Muslims In America: More Latinos Converting To Islam As US Population Grows, Report Claims
By most official measures, Latinos in the U.S. are considered to be the fastest-growing demographic. So, it’s no stretch that they are also the fastest-growing group of Muslims in America, according to organizations that cater to Hispanics converting to Islam. Although the statistics haven’t been widely tracked, there are an estimated 150,000 Islam converts among the Latino community in the U.S., reported the Press-Enterprise, a California newspaper.
The trend of Hispanic converts to Islam has been tracked by the Islamic Society of North American, which in 2006 estimated that there were roughly 40,000 Latino Muslims in the U.S., according to a report by National Public Radio. Some community leaders said the recent growth of the demographic has its roots in a shared experience of immigration and the negative political rhetoric that advocates have deemed as anti-Muslim.
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