One of the key challenges CML aims to address is dealing with the alarming phenomena of atheism and loss of faith amongst our community – particularly young people.
At the heart of CML programs and services is the goal of fortifying people spiritually, providing guidance to help them resolve doubts and strengthen their faith in Allah. A very significant study that has been discussed recently in PsyPost concludes that, “People who grew up in a home with relatively little credible displays of faith are more likely to be atheists. The study indicates that cultural transmission — or the lack thereof — is a stronger predictor of religious disbelief than other factors, such as heightened analytic thinking.”
With two decades of experience on the ground working closely with Muslim youth, families and community, we at CML are keenly aware of the significant number of Muslim youth that are growing up in households with low experience of credible displays of Islam, and this is the root of many faith doubts that are manifesting in our community and contributing to the significant number of Muslims leaving Islam.
This awareness is the reason the organization places this issue at the top of our urgent priorities. Unfortunately, as a community, we have not placed enough attention and urgency on this disturbing phenomenon. Alhamdulillah, CML works to provide the community, with an emphasis on youth, with an inspiring and motivating experience of Islam in order to foster resilience to help overcome the pressures and ideologies that can undermine faith.
A link to the full study can be found here, the article commenting on the study can be found here, and we encourage you to attend the upcoming CML virtual fundraiser on November 13th at 5:30pm to learn more about CML’s efforts to address this and other challenges in our community, and how you can be part of the solution, God willing.