Latinos: Fastest-growing group of Muslims in US

There are an estimated 150,000 Islam converts among the Latino community in the US

Source: World Bulletin

Latinos in the U.S. are considered to be the fastest-growing demographic as well as the fastest-growing group of Muslims in America, the Press-Enterprise reported.

Although the statistics haven’t been widely tracked, there are an estimated 150,000 Islam converts among the Latino community in the U.S.

The trend of Hispanic converts to Islam has been tracked by the Islamic Society of North America, which in 2006 estimated there were roughly 40,000 Latino Muslims in the U.S.

 

Rida Hamida, left, and Benjamin Vazquez are co-directors of the Andalusia Project. Photographed at the El Centro Cultural de Mexico headquarters in Santa Ana. ///ADDITIONAL INFO:    mexicanmuslim.1229.kjs  ---  Photo by KEVIN SULLIVAN / Orange County Register  --  12/23/15 Members of Orange County's Mexican and Muslim communities reach out to one another and try to learn about each other's cultures through common historic roots in the Andalusian Era in Spain. Arabs in Spain had a significant impact on Spanish/Mexican food, language, music and architecture. In a political environment where rhetoric is sharp against Mexicans and Muslims, members of these OC communities say they want to craft their own narrative, on their own terms.  12/23/15

Some community leaders said the recent growth of the demographic has its roots in a shared experience of immigration and the negative political rhetoric that advocates have deemed as anti-Muslim.

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