MAC Youth is a department of the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) that aims to develop Muslim Canadian youth with a comprehensive understanding of Islam who can be at the forefront of Canadian community development. As a movement that aims to establish a balanced Islamic presence within the fabric of Canada, we believe our youth are best positioned to partake in the evolving process of reconciling our Islamic principles with the general principles of the Canadian culture, without subjugating one to the other.
“We need spirited, energetic and strong young people whose hearts are filled with life, enthusiasm, zeal and dynamism; whose souls are full of ambition, aspiration and vigor and have great goals, rising and aspiring to reach them until they eventually arrive at their destination.”
To a large extent, MAC Youth workers define the nature of MAC’s interaction with the Muslim community and the Canadian community at large. Consequently, MAC Youth workers understand, share, and strive to actualize the following notions:
- The ultimate objective is servitude to Allah (SWT) through devotional practice, moral existence, and service to humanity. A MAC Youth worker’s loyalty is to Allah, not to a person or group.
- The youth are the champions and the focus of our movement but MAC represents an inter-generational movement – not solely a youth movement. MAC firmly believes that the right of the youth to participate in decision-making and to assume leadership positions irrespective of gender, age or ethnicity, is an undeniable right.
- MAC Youth development programs focus on creating an environment that defines and celebrates a Canadian Muslim identity. This identity is meant to provide the Muslim youth with a frame of reference that is Islamically sound and practically relevant to our Canadian context. A “faith in action” approach and youth-led initiatives are essential to MAC Youth work. Youth activism and societal engagement are highly encouraged and perceived as a means of facilitating personal development as well as providing opportunities to apply its principles and fulfill its objectives.
Together, we strive towards equipping the Muslim Canadian youth with the tools needed to be successful in all aspects of life.