Islam has been around the world for thousands of years. The influence of Islam spreads across the world and reaches almost all continents. Muslims are categorized as Sunni (80 to 90%) and Shia (10 to 20%). Indonesia is the largest Muslim majority country with overall population up to 13%, 25% live in South Asia, 20% in the Middle East and about 15% in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sizeable minorities are also found in Russia, China, Europe and Americas. Immigrants and converts are usually found in almost every part of the world. With 23% of total earth population and up to 1.6 billion followers, Islam is the 2nd largest and one of fastest growing religions in the world.
There is a great debate on the internet and media regarding the influence of Islam in America and other European and Western countries. According to the report of a recent survey, up to 7 million Muslims are recently living in different areas of the USA. Some of them are immigrants while other are converts. As we all know, the United States of America is a non Muslim country with a majority of Christians. Now the rising question is about whether the Muslim minorities living in different areas of the USA have complete freedom to practice their religion as the Muslim majority in countries like Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, and Turkey.
Islam in the United States of America is not much different from the Middle Eastern Countries. Generally speaking, the freedom of religion, separation of church and state are officially established in First Amendment of the United States Constitutions, ‘’Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.’’ These two sections known as ‘’free exercise clause’’ and ‘’establishment clause.’’ They offer a clear codification of religious practice and tolerance in the USA referenced by Federal Court in a continuing process of navigating current legal predicaments such as public funding of provincial schools and prayer in public schools.
Like people in the Middle Eastern Countries, Muslim minorities living in the United States of America have a complete freedom to practice their religion as they want. There is no restriction on conversion as well; we have seemed that a good number of Americans have converted to Islam. After 9/11, the situation totally changed and Muslims resided in the USA faced numerous problems, but now their conditions are as good as before that tragedy. Muslims in the USA proved that they are not rebels and their religion advocates brotherhood, peace and tranquility instead of killing innocent people.
There are various religious organizations recently working in the United States of America to promote social, political and religious awareness among the young generation and to protect the interests of the Muslim communities. American-Muslim Alliance, Islamic Supreme Council of America, American Muslim Congress, American Islamic Forum and Democracy, Muslim American Society, Islamic Information Centre, Muslim Advocates, Muslim Public Affair Council etc are some of the most famous religious organizations working for Muslims in USA.
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