Dear Khalil Shakir,
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 Paradise.”
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 States.
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.
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),