AT A GLANCE...
The Muslim American Society of Charlotte officially established itself in 2006 as an organization dedicated to serving the community, both Muslim and non-Muslim alike. MAS Charlotte is one of many chapters of the Muslim American Society. Based in cities throughout the country, chapters of MAS work on the same mission and vision: to move people to strive for God-consciousness, liberty and justice, and to convey Islam with the utmost clarity. We do this in pursuit of a just and virtuous American society.
The MAS Center prides itself in being a diverse Islamic center dedicated to serving the community-at-large. People from different backgrounds and regions are flocking to the center to expand their knowledge and build a spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood not seen elsewhere. In addition to the many lectures and programs we host to increase a person’s knowledge in Islam, we provide activities to build communal ties in an effort raise spirituality.
With this increased knowledge and spirituality, many of our members race to action by providing needed services to the underprivileged, activities for our younger generation – the youth, and outreach programs to raise awareness of who the Muslims are and what they truly represent.
America has witnessed the expansion of Islam from a few mosques in urban cities to today’s rural south and the Midwestern heartland, or as one poet put it, ‘from sea to shining sea.’ Muslim schools, businesses, political organizations, associations, and institutions, inundate the landscape of America.
Despite Islam’s growth in America, there are certain groups in and outside of America that have long used bigoted distortions of Islam; portraying Muslims in America as seditious, dangerous, and totally incompatible with American life. Since the Sept. 11th tragedy, these same forces have intensified this vile propaganda with reckless abandonment. It is important that Muslims in America not be viewed as a ‘fifth column.’ Muslims must continue to build a grassroots movement that supports an all-encompassing approach of total integration into American Society for the express purpose of fulfilling the mandate of God ‘to enjoin that which is good and forbid that which is evil,’ in a quest to contribute to the betterment of America.
To build an integrated empowerment process for the American Muslim community through civic education, participation, community outreach, and coalition building; to forge positive relationships with other institutions outside of our community, that will ensure and facilitate the protection of civil rights and liberties for American Muslims and all Americans
Future Growth in Charlotte
MAS Charlotte recently purchased a parcel of land in the University area. Bordering I-485, the future location of MAS Center @ University (MCU) is just off Exit 28. Below is a glimpse of the first phase of MCU.