Islam in North America: Introduction

North America has been home to Muslims for a long time





Muslims first arrived in North America centuries before Columbus due to trading expeditions with Native Americans. After Columbus, the slave trade transported African Muslim slaves, who retained their spiritual practice and religious identity, to the Americas.

Over the next few centuries, Muslim migrants from all over the world settled in the New World in search of personal goals, such as education or employment. While some dreamed of returning “home” one day, the subsequent generations largely knew no other place but the United States or Canada as their home.

Muslims in North America today

During the course of this timespan, many indigenous North Americans have studied Islam and adopted the religion; prominent among these are Africans and Hispanics, although individuals of all backgrounds are attracted to the simplicity and purity of Islam.

Today, there are approximately 7 million Muslims in the United States, with more than 2000 mosques across America. American Muslims actively contribute in a variety of professional fields, such as medicine, engineering, IT, architecture, education, and journalism. Muslims are also represented in the military and social service.

In Canada, the situation is similar, although there are only about a million Muslims. The greatest concentration of Muslim communities is located in the Greater Toronto Area and major cities, like Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal, etc. Pockets of Muslims also reside in Mexico.

In this section, we explore Islam in North America, with a special focus on American Muslims – their history, challenges, and contributions.

Islam in U.S. Senate

Islam in America

American Mosques

Family: the Building Blocks of Society

Remembering 9/11: A Decade Later

The Future of Islam in America




  1. Shadiya Wade says:

    I was born a Muslim, but I have never practiced. Would like to have a mentor in my area of Knoxville, TN. contact me and help me get started.

  2. Michael F. Coker says:
    Start with this website – It seems to me Jewish, Christian, & Muslims believe the same if you read their holy books with love and compassion toward all people.

  3. I can help , where do you want to start?

  4. Frank Tillman says: This expresses my exact opinion of this cult

    You publish lies on this site!

    I challange you to prove that muslims arrive here before the white man!

  5. Jerry Gay says:

    By their own arguement this just proves how stupid they are for leaving. Of course, they were never here or anywhere else first except in the desert pounding sand.

  6. Alice Alrafati RN says:

    I know what you mean… add me to facebook if you can :)

  7. Alice Alrafati RN says:

    any muslimah groups in Indianapolis?

  8. may ALLAH bless you a MILLION times dear sister…dear cousin

  9. have you heard of Yusuf Estes? He's from Texas but became Muslim. Is now a scholar and preacher…

  10. Issam Omar says:

    Jerry Gay you are very rude and ignorant. Only a tiny minority of Muslims used to live in deserts, and many of your ancestors used to live in deserts by the way. Desert people are known for courage, generosity and hospitality, things that are foreign to you. As for the presences of Muslims before your genocidal colonizers arrived, you can read the book "Muslims in american History" by Jerald Dirks.

  11. Emma Henley says:

    A brilliant topic to discuss!
    Know more about the Simplified Illustrated Islamic Law for Acts of Worship (Prayer – Purification – Charity – Pilgrimage (Hajj) – Umrah – Fasting).

  12. Jacinto Jaramillo says:

    there is no such thing as "born a mislim" mislim is not a raze, it's a life of impositions.
    we are born free, remain as you are; or become a Christian, Jesus will help you maintain your freedom,and give you life everlasting.
    If you remain as you are, at least your punishment will be more bearable.

  13. Hassan Mo says:

    one God>>> sent His message to humans through His prophet>>>
    but the differences came because of human intervention to the Holy scriptures… that's why WE all should search and keep searching for the truth>> because it is one life in this earth< then we will get back to the Eternal life> whether in HEAVENS or HELL

  14. Brit San says:

    Is there any Muslim groups in Humboldt County?

  15. Az Younas says:

    Sam Kal Yes of course, the concept of trinity (which isnt even the bible) is for the 'intelligent' types.

  16. Lana Adel says:

    Is there any Muslim groups in Madison County? I have been wanting to go to a mosque for about 6 months now. I am also 14 and i said Shahada in February, so i want to feel closer with the Muslim community.

  17. Reform India's Muslim Personal Law, Breach the Stagnation in Muslim Religious Thought, Use the Opportunity to Work out A New Islamic Theology of Peace, Pluralism and Gender Equality

    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam

    It is for the government of India to take a call in the matter. Why should Indian Muslim women not deserve the protection of Islam provided to their counterparts in Pakistan, Bangladesh and elsewhere, practically in the entire Islamic world, except Saudi Arabia. … Why should Indian Muslims suffer the indignities imposed by the British in our land under an Anglo-Mohammedan law? …
    A debate kick-started by Personal Law reforms may then provide us an opportunity to take the issue of theological reforms to other areas too, which are far more important to the community and our religion. Personal Law debate would bring out the obscurantism of our ulema to the fore. It would bring out their lack of concern for Islam or Muslims.
    We have to virtually create, find acceptance for and popularise a new Islamic theology of peace, coexistence, inclusiveness, pluralism and gender equality.
    The stagnation, total lack of any theological debate, in the Muslim community, just has to be breached and broken. The stagnation suits the Islamist extremists who have a very coherent, well-designed, well-thought-out theology of violence and exclusivism, hatred and intolerance, as well as gender inequality and discrimination.

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