American Islam


    In 2017, the world experienced one of the most deadliest attack in New York since 9/11. The attack by 29-year-old Uzbekistan native, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, killed at least 8 people and injured dozens of others. This unfortunate event comes on the heels of ISIS having major setbacks territorially in Iraq and Syria, but likely a reconstituting of their aims and objectives as they seek to look for influence and furthering their brand including in the United States. Saipov’s desire to be lured into the web of influence of ISIS, its symbols, religious doctrine and global attraction isn’t new. In 2015, the first ISIS claimed attack in the US carried out by both Elton Simpon and Nadir Soofi were motivated by a desire to carry out attacks in their own city and state of Texas and the online attraction and appeal of ISIS instruction from the Middle East. Furthermore, in 2016, Orlando Night Club Shooter, Omar Mateen equally heard the call of ISIS seeking to carry out attacks against a gay nightclub, one in which he apparently frequented prior suggesting a potential tormented soul based on his own personal struggles and seeking redemption via ISIS strict and narrow brand of Islam.

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