The American Imam?
The following news story is an example of an evolving – and very welcome – phenomenon: the emergence of new leadership in Muslim community’s mosques and Islamic centers in the form of young imams who were born, raised, educated and indeed acculturated in America. Let’s share the published stories of such imams on this blog. If you know of such imams whose stories have not been published, share any contact information you have, so that we can communicate with them and write their stories. This is a narrative that we need to share with the mainstream religious and civil society.
Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you.
Here is another (supportive) point of view: http://insideislam.wisc.edu/index.php/archives/9652
Another story about an American-born imam: http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/story/2012-01-18/american-imam-asif-umar-st-louis/52650812/1