Category: understand Islam

Mosques of America: West Springfield, Massachusetts

There are almost 1,900 mosques in theExternal view of mosque (Courtesy of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture) United States today, according to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
Beginning in 1982, the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts in West Springfield was the first place of worship in western New England built specifically as a mosque. Its construction was financed solely by members and supportive Muslims in the surrounding area…MORE:  iipdigital.usembassy.gov

Connecticut Muslim Community Forgives Man Who Shot Up Their Mosque

After the shooting, police officers quickly arrested and charged Hakey with intentional destruction of religious property, which is classified as a federal hate crime. But soon after discovering evidence of the shooting, officials at the Baitul Aman — a mosque affiliated with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a subset of Islam that believes that a messiah has already come — offered their forgiveness to the then-unnamed shooter. When Baitul Aman outreach director Zahir Muhammad Mannan and others learned that the shooter lived next to their worship community, they were shocked — but remained focused on what they could do to be closer to their neighbors in the future.THINKPROGRESS

Muslim Americans Are Model Citizens, According to a New Poll

The survey, from the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, shows that though Muslims living in America are facing more violence than ever, they are actually among America’s most model citizens.

What exactly does that mean?

Well, in a land founded on religious freedom, Muslims are among the most religious and patriotic citizens: 42% of Muslims attend services regularly compared to 45% of Protestants….more:  mic  .

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