About Us and FAQ
We are all about Muslim Identity. A confident, rational and global identity that brings about some change that people of the world are looking forwards to in the 21st century. Just as the last century was about human technological progress and new forms of temporal power, this century will probably be less about technology and more about human progress and how we all live together with dignity, respect and peace.
What is our goal?
A certain and secure identity brings self-awareness and confidence to tackle long-existing problems. This quest for identity has been an ongoing issue for Muslims over the last three centuries: during the colonial era, after World War I, after the end of the Cold War, and after the terrorist attacks of September, 2001. Whereas Muslims have always had national, ethnic and class identities – their core Muslim Identity is under question by themselves.
Who is our audience?
Governments, educational and media institutions. Muslim thinkers and influencers. Groups, individuals and forces that attempt to negatively influence Muslim Identity.
Why are we doing it?
Try to make Muslims proud, productive and progressive. We believe Muslims to be united, with healthy differences. Enable education and enlightenment so that Muslims can play a part in the world's future in the 21st century. Further implementation can be through education and awareness.
How do we plan to achieve it:
We focus on both sides: internal confidence and external projection. This would remove well-known ills such as self-pity and conspiracy theories; and the external projection reduces demonisation of Muslims and dehumanising caricatures.
QeRN was started as an educational organisation in 1998 and this site was put up at the end of 2001. Its management has changed over the years and is now composed of a board of five members. The word قرن means ‘century’ or 'generation' in Arabic, and we capitalise the three English letters corresponding to the Arabic consonants. The organisation is funded through donations by members and sponsors.
Political Position and Mission:
We oppose militarization and imperialism, and support honest news media and truth, and believe in globalization that helps the entire globe. Our mission is to approach these issues from an orthodox Islamic perspective in the 21st century. If each Muslim does not empower themselves with a deep knowledge of these issues, we will be relegating our children to live the lives of slaves, without being named as such. Put simply: we believe that things do not always take care of themselves, and humans have to take it upon themselves to keep struggling for justice for their peoples, and for the dignity of all human beings.