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Muslimische Jugend Österreich

National Network: 
Austria
Address: 
Eitnergasse 6/5
1230 Vienna
Austria
Telephone: 
+43 6506304360
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
1996
General Information: 

The aim of the Muslim Youth Austria is to serve young Muslims with an Austrian-European identity and to break the walls of prejudices against Muslims in Austria, which means to work intensively with people of all faiths and backgrounds. The German-speaking, multi-ethnic youth association is funded by the Austrian Ministry of Youth and local governmental funding agencies. Today, the Muslim Youth Austria acts nationwide and provides a platform for young people giving them the opportunity to develop, rise and participate as active citizens. In the month of Ramadan thousands of youngsters help people in need within our project Fast, Share, Help. “Allah Unser” (Our Allah) is further project in cooperation with the Catholic Youth of Austria. It is designed to bring together young people of both beliefs and to get to know each other’s religion.
We thrive for the empowerment of young women and promote gender equality with projects such as Mentoring and Fatima.

Mission and Objectives: 

The Austrian-Muslim identity is an interreligious identity. Living the Austrian-Muslim identity means to engage with people of all faiths and work for a better society.

The Muslim Youth Austria promotes education of young people, their active participation in society, interfaith mediation, as well as gender equality combined with contemporary comprehension of Islam and a strong connection to Austria. These emphases were not only innovative in the past, but even today they form the cornerstone of pioneer work in the ongoing development of the Austrian society.

 

Main Projects / Activities: 
  • Youth Camps

Each summer and winter hundreds of young people come together from all over the country to take part in the winter and summer camps where they find a huge variety of leisure activities. These adventurous days offer sports activities such as snowboarding, tobogganing, rafting, hiking, football, swimming and mountain biking.

Beside a range of leisure activities emphasis is also put on educational, intellectual and spiritual content: numerous workshops and lectures about socio-political, religious or current topics that concern young people are part of the program as well as congregational prayers and a spiritual atmosphere.

  • Fast, Share, Help: “Ramadan: Sharing without borders!”

It is one of the most successful social projects Austria has ever witnessed at the grassroots level. Approximately 2.000 young people from all over Austria were engaged during Ramadan to help and share with the poor, helpless and estranged people of society like the homeless, the handicapped, and the elderly in retirement homes or asylum seekers. Teenager of different faiths came together with the goal of humanitarian aid for the weakest in society no matter what they believe in or where they come from.

  • Multi-ethnic Iftars

Iftars in the month of Ramadan are welcoming opportunities to share one’s believes and opinions with fellow citizens by inviting them for a dinner. The MJÖ not only hosts Iftars for the leaders of youth organizations and societal multipliers but also for the common people at the grassroots level. Only last Ramadan we have invited 3000 people to come and to eat with us and to understand the meaning of Ramadan regardless of faith and ethnic background.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

We are a multi ethnical youth organisation with young people from more than 40 different countries and backgrounds. For approximately 20 years we are working in the field of diversity, interfaith and intercultural dialogue . To contribute to the Network we would be happy to share our experiences and experties.

As a group of young people we are innovative and have lot's of ideas we would like to work on within the community of ALF. 

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

We would like to connect with people from different cultures but also within the network of Austria . We would love to share our experiences in the field of youth work and we are keen on bonding with other organisations from various areas. A network like ALF is beneficial for any organisation because of its variety of members. It helps to network within networks and get connected. 

Contact (1) Full Name: 
Tugba Seker
Job Title: 
General Manager
Head of the organisation: 
Amira Al Khatib Al Tamimi

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