US Muslims Challenged to Steer Youth Away From Violence

A Pew Research survey released in August of 2011 showed 59 percent of adult Muslims in the United States are between the ages of 18 and 39, compared to 40 percent of adults in the general public. This large number of young adults means more opportunities for American Muslims.

The involvement of two young Muslim men in the Boston Marathon bombing was a stark reminder to American Muslims that young kids in their community could be used to spread terror and violence. Many analysts believe community leaders need to play a role in keeping kids off the violent path. Imam Johari of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in suburban Washington said he and leaders like him are spreading the message of non-violence.

“I tell the legacy to young people about the African Americans. If we can create social change, and it was not violence that freed the Negros,” he said. “It was the willingness of the whites, the blacks and religious people and government leaders to join together and say this system is against the American Constitution and against God. And we did that.”

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