Assalaamu ‘Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh (May Peace and Mercy and Blessings of Allah be Upon You). Welcome to our humble abode! Millennial Muslims is student-run (and read) publication that strive to provide a platform for young Muslim voices to address and discuss the issues that are important to them. We aim to foster a culture of critical thinking and scholarly discourse through establishing an inclusive space where Muslims can express their opinions, share their experiences, and engage in intellectual debate.
In today’s socio-political climate it is rare for a day to go by where Muslims and Islam are not talked about, dismantled and criticized. With ‘experts’ such as Pauline Hanson, Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump here to educate the masses on the intricacies of our complex and rich faith, it can be disheartening to join a discussion that is increasingly becoming one-sided. Faced with what can feel like a relentless flood of self-righteous indignation and a barrage of ‘alternative facts’, it might seem easier to settle into a disillusioned state of weariness and simply remove ourselves from the narrative. Yet, it is not only the external environment that is slowly and steadily stifling young Muslims- there is an ever-growing internal rift in the Ummah (Muslim Community). Our community is shattering- a mirror once reflecting an eternal truth, now a mosaic of distortions.
Being a Muslim in today’s society can feel a little like being Ariel from The Little Mermaid (bear with us). It appears that in order to be accepted amongst mainstream society, one must forfeit their voice or modify it to such an extent that it is barely recognizable as your own. (If you have not seen The Little Mermaid and this metaphor is lost on you, google it!).
But young Muslims, we believe that it is vital that we remain true to who we are and proudly embrace the legacy left for us, not only by the Prophets (peace upon them) and their companions but also the countless scholars, philosophers, artists, scientists, warriors and explorers who have helped create and shape the society we live in today. Rather than sit on the sidelines wringing our hands and covering our ears as we are increasingly defined by one narrow brush stroke, we must create and lead the conversations that are needed by our community and the wider society.
This publication arose out of a fierce desire to be heard, rather than to be merely seen and spoken about. To have a chance to speak our truth, not as a single homogenous entity but rather as it truly exists: a spectrum of experiences. We chronicle stories from the young revert, to the non-Arab Muslim, to the efforts of brothers and sisters in the community. We’ll be covering everything from politics, literature, art, lifestyle and much, much more, inshallah (if God wills). So, if anything is striking a chord with you, please reach out to us, as this is a space created for you (Join our Team).
If you’ve made this far, we thank you. And we promise: the best is yet to come.