Muslims In America: Latino Muslims
In recent years, Hispanic-Americans have been the fastest growing ethnic group who has converted to Islam. They have been abandoning the Catholic Church for the Muslim faith because they say that is where they find spirituality, fulfillment and meaning of life. They are usually drawn to this religion through their Muslim employer, friends or a spouse.
According to the American Muslim Council, there are nearly 200,000 Latino Muslims living in the United States. The largest communities are found in New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Florida. Majority of converts are women who accept Islam before they get married. Many mosques have set up “Latino Muslim” groups or informal mentoring programs. The Islamic Educational Center of North Hudson in Union City, New Jersey, offers Spanish-language education on Islam, provides free Qurans translated into Spanish and hosts an annual Hispanic Muslim Day.