|Imam Magid Attends White House Event|
|News Brief - News Brief|
|Written by Administrator|
|Friday, 03 July 2009 15:37|
When it comes to President Barack Obama’s emphasis on fatherhood, Imam Mohamed Magid has something to say.
The All Dulles Area Muslim Society imam, Magid attended a June 19 town hall event at the White House, which featured fathers from a variety of backgrounds. Actors, professional athletes and heads of various organizations listened to various speakers emphasize the importance of fatherhood in the lives of American youth.
Magid spoke to administration officials and event attendees about how fatherhood is important in Islam. Many Muslim families suffer from missing fathers, Magid said.
“Some fathers work three jobs and are not there for their children,” Magid said. “Children cannot be raised by television and the playground.”
“To address problems with the youth, you have to address their social structure.”
In the absence of fathers, Islamic organizations should have mentoring programs and support systems, the Imam said. In the past, he’s told parents to talk to their children, advise them when needed and to support them through thick and thin. These lessons, Magid said, come from prominent figures in Islamic history.Magid plans to give speeches and hold classes about parenting and its role in Islam. He was invited to the White House event after maintaining contact with the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, a federal organization initiated by Obama.