La misión de La Asociación Latino Musulmana de América es enseñar los fundamentos del Islam en el idioma Castellano o Español, proveyendo literatura y promoviendo un mejor entendimiento acerca del Islam entre la población de habla hispana no musulmana. Al mismo tiempo, se provee apoyo spiritual a los nuevos musulmanes durante la etapa de transición del Cristianismo al Islam, compartiendo experiencias, idioma y cultura. El objetivo principal es incorporar este nuevo grupo de musulmanes a la comunidad multi-étnica de musulmanes del Sur de California.
The Latino Muslim Association’s mission is to teach the fundamentals of Islam in the Spanish language by providing literature and promoting a better understanding about Islam among the Spanish-speaking non-Muslim Latino population. By providing knowledge about Islam the main objective is to deter hate crimes directed towards the Muslim community.
Improve Islamic knowledge to the existing Latino Muslims through education and collaboration with the multiethnic Muslim community in Los Angeles. We provide spiritual support to the “New Latino Muslim” during the transition from Christianity to Islam by sharing the same culture, experience and language.
Service to the Community
1. Outreach activities to the Hispanic community by giving presentations on Islam to Catholic Churches, Methodist Churches. Visiting ill Muslims in the hospital or at home, and welcoming Hispanics with Muslim spouses.
2. Transitional support approach by providing individual meetings in order to teach Salat, pronunciation of Arabic, small verses from the Qur’an, and coping with family issues after returning to Islam.
3. Promotion of Spanish Islamic literature, especially the new Muhammad Asad based interpretation of the Qur’an in the Spanish language. LALMA has created “Luz del Islam Publishing” to distribute the printed edition of the Qur’an and other Islamic publications in the Spanish language.
4. An Introduction to Islam live presentation is provided to non-Muslim family or friends on the first four Sundays of each month.
LALMA also gives presentations about Islam as part of its outreach activities. LALMA has been invited to give presentations about Islam at Catholic Churches. One presentation was given to twenty-six leaders of different Catholic Churches. Presentations are always appreciated.
Most Latinos are generally surprised to learn about the presence of Islam in Spain and about Islam’s influence in Mexico and in the United States.
Every year approximately 100,000 Americans embrace Islam. American Islamic publishing companies can be commended for the healthy flow of Islamic literature in the English language. From its creation, LALMA experienced the need for more Spanish literature. LALMA has recently set sail on its greatest adventure, the creation of Luz del Islam Publishing. Luz del Islam Publishing seeks to fill the void experienced by Latino Dawah organizations around the country by providing low cost, high quality books to Latino Muslims.