this is an email from a brother who is doing research at Clemson University
asking for Muslims to participate in it so that he can gather data on the
views of Muslims in America concerning how they view themselves. This was
the email originally sent to me.
Majdouline Aziz December 1 at 12:59pm
Dear Khalil Shakir,
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "If anyone travels on a road
in search of knowledge, God will cause him to travel on one of the roads of
I am writing you regarding a research project entitled “Muslim religious
identity: Factors that promote Muslim religious identity among college
student members of Muslim Student Associations,” which is being conducted by
me. My name is Majdouline Aziz and I am a doctoral candidate in
International Family and Community Studies at Clemson University in Clemson,
South Carolina and am a member of the Muslim population in the United
The purpose of this research is to explore the factors that promote
religious identity among Muslim American college students who are members of
Muslim Student Associations (MSA). Such factors include, but are not limited
to, family and peer characteristics, sense of belonging to one’s religious
group, participation in religious practices, and religious involvement in
structured religious organizations such as Muslim Student Associations.
Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States and is poised to
displace Judaism and become second only to Christianity in the number of
adherents. This research will lead to a better understanding of this
ever-growing population by helping us understand how American Muslims
develop and negotiate their religious identities in the present and will
allow us to predict how future generations of Muslims will develop and
negotiate their religious identities. Thus, this research will provide the
Muslim American community with a “formula” on how to maintain their faith
while living in the United States.
The purpose of this email is to see if your Muslim Student Association
chapter would be willing to participate in this research. Members would be
asked to fill out a web-based survey that would be sent via email during the
spring semester of 2010. Furthermore, if you think that your MSA chapter
would be willing to participate, can you please inform me of the approximate
number of members that are associated with your chapter. Furthermore, you
will be provided with a summary of the results of this research.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at anytime at
[log in to unmask] or at (803)629-7577.
I would like to thank you in advance for taking valued time out of your day
to consider contributing to research designed to ensure Muslim religious
identity achievement among Muslim Americans.
Thank you, Jazakumullahu Khair (May Allah (God) reward you with blessings),