MUSLIM CITY FEST
The Golden Return: Forging a New Dynasty
We live in times of great progress and technological advancement. It seems the world only continues expanding faster and faster and time continues to fly by as we achieve new milestones as the human race. Yet, while we may have made great accomplishments in the last several decades, we have also regressed in other aspects as a community: our quality of artistic expression has declined, our avenues of communication have increased while our ability to communicate has been stunted, the economic drive for financial benefit has dismantled principle, everything is “for sale,” great confusion spreads globally despite the widespread access to unlimited information, and venues of hedonism are filled while our homes for spiritual refinement and reflection are barren.
As a result, atheism has permeated much of the popular culture of today, and young people, in particular, are greatly affected by these dangerous ideas. Statistics show that young people from all different religious backgrounds have been fleeing from any religious denomination at record numbers that have not been seen before. For the first time, in Muslim history particularly, we have atheism permeating Muslim households- into the minds of young Muslims and people of faith worldwide. The youth are more in tune with the trends of popularity and inclusion that set the tone for the dominant societal opinion. As a result, they are less comfortable in some of their traditional upbringings and religious expressions.
From the work we have done with the youth for the last several years, especially here in the West, we have seen that part of the reason for this is a lack of pride in their Islamic heritage and lack of knowledge of the legacies of the great people of our past.
We come from a great tradition, including the Golden Ages of Islam, which spread knowledge, spiritual enlightment, and technological/artistic advancements to the rest of the world.
As a result, we have put together the organization known as Muslim City Fest, which focuses on hosting a series of festivals centered on highlighting the artistic talents of the Muslims of today. We have previously hosted great talents, including the likes of Harris J, Jae Deen from Deen Squad, Khaled Siddiq, Dawud Wharnsby, Mayor Jim Kenney, Raef, Siedd, Noha Hamid, Mariam Rajput, Qari Nazrul Islam, and many others!