The Native European Muslims Assembly (NEMA) recently convened its 4th Annual Camp in Tunisia where Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA) Director Aishah Schwartz addressed new Muslims and shared her personal story of reversion to Islam. MWA is an internationally-based collaboration of Muslim women writers and advocates working together to counter negative and inaccurate perceptions regarding members of the Muslim community and the Islamic faith and Sister Aishah Schwartz has been a pioneer in providing a forum where Muslim women writers can share their stories and tap a wealth of resources for perfecting their craft.
NEMA was founded in 2007 as a subcommittee of the Da’wa Department in the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe (FIOE) for serving the New Muslim within Europe. The goal of the committee was to coordinate and enhance the ongoing activities with new Muslims across Europe and is dedicated to gathering accurate information about ongoing activities with European converts. A questionnaire was prepared and sent to relevant organizations addressing the main challenges and opportunities associated with converts and the results indicated that a lot of effort is needed to enhance the current work with new Muslims in Europe.
Ms. Schwartz has said about the NEMA Camp, “One of the most memorable things I will always treasure about the time I spent in Tunisia during NEMA’s 4th Annual Camp was the spirit of co-existence among the revert Muslims and non-Muslims also attending the event. Masha’Allah, my heart runneth over with appreciation for NEMA and all they are doing to be of aid to the revert Muslim community. I am so grateful for having been extended an opportunity to join this year’s group even though I am not technically of European origin; being born and raised in America, something I have learned along life’s journey is that hearts know no boundaries; be they national origin or religion.”
NEMA has organized a number of meetings and a workshop involving representatives from different European organizations. Representatives from different European countries have been invited to attend these events and to introduce their work to converts while highlighting potential areas for cross-European cooperation. These meetings have also been aimed at developing a plan for a European-based work with new Muslims.
Visit the NEMA website for information about upcoming events, social trips, and Hajj and Umra tours and how to book it. There is also a Fatwa forum opened for New Muslims to ask a question to other New Muslims or scholars.