UT Dallas Is Home to America's First Muslim Fraternity

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Alif Laam Meem, via Facebook
Alif Laam Meem -- or, for those who prefer fraternities to go by a Greek acronym, Alpha Lambda Mu -- first blipped across the national radar this past spring when they attended Mayor Mike Rawlings' anti-domestic-violence rally outside City Hall. A photo the group posted to Facebook showing members holding a sign reading "Muslims say NO to domestic violence!" went semi-viral as the Internet applauded them for battling the stereotype that Islam is inherently misogynistic.

"We wanted to clarify the misconception that any kind of domestic violence is allowed in our religion," ALM founder Ali Mahmoud told ABC News. "And it may seem apparent through the media that it's allowed, but that's majorly a cultural phenomenon and not an actual teaching of our religion."

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The group was brand new at the time, having been founded the previous month. Now that it's a bit better established, it's enjoying a second burst of media attention, this time focused not on any specific issue but on the mere existence of a fraternity whose members foreswear alcohol and pre-marital sex.

On Tuesday, Britain's The Independent ran a profile of America's "first all-Muslim frat.".

"The idea of a Muslim fraternity seemed heretical," says Ali. However, as they worked on the idea they realised that many Muslim men at university felt that they either had to compromise their social life in order to live by the values of Islam, or compromise the values of Islam in order to have a social life. Ali believed a balance was achievable, and that was the path the establishment of Alpha Lambda Mu was trying to pave.

They created the fraternity, based on the principles of Islam - mercy, compassion, justice, integrity, honesty, unity, love, and sincerity - in order to prove that a modern Muslim college student could live as a dignified, respectable man and still have an organic college experience. They hope that in their fraternity, their members - 'young, self-actualised Muslim men' - will be servants to their families and every aspect of their greater community.

In the piece, and in an article on Huffington Post that followed it, Mahmoud takes pains to stress the group's essential Americanness.

"I personally grew up in Plano, Texas," he tells the Independent. "I went to public school, I played Xbox Live all the time with my friends who weren't Muslim, and I regrettably ate too much fast food. I'm a proud American Muslim"

HuffPo offers proof of that, writing that Mahmoud's "slight Texas accent is a testament to his American upbringing."

Better proof is probably offered by their irreverent sense of humor, as showcased by their "Kufi Krew." See for yourself:

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ALM has gotten a bit of pushback, most prominently by way of a widely shared Tumblr post from a student at Cornell who wondered "why any religious organization would strive to be modeled after a gendered institution with roots in white supremacy and elitism," but the response has been positive. At UTD, they have been welcomed.

Right now, the frat is preparing for UTD's rush week, which starts Monday. They expect to welcome 30 to 40 new members.

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dylan67
dylan67

America's 1st Muslim Fraternity is making a film. #almfilm 10$ donations and shares needed! We can do create this beautiful, binding and inclusive story with your help. Help us go viral! http://kck.st/1hgw1gZ

Joel Kunze
Joel Kunze

I think tolerance is much more achievable than enlightenment at this point.

Jerem Morgan
Jerem Morgan

Real progression would be an atheist fraternity.

ruddski
ruddski

Great expirement, eric, posting something about Muslims to compare the outpouring of right-wing hatred as opposed to the comments on Christian-themed items drawing open-minded, tolerant libs..

By my rough assessment, the anti-Christian left sure as hell has a problem. Seek help folks.

Kyungju Park
Kyungju Park

I doubt what Lauren says is true. My experience is that people will make things up to justify their bigotry.

Cynthia Pearson
Cynthia Pearson

and the winner for the most ignorant comment on this thread goes to...... Lauren!!! congratulations!!!

makaku777
makaku777

Anyone who looks at Islam as an evil religion must be a sheeple who has fallen in the propaganda of the Globalists. 

Look at history, which empire has not used religion for their own purpose? How about the spreading of "Christianity" by Konstantin??? Yeah, think about that.

I remember Malcolm X said that if America gave Islam a chance, maybe we wouldn't have crazy politicians ruining our lives.

rdm360
rdm360

This is a good idea from the Muslim community.... long overdue,,,, not all Muslims subscribe to many of the Islamist tenets...

lzippitydoo
lzippitydoo

Muslim-Greeks?? Will be interesting. Wonder what those rush parties and hell week turn out. Unfortunately - the pledges will have to wait for those 75 virgins!

Vaun Norwood
Vaun Norwood

just remember Muslims are 600 years behind the times, they are beginning there dark ages now. Christians did all there slaughtering years ago. All religion is dangerous but the Muslim faith is one other the worst. The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule.

Serey Ol Sao
Serey Ol Sao

Going to be one boring frat house as alcohol are not allowed :)

Manny M. Escam
Manny M. Escam

This royally sucks. I wonder how many of these idiots are jihadist in the wait?

Maria-Luiza Popescu
Maria-Luiza Popescu

I cannot believe I have to read some of the comments here. Bless your ignorant little hearts. But without further ado, WHOOSH!!!

Greg Rubes
Greg Rubes

Lauren you are the problem with this country and are fucking retarded....and may god have mercy on your racist, narrow minded, simple soul

Alex Alexander
Alex Alexander

Congrats! Jewish people and Christians have it so why not.

mandinka
mandinka

Can you imagine how bad that house smells

Thomas Ray
Thomas Ray

as if Christian fraternities weren't enough....

Alejandro Monjaras
Alejandro Monjaras

Sorry for your losses, God wants you to love and treat everyone as equals as he does you and everyone else in the world.

Nicholas J Forte
Nicholas J Forte

this is almost as cool as their undefeated football team!!!

Kylee Addington
Kylee Addington

Lauren, don't group all Muslims as radical. There are just as many radical Americans as well. Come on, use your brain.

Lauren Windham
Lauren Windham

Well, as I've lost my brother in Iraq and my uncle in 9-11 quite frankly I don't give a fuck!

Stephani Pena
Stephani Pena

only reason SOME Muslims kill soldiers is because our government orders soldiers to kill them. oh and the American government likes to send in drones & kill innocent kids & women. geez did ya ever think what you would do if someone came into your neighborhood to "liberate" you?

Allison Faber
Allison Faber

Lauren, where are the American born Muslims supposed to go? What a narrow mindset.

Shardai S Augustus
Shardai S Augustus

Lauren get real, their beliefs are peaceful. Many of the people aren't. And if they need to go home everyone in American should go back to where their people came from too.

Karl Haas
Karl Haas

I was going to say we've come along way in 2013 until I read some (one) of the comments. Backwards Ass for Life... Respect!!!

Lauren Windham
Lauren Windham

It'd be cool if their people weren't murdering our soldiers and American citizens on a daily.They are not a peaceful people. Look what's happening in Syria. Go home!

Rob Sarno
Rob Sarno

Good for them! They have Jewish fraternities so why not.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@Lauren Windham 

And that somehow makes you angry at American college students?

Seek help.

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