Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Have you ever seriously asked yourself where we’ll be as a community in 20 years? I pray things will be better, and we always have hope in Allah. But if I judged things based on what I see Muslim students going through, it doesn’t look good.

Spiritually, morally, and mentally–young Muslims are struggling with a lot.

The research reflects what I’ve seen on the ground: Almost 50% of Muslim university students have engaged in drinking alcohol, and a quarter have used illicit drugs in the last year. To make matters worse, the pressures of Islamophobia and secularism have taken their toll on the confidence and identity of many young Muslims.

So what will things be like in 20 years? We can’t answer that question for sure, but I know that we will be held accountable based on how hard we tried to make things better.

That’s why I believe the Muslim Chaplaincy is such an important institution: it provides on the ground, specialized, and relevant support for Muslim students at university. We’re working hard to empower Muslim students to have the spiritual and emotional resilience to make a difference in the world. Now that we’re expanding to two new campuses, we can serve the needs of thousands more Muslim students.

Your support helps build that future. Act now, and make a difference.

Your Brother,
Amjad Tarsin