Johari Abdul-Malik & Suhaib Webb | Mega-Mosque Communities and Loneliness

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, an imam at Dar al-Hijrah moved within walking distance of ADAMS Center so that his family could be closer to a progressive (in the conservative sense), dynamic, and welcoming community led by Imam Mohamed Magid.

Most individuals attend religious services for two reasons, to have communion with the divine and for fellowship with a community of like-minded believers. Jews and Christians primarily attend their houses of worship for the latter reason while Muslims that frequent mosques primarily attend for the former, which can lead to a lack of real community and feelings of loneliness.

To see the official video from the MPAC Convention, click here: The State of our Umma (Community)” Facing our Challenges

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5 Comments on “Johari Abdul-Malik & Suhaib Webb | Mega-Mosque Communities and Loneliness”

  1. Aishah says:

    Asalaamu Alaikum

    Immigrants in small communities don’t feel lonely but immigrants in big communities do…odd right but for converts its the opposite. In small communities like mine the converts are shut out and in big communities they can find other converts and more religious immigrants that are inclusive.

    • Ify Okoye says:

      Wa salaam alaykum,

      Interesting observation and probably true. I know I have definitely benefitted from being in large community of Muslims for so many reasons including the diversity of believers, large number of mosques, and abundant opportunities to learn and practice the faith. May Allah make it easy for you and others. Sometimes, when I travel and visit less than stellar communities, it reminds me to be thankful for being blessed to have converted and live in a happening area deeny-wise.

  2. AK says:

    “Most individuals attend religious services for two reasons, to have communion with the divine and for fellowship with a community of like-minded believers. Jews and Christians primarily attend their houses of worship for the latter reason while Muslims that frequent mosques primarily attend for the former….”

    Interesting. Do you have data to show that Jews and Christians are at their respective houses of worship purely for social purposes? I’m not saying either is more important, but I doubt very much that Muslims are somehow more interested in communing with the divine than anyone other religious group. Perhaps there was a survey that you read on the topic that you could link to?

    • Ify Okoye says:

      Yes, actually if you listen to the audio that quote of a finding comes from researchers conducting a study on why people attend houses of worship that were visiting Imam Johari’s mosque.

  3. AK says:

    Ah, my speakers are broken, so I can’t hear anything that is going on in that clip!


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