Imams unable to grasp needs of Western Muslims: According to Canadian Report

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Imams are out of touch with the needs of Western Muslims, and divorced from the struggles their congregants face in secular society, according to a new report from a leading Canadian scholar.

Many religious leaders don't offer constructive advice about how to reconcile traditional beliefs with the challenges of integration in Western societies, concludes the study, which is based on focus groups with 60 lay Muslims in Ottawa, Washington and Britain.

"My ultimate fantasy would be to find an imam who gives a sermon in a Friday mosque, who happens to be someone who goes out to work from 9 to 5, takes the bus, is dealing with his kid who is picking up a marijuana joint at the age of 13," one interviewee said, "and not speaking to me about the battles that we won 1,200 years ago."

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Posted February 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm

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1. dwstroudmd+ wrote:

As in Britain, so in Canada.  I’ll bet: so in the USA.

February 26, 6:33 pm | [comment link]


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