Final Film Edit Complete

In 1 year and 4 months, unMosqued went from an idea to a full feature length documentary film. This past year has been very hectic for us at UnMosqued, but with everyone's support, we are happy to announce that we have a final edit of the film complete. In case you were wondering, this is what a completed film looks like:

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UnMosqued + ISPU = Major National Case Study on Mosque Best Practices

We have some exciting news to share with you all. We are working with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding to produce a major national case study on mosques that will offer best practices for all mosques in the USA.

Here is an event put together by ISPU featuring Suhaib Webb, who calls the UnMosqued issue "one of the most important issues regarding Muslim Americans." Imam Suhaib Webb calls ISPU "One of the most important institutions in America pertaining to what is happening to the Muslim community." Check it out and attend if you can, we will also be there on November 23rd, God willing.

http://www.ispu.org/GetEvent/50/63/EventCenter.aspx

UnMosqued: Why Are Young Muslims Leaving American Mosques?

"Oftentimes I would find myself leaving the mosque annoyed at the cliques and exclusivity that prevented anyone from a different background to feel a strong bond with its community members. I started wondering if others felt the same way. As a second generation American, I did not want to affiliate with a specific ethnic based mosque. Nor did I believe that it was in the spirit of Islam for mosques to have this type of segregation." Read the rest on Huffington Post Religion section here. 

UnMosqued Q: Imam Suhaib Webb on "Where are Converts kids?"

We just launched a Kickstarter campaign for UnMosqued to pay for some of the post production costs, such as editing, animations, etc.

We want the film to be a catalyst for people to begin to create positive change in their mosque, and that is already happening. Here is your opportunity to be a part of this positive change. Kickstarter is all or nothing, if we don't raise the total amount we need, we get nothing. Please consider backing this film on Kickstarter and helping us complete it.

UnMosqued Q: Yahsmin Bobo on "Purpose of the Mosque"

We just launched a Kickstarter campaign for UnMosqued to pay for some of the post production costs, such as editing, animations, etc.

We want the film to be a catalyst for people to begin to create positive change in their mosque, and that is already happening. Here is your opportunity to be a part of this positive change.

Kickstarter is all or nothing, if we don't raise the total amount we need, we get nothing. Please consider backing this film on Kickstarter and helping us complete it.

UnMosqued Q: Nouman Ali Khan on "Friday Muslims"

We just launched a Kickstarter campaign for UnMosqued to pay for some of the post production costs, such as editing, animations, etc.

We want the film to be a catalyst for people to begin to create positive change in their mosque, and that is already happening. Here is your opportunity to be a part of this positive change.

Kickstarter is all or nothing, if we don't raise the total amount we need, we get nothing. Please consider backing this film on Kickstarter and helping us complete it.

UnMosqued Q: Mohammad Abbasi on "How can a Mosque Measure Success?"

We just launched a Kickstarter campaign for UnMosqued to pay for some of the post production costs, such as editing, animations, etc.

We want the film to be a catalyst for people to begin to create positive change in their mosque, and that is already happening. Here is your opportunity to be a part of this positive change.

Kickstarter is all or nothing, if we don't raise the total amount we need, we get nothing. Please consider backing this film on Kickstarter and helping us complete it.

THE TEASER HAS FOUND AN AUDIENCE

Unmosqued Teaser  

We've chosen not to market our project at this stage of the process, just publishing some blog posts for the small number of people on our facebook fanpage. We decided this early on both because we needed to finalize the film's subjects and themes before we made it "public", but also because we have very limited time to work on this each day. When the time is right we will go out and actively tell our story, but at this stage you're enormously privileged to be reading this (joking).

Since we launched our first teaser a little over a month ago, it has almost 35,000 views. (There is another repost of this exact teaser with ~5k views).  The teaser alone has generated countless discussions about the topic among many different circles across the nation.  Aside from this proving that there is a genuine interest in what we're creating it's also a testament to the importance of the topic itself to all those that are involved/not involved at the mosque. Much more to come. Stay tuned.

Why UnMosqued The Movie?

UnMosqued is a documentary film which aims to highlight the growing need for reform in many of the mosques found in America. The purpose of the documentary is to engage a group of people who have been disconnected from their local mosque and explore the various reasons that have led to this sentiment. It is clear that many youth who are likely to be second or even third generation Americans have felt judged or unwelcome at a mosque. It may be the degree of friendliness or a lack of ownership that breeds this feeling. Masajid may not be doing enough to attract and retain the youth, which further alienates the future members of the community from using the mosque space for their spiritual growth.

UnMosqued aims to explore this growing unease with the masjid space and why it exists. One clear factor is the cultural divide that pervades the American Mosque landscape. According to The American-Mosque 2011 report, "3/4 of all mosques are dominated by one ethnic group. In most cases this one group is either South Asian, Arab, or African American," (p.14). As Muslims become integrated within American society and grow up in a diverse multi-racial environment, it becomes increasingly uncomfortable to enter a mosque that is predominated by a certain culture. Millenials and Generation Xers do not have as strong of a relationship with their parents' country of origin which exacerbates the discomfort they feel when entering ethnic-based masajid. Granted, these mosques have been formed in order to provide comfort and community to the large influx of Muslims that have come from diverse parts of the world to America. While it has successfully accomplished that goal, the catch 22 is that it will not sustain such comfort with future generations while on American soil.

We are indebted to the sacrifices the first generation of American Muslims provided us with, including the infrastructure and community organizing that was required to build our current mosques and Islamic schools.  According to the American-Mosque 2011 report study, in a little over 30 years, they established over 2000 mosques all across the country, and today, only 10% of all Muslims in America attend these mosques.  Sadly, most of the established mosques in America have created a large amount of confusion in the minds of the Millenials and the Generation Xers between what is a cultural practice and what is essential Islam.

The problem we are facing is a subtle one that very few people are aware of. Many Muslims enter the mosque and think that what we see and experience is normal and that this is how a mosque should be, while in reality, what we oftentimes experience in the mosque is nothing more than a cultural interpretation of Islam that does not take into account the American context. We hope the film will inspire people who are unmosqued to feel a sense of responsibility and to take the film to their communities, watch it with them, and have serious discussions as an effort to remedy the dire situation we find ourselves in. We hope the film will move the elder generation to make some needed changes in our mosques in order that we not lose the future generations of Muslims in America.