Assalam Regards At his Houston-area high school, 17-year-old Mohamad Alwan is one of the students spreading the word about the newly formed Muslim Student Association (MSA).
The new group, which was only formed this school year, boasts about 30 Muslim students and even a sprinkling of non-Muslims.
“We (Muslims) can’t hide in the shadows,” Mohamad, a junior, told AboutIslam.net. “We have to let people know who we are and that we’re good.”
Mohamad, who lives in northwest Houston, is passionate about ensuring his fellow Muslim youth are proud of who they are and open about how they practice their faith. In fact, one of the benefits of forming the MSA is that he and other Muslims can pray together twice a day, before and after school, in a classroom offered by one of their teachers.
He said this campus congregation is important to encouraging teenage Muslims to embrace their Islamic practice.
“People always ask me questions about Islam, they’ll ask me about our prayer, or about how things are different from their religion, and I really like to inform them,” Mohamad said.
His Islamic pride stems from his parents’ push to get him to the local mosque not only to study and learn but also to bond with his peers
“I started going to the mosque regularly about two or three years ago because my family wanted me to go and I wanted to stay close to my religion,” he said. “So now I go every day to pray and read Qur’an, but I also go to play basketball and because all my friends are there.”