Muslim population grows by more than 100K in 10-year period
Originally published: Sep 7, 2011 – 2:34 pm
The Phoenix area has seen a big change in the Muslim population over the past decade.
Marwan Ahmed, the publisher of the Arizona based Muslim Voice Community Newspaper, thinks the Muslim population has grown tremendously in the past 10 years, upwards of 120,000 people.
The growth is due to a few reasons.
“We have migrations from other states who came here for work or business and we have of course the immigrant community,” Ahmed said.
With all these new people and the opportunity at business Ahmed believes they are around 1,200 Muslim owned businesses in the Valley.
Just 10 years ago there were only five or six mosques and there are now 19.
Ahmed says that in the face of controversy post 9-11, the Muslim community has grown with the population and plays a larger role in society.
Muslim population on the rise in the Valley
Originally published: Mar 1, 2012 – 5:00 am
PHOENIX – The number of Islamic mosques has nearly doubled nationwide in the last decade.
Here in the Valley, a similar trend is being experienced.
“A lot of that has to do with immigration from countries that are dictatorships and the ability to practice our faith more freely in America than anywhere else in the world,” said Dr. Zudhi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. “We’re losing a lot of foreign exchange students because of [education cuts], but that’s being offset by refugees coming from Afghanistan and Iraq, or even from the war in the 90s in Bosnia.”
Jasser expects to see the number of refugees to go up because of the recent events in Egypt, Libya, and his family’s native country, Syria.
According to Jasser, Muslims living in the area have had great support from members of other faiths. The Arizona Interfaith Movement has been a big part of that support. Jasser does hope he’ll see more positive stories about his faith in order to help dispel stereotype perpetuated by the September 11th Attacks.
“We have one side that says that every Muslim could be a potential terrorist and another that says that no Muslim could be a terrorist, and the reality is somewhere in the middle,” said Jasser.
Jasser expects the Muslim population will grow as the state grows. His hope is that more and more people will see him and fellow Muslims as Americans first.