The Martyrdom of Imam Ali

Imam Ali was the cousin of our Holy Prophet. He was born in the Sacred House (Ka'bah). Providence alone had a hand in bringing his mother towards the Ka'bah. When his mother came to Ka'bah, she felt weighed down by intense pain of pregnancy. She knelt down before the Holy Structure and prayed humbly to God.

The Birthday of Imam Al-Hassan (as)

UMAA sends its warmest congrats and regards to the entire Muslim community, our grand scholars, and especially the Imam of Our Time, Imam Al-Mahdi (aj), on the birthday of his grandfather Imam Hassan son of Ali (peace and blessings be upon them all)!

Welcoming the Holy Month of Ramadan

We, at UMAA, would like to wish you a blessed Holy Month of Ramadhan. This is a time for great joy and celebration, and at the same time, as our scholars have said, a time for remembrance of those who are less fortunate. The key to accomplishing the important goals of the holy month of Ramadhan is unity –understanding, respecting, and honoring one another...

UMAA releases "The Crisis in Iraq: ISIL" Policy Report

(WASHINGTON DC – June 20, 2014) Today, the Universal Muslim Association of America released a policy report entitled “The Crisis in Iraq: An Analysis of the Islamic State in Iraq and Levantine (ISIL).” This report is the result of concentrated research and analysis, culminating in several policy recommendations included within the...

American Muslim Joint Statement On Crisis In Iraq

Organizations and leaders of the American Muslim community across the United States have come together to issue a joint statement on the current crisis in Iraq. It is an undeniable reality that Iraq is in a state of crisis, and the international community has a moral responsibility to speak out and act against ISIS whilst demanding peace and safety for the people of Iraq...

Confirmed Speaker: Shaykh Rizwan Arastu

Shaykh Rizwan Arastu is a confirmed speaker for UMAA's 12th Annual Convention: The Conference of Muhammad. The Shaykh was born in 1976 in the UK. He received his bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary from Princeton University in 1998. He devoted himself to studying in the hawzah thereafter for several years...


The concept for the Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA) has existed for years. In September of 2002, the idea of establishing an institution unifying Muslim-Americans became a reality. The overarching objectives of UMAA include: working towards uniting Muslim-Americans, helping fellow Americans better understand Islam, and encouraging civic awareness and engagement within the Muslim community in order to address socioeconomic and political issues that may not be the focus of centers of worship and other organizations. UMAA consists of a Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, and Advisers who help guide the organization in its work. Current projects of the organization include human rights advocacy for Bahrain, media outreach in the wake of the Arab Spring, career counseling and professional development services, yearly scholarships for full-time students, and much more.