Tempest presents this compelling listicle of 21 Facts You Absolutely Need To Know About Muslims in America written in conjunction with UPF’s “American Muslims: Facts vs. Fiction” which has received a whopping 10 million views over various platforms! Here are the Top 5 facts about Muslim Americans:
1. There are about 7 million Muslims currently living in the U.S.
2. Quite literally, Islam is a religion of peace.
As stated in the Holy Quran (16:91): “Indeed, [God] enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred…and forbids wrongful transgression.”
3. Islam came to America long before Christopher Columbus did.
Muslims reached the shores of America long before Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492.
4. The diversity within the American Muslim population far exceeds the eye.
Immigrant Muslims come from at least 77 different countries. The majority of Muslim immigrants to the U.S. come from Pakistan.
5. American Muslims are politically active and hold government office positions.
Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota made history as the first Muslim sworn into office using a Quran in 2006. Two years later, André Carson of Indiana became the second Muslim to assume office as a U.S. Representative. Both are Democrats.
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