Muslims that reside in America are one of the most ethnically diverse groups in the country. Followers of this Abrahamic faith are comprised of immigrants, refugees, as well as those indigenous to our native land. To date, Masjid Muhammad, located in the heart of Washington, DC and its nationally associated community has had zero incidents of violent extremism; making them a viable partner to organizations and institutions looking to combat extremism. Masjid Muhammad seeks to use their methodology that includes, the Quran, the life example of Muhammad the prophet, and over 40 years of aggressive anti-radicalization techniques and tools, that has created a culture of inclusiveness, to change the conversation in certain communities and to educate the world-over on the fundamental teachings of the faith. A faith that adamantly opposes radicalization and extremism in any form.
American Muslims Against Terrorism and Extremism Initiative (AMATE) is a collation of Muslim and Non-Muslim Americans who are dedicated to end violent extremism. The group understands that the “credible and authentic” voice of Muslims is a powerful tool to address the issues that currently plague the daily issues of the terrorism conversation throughout the world.
The second campaign in this project, #UNITEDASONE, highlights the story of one young man who found himself caught up in a world that would lead him down a very dark path. A relative loner, his story is not unlike so many others who are recruited by extremists. The promise of a solid bond, understanding and kinship quickly turned into assisting efforts that would lead to his incarceration at the tender age of 19, convicted of being a supporter of the global terrorist network, Al Qaeda.