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Building on Faith 1 Building on Faith The growth of Islam in the United States Minaret capping ceremony at the new Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) in Roxbury, Massachusetts, June 9, 2007 . 2 The United States is a nation of deep faith.

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Building on Faith

The growth of Islam in the United States

Minaret capping ceremony at the new Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC) in Roxbury, Massachusetts, June 9, 2007.

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The United States is a nation of deep faith.

In an adult population of 250 million people, more than 90 percent believe in God and more than half rank religion as very important in their lives.

From U.S. Religious Landscape Survey Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life,June 2008

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The United States is a nation of many diverse faiths.

The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life lists 140 different religions in the U.S. These fall into a handful of main groups.

From U.S. Religious Landscape Survey Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life,June 2008

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The United States is a nation of many diverse faiths.

Nearly 80 percent are Christian, which themselves are divided into many smaller religions.

From U.S. Religious Landscape Survey Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life,June 2008

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The United States is a nation of many diverse faiths.

The remainder comprise four main religions, plus those unaffiliated with any organized group.

From U.S. Religious Landscape Survey Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life,June 2008

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How many are Muslim?

The Pew Study estimates a Muslim American population of .6 percent of the total, or approximately 2.35 million Muslims nationwide.

From Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream Pew Research Center, May 2007

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Where do they come from?

Most American Muslims – 65% - were born elsewhere and more than 50% immigrated to the United States since 1980.

Year of arrival

1990 – 2007 39 percent

1980 – 1989 15 percent

Before 1980 11 percent

Worshippers listen to the Khutba during Friday Prayer at the annual Islamic Society of North America

From Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream Pew Research Center, May 2007

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Where do they come from?

Most American Muslims – 65% – were born elsewhere and have immigrated to the United States since 1980.

An immigrant prays.

From Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream Pew Research Center, May 2007

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Where do they come from?

The majority of native-born Muslims are African American, and the majority are converts to Islam.

Prayer service at a mosque in Springfield, Massachusetts.

From Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream Pew Research Center, May 2007

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Where do they live?

American Muslims are fairly evenly distributed across the country.

Northeast 29 percent

Midwest 22 percent

West 18 percent

South 32 percent

From Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream Pew Research Center, May 2007

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Where do they worship?

Regional distribution of mosques in the United States

Northeast 30 percent

Midwest 29 percent

West 15 percent

South 26 percent

From U.S. Religious Landscape Survey Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life,June 2008

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Growth of Mosques in the United States

The number of mosques in the United States has doubled in the last 15 years.

* The Mosque in America : A National Portrait, Council on American – Islamic Relations (CAIR) 2001

** Islamic Architecture, Art, and Urbanism, MIT Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2008

** IslamiCity.com

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Growth of Mosques in the United States

The number of mosques in the United States has doubled in the last 15 years.

California has the most - more than 300. Shown at far left is the Islamic Society of Orange County, California.

Michigan has the largest - Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan, top left. The 70,000 square foot facility, built in 2005, can accommodate more than 3,000 worshipers.

Iowa has the oldest – The Mother Mosque built in 1934 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Though a larger facility was opened in the 1970s the Mother Mosque remains in use.

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Growth of Mosques in the United States

One example of how mosques grow in the United States.

Islamic Center of Boise

Shiite and Sunni (Islam)

2719 Stewart Ave, Boise, Idaho 83702

The first Muslim in Boise, a student at Boise State University, arrived in 1955. In 1982 the first community of Muslims formed with 15-20 people. Prayers were held in individual homes until 1989 when the community began renting an apartment building.

In 1996 the Muslim community grew significantly due to the influx of computer software companies and refugees from Bosnia, Somalia, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In 2002, after 12 years of fundraising, the Boise Muslims purchased the building that is now the Boise Mosque and Islamic Center. The building was formerly a church, and then a dance studio.

From The Pluralism Project at Harvard University

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Coast to coast tour of Mosques in the United States

From Boston, Massachusetts to Garden Grove, California

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Ramadan Greetings

I send greetings to Muslims observing Ramadan in America and around the world.

Ramadan, the holiest days of the Islamic faith, begins with the first light of dawn and commemorates the revelation of the Qur'an to the prophet Muhammad. During the days of fasting, prayer, and worship, Muslims reflect and remember their dependence on God. Ramadan is also an occasion for Muslims to strengthen family and community ties and share God's gifts with those in need.

America is a land of many faiths, and our society is enriched by our Muslim citizens. May the holy days of Ramadan remind us all to seek a culture of compassion and serve others in charity.

Laura and I send our best wishes. Ramadan Mubarak.

GEORGE W. BUSH

President George W. Bush, right, listens as Imam Talal Eid, left, delivers his prayer before the Iftar dinner, in the State Dining Room of the White House.

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Credits and resources

Sources

U.S. Religious Landscape Survey Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life,June 2008

http://religions.pewforum.org

Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream Pew Research Center, May 2007

http://pewforum.org/surveys/muslim-american

The Pluralism Project at Harvard University

http://www.pluralism.org

The Mosque in America : A National Portrait, Council on American – Islamic Relations (CAIR) 2001

http://www.cair.com

Dr. Omar Khalidi, Islamic Architecture, Art, and Urbanism, MIT Libraries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

http://libraries.mit.edu/guides/subjects/islamicarchitecture/visual/usamosques.html

Photo Credits

Aramco Services Company

Associated Press

Dr. Omar Khalidi, Islamic Architecture Librarian,Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Pluralism Project at Harvard University

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For more Information

http://America.gov

United States Department of State / Bureau of International Information Programs

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