There are many misconceptions regarding Islam and Muslims. In reality most Muslims are non-Arabs and most live outside the Middle East. There are five million Muslims in the United States. There are an estimated 10,000-15,000 Muslims in the area.
Muslims in America faced several difficulties as they tried to gain racial equality and religious freedom. When they entered America and began to form an Islam religion there was a vastly larger number of white Christians than there were Muslims, and as a result, one of the difficulties they faced was that they were outnumbered by other religions. Because of the Islam religion being outnumbered by other religions, there was much less knowledge on their religion than there was on Christianity, leading to them being a minority compared to white Christians. As a result of this, there were not as many organizations that helped to increase the number of Islam presence in America. One of the organizations that was developed to help the Islam religion in America was the creation of the Moorish Science Temple, which Noble Drew Ali founded because "African Americans were descended from the
In the United States, the Muslim religion is practiced in a more secular way. This is because the government in the U.S. is democratic and therefore allows more flexibility in the practice of religion where as in other countries with a more theocratic government, religion is more restricted. Because of this, Muslims in the U.S are free to dress as they like, may decide whether to maintain the strict rules regarding foods they eat or to eat a more American diet and may not follow the schedule of prayers as strictly as those in more theocratic countries. Muslims in the U.S. represent about 1% of the population but the number is
If there is one thing I can say strongly about my perceptions of Muslims in America is that they are complicated. I feel strange even thinking about having these perceptions because I feel that I should not have them at all. Having any sort of judgement about Muslims means that I have put their character into a nice neat little box and there is no room for diversity. Alas, given that we are in the Information Age and, given by the name, that a constant stream of information is always headed towards us, I have some sort of view of Muslims that comes (mostly) from the media.
The cultural structures portray Islam as a violent religion. In multiple surveys done by Gallup, one in five Americans believes that Muslims aren’t accepting of other religions (Gallup). This false notion draws the wrong image of Islam as a religion that believes it is the be-all and end-all, and not willing to integrate in multicultural societies. This is completely wrong and most people who are educated about Islam know that, however for the uneducated citizen this sounds true and brews more hatred. The hate of Muslims in America, mostly in NY, is apparent. One of the reasons for the mass hatred of Islam is specific media sources such as Fox News, that primarily shows cases of Islamic extremist attacks as much as possible, rather than the attacks on innocent Muslims that occur daily. The number of Islamophobic hate crimes have been an all time high since 9/11, but yet that isn’t shown in those outlets of media (Ali). Another survey by Gallup states that 48% of Muslims and 52% of Arabs have faced racial discrimination (Gallup). This is more than any demographic in the U.S.. Muslims and Arabs are being targeted, and mostly in NY. They were even targeted by the cops. The NYPD had secret agents that dressed and look like a traditional Arab Muslim and followed Muslims everywhere - mosques, neighborhoods, and common shops and places to get food (Apuzzo). Muslims in NY
Islam has been around for over a thousand years. The religion has spread across a few continents including America. A recent study demonstrates that there are around 7 million Muslims in the U.S. That compares to around 2.3% of the populace. Despite the fact that the number is not large, it has been increasing in spite of the attack of September 11, 2001. On that day, a lot changed for the Islamic individuals living in the United States. Though the American Muslims had nothing to do with the terroristic attack that happened on that day, their lifestyle was bound to change. The change that happened was not in their religion, or the way they rehearsed it; it occurred in the attitude of the non-Islamic populace. An accusing finger was pointed on the Muslims because the attacks were said to be conducted by Muslim radicals. Generally, the media was the main place Americans would get detailed information about the Muslims, and they were not depicting them positively.
The Nation of Islam is one of the most recognizable symbols of an organized African American voice in the United States. Starting from a few followers in the Great Depression, this movement and religion eventually grew to include thousands. It has also been the starting point for several famous African American individuals, such as Muhammad Ali and Malcom X. The Nation of Islam has been the source of much controversy and speculation from outside members. The group is no stranger to accusations regarding its beliefs and practices. It can be seen be the history of the Nation of Islam that it gained publicity and popularity due to its racial, socioeconomic, and political ideals, not by its interpretation of and relation to the orthodox Islam.
Islam spreaded quickly throughout the Arabian Peninsula through Military Conquest and Taxes and Treaties. However, the most important one is Trade Routes Overseas ( in my opinion ). Islam is a religious system begun in the 7th century my Muhammad. The expansion of the muslim empire ( Caliphate ) in the years following the Prophet Muhammads death. Through the Muslim conquest of Persia, in the 7th Century.
Islam has always been a controversial topic ever since the events of September 11th, 2001. Even before then, Muslims have faced prejudice. Nowadays, with allegations on social media and of recently elected leaders, it has not gotten any better. As a Muslim myself, I find it very important that this topic be addressed.
In recent years, Muslims and Arab Americans have become hot topics of conversation in politics and everyday life. Terrorist attacks and other cruel acts committed by individuals and groups who claim Islam have become quite frequent in the United States and across the globe, even in countries where Islam is the dominant faith. These acts have resulted in many people becoming cautious, fearful, and prejudiced against all Muslims and Arabs. Many of these judgements are preconceived and based off of misunderstandings and incorrect assumptions about the Islamic faith. In reality, Islam and Christianity are not so different; many of the values of Christians and Muslims actually coincide.
I have a sister in law who is originally from England, she now lives in the U.S. As she returned to England every year to visit her family, she will testify that much has changed since she has moved to America. Not only have there been more Muslim
Muslims have been treated horribly throughout the history of the United States. The attacks on September 11, 2001 only further put Muslims in a negative standing with other Americans. Many Americans view all terrorists as Muslims because of the terrorists claiming the religion of Islam for their actions. The attacks put fear into the hearts of all Americans eventually leading to the war on terrorism. With a renewed sense of nationalism many Americans joined the armed forces to take down the terrorist threat. Americans gained strong feelings of resentment towards Muslims due to the terrorist threat. Because of this misunderstanding many Muslims are shunned by American society as a result. Many Muslims due to being shunned stray away and practice their religion in seclusion to avoid scrutiny. The true terrorists and the contributions that many Muslim Americans make to aid the United
Islam is the second largest religion in the world it accounts for 23 % of the world's population and is growing larger and larger by the day. Currently, there are about 1.6 billion Muslims with 50 majority Muslim countries in the world. (cite)
To begin with, throughout the book, A History of Islam in America, the author has a specific style of writing where he makes the book extremely dense to read. From chapter one to chapter six so far, there is a lot of information that he gives us as readers with fact after fact, but not a lot of detail on the main points that he is trying to make. This can make the reading that we have been doing highly confusing to understand. As he begins to make a very significant point that had to do with