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U.S. mosque count grows by 74 percent in decade
Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/29/12 | Matt O'Brien

Posted on 02/29/2012 10:19:44 AM PST by SmithL

The number of American mosques grew by 74 percent in the past decade and are increasingly found in the suburbs, according to a national survey by a coalition of Muslim groups.

The 2011 U.S. Mosque Survey counted 2,106 mosques in the United States, 246 in California and 62 in the Bay Area.

"This building boom is indicative of the growing financial resources of the Muslim community as many Muslims have lived in the U.S. for many decades now and their financial resources have improved," wrote study author Ihsan Bagby, an associate professor of Islamic studies at the University of Kentucky.

Ravi Mohiuddin attends one of the Bay Area's newer mosques, though as with many Islamic centers in the Bay Area, his West Valley Muslim Association in Saratoga is a work in progress.

The mosque opened in a rented hall in 2007 amid two insurance offices, a hair salon and lighting store. Just a mile from Apple headquarters, the storefront attracts Apple employees and other Silicon Valley Muslims who come for daytime prayers.

But the congregation has grown from a few dozen to hundreds, and Mohiuddin said adherents are raising money to build a mosque down the street.

Bagby pointed to several factors contributing to the growth: an influx of Muslim refugees from Somalia, Iraq, West Africa and Bosnia; increasing ethnic and denominational diversity within the Muslim community spurring new mosques reflecting different schools of thought; and the expansion of the Muslim population into suburbs and new regions around the country.

Many Muslim organizations don't seek loans from financial institutions because of the Islamic ban on interest, so Bagby said followers have to increase their membership and confidence before building a mosque.

For Mohiuddin, geography was the biggest reason for launching the mosque in Saratoga.

"The nearest facility for offering prayers and meeting others was in Santa Clara, 20 minutes away," Mohiuddin said. "For Muslims, we go to the nearest facility for our Friday prayers. And then on weekends, we may go to another facility closer to home."

Along with counting each mosque, researchers asked hundreds of imams and other mosque leaders about their religious practices, schools of thought and attitudes toward American society.

More than 98 percent believe Muslims should be involved in American institutions, 91 percent believe Muslims should be involved in politics and 55 percent disagreed with the idea that America is immoral.

The poll is the first of its kind since similar surveys by the same group of researchers in 2001 and 2000. The new survey shows some perspectives have changed.

Only about 25 percent of mosque leaders believe American society is hostile to Islam, compared to 56 percent who thought so in 2000.

Mohammad Chaudhry is one of those who believes most Americans welcome their Muslim American neighbors.

The non-Muslim community helped rebuild his Islamic Center of the East Bay in Antioch after an arsonist gutted the mosque in 2007.

Congregations are increasingly diverse and busier with more people participating in weekly services, the survey says. Only African American mosques experienced a plateau or decline in attendance.

"People of all denominations come here," Chaudhry said. "The Sunnis come, the Shiias come. Muslims from India, Muslims from Pakistan, some from the Middle East, some from Africa, a few from Afghanistan."

Most mosques are of the Sunni tradition, but the West Coast has the largest number of Shiite mosques. About 1 percent of mosque leaders said they followed the fundamentalist Salafi school, a strict, literalist interpretation of the Quran, and most of those headed African American congregations.

Although the Muslim population has grown, it remains a tiny fraction of the American population.

The report estimated just under 85,000 California Muslims attend the weekly Jummah prayers on Friday afternoons. A larger group of California Muslims -- about 273,000 -- attend Eid, the high holiday prayers.

The survey was conducted by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, the Islamic Circle of North America and the International Institute of Islamic Thought.


TOPICS: Islam; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: crushislam; infiltration; islam; islamism; mosque; ropma; sharia; trop

1 posted on 02/29/2012 10:19:48 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Find yours today! http://www.mosque-finder.com/


2 posted on 02/29/2012 10:22:39 AM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: combat_boots

Time for a new Crusade...


3 posted on 02/29/2012 10:30:34 AM PST by Noumenon ("I tell you, gentlemen, we have a problem on our hands." Col. Nicholson-The Bridge on the River Qwai)
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To: SmithL
Diverisity is our Strength
/sarc
4 posted on 02/29/2012 10:34:53 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao << >> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona)
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To: SmithL

http://godfatherpolitics.com/3927/stop-feeding-the-islamic-crocodile/


5 posted on 02/29/2012 10:35:23 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: SmithL

Scary thing is, they aren’t just building mosques,,that’s too obvious. They are building schools they call “Public” Schools,,Harmony school is one such chain here in Austin. They are involved in education and have developed a bit of a little power lobby in the State of Texas. Also, instead of mosques they build community centers, like in Cedar Park Texas, on prime real estate, hidden behind some trees with one small sign to direct you.

They are here and they are very quiet.
Here’s one in Round Rock, another northern burb of Austin
http://www.roundrockmasjid.org/

This one in Brushy Creek is on the border of Avery Ranch, and upscale subdivision that has a golf course where Dennis Quaid often visits to host charity events.

http://icbrushycreek.org/

There are probably more. I have just seen these two around.


6 posted on 02/29/2012 10:35:37 AM PST by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: SmithL

Scary thing is, they aren’t just building mosques,,that’s too obvious. They are building schools they call “Public” Schools,,Harmony school is one such chain here in Austin. They are involved in education and have developed a bit of a little power lobby in the State of Texas. Also, instead of mosques they build community centers, like in Cedar Park Texas, on prime real estate, hidden behind some trees with one small sign to direct you.

They are here and they are very quiet.
Here’s one in Round Rock, another northern burb of Austin
http://www.roundrockmasjid.org/

This one in Brushy Creek is on the border of Avery Ranch, and upscale subdivision that has a golf course where Dennis Quaid often visits to host charity events.

http://icbrushycreek.org/

There are probably more. I have just seen these two around.


7 posted on 02/29/2012 10:35:49 AM PST by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: SmithL

Scary thing is, they aren’t just building mosques,,that’s too obvious. They are building schools they call “Public” Schools,,Harmony school is one such chain here in Austin. They are involved in education and have developed a bit of a little power lobby in the State of Texas. Also, instead of mosques they build community centers, like in Cedar Park Texas, on prime real estate, hidden behind some trees with one small sign to direct you.

They are here and they are very quiet.
Here’s one in Round Rock, another northern burb of Austin
http://www.roundrockmasjid.org/

This one in Brushy Creek is on the border of Avery Ranch, and upscale subdivision that has a golf course where Dennis Quaid often visits to host charity events.

http://icbrushycreek.org/

There are probably more. I have just seen these two around.


8 posted on 02/29/2012 10:35:49 AM PST by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: SmithL

Scary thing is, they aren’t just building mosques,,that’s too obvious. They are building schools they call “Public” Schools,,Harmony school is one such chain here in Austin. They are involved in education and have developed a bit of a little power lobby in the State of Texas. Also, instead of mosques they build community centers, like in Cedar Park Texas, on prime real estate, hidden behind some trees with one small sign to direct you.

They are here and they are very quiet.
Here’s one in Round Rock, another northern burb of Austin
http://www.roundrockmasjid.org/

This one in Brushy Creek is on the border of Avery Ranch, and upscale subdivision that has a golf course where Dennis Quaid often visits to host charity events.

http://icbrushycreek.org/

There are probably more. I have just seen these two around.


9 posted on 02/29/2012 10:35:49 AM PST by austinaero (Obama or America - can't have both)
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To: ├čudda├čudd

Diversity is our downfall, multiculturalism is our destruction.


10 posted on 02/29/2012 10:36:56 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: SmithL

And in Iran they are going to execute a priest.


11 posted on 02/29/2012 10:38:13 AM PST by Mi-kha-el ((There is no Pravda in Izvestiya and no Izvestiya in Pravda.))
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To: Noumenon

“Time for a new Crusade...”

We are already in a Holy War. We are losing on purpose at the moment, thanks to...


12 posted on 02/29/2012 10:39:11 AM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: SmithL

How much did we spend rebuilding mosques around the world in the last three years?


13 posted on 02/29/2012 10:39:44 AM PST by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: SmithL

ONLY way the american muslims can be defeated is by laughter..
Islam MUST be laughed out of existence..

If America is the new Sodom then that is doable..
There is so much humor locked up in Islam...
It really is a cartoon religion.. like Scientology is..
And Latter Day Saints(LDS), as well, to be honest..


14 posted on 02/29/2012 10:43:42 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: SmithL

funded by the house of saud, I’ll bet..


15 posted on 02/29/2012 10:45:30 AM PST by cardinal4 (Bolton/Arpaio 2012 "Kick the UN across the border!")
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Also see article at Atlas Shrugs: "Mosque Growth Explodes in America Post 911">

"'The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and Muslims our soldiers…' The Prime Minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan." (0bama's close ally)

16 posted on 02/29/2012 10:53:08 AM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: SmithL

Sadly they are trying to move into the Atlanta burbs. Nobody wants them but if you try to stop it the DOJ sues your little burg and it costs too much to fight it.


17 posted on 02/29/2012 11:35:24 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: SmithL

Courtesy of diversity and multi-culturalism.


18 posted on 02/29/2012 11:51:02 AM PST by crosshairs (Maranatha!)
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To: combat_boots
Read about the Kinetic Effects of Prayer in Islam.

While the Old and New Testaments concern themselves with the love and teachings of God and Christ, the koran instead expends considerable effort demonizing other religions and the people practicing those religions


19 posted on 02/29/2012 12:01:24 PM PST by wtd
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