Islamic Organizations Note Renewal

May 26, 2003

Source: Boston Globe

On May 26, 2003 the Boston Globe reported that "Islamic organizations and Muslim leaders say a revival has increased attendance at the 1,300 mosques and at the 300 to 400 Islamic schools in the country. This renewal is also accelerating demands for political power to defend the community's interests. There are said to be more than 2 million Muslims in the United States, and possibly as many as 7 million... The number of Friday prayer services has increased to accommodate the influx of worshipers, plans are underway to build more Islamic schools, and some Islamic societies have secured permission for students to pray on Fridays in public schools. Magazines and newspapers for Muslims are also flourishing. Participation at US mosques increased greatly during the 1990s, a 2001 survey suggests, but Islamic leaders report that an upturn in attendance has occurred since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the war against Iraq... Community activists, who worked quietly behind the scenes for two decades, now are hopeful that Muslims can attain the same degree of social and political power the followers of other religions enjoy in the United States... In addition to religious centers, civic organizations are emerging throughout the country, from urban neighborhoods to rural communities."