By NPR Staff

Toga parties and keg stands have become stereotypes of college fraternities. But Ali Mahmoud had something else in mind when he founded Alpha Lambda Mu, the first social Muslim fraternity in the country.

“I realized that there was this void for Muslims on campus,” says Mahmoud, a junior at the University of Texas at Dallas.

“A lot of us come from immigrant families and so, growing up in America, a lot of us have to live a double life … where we try to please our family, in terms of our Islamic upbringing, and then we go to school … and we’re just trying to fit in. We’re just trying to be cool.” [Read more…]