What is the purpose of Alif Laam Meem?
The word "fraternity" or "brotherhood" translates to the word "akhuwwa" in Arabic. Brotherhood is an extremely powerful force that has been recognized in the Islamic tradition as a catalyst for good. The potential that a young man has to bring benefit to a society is great, but a group of young men under a unified banner and mission have the potential to move mountains and change a society forever. The job of many Muslim student organizations that are already on college campuses is to serve as a hub for Muslim life on campus, which is a large task in and of itself. Thus, many of these organizations are not able to successfully tap into the potential of strong brotherhood and intensive personal development in a way that the fraternity model can.There's a void that needs to be filled, a path that needs to be paved, a balance that needs to be established.
A Muslim fraternity is the perfect model to institutionalize brotherhood as a solution to this void. In the American Muslim college life, it seems that one must either compromise his Islamic values in order to maintain a social life, or vice versa. Alif Laam Meem exists to prove that a Muslim college student can live a dignified, respectable lifestyle and still have an organic college experience. At the same time, he has the opportunity for strong personal and spiritual development and the opportunity to be of utmost service to his Muslim and greater community.
Why are you an exclusive organization?
Aside from the fact that fraternities are by definition exclusive organizations, Alif Laam Meem seeks to build character, discipline, and integrity in young men. In order for that to happen, work needs to be put in. Requirements need to be set. An exclusive organization allows for the ability to distinguish between those that are dedicated and those that are not.
What are you looking for in potential members?
We're looking for members that show passion, drive, competency, and character because that's within one's control, as opposed to choosing members based on social class or ethnicity. We're not looking for perfect Muslims. None of us are perfect. We're more concerned with sincerity. We would rather take a humble struggler than a fake saint, no matter what they're struggling with. At the same time, we want members who have come to turns with their religion and are not proud of and publicize their shortcomings.
Many fraternities are known for engaging in activity that is not in line with Islamic behavior. How does Alif Laam Meem deal with that?
Alif Laam Meem will not tolerate any behavior that is outside of the boundaries of moral principles and mannerisms. We will have fun and enjoy ourselves as brothers, but we will not engage in any activities that are not allowed within the religion. We are taking what is good from the fraternity model and leaving what is bad. Our ultimate purpose is to serve and please Allah by following the model of manhood left by the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
How does the fraternity plan to improve its members?
Alif Laam Meem plans to improve its members in four areas: personal, familial, social, and communal. On a personal level, members will learn about what it means to be the ideal Muslim man and will engage in self improvement - from character to study habits to how to dress and other etiquettes. On a familial level, members will learn about the importance of family and actively engage in improving relationships within the family. On a social level, members will be sincere and helpful to friends as a means to inspire them to become better people. On a communal level, members will engage in service for the Muslim and non-Muslim community.
Is Alif Laam Meem a national organization? Is it a part of any national fraternity councils?
Alif Laam Meem has plans to become a national organization and spread to colleges all around the country. We plan to join a national fraternity council once we have met the requirements to do so.
How do I join Alif Laam Meem?
Check our "Chapters" tab to see if your school has a chapter of Alif Laam Meem. If it does not, check our "Forms" tab for our "Chapter Opening Application Form"
Any undergraduate male student is welcome to rush Alif Laam Meem fraternity at a school where a chapter is officially established.
Who do I contact if I have more information?