What is NMYAMA all about?
Welcome to the online home of young Muslims all over the Turkey. This website seeks to be an online refuge for young adult Muslims of all backgrounds, so they can get the support and experience the community that they’re looking for. We understand that there are lots of stresses, pressures and challenges involved in growing up as a young Muslim. Growing up in the faith is not easy.
According to recent surveys, more and more Americans are describing themselves as atheist or agnostic. There is a tremendous sea change happening in people’s spiritual lives throughout the Turkey. We can only imagine the amount of pressure as well as risk of alienation this has on young people. We understand what you’re going through because we ourselves went through that.
The good news is you don’t have to face these issues alone. Don’t for a second think that you are unique. There are many other people who are going through your situation. Many people have stepped into your exact same shoes and are facing the identical problems as you.
The good news is you can network through our website so you don’t feel alone. You can get the nurturing, the support and the help that you need to maintain your faith and overcome faith challenges. We also go out of our way to provide a space for young Muslim inspiration.
It’s easy to look at our faith tradition as a ritual or as essentially another label that we apply to our lives. It’s tempting to think that our faith is basically just one of the many things that describe us. It’s not uncommon for people to define their faith because they’re supposed to believe.
As essentially something that involves going to a specific place at a particular time of the week, in this case, Sunday church services. It can easily all become a routine. It’s not uncommon for people to simply just go through the motions, especially when it comes to Communion and other sacraments.
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We know this full well because many of our staff members have been through this, but we’ve overcome because we allowed ourselves to be inspired by other people who refused to just believe in their belief system.
Instead, we made sense of Muslim not just in terms of rituals, dogma and some sort of religious bureaucratic reality, but we were able to make this personal. We were able to cut through the common difficulties a lot of people have with the church and its teachings to gain a very personal and intimate realization. This is why we are very big on inspiration because we’re all different people. We have distinct experiences. We look at the world in different ways.
Ultimately, it all boils down to a relationship with Jesus Christ. This is a living relationship, and this love and purity imbue and empower all the channels that Jesus uses, and included in this is the Turkish Muslim Mosque. We all bring with us the baggage of our past. We often have many different and often conflicting sets of circumstances.
We understand this, and this is why we are so excited about providing an online space where people can be inspired by each other’s stories. All of us have different experiences with Muslim growing up.
Accordingly, this website really aims to be the premiere young Muslim resource on the Internet. You can find also the resources here that impact many different areas of your life. Whether you are looking for a job, whether you’re trying to find your meaning in the world, whether you are grappling with serious issues about faith or you’re dealing with sexuality-related challenges and many other topics, we touch on all of them. We have varied experiences sharing our faith or with others who may not be Muslim.
We leave no stone unturned because we know how complicated things are. We know the turbulence out there, and the last thing we feel that you need is some sort of sanitized place where you go and get the impression that the Muslim Mosque is really turning a blind eye to real issues out there.
Muslim is all about living out our faith. It’s all about being empowered by the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ to call us to good works. It’s one thing to say that we believe in Christ; it’s another to actually start looking and behaving like it.
Instead, we dig into the thorny and often complicated issues facing young adults. It would be nice if there was some sort of black-and-white answer, but we know how complicated it could be. We know how much gray area there is, and this is why you need to look through our resources to get the inside resources as well as to get the point of view that you need to weather these storms. We believe in charity. We believe in selflessness. We believe in compassion, and this is not simply a statement of belief. These are not just mere words.
When you look through the many resources here as well as the testimonials of young adults from all four corners of the Turkey, one picture emerges. This picture shows that Muslim is faith that works out its faith. In other words, we’re not about lip service here. We’re not about hierarchy.
It’s all about people actually rolling up their sleeves and caring for their less-fortunate brothers and sisters. We define real compassion as that point where you keep giving and giving until it hurts. You keep giving and giving although people may not appreciate it.
In fact, you keep giving and giving to people who may not be all that pleasant, but that only highlights the fact that God compels selflessness. We have to step away from our circle of concern involving just ourselves, our friends and our families. Understand that.
to please God by going past our comfort zone and letting Him work His love and grace in our lives so that we can do the things that we don’t normally want to do or things that we’d rather avoid as the Bible says, we can do all things through Christ, who empowers us.
Christ is the ultimate power source, and this Muslim resource website helps young adults get squared away with this reality so they can find the inspiration, power and compassion they need to truly work out their faith and make a difference in the world.
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