“An Educated Muslim is An Empowered Muslim.” ™



The Muslim Empowerment Institute (MEI) is a cultural and educational institution that was established in 2015 during the month of Ramadan with the following goals and objectives:
  • To provide a correct and comprehensive Islamic perspective to both new Muslims and society-at-large by presenting the principles of Islam, the essentials of Islamic knowledge, and connecting the students with relevant issues of the American society;
  • To empower Muslims in America with an understanding of the distinction between religious requirements and rulings versus cultural norms and nuances;
  • To reference best practices and provide basic Islamic education that further establishes Islam as a firm and valuable part of American culture.
The Institute strives to attain these goals and achieve these objectives by:
  • Holding conferences, seminars, symposiums and workshops, both in-person and online;
  • Writing and publishing works of independent, contemporary male and female scholars in America;
  • Working with researchers, scholars, and the academic community to address issues in Islamic thought with a broad and practical application for 21st century America.
Muslim Empowerment Institute (MEI) is the education initiative of the Islam in America Movement (IAM), a national civic and spiritual engagement organization founded on July 4, 2008. Through the work of IAM at the national level, the Institute has developed solid relationships and cooperative agreements with a diverse and growing segment of mosques, centers, and other institutions throughout the United States.
Amin Nathari is widely acknowledged as a critically acclaimed author and lecturer, and one of the leading and most passionate voices of his generation on the contemporary socio-political challenges and issues of our time. Nathari specializes primarily in the analysis and documentation of events and issues that impact Muslims and the Islamic experience in America today. He is a renowned and respected activist and servant-leader in the Muslim American community for over twenty (20) years. He founded the Islam in America Movement (IAM) in 2008, and serves as its National Representative.