Strong religious beliefs are only one part of Muslim American identity

Source: Pew Research Center

Muslim women attend a prayer service celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Ramadan month of prayer and fasting, on June 25 in Stamford, Connecticut. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Muslim women attend a prayer service celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Ramadan month of prayer and fasting, on June 25 in Stamford, Connecticut. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Nearly all Muslim Americans (97%) say they take pride in being a member of the Islamic faith. But their devotion to core religious beliefs and practices is only part of a religious identity that also includes concerns about social justice and the environment.

The vast majority of U.S. Muslims say belief in God is essential (85%) to their religious identity, according to a Pew Research Center survey of 1,001 U.S. Muslims conducted between January and May of this year. An additional 10% say belief in God is “important but not essential.”

By comparison, the vast majority of American Christians also said believing in God is essential to their religious identity (86%), according to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey. And an additional 10% of U.S. Christians said this belief is important (though not essential) to what being Christian means to them.

For many, being Muslim also is tied to love for the Prophet Muhammad (72% say this is essential to what being Muslim means to them). About six-in-ten consider as essential the commitment to observe the religious teachings in the Quran and Sunnah (59%), two important sources of guidance for the Islamic faithful.

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  1. It’s not rocket science but just for instance this world is a very micro part of this gigantic universe and in this world take a smaller thing like an apartment building as an example. If there is no property manager to look after it to ensure that the maintenance is kept up to date, the superintendent is on site, fire code is up to date and kept clean and so on the building will fall for sure. If a building cannot function without a manager than how can a universe be expected to run on chance or luck?

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