What is Muslims
in Memphis? That’s a good question to ask in March, especially if you live in
Memphis. It’s both an annual observance for
celebrating the Muslim component of the city and a name given to an
organization that holds events in March of every year. As mentioned in their website, the goal of the organization is “to engage in an outreach program
to the larger community of Memphis & the Mid-south, in order to
educate/inform and dispel myths about Islam and Muslims that have permeated
this society for far too long.”
A number of
volunteer Muslim Memphians work hard every year to organize a series of events
that are geared toward the entire community.
For example, three large events have been organized for March 2016,
which are all featured on their
I have recently been to one of the organization’s meetings where I
witnessed firsthand the planning for a community event called
MusliMeMfest. Trust me, that’s an event
you don’t want to miss, since there will food, entertainment, guest speakers,
As president of
the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA), I became inspired by Muslims in Memphis,
so I started the tradition of organizing events to celebrate March at CBU. Last
year we hosted events entitled I speak for myself and Islam 101. For this year, four educational events are
scheduled to take place on campus throughout March, as listed below:
"Philosopher of Islamic Terror"
Please come and
join us for a presentation on Sayyid Qutb, a famous philosopher whose ideas
have been used as a basis for Islamic terror.
1pm to 2pm
Buckman Room 358, CBU CAmpus
March 5th, local mosques will be opening their doors to the entire community,
so that everyone can learn more about Islam and ask any questions they
have. There will be tours, presentations, question and answer sessions,
and more! The following mosques are participating:
1. Masjid Al-Mu’Minun | 4412 south Third St, Memphis, TN 3810
2. Masjid Ar-Rahman | 7906 Lowrance Road, Memphis, TN 38125
3. Memphis Islamic Center | 10225 Humphrey Road, Cordova, TN 38018
4. Muslim Society of Memphis | 1065 Stratford Road, Memphis, TN 38122
5. Masjid Al-Muslimeen | 3141 Directors Row, Memphis, TN 38131
These open houses will go from 11am-4pm. An RSVP is preferred, but not
required. You can RSVP here.
Radicalization of Sayyid Qutb"
Please join us
for another presentation about the "Philosopher of Islamic Terror"
Sayyid Qutb. This time we will explore his shift from secularism to
4. "What is Shia Islam?"
All are invited
to come out and learn from Latifa Juma about Shia Islam, its origins, its
practices, and what makes it distinct.
Thursday March 17th
6pm to 7pm
Anwar Arafat presents: Intro to Islam"
welcome to come and hear a local imam (Muslim clergyman) give a presentation
about Islam and answer questions from the audience.
1pm to 2pm
On March 26th
at the Agricenter (7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Memphis, TN 38120) there will be a
community event called MusliMeMfest. This festival serves to help build
bridges and start conversation among different communities in Memphis and to
strengthen the relationship between the diverse peoples of Memphis. There
will be Islamic arts, food, entertainment, guest speakers, a bazaar, and hot
air balloons! Admission is free and you can RSVP here.
Why do we
organize these events? In light of the
anti-Muslim rhetoric that we hear from some politicians, it is of vital
importance that Muslims organize events to tear down the wall the separates
them and other members of the community.
These events are mainly geared toward non-Muslims, so please don’t
hesitate to show up. And last, it’s my
firm belief that knowledge of ‘the other’ fosters understanding of ‘the other.’
Mustafa Hmood is a Senior, President of the Muslim Student Association, and a Lasallian Fellow.