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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Muslim Population in USA


There are 1.57 billion Muslims in the world. It is the 2nd largest religion. According to Islam 101, there are from 5 to 8 million Muslims in the United States. One reference even thought 9 million live in the US. This differs from today's Oregonian which says there are only 3 million, which is the smallest reference that I have found. The number differs according to how many people are known to attend a mosque. Religion is not listed on census sheets. Like other religions, not all Muslims attend on a Friday. The 19 year old Mohamud just arrested for trying to blow up Pioneer Square in Portland was not attending a mosque regularly, but perhaps about twice a month while living in Corvallis. He grew up in the greater Portland area after moving here from Somalia and most likely attended a nearby mosque. Whatever he had learned in Somalia and Portland's mosque turned him against his adopted country and he was a want-t0-be jihadist that actually became one. We in Portland are just grateful to the FBI who was able to avert him from his goal of killing about 12,000 people at the Xmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Pioneer Square.

Allied-media came up with 8 million Muslims that are living in the United States. Arab-Americans make up 26%, South Asians make up 26%, African Americans make up 24%, and all others make up 24%. The population is growing 6% annually. Jews make up about 6 million. This is about the same number of Jews living in Israel.


In a poll on allied-media, 90% of Muslims followed the Koran and the Sunnah strictly. In a Cornell University survey, 47% of Americans believed that the Islamic religion is more likely than others to encourage violence among its believers.



In 1990 the Jews in Oregon are estimated to total about 10,691 or 0.38% of Oregon's population There are about 10 synagogues in Portland. They are a smaller number than the Buddaists who make up 0.5% of Oregon's population. Muslims number 2,842 or 0.1% of the population. Including themselves in the Muslim count are the Ahmadis of Ahmadiyya Islam who are also in Oregon. They differ from other Sunni or Shiite Muslims. The largest group is the Catholics who number 279,650 or 9.84% of the population. They have about 199 churches in Oregon.

An Ahmadiyya Islamist wrote an editorial for the Oregonian saying that Islam was a peaceful religion and denied the accusation about jihad, and that killing wasn't allowed. Being Ahadiyya Islamists have broken from true Shiite and Sunni Islam, he was not speaking the truth, but only about his own group. The Ahadiyya continue to feel they are a part of Islam, but Islam has declared them to be a non-Muslim minority and are barred from law from calling themselves Muslims. They are even told not to call their places of worship "mosques." They have suffered a great deal of discrimination by the very people they are defending. I don't believe that Mohamud ever attended their "mosque." and learned their more peaceful ways.

http://www.islam101.com/history/population2_usa.html
Oregonian Newspaper 12/1/10 page A4.
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/intro/islam-ahmadi.htm
http://www.allied-media.com/AM/
Zogby International, August 2000
US Census 2000
http://www.jannah.org/popstatistics/usamuslims.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_the_United_States

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