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Muslims in America J. Bennett January 2011. How Many? Estimates vary from 2 ½ million to 9 million! Estimates vary from 2 ½ million to 9 million! Evangelical.

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1 Muslims in America J. Bennett January 2011

2 How Many? Estimates vary from 2 ½ million to 9 million! Estimates vary from 2 ½ million to 9 million! Evangelical Missions Quarterly million Evangelical Missions Quarterly million Encyclopedia Britannica million Encyclopedia Britannica million Council of American Islamic Relations – 8 to 9 million Council of American Islamic Relations – 8 to 9 million 2007 PEW research estimates million 2007 PEW research estimates million Global Initiative million Global Initiative million

3 Who Are They? Ethnic origins of regular participants in American mosques: 33% - South Asians (Pak., Indians, Bang., Afghans) 30% - African-Americans 25% - Arabs 12% - Other (Eur., Malay., Ind., Turk., Iran, Cauc. Amer., Hisp., Filipino, Sub-Saharan Afr., etc.)

4 Americas First Muslims 14% to 20% of slaves coming from Africa to America were Muslims. 14% to 20% of slaves coming from Africa to America were Muslims. Some were literate in Arabic. Some were literate in Arabic. Result: Cut off from their families & faith communities, Islamic faith wavered. Result: Cut off from their families & faith communities, Islamic faith wavered. Modern research result: Many African- Americans revert back to Islam. Modern research result: Many African- Americans revert back to Islam.

5 Immigration Trends 1 st Wave – late 19 th Century - Syrian Arabs 1 st Wave – late 19 th Century - Syrian Arabs 2 nd Wave – After WWI 2 nd Wave – After WWI 3 rd Wave – After WWII – immigrants were better skilled & educated 3 rd Wave – After WWII – immigrants were better skilled & educated - Prime reason for immigration during these periods was to escape political oppression and persecution.

6 4 th Wave Muslim Immigrants Presently: Approximately 100,000 Muslim immigrants annually. Presently: Approximately 100,000 Muslim immigrants annually. Since 1967 when new immigration laws took effect, more Muslims are: Since 1967 when new immigration laws took effect, more Muslims are: - Professionals - Professionals - Speak English - Speak English - Have a sophisticated global perspective - Have a sophisticated global perspective

7 Foreign-born Muslims 65% Foreign-born Muslims 65% Native-born 35% Native-born 35% Percent of NB total who were converts to Islam: 21% Percent of NB total who were converts to Islam: 21% Those born into a Muslim family: 14% Those born into a Muslim family: 14% Foreign-born vs. Native-born

8 Overall Profile of American Muslim Community Approximately same size community as Hispanics 25 years ago. Approximately same size community as Hispanics 25 years ago..06% of U.S. adult population.06% of U.S. adult population 56% between % between Average household size: 4.9 Average household size: % have a Bachelors degree or higher 67% have a Bachelors degree or higher 66% of Muslim HHs earn over $50,000 yr. 66% of Muslim HHs earn over $50,000 yr. 26% over $100,000 per yr. 26% over $100,000 per yr. 1 in 10 Muslim HHs has a medical doctor 1 in 10 Muslim HHs has a medical doctor

9 Other 47% of Muslims in the U.S. say they think of themselves first as a Muslim, rather than an American. By contrast, 75% of European Muslims say they are Muslim first, rather than citizens of a European country. 47% of Muslims in the U.S. say they think of themselves first as a Muslim, rather than an American. By contrast, 75% of European Muslims say they are Muslim first, rather than citizens of a European country. 40% of American Muslims doubt that Muslims were responsible for 9/11. 40% of American Muslims doubt that Muslims were responsible for 9/11. When asked Is religion very important in your life? – 72% of American Muslims said yes. When asked Is religion very important in your life? – 72% of American Muslims said yes.

10 Top 10 Occupations (Cornell University) Student 20.2% Student 20.2% Engineer 12.4% Engineer 12.4% Physician/Dentist 10.8% Physician/Dentist 10.8% Homemaker 10.0% Homemaker 10.0% Programmer 7.0% Programmer 7.0% Corporate Manager 6.4% Corporate Manager 6.4% Teacher 6.4% Teacher 6.4% Small Business Owner 4.4% Small Business Owner 4.4% Researcher 4.1% Researcher 4.1% Admin. Assistant 2.8% Admin. Assistant 2.8% Total 84.5% Total 84.5%

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12 Muslim Religious Profile 50% - identify with Sunni Islam 50% - identify with Sunni Islam 16% - identify with Shia Islam 16% - identify with Shia Islam 22% - say they are just Muslims 22% - say they are just Muslims 86% - say the Quran is the word of God 86% - say the Quran is the word of God 96% - believe in one God, Allah 96% - believe in one God, Allah 94% - believe prophet 94% - believe Muhammad is THE prophet 91% - believe in a Day of Judgment 91% - believe in a Day of Judgment 87% - believe in Angels 87% - believe in Angels

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14 Muslim Publications regular Islamic publications in America regular Islamic publications in America Islamic Horizons The Muslim Journal Islamica Azizah The Message Muslim Advocates Elan Illume Islam America The American Muslim

15 Muslim Organizations Council of American Islamic Relations CAIR Council of American Islamic Relations CAIR Islamic Society of North America Islamic Society of North America Islamic Circle of North America Islamic Circle of North America Muslim Public Affairs Council Muslim Public Affairs Council American Society for Muslim Advancement American Society for Muslim Advancement Institute for Islamic Understanding & Education Institute for Islamic Understanding & Education Institute for Social Policy and Understanding Institute for Social Policy and Understanding Nawawi Foundation Nawawi Foundation Zaytuna Institute Zaytuna Institute

16 Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) The Council on American-Islamic Relations is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is Americas largest Islamic civil liberties group, with 30 regional offices in 19 states. The national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The Council on American-Islamic Relations is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is Americas largest Islamic civil liberties group, with 30 regional offices in 19 states. The national headquarters is located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. CAIRs mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. CAIRs mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. CAIRs vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding. CAIRs vision is to be a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding.

17 Multi-Media Resources Islam: An Empire of Faith Islam: An Empire of Faith Islam in America Islam in America The Islam Project The Islam Project Muslim Life in America Muslim Life in America Threats to One Humanity Threats to One Humanity Active Voice in the Workplace Active Voice in the Workplace The Faith Club The Faith Club For complete list: See

18 African-American Muslims Majority identify with Sunni Islam – The World Community of Islam in the West - Wallace [Warith] Deen Muhammad. Majority identify with Sunni Islam – The World Community of Islam in the West - Wallace [Warith] Deen Muhammad. Louis Farrakhans Nation of Islam is a minority. Louis Farrakhans Nation of Islam is a minority. While only 40% of all Muslims say they go to the mosque weekly, 54% of African-American Muslims claim attendance. While only 40% of all Muslims say they go to the mosque weekly, 54% of African-American Muslims claim attendance. 30% of incarcerated African-Americans are Muslims. 30% of incarcerated African-Americans are Muslims. Largest conversion conduit for African-Americans is prison. Largest conversion conduit for African-Americans is prison.

19 Conversion to Islam 21,000-25,000 convert to Islam every year. 21,000-25,000 convert to Islam every year. More would convert - except for the More would convert - except for the negative stereotypes that many Americans negative stereotypes that many Americans hold regarding Islam, especially post 9/11. hold regarding Islam, especially post 9/11. 53% say it is more difficult to be a Muslim 53% say it is more difficult to be a Muslim in a post Sept. 11 setting. in a post Sept. 11 setting.

20 Conversion to Islam Those converting to Islam in America say: It is a simpler religion It is a simpler religion It is a more rational religion (3=1) It is a more rational religion (3=1) It is a package deal that affects my politics, economics, ethics - (the here and now) It is a package deal that affects my politics, economics, ethics - (the here and now) It is a religion for all races, genders, and age groups It is a religion for all races, genders, and age groups It is a do it yourself religion It is a do it yourself religion

21 Conversion History Studies of new Muslims in Illinois found 41% leaving Islam within a few years. Studies of new Muslims in Illinois found 41% leaving Islam within a few years. In New York state 61% left within a few years. In New York state 61% left within a few years. Male converts on university campuses walk in and out the revolving door of Islam. Male converts on university campuses walk in and out the revolving door of Islam.

22 Case Study: Los Angeles County Muslims: 48 Mosques, 92,919 adherents Muslims: 48 Mosques, 92,919 adherents

23 Case Study: Hispanic Islam Fasting growing population of New Muslims/U.S.A Fasting growing population of New Muslims/U.S.A What has assisted in this process? What has assisted in this process? - Reading the Quran - Reading the Quran - Curiosity - Curiosity - Answers their problems - Answers their problems - Can still love Jesus and Mary - Can still love Jesus and Mary - Never really understood Catholicism or Christianity - Never really understood Catholicism or Christianity - Trouble with the trinity - Trouble with the trinity - Have friends teaching The Seven Steps for the - Have friends teaching The Seven Steps for the Development of an Islamic Community Development of an Islamic Community

24 Case Study: Hispanic Islam - Evangelism Methodology - Translating books & Islamic texts into Spanish Translating books & Islamic texts into Spanish Two translations of Quran in Spanish Two translations of Quran in Spanish Radio programs – Focus on Faith Radio programs – Focus on Faith TV programs – including free cable access TV programs – including free cable access Classification – reversions Classification – reversions

25 Case Study: Hispanic Islam - Evangelism Methodology - PIEDAD – Propagacion Islamica par la Devocion a Ala el Divino – a Latin American Womens Association PIEDAD – Propagacion Islamica par la Devocion a Ala el Divino – a Latin American Womens Association LALMA – Los Angeles Latino Muslim Association LALMA – Los Angeles Latino Muslim Association MSA – Muslim Student Association - scholarships MSA – Muslim Student Association - scholarships

26 Reaching Muslims in America Assemblies of God U.S. Missions: 22 missionaries in Muslim outreach ministries Assemblies of God U.S. Missions: 22 missionaries in Muslim outreach ministries Church planting, radio/TV, internet, childrens programs, campus ministry, discipleship programs, teaching English & refugee ministry Church planting, radio/TV, internet, childrens programs, campus ministry, discipleship programs, teaching English & refugee ministry Sites include: Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, New Jersey, Minnesota, Illinois, Washington, Arizona and Oklahoma Sites include: Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, New Jersey, Minnesota, Illinois, Washington, Arizona and Oklahoma 70,000 Muslim college students in America 70,000 Muslim college students in America

27 Reaching Muslims in America Will not happen in an adequate way – unless the LOCAL CHURCH gets involved.

28 Reaching Muslims: Models For The Local Church San Antonio, TX – 1 st A/G – Amigo Program San Antonio, TX – 1 st A/G – Amigo Program Tucson, AZ – Friendship Program Tucson, AZ – Friendship Program Champaign/Urbana, IL – Student Outreach Champaign/Urbana, IL – Student Outreach Fremont, CA – Afghan Outreach Fremont, CA – Afghan Outreach Lincoln, NE – Refugee Outreach Lincoln, NE – Refugee Outreach Tucson, AZ – Refugee Outreach Tucson, AZ – Refugee Outreach Oklahoma – Network to Muslims Oklahoma – Network to Muslims Dearborn, MI – Teaching English/Arab Church Dearborn, MI – Teaching English/Arab Church Chicago, IL – Teaching English/Church planting Chicago, IL – Teaching English/Church planting Jacksonville, FL – Church planting among Arabs Jacksonville, FL – Church planting among Arabs

29 In the past, the Church's response has been… Ignore them Ignore them We want someone else to do it We want someone else to do it Hide/fear Hide/fear Complacency Complacency We give up before we start We give up before we start


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