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By: Mehrunisa Qayyum & Ramah Kudaimi
Note: Originally published by Common Grounds News & Reposted on Brookings US Islamic Forums, Lebanon Daily Star, Morocco Tomorrow, Germany’s Islamiche Zeitung, among a dozen others. Thus, it has been reposted here due to its global reach and reaction…
Washington, DC – In August 2011 the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center released a report in which the key finding was that Muslim Americans are among the most integrated and successful citizens in the United States. To accompany these statistics, personal stories highlight how, unlike first-generation immigrants who tended focused their activism on fundraising for the development of their countries back home, second-generation Muslim Americans are dedicating their time instead to resolving domestic problems and engaging in interfaith dialogue. Our focus is on our current homeland – the United States.
One missing aspect of the current Muslim American narrative is this contribution, by Muslims, to civic engagement such as community service, political activity, service-learning, activism and advocacy in the United States. Instead of concentrating on what Muslim Americans think, as many polls and think tanks currently do, focusing on what they actually do will …Continue by clicking here