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Mona grew up in Texas in the 1980s, the only veiled Muslim girl throughout her school years. Her faith and immigrant family was seen as strange and unknown, yet she was dedicated to her faith, even starting to veil by seven years old, which is earlier than required. Despite or perhaps because of this extreme minority experience, Mona has dedicated her life to education, most passionate about teaching youth about Islam, and helping them to develop good characters grounded in Islam. She takes pride in the long list of courses and books she has created, while acknowledging that future generations will approach life differently than her generation has, due to the increased social diversity, among other things.
00:06:26 Identity struggles as a young Muslim in Texas.
00:11:29 Courses for adolescents in Southeast Houston, including religious and secular subjects, taught for 20 years.
00:23:16 Youth work challenges and solutions during COVID.
00:30:02 Multicultural center helps refugee kids access programming.
00:34:46 Religion not welcome in public schools, diversity encouraged.
00:40:32 Young people navigate future with right decisions.
00:42:43 Focus on common ground, appreciate differences.
Social Media links for Mona:
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmonaislam/
Website – Dr.MonaIslam.com
Facebook, personal – https://www.facebook.com/mona.islam.9619/
Facebook, professional – https://www.facebook.com/dr.monaislam22/
MCC Texas – https://www.facebook.com/MCCTexas
Multicultural Center – https://www.multiculturalcenter.net/
Rabata – https://www.rabata.org/board-of-directors/
The Islamic Seminary of America – https://islamicseminary.us/
Social Media links for Méli:
Talking with God Project – https://www.talkingwithgodproject.org
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/melisolomon/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100066435622271
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