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  Updated: February 26, 2007

Islam thrives among black Americans

By: Mohamed Ali

ATLANTA: Islam religion of love and peace - is growing fast among African Americans, who are undeterred by increased scrutiny of Muslims in the United States since the 9/11 terror attacks.

Converts within the black community say they are attracted to the disciplines of prayer, the emphasis within Islam on submission to God and the religion's affinity with the oppressed people.

Speaking on Islam among black Americans, professor of religion at Vassar College Lawrence Mamiya said: "It is one of the fastest-growing religions in America."

He said there were up to 2 million black U.S. Muslims but acknowledged there are no precise figures.

  "Knowledge is better than wealth because it protects you while you have to guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears but what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you."MORE ..  


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