The goal of this research is to gather information to build a deeper understanding of how peaceful Muslim families take shape in America and how masjids, with their different strengths and assets, work to encourage and build peaceful families. In the current national climate, it’s more important than ever to strengthen community support systems. We hope gathering this information will allow masjid members to share their perspectives on peacefulness and will support peacebuilding work within and beyond our communities. Current events also demonstrate the value of sharing peacebuilding strategies cultivated in masjid communities with a wider audience that might learn from these strengths.
Participating in the PFT research project, “The Role of Masjids in Building Peaceful Families,” is an opportunity to share your opinions, experiences, and ideas. We hope the information gathered from this survey can be helpful to volunteers and organizers in local Muslim communities, American Muslim groups, and to the national understanding of ways that religious communities actively promote peaceful families. The study will also contribute to the work of local communities and organizations, such as masjids and PFT, in building strategies for creating and maintaining peaceful families. The project findings will thus benefit Seattle Muslim communities, American Muslim communities, as well as other religious communities interested in the promotion of peaceful families.
In focusing on peace-building and assets, we hope this project will help bring recognition to the complexities within Muslim communities, which would contribute to countering the simplistic representations of Muslims often seen in national media. As Muslims and allies to Muslim communities, we want to be very careful not to perpetuate misconceptions about Muslim communities. It is also imperative that we find ways to discuss the specific forms of domestic abuse in our communities and the ways we can all support our Muslim sisters and brothers.
Participants will complete an online survey that will take approximately 20-30 minutes to finish. This survey has about 35 questions, most of which are multiple choice, and including a small number of short answer questions. The questions cover various aspects of masjid community involvement and the building of peaceful families. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. We encourage you to complete the full survey, however no questions are required. You can choose to skip any question.
All of the information you provide will be confidential. You are not required to provide any identifying information, but if you would like to do so or would like to be contacted by PFT, there is space to include your contact information at the end of the survey. If you provide any information identifying you as a survey participant, this information will be kept confidential.
Surveys will be analyzed for patterns. In the process of analysis, pseudonyms will be created for future use in all forms of information dissemination. We plan to then share the themes that come out of the research with national Muslim organizations like the Islamic Society of North America, Islamic Circle of North America, the national Peaceful Families Project, and other Muslim social service providers
If you are a woman or man over the age of 18 who identifies as Muslim and attends a Seattle-area masjid(s), please consider taking our survey. If you have any questions before taking it, please contact us.
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