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- Directory of Religious Centers
- Profiles of Religious Centers
- Research Reports
- Religious Diversity Newsfeed: Islam
- International News
- World Religions in Greater Boston
- Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim Communities in New Orleans
- Colorado Muslim Society’s Sunday School
- Islam in North Carolina
- Islamic Social Life in America- Planning a Wedding
- Local Islams
- Muslim Communities in Rhode Island
- Muslim Communities of Mississippi
- Muslim Traditions in Switzerland
- Muslim Women in the West Bibliography
- Politics of Women’s Worship in American Islam
- Portland Muslim History Project
- Sufi Orders in New York
- Tibetan Buddhists and Shi’ite Muslims in the Twin Cities
- Volunteerism Among Ismailis in Houston
Aga Khan Visual Archives: MosquesMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit... in the United States
Includes images of purpose-built mosques in the U.S., from the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at M.I.T.
AhmadiyyaThe Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam was established in 1889 in India by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. He claimed to be the Messiah of this age, awaited by Muslims, Christians, and others. The missionary movement of his followers is now established in more than 144 coun... Muslim Community of the U.S.
Site of the U.S. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, based in Silver Spring, Maryland.
All-American Muslim on The Learning Channel (TLC)
Reality TV show featuring an Arab American Muslim family living in Dearborn, Michigan. Aired 2011-2012.
The American Muslim
A forum that is inclusive of “various points of view (based on Qur’an and SunnahSunnah, meaning “custom,” refers to the words and actions of the Prophet Muhammad, remembered by the early Muslim community and preserved in narrative accounts (hadith). Because Muhammad is considered to be the best example of how to live, his Sunnah ...) representing no one school of thought, ethnic group or organization”; gives special emphasis to intra- and inter-religious dialogue. Established in 1989 and edited by Sheila Masaji.
American Muslim Alliance (AMA)
Organization focusing on Muslim participation in American political life.
American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) (Archive)
An umbrella organization of Muslim advocacy groups working to define issues of common concern and develop strategies for effective political participation.
American Muslims Intent on Learning and Activism (AMILA)
Established in 1992, AMILA’s community-building efforts focus on youth, education and activism.
Founded in 1997, this organization seeks to foster “an American-Muslim identity” and to build bridges with the American public. This site features the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow blog.
A publication that “reflects the experiences and perspectives of Muslim women living in North American society.” Edited by Tayyibah Taylor.
Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship
Established in Philadelphia in 1971, the Fellowship studies the teachings of Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, a SufiSufism is often called “the heart of Islam,” as its emphasis on the inner life enlivens and supplements the outward practices of ritual and legal obligation. It is not a sect of Islam, but rather a stream of interpretation stressing the interior path,... saintSaints are human beings whose lives have displayed extraordinary holiness and devotion. As such they become examples for others. Indeed some of the faithful may understand them to be intermediaries and seek their help in time of need. Roman Catholics and ....
The American Muslim Lifestyle Network is a 24-hour, English-language cable channel.
Dedicated to “healing the relationship between the Islamic world and the West” through multi-faith dialogue.
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
With headquarters in Washington, D.C. and chapters across America, CAIR’s mission is to: “enhance understanding of IslamIslam in Arabic literally means “submitting” or “submission.” One who submits or surrenders his or her will to God is called a Muslim. While the whole of God’s creation is described as being inherently Muslim, human beings must choose whether to..., encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.”
Council on Islamic Education (CIE)
Founded by Shabbir Mansuri in 1990, the Council on Islamic Education aims “to support and strengthen American public education” by working with policymakers, publishers, educators, and the media.
www.cie.org (Website no longer avaiable)
“Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America.”
A report published in August 2011 by the Center for American Progress. Written by Wajahat Ali, Eli Clifton, Matthew Duss, Lee Fang, Scott Keyes, and Faiz Shakir.
FiqhFiqh means “understanding” the Shariah, the law of God, as it is laid out in the Qur’an and Hadith and interpreted by community consensus and human reason. Four schools of legal interpretation (fiqh) are accepted in Sunni Islam: Hanafi, Maliki, Shaf... Council of North America
A body of Islamic scholars in the U.S. and Canada that responds to issues of concern for the Muslim community.
Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football, and the American Dream (2011)
A documentary film about a predominately Muslim high school football team in Dearborn, Michigan. Directed by Rashid Ghazi.
Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences (GSISS)
Part of Cordoba University in Ashburn, Virginia; offers a ten-month Master of Arts in Social Studies: Islamic Studies degree.
www.cordobauniversity.org/gsiss/introduction.asp (website no longer available)
“IamY Convention 2012: Let’s Get Inspired” (2012)
Youtube video promoting the IamY Convention for “inspiring American Muslim Youth.”
ING: Islamic Speakers Bureau
Site of the Islamic Networks Group, based in San Jose, California.
The Institute of Islamic Information and Education (III&E)
Chicago-based organization producing brochures about Islam in English and Spanish; special emphasis on outreach to non-Muslims.
The Institute of IsmailiIsmaili Shi’ah refers to the group of Shi’i Muslims who, upon the death of the sixth Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq in 765, affirmed his son Isma’il to be the next Imam. The Ismailis further split in 1094 into Mustali and Nizari branches. Emphasizing the ne... Studies
An organization “promoting scholarship and learning of Muslim cultures and societies, historical as well as contemporary, and a better understanding of their relationship with other societies and faiths.”
International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
An Islamic intellectual forum in Herndon, Virginia, supporting research, organizing conferences, and publishing scholarly works.
Islam in the West Program
Islamic CenterAn Islamic center will typically include a mosque, school, and area for social and cultural activities. When a new Islamic center is being organized in the United States, attention is paid to community needs, including a weekend or full-time school, indic... of America
A landmark mosqueMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit... located in Dearborn, Michigan; one of America’s oldest and most vital Muslim communities.
Islamic CircleIn some Pagan traditions, a “circle” refers to the people who gather for a ritual. When standing in a circle, all the participants are able to see each other, with no one member elevated over any other. This practice is often felt to encourage egalita... of North America (ICNAThe Islamic Circle of North America was formed in 1968 by a group within the Muslim Student Association with roots in the Jama’at-i Islami movement of Pakistan but has since tried to diversify its membership. The organization publishes the magazine The ...)
National, non-sectarian grassroots organization for Muslims; also operates a toll-free information line and website for non-Muslims at whyislam.org.
Magazine published by the Islamic Society of North AmericaThe Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) was established in 1982 to serve as an umbrella organization for Sunni Muslim student and professional groups across the country. ISNA, with national headquarters in Plainfield, Indiana, sponsors national and re....
Islamic Information and Services Foundation
Organization that aims “to help promote dialogue, mutual respect and understanding across cultural and religious lines, and thus work towards realization of real world peace through cooperative efforts” in education and combating stereotypesStereotyping is the ascription of generalized characteristics to a whole group of people, thus describing individuals by the characterization, usually a caricature, of the whole..
Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA)
Professional association for Muslim physicians and other health care professionals; provides medical supplies and personnel, holds annual conferences, and publishes the bi-monthly Journal of Islamic Medical Association (JIMA).
Islamic Networks Group (ING)
Since 1993, ING has provided educational programming related to Muslims and Islam; ING works with the media, law enforcement, schools and corporations.
Islamic Relief USA
International relief organization founded in 1993 with U.S. headquarters in Buena Park, California.
The Islamic Schools League of America “Fast Facts about Full-Time Islamic Schools in the United States”
An online resource for information about full-time Islamic schools in America, written by Karen Keyworth. Published 25 April 2008.
Islamic Shura Council of Southern California
Established in 1995 to “promote communications, understanding, cooperation and coordination among the Muslim communities in Southern California.”
Islamic Society of North America (ISNAThe Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) was established in 1982 to serve as an umbrella organization for Sunni Muslim student and professional groups across the country. ISNA, with national headquarters in Plainfield, Indiana, sponsors national and re...)
Association of Muslim organizations and individuals providing a wide range of services for the Muslim community in the U.S.; publishes Islamic Horizons magazine.
Search by zipcode or state to find nearest Islamic centersAn Islamic center will typically include a mosque, school, and area for social and cultural activities. When a new Islamic center is being organized in the United States, attention is paid to community needs, including a weekend or full-time school, indic..., mosques (masajid), and Islamic organizations; prayerPrayer is the vocal or silent address to the Divine. It may consist of fixed words, spontaneous words, or rest in silence with no words at all. Some forms of prayer are accompanied with specific postures or gestures, while others are not. times are also included.
Ismaili Heritage Society
Maintains the online FIELD database (First Ismaili Electronic Library and Database) with numerous resources related to Ismailism.
Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
Engages in advocacy and educational efforts related to human rights in Islam.
Louis FarrakhanMinister Louis Farrakhan (b. Louis Eugene Wolcott, 1933) revived the old Nation of Islam in 1977, restoring its original ideology and organization and establishing the University of Islam in Chicago. He states that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, after his... (MinisterMinister is a general term for a member of the clergy in the Christian church. The term has also come to use in other religious traditions to designate a member of the clergy (as in the Jodo Shinshu tradition and the Nation of Islam). Farrakhan) on Twitter
Twitter feed of Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of IslamThe Lost-Found Nation of Islam in America, begun by Wallace D. Fard in Detroit in the 1930’s, was developed by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Elijah Muhammad preached some Islamic principles, but his lessons about the superiority of the Black Man were c....
The Mosque Cares
An Islamic community associated with the leadership of ImamImam means “leader,” particularly the person who leads the daily ritual prayer or, more broadly, to the one who serves as a leader of the community because of his religious learning. In Shi’i Islam, it refers to one of a succession of direct descend... W. Deen MohammedImam W. Deen Mohammed was born Wallace Fard Muhammad in 1933, son of Elijah Muhammad, charismatic leader of the Nation of Islam, and his wife Clara. He later changed his name to Warith Deen, meaning “the heir of the religion” in Arabic, and altered th...; formerly known as the “MinistryMinister is a general term for a member of the clergy in the Christian church. The term has also come to use in other religious traditions to designate a member of the clergy (as in the Jodo Shinshu tradition and the Nation of Islam). of W. Deen Mohammed.”
Muslim American Society (MAS)
Founded in 1992, the main projects of the MAS include the Islamic American University, the American Muslim magazine, the Freedom Foundation – which focuses on Muslim civic participation – and the Council on Islamic Schools.
Muslim Journal Online
Weekly newspaper and successor to MuhammadThe Prophet Muhammad, known as “the Seal of the Prophets,” was born in the city of Makkah on the Arabian peninsula in 570 C.E. At 40, he began to receive a series of revelations from God through the angel Gabriel. His small group of followers met with... Speaks, the publication of the Nation of Islam.
Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
With offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., MPAC defines its mission as “working for the civil rights of American Muslims, for the integration of Islam into American pluralism, and for a positive, constructive relationship between American Muslims and their representatives.”
Muslim Students AssociationIn 1963, the Muslim Students Association (MSA) was organized to promote religious unity, through education and mutual aid, among Muslim international students at North American colleges. The MSA laid the groundwork for numerous national organizations, inc... (MSAIn 1963, the Muslim Students Association (MSA) was organized to promote religious unity, through education and mutual aid, among Muslim international students at North American colleges. The MSA laid the groundwork for numerous national organizations, inc...)
Web site of national student association, founded in 1963 at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
The Muslim Sunrise
Online newspaper of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, edited by Falahud Din Shams, and first published in print as The Moslem Sunrise by Dr. Mufti Muhammed Sadiq in 1921.
Muslim Women’s League (MWL)
Through publications and presentations, MWL works to “implement the values of Islam and thereby reclaim the status of women as free, equal, and vital contributors to society.”
Naqshbandiya Foundation for Islamic Education (NFIE)
Educational organization based in Peoria, Illinois which emphasizes Tasawwuf, the Sufi path.
Nation of Islam (NOIThe Lost-Found Nation of Islam in America, begun by Wallace D. Fard in Detroit in the 1930’s, was developed by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. Elijah Muhammad preached some Islamic principles, but his lessons about the superiority of the Black Man were c...)
Under the leadership of Minister Louis Farrakhan, this Chicago-based organization follows the teachings of ElijahElijah was a ninth century BCE Hebrew prophet and visionary. According to tradition, he did not die but was taken to heaven in a chariot of fire (2 Kings 2). Elijah’s periodic return to eart. has become part of the rabbinical and mystical Jewish traditi... Muhammad; publishes The Final Call.
North American ShiaThe Shi’at ‘Ali (the party of ‘Ali, for which Shi’ah is an abbreviation and from which the adjective Shi’i comes) believed that the Prophet Muhammad designated his son-in-law ‘Ali and his descendants to be leader (Imam) of the ummah after his ... Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities Organization (NASIMCO)
Established in 1986, NASIMCO works to unify Shia Ithna-Asheri organizations in the U.S. and Canada.
Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life “Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream”
A report based on research conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Published 22 May 2007.
Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life “Muslim Americans: No Signs of Growth in Alienation or Support for Extremism”
A report based on research conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Published August 30, 2011.
Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life “The World’s Muslims: Unity and Diversity”
A report based on research conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Published August 9, 2012.
SuhaibWebb.com: Your Virtual Mosque
Blog of Imam Suhaib Webb, imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Boston’s Cultural Center, with content contributors who seek to “enhance the spiritual and religious development of Muslims through sound, balanced, and moderate Islamic teachings.”
United Muslims of America (UMA)
The first non-partisan Muslim public affairs organization in the U.S., established in 1982; UMA has a special interest in interfaith relations.
U.S. Department of State: Muslim Life in America
Provides a range of resources including speeches, articles, and official texts related to Islam.
Women in Islam
A coalition of Muslim women working on human rights and social justice issues.
An educational institute providing ongoing courses in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as a distance-learning program; publishes the semi-annual journal, Seasons.