Muslim Americans are most optimistic religious group, study says
Owla Awada manages a popular bakery in Dearborn, Michigan, one of the largest U.S. Muslim communities.
August 2nd, 2011
10:00 AM ET

Muslim Americans are most optimistic religious group, study says

By Alan Duke, CNN

(CNN) - Muslim Americans are more optimistic about their future than members of any other religious group in the United States, according to a Gallup report released Tuesday.

"They have generally optimistic and positive views about government, its agencies and the future of America, but they report a significant level of prejudice and discrimination," said Ahmed Younis, an analyst for the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center.

Nearly half of the Muslim Americans surveyed by Gallup said they have experienced racial or religious discrimination in the United States, according to the report, which was compiled by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center from two years of polling.

"The American Muslim story is the American story in many ways," said Younis.

The report assessed the group's perceptions and attitudes and those of other religious groups toward Muslim Americans a decade after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Polling of Americans of other religions supported the Muslim American perceptions of prejudice, Younis said.

"The opinion of Americans is still divided and the perception of loyalty of Muslim Americans is still questioned by a considerable portion of Americans," he said.

They express loyalty to the United States, but face distrust from a significant minority of other citizens, the report said.

The polling found that 69% identified strongly with the United States while 65% said the same about their faith.

"Muslim Americans are thoroughly American in their allegiance and identity and don't see a conflict between that and being thoroughly Muslim," Younis said.

Ninety-three percent of U.S. Muslims said they believe other Muslim Americans are loyal to the country, while significant minorities in other religious groups doubted that loyalty, the report said.

Thirty-seven percent of American Protestants and 35% of Catholics said they didn't agree that Muslims living in the United States were loyal to the country.

Nearly all Muslim Americans, 92%, said they believed that Muslims living in United States had no sympathy for al Qaeda, the terror group responsible or the 9/11 attacks.

They are, as a group, critical of counter-terrorism measures imposed since the terror attacks and a large percentage distrust the FBI, the report said.

There is evidence of "a big friction" between Muslim Americans and federal law enforcement, Younis said.

Just 60% of Muslim Americans said they have confidence in the FBI, compared to 75% or more of Americans of other major faiths, the report said.

While 81% believe it is not possible to profile a terrorist based on demographic traits, just 49% of other Americans agree.

"There's a significant percentage of Americans that believe racial profiling is an efficient way of conducting law enforcement activities," Younis said.

Attitudes about racial profiling are also reflected in what Muslim Americans say about prejudice they face. Sixty percent of U.S. Muslims say other Americans pre-judge them based on their ethnicity.

"At 48%, Muslim Americans are by far the most likely of major faith groups surveyed to say they have personally experienced racial or religious discrimination in the past year," the report said. "The next most likely are Mormon Americans, although less than one-third of U.S. Mormons say this."

Just 63% of Muslim Americans said they feel respected when they practice their religion in public. Eighty-one percent of all Protestants and Catholics and 85% of Mormon Americans said they felt respected.

"There is still a little bit of hostility in the public square as it relates to Muslim Americans and their place in society," Younis said.

Muslim Americans generally feel better off and more hopeful in 2011 than they were in 2008, when a similar Gallup report was produced. While 60% said they were thriving, about the same level as most major religious groups, they are the most optimistic about their lives in five years.

Americans overall rate their future a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10, but Muslim Americans rate theirs at 8.4, the report said.

Jewish Americans ranked as second most optimistic at 8.0, following by nonreligious, atheists and agnostic respondants at 7.9.

Mormans' optimism was rated at 7.8 and Catholics at 7.7, while American Protestants were the least optimistic about the future with 7.4, the report said.

One explanation for their optimism is that Muslim Americans were hurt more than other major religious groups by the recession and have experienced more improvement in the recovery, the report said.

The election in 2008 of President Obama, a Christian with Muslim roots, may be one factor in their optimism, the report said. They give Obama's performance an 80% approval rating, the highest of any religious group. President Bush's approval rating among Muslim Americans was just 7% near the end of 2008.

With the exception of Jewish Americans, all other religious groups rate Obama below 50%, the report said.

Muslim Americans represent the most racially diverse religious community in the United States, the Gallup report said.

"For instance, Asian Muslims are easily the most likely in America to be thriving," it said. "Black Muslims report more financial hardship than do white Muslims, and black Muslims are somewhat less likely than other Muslims in the U.S. to be satisfied with their standard of living."

One "intriguing finding" of the analysis is the indication that "frequent mosque attendance might lessen stress and anger," the report said.

"It also takes away from the theory that mosque attendance stokes Muslims' anger and radicalizes them," it said. "Rather, Muslim Americans are no different from other major U.S. religious communities who appear to draw peace of mind from their faith."

The Abu Dhabi Gallup Center is a partnership between the opinion research firm Gallup and the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 9/11 • Islam • Muslim • United States

soundoff (603 Responses)
  1. CW

    Hope that we can change the muslims before its too late. They don't understand that they will be soooooo disapointed when they find out that there is only one true God...the God of the Bible.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:38 am |
    • CCW

      Hope that we can change the Christians before its too late. They don't understand that they will be soooooo disapointed when they find out that there is only one true God...the Flying Spaghetti Monster.



      August 2, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Laughing

      Mission Accomplished CW! You can pack up and go home now, because Muslims pray to the EXACT same god as you do, muslims just understand MONOtheism better so they don't have to split their god in three.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • rita

      They pray to that Exact same God! Please educate yourself and dont be an ignorant. I am Christian and I know that much!

      August 2, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • SS

      How ignorant...

      August 2, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • abuzayd

      guess how God is written in Arabs Christian bibles 'Allah'. doh!

      August 2, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • HateToBurstYourBubble

      I'm an Arab christian and we say "Allah" in church when referring to God.
      It's also a religious fact that Christianity and Islam all derive from Judaism, ad we share the same God. In fact Jesus is considered a prophet to Islam.
      Also, "Salam Alekom", although is a term referred by many Americans as an Islamic term, is actually the words Jesus used as he entered Jerusalem on the day we refer to as Palm Sunday.
      Any more misguided ideas you would like me to clarify.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA


      I must say your clarifcations are both amazing and at the same time amusing to a non-Christian like me!

      I am NOT sure if your fellow American Christians agree with you though!

      Can other fellow American Christians enlighten me plz?

      August 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • Big Bob

      We don't even believe in ourselves. How can we possibly convince them?

      August 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • SS

      @HateToBurstYourBubble: Well said and one of the few factual posts out there. Amazing the ignorance of people out there ...

      August 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  2. Big Bob

    You might want to check the rules again, Cyrus....

    August 2, 2011 at 11:38 am |
  3. Beef Meister

    I have to commend Muslim Americans for feeling as optimistic as they do, considering they have to face ignorant hate and discrimination from the likes of some of the people on these comment boards.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  4. joe

    Close the borders.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  5. trendo

    Why is it that Americans tend to lump all sects of Islam into the fundamentalist/Jihadist grouping? (ignorance and xenophobia) For your info boys and girls, there are Sufis in Africa and India, Druze in Lebanon, Sunnis, Shia, etc. The percentage that adhere to the hardline Saudi-influenced Wahabbi sect are miniscule in the overall picture. However, conflict SELLS news. No one in the media wants peace and harmony–which is what the overwhelming majority of Muslims want. If you wish to harp on violence–take a look in the mirror–America is one of the most violent societies in the world!! Not to mention a long history of genocide (eradication of Native Americans), imperialism (Philippine Insurrection, interventions in Latin America, Lebanon, etc.), and reckless use of weapons of mass destruction (Vietnam, drones, etc.) I would submit to you that in its short history the USA has killed more innocent non-combatants than all the terrorist groups in modern times combined. Put that in your pipe and smoke it!!

    August 2, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • reality

      Most of these anti-Muslim people are liars, thugs and have personnel Nazi agendas like the gun man in Norway who recently killed 79 people for his weired ideology.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Beef Meister

      Well said, trendo.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • DJ

      why do you lump all Americans into a group that feels that way?

      August 2, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • Big Bob

      What the overwhelming majority want is freedom from disbelief. Most aren't willing to fly into buildings to get it though.

      President Endrogen of Turkey says there is no divided Islam. Islam is Islam. The difference is how people practice it.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Jerry

      Trendo..... Quit bashing the country that is giving you everything you have ever wanted. When was the last time an non Muslim American strapped a bomb on his or herself to kill infidels? What you people need is someone with balls enough to step up and denounce the hatred and murderous acts of people of the Muslim religion. There is no person in that faith who will do this for fear of being killed. You people actually kill people over cartoons, books and other things you don't agree with. The radicals claiming to be Muslims will be driven into extinction if only there was a recognizable spokesperson who is constantly in the news denouncing the hideous murders by other Muslims. No one will take on this responsibility because of fear of death.
      So please, don't go bashing the USA, which is,by the way, the only country in the world that people flock to by the millions for freedom, peace and prosperity. If we are so terrible, if we kill so many innocent people, then why is it that folks would crawl through broken glass and hot coals just to become a citizen?...... or even a temporary citizen?

      August 2, 2011 at 11:52 am |
    • trendo

      Hey Jerry...dude...first of all–I'm not a Muslim, just well read on the subject. Secondly, ask someone from, let's say–Denmark, if they would value living in the US. Thirdly, Muslim organizations worldwide DO constantly denounce violence, it just doesn't get the press play that terrorism does. It might interest you that I served a year in Vietnam with the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, and I don't take my freedom lightly. I am not, however, a blind patriot. Our founding fathers are rolling over in the grave–I promise you.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • PJ

      How can we tell which Muslim to trust. Any one of them could be a terrorist.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
    • Quest

      Hey Trendo. I am a Muslim American and I have to say that I came to America impressed by the spirit you just expressed better than I can do. There are well over 15000 muslim doctors in this country that treat the sick every single day – just to mention a single profession. If someone thinks his doctor is a terrorist, he is in a big trouble. People like you make me feel proud of this country and it's legends.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  6. labandme

    Muslims aren't loyal to the U.S. They are only loyal to their stupid, so called religion.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Zeflik

      This is what they used to say about Catholics. Some idiots still do.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ labandme

      You wrote, "Muslims aren't loyal to the U.S. They are only loyal to their stupid, so called religion."

      Many Religions within this "framed" United Nations/States of the Americas are either loyal to their (peer crowds) Totem Poles of self-declared Individualisms or they affirm themselves devotionally in their religious concubinical mindset whatever that may be. Atheisms are loyal to nothing but their own self declared Beliefisms. 🙂

      August 2, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • John Richardson

      @Kaiser Your overuse of the suffix -ism makes your already fevered prose almost impossible to drag one's eyes over.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  7. scorpio

    do I really want to know if muslims are optimistic or pessimistic or whatever?
    do i really want to know any news about them, unless it's about terrorism..NO! so cnn please dont waste our time.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ scorpio

      It's all about rolling of the die/dice scorp. Numerologism is a very old and infinitismal understanding of us humnaus omnivorous species who are all in the same boat/earth. The preambles of Americanisms do either deflate or inflate the human psyche/id/consciousness.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Quest

      No you really don't have to. Enjoy in your denial, arrogance and ignorance while world keeps moving and history pages are being written. Get back in your hole or under the rock scorpio.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • Muneef

      Our religion taught us to always have faith in God and be obtamistic...
      But any way maybe Muslims are more optimistic in non Islamic countries than those in the Islamic countries to what is happening today in all of them "Conflicts&Wars" which you might have called it "Spring" when really turned to become Hell for many... But every thing happen for a reason and maybe the reason is that those who will fight will become skilled more experienced in wars in preparation for the real war of wars that many expecting to come....can say Africa will soon will be murshing towards Europe but this time not as immigrants...

      August 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  8. JLP

    Sure they are optimistic, because they see that they are closer to world domination than they were 4 years ago.The reason they don`t trust the FBI is that the FBI does not trust them and with good reason.They continue to try and kill us,both here and in Europe. Profiling might not seem fair but it works,just ask Israel.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • reality

      Muslim armies are not attacking every other country like your Nazi armies.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ JLP

      Many religions have started out being cruel to that which they wanted to devour monetarily speaking. Just eactly how many relgions are not without being faulted in their initial babysteps within the humane cultures if civil Beings?

      August 2, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • Muneef

      Political disputes always ended up in declaring a religious wars to paint it with some Holiness nature to boost those to fight to martyrdom...with full belief that Paradise will await them if killed...! This has happened in Islam as well as in Christianity.
      Isn't that being taught as well to the Christian convert Iraqies to fight other Tyrants....?!

      August 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  9. J.W

    I think once our troops come home from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya there will be a chance for peace, and perhaps people of all religions can live together in harmony.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ J.W.

      What kind Words you have written! Can I buy you a drink next time we meet? "-)

      August 2, 2011 at 11:48 am |
    • J.W

      Of course I would buy one for anyone on here. We can all be friends.

      August 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  10. Tony

    There can never really be such a thing as an "American" muslim. There alligience is to mecca and not America, according to the koran, all other religions are inferior to islam- our countries founding fathers are believed to be christian. The koran also preaches that getting involved with "inferior" people makes them weaker so they are either not American or not muslim. Not saying they all bad people, but the highest reward for a muslim is to shed there blood in the name of allah. The act of shedding blood is up to interpretation but that could involve suicide bombings. Muslims that dont believe this obviously dont read/study the koran...

    August 2, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • ...

      Tony, you've a got a good point there. Even though I consider myself muslim... I don't beleive shedding my blood in any way would satisfy me religiously... I guess that makes me a moderate muslim?

      August 2, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • J.W

      I think that believe that beliefs of others are inferior is kind of human nature. Everybody thinks that their beliefs are superior to differing beliefs, or else they would believe something else.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • reality

      Are you relative of Nazi Breivik ? thats why you are expert in Nazi propaganda.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Bill

      tony your no expert in Islam or Muslim, shedding blood isn't the highest for of honor and Islam and the Quran instruct Muslims to obey the law of the land that they live in,
      the FOUNDING FATHERS WERE NOT CHRISTIANS if Islam was so violent then why did Thomas Jefferson study the Quran in depth and had nothing negative to say about Islam?? Muslims were on the ships Nina, Pinta Santa Maria, they help discover this land and Muslims slaves helped build it. We are more a part of this history than italians like you. To NY, thats what is probably stamped on your head you guido.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:37 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ Tony

      No such thing as an "American" Muslim? What can't you see about any religious folk migrating to another land to escape that which their homelands are presenting? The Original colonialists who came to the Eastern American mainland did want to escape the homelands persecuting them! Why aren't Today's muslims migating trail to the US Of A no different?

      August 2, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • dearypie

      Tony it's so sad to see that you haven't really done much real research into Islam. The highest level of devotion in Islam is to find ways to improve one's self and by extension the people around them through good deeds (charity, kindness, compassion, etc.) In Islam, during WAR it is NOT allowed to even harm a tree. This was to emphasize the strong belief that non-combatants are not to be targeted in war. They also believe that the killing of ONE innocent person is equated to the killing of ALL humanity. Be sure before you propel incorrect assumptions and ignorant comments that you do a little research. Don't shove more hate-filled ignorance into the world. If you do, you just become part of the group that thrives on fear and hate. We've seen the likes of these groups in the Nazis, White-supremacists, Al-Qaeda, etc. The world needs fewer of these types around.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  11. lol

    I'm not surprised there happy. coming from a 3rd world country to America would certainly seem optimistic to me to.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • Zanooba

      Too bad America didn't teach you grammar!

      August 2, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  12. ...

    I have been here in US as a muslim for about 16 years. I came from Pakistan w/ my family. Over the years I don't feel like I have been racially discriminated nor have I gotten any preferential treatment. I now work for the US Government and honestly, if you educate and equip yourself with proper skills, YOU WILL SUCCEED in this country, and if you don't... then you will be struggle to find jobs, get a loan for house, car etc... and this holds whether you are MUSLIM or NON-MUSLIM.

    With that aside... I do feel optimistic about the future of muslims here in the US since Al-Qaida is on the verge of disaster (with their leader out).

    August 2, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • Just the turth

      Thank you for recognizing all the USA has to offer, no matter your background or beliefs.

      As an American, we strive to be that shining light on the hill for all to see and search out.

      Wish you and your family much success in life here. Be grateful for the freedom we offer. It comes from those who gave their lives so you and I can live in peace together.

      From your fellow citizen of the greatest country in the world.

      Christian beleiver.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ ...

      What "Just the turth" wrote goes ditto for me!

      I see your migrating to the Americas as a sign that people in the "3rd worrld" are making valiant attempts to seek a better Life far from the maddening perspectives of their homeland's precepts. I Salute You and all who see Not tha Man but what the MAN Stands upon and does make a proclomation affirming their ideals! 🙂

      August 2, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
  13. Bailey

    of course they are optimistic!!!! They get more rights now than I do as a good ole southern Baptist!!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • Laughing

      And what, pray tell, are those rights exactly?

      August 2, 2011 at 11:21 am |
    • Zanooba

      What makes you so good?

      August 2, 2011 at 11:43 am |
  14. Ted

    Always remember that Islam and democracy will always be in conflict. Islam cannot and will not tolerate the PERSONAL freedoms granted in a democratic country.Those freedoms are a direct contradiction of Islamic Law.The goal of most muslims is an ISLAMIC world.

    August 2, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • Laughing

      You say that as if Islam is the only religion that conflicts directly with personal freedoms, let me help you out, EVERY religion is like that. Don't believe me? Want to talk about abortion or gay rights? Face it, Islam is just about as insidious as christianity, or judaism or even buddhism to a degree, it's just Islam happens to have declared war on you instead of you living in the middle east and having christianity declare war on it.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Chris

      Christianity is the SAME WAY! I cant buy liquor on Sundays....used to be anything but food you couldn't buy on Sundays. I cant smoke pot, not because its bad for you, but because religious people hate drugs and advocate restricting other peoples freedoms so long as it fits their religion.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • Bob

      This is true. The goal of most Muslims is an islamic world. Therefore, if you, as an average american, would prefer for that not to happen, you have to be anti-islamic. It is so simple, I can't understand why people can't understand this.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • dearypie

      I guess that is why we are seeing such a huge uprising in Muslim dominated countries like Egypt, Tunis, and Libya just to name a few who are dying to build democracy in their country (in case you missed it-I was being sarcastic). If democracy and Islam are not able to share the same realm than how is it that Turkey manages to do it so well? You see if just even pay attention to current events you'd learn a lot.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ Ted

      Name (to this crowd who dithers here) ONE Muslim you know and have a social relationship with.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  15. Frank Rizzo

    The Islamic religion will survive all the negativity label against it, in fact the more Americans and Europeans attack their way of life the more People from all parts of the World will become Muslims. The facts are clear, polls taken in the US and in Europe have confirm that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the World.

    I have many friends that are Muslims and believe me I find them to be the most trust worthy of any religious group of people I ever come to know. There are bad apples in all religions, I truly believe the Islamic religion will continue to prosper in this Nation and around the World especially here in the United States so with that in mind Happy Ramadan to all my Islamic Friends here in the US and around the World.....Peace

    August 2, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • RT

      Islam itself will continue to prosper (bcoz of tolerance of others) but the countries will go down the drain.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • reality

      More anti-Muslim people lie against Muslims more they will get isolated and loose their credibility. Nazi propaganda never had any positive effect on society.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • Michael, Chapel Hill

      Sure. They use all that is available in the country to muster economic, political & population growth benefits. Once they out grow the locals, Saria may prevail. Anyway, history of the Middle East is the proof.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Big Bob

      Well meaning Quisling.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  16. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Pervez Hoodbhoy – Well known pakistani Nuclear Scientist & Fullbright Scholar – “Pakistani Americans MUST combat radicalism NOT just complain – Certainly no country is free of religious discrimination. But the Secular west is INFINETLY LESS DISRIMINATORY than ANY MUSLIM COUNTRY.........How many Churches are there in Saudi Arabia? Yet Muslims have built hundreds of new mosques in America with Saudi money and many after 9/11. NEW CHURCHES & TEMPLES ARE IMPOSSIBLE IN PAKISTAN. EVEN OLD ONE’s ARE BURNED DOWN BY RAMPAGING MOBS. If Pakistani Americans MUST FEEL WELCOME in the country they have chosen they MUST judge the West and Pakistan using EXACTLY THE SAME CRITERIA. It’s a LIE THAT AMERICAN MUSLIMS ARE VICTIMS OF EXTREME RELIGIOUS PREJUDICE. It’s a lie that American Muslims are PHYSICALLY ENDANGERED. Muslims are SAFER IN THE US than in PAKISTAN!."

    August 2, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA

      Unfortuately for America and American Muslims such false beliefs are even propogated by influential, educated Muslim elite like CNN's own Mr. Fareed Zakaria who have the ability to help rein in Muslim Americans and buiild true inter-faith bridges which is what America is all about !

      August 2, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Muneef

      Well I didn't know that all Muslims come from Pakistan....that's a new information then...I all the time thought that I was a Muslim but now that I am not from Pakistan I must be not Muslim....?

      August 2, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • reality

      Muneef, Most of these anti-Muslim people are liars, thugs and have personnel Nazi agendas like the gun man in Norway who recently killed 79 people for his weired ideology.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • Khan

      How many mosques are in the vatican? This no church in saudia line is getting too old. How many mosques in Tennessee? Oh wait, they are trying to stop it. How many in lower manhattan? Oh wait, they are trying to stop that one too. How many mosques in Gujarat. Oh wait, the Hindus demolished the Babri mosque and killed thousands of Muslims.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Imran

      This article is about Muslim Americans and not Pakistan. Please keep your pathetic anti Pakistan lines on another page. You and the Indian lobby paid Fareed Zakaria are a disgrace. Please kill yourself and help America be stronger.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Muneef

      Wonder how the Americans of Pakistanis and Indians origins feel towards each other when there are tensions between the origin countries or broke into war? Who the other minorities of the Indian Peninsular will stand beside against the other in countries overseas...? Well guess those hosting lands will become a battle fields between those bases origin nationalities or religious beliefs....?

      The elders said "The worse thing that a farm, garden owner could face is if groups of Monkey "Baboons" fight in his farm's gardens..! Therefore I assume the west must make sure that those countries and their people in/out stay in peace and live with respect to each other with out bitter feelings no matter which country or faith there origin is of....! Peace.

      August 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  17. Steve

    A Muslim is an adherant to Islam which by its very nature is counter to the American ideal and lifestyle...and in many cases illegal in our country. Arrainged marriages, male domination, women subservant, religion over law etc etc. The nation was founded by people who had left Europe to remove themselves from opressive religions. There is nothing American in Islam. My first wife was from Tunisia, right now the people in Tunisia are throwing rocks at women who do not cover themselves...1 year ago this did not happen...but the Islamic religion overcame the political freedom.

    Islam is a cancer – Its only purpose is to spread, kill and subjegate. Think of this, if Islam dissapeared tomarrow would the world be a better or worse place?

    August 2, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Muneef

      The cancer is the guy who wrote the comment under yours....it is a cancer disguised under Islamic names...they those are the worse than any infidel ever in any other religion or belief....!

      August 2, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  18. Abdul Ameer

    No wonder that Muslims feel optimistic about their future in America: After all, nearly all of our political leaders, headed by Obama, have been bending over backwards to promote the agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood. Muslims understand that Americans are just too ignorant about the doctrines of Islam to become alarmed.

    As for loyalty to American, there is absolutely no way that a Muslim can be loyal to Islam and to America at the same time. The Koran and the sayings of their prophet Muhammad are a declaration of war against non-Moslems, and all religious Moslems must believe that. Their Sharia law is considered sacred law by all religious Moslems, and Sharia law violates American law is many, many fundamental ways. The only Moslems who can be loyal Americans are Moslems-in-name-only, who do not follow Islamic doctrines in practice. Islam is NOT a religion like other religions; it is an all-encompassing totalitarian, supremacist and imperialist ideology. And, mosques, therefore, are NOT just houses of prayer; they are centers for the propagation of that ideology. This is what the most influential and respected Islamic religious leaders say!

    August 2, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • Muneef

      From which sewage you turned up with such comments?

      August 2, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Tony

      Great comment. There can never be such a thing as an "American" muslim. Why? There alligience is to mecca, not American soil. The koran states that all other religons are inferior, and those who practice those religons are also inferior. Our countries founding fathers were believed to be Christian, so a real muslim would believe that our contry was founded by inferior men, and remains to be inferior. The koran also states that the highest reward within islam is to shed your blood in the name of allah, in which you will recieve 72 virgins in heaven. The problem with this is that it is all up to interpretation, shedding blood could be going to war with other religions, or suicide attacks. If muslims don't believe this then they are not muslim, if they do, then they are not American.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • SS

      'This is what the most influential and respected Islamic religious leaders say.'

      Who? Pamela Geller? Robert Spencer? David Yerushalmi?

      Acording to Geller, the kids in Norway were undergoing 'antisemitic indoctrination' and therefore had it coming and deserved it.
      Spencer was quoted numerous times in the killer's manifesto and therefore indirectly responsible for murder and terrorism..
      As far as Yerushalmi, the NY times and Jewish Daily Forward among many other reputable publications just did great pieces on these racists : http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/us/31shariah.html?_r=1

      What do all three of these so called 'experts' have in common? They are all racist zionist hate mongers trying their hardes to spread hate among peaceful Americans. But their agendas have been exposed and the gig is up soon for them.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:32 am |
    • John Richardson

      @SS "Spencer was quoted numerous times in the killer's manifesto and therefore indirectly responsible for murder and terrorism.." Now there's a glowing example of the sort of overheated rhetoric we absolutely do not need at this moment. If someone quoted you before going out and shooting perceived Zionists, would you turn yourself in to the authorities as "indirectly guilty" of the acts?

      August 2, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • Jim

      Abdul Ameer is correct. Truth always upsets the Muslim horde.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
    • Muneef

      You like it because it is not fair to be told about others....I expect that Muslim generations born and raised in the U.S or any other land they would be more faithful to the land they were raised at for the friends and family friends they know...as your land is where your community and friends are and not where your land was...
      We as Muslims are told your home is where you will find good neighbors because your home counts on the neighbors that surround you and not by the number of cement blocks over your head...
      So if those were made to feel that they belong there am sure they will be more faithful to their new country even if had to stand up against their old country for the new one after all they ran off from their origin land to find peace and justice at yours...where they wouldn't have left their own origin countries if they were happy with their rulers and systems...

      August 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  19. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    As a HINDU, and a recent immigrant to this greatest of nations from India I DON'T FEEL DISCRIMINATED WHY SHOULD MUSLIMS FEEL DISCRIMINATED........a misconceived perception supported even by Muslim educated elite like Mr. FAREED ZAKARIA !!!

    Has that got something more to do with Muslim adaptability, it can't be a case of acceptance by already magnanimous Americans!

    What do fellow CNN readers say?


    August 2, 2011 at 11:00 am |
    • Muneef

      Maybe because Muslims only have God...while you are still lost looking for one...

      August 2, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • Matt

      I say live and let live. I have friends from all races, creeds and religions. While my views may be different, we all share a common bond, we enjoy each other's company. Terrorists come in many races and religions, so its not fair to persecute an entire race or religion because of a few bad apples. If you are too narrow-minded to accept the beliefs of anyone else, stay clear of me and mine and you'll be alright.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • OhMyMy

      Wait till meet skin heads.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Imran

      You don't feel discriminated because life is better in USA then living as a lowest caste hindu in india. Anything is an upgrade for you.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • OhMyMy

      You are one hindu living in Atlanta. Chances of you coming across a skinheads is much less than millions of Muslims living in all over America. It is amusing you expect millions of other people to have the same experience as yours and if they don't, they are to blame. That is like saying I live in Dallas and never experienced a hurricane, so it is all New Orleans residents fault they were hit by Katrina.
      This is amazing logic only you can come up with.

      August 2, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • dearypie

      Well said OhMyMy! As for you my Hindu friend, I would say you may look into yourself and see if you don't have any latent hatered or prejudice towards Muslims. All know there is a long history of distrust, violence, and hatred between Muslims and Hindu despite the fact that they lived peacefully together prior to the last years of Ghandi's life.

      August 2, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Muneef

      Am sure not all Hindus think this way but as I said in every faith or non faith you will find people blackhearted and others of White-hearted...some in between both.... And for that we take an acts of a sick one's to blame the whole of that nation...

      Death is One and who will not not die by the sword will die by some thing else... Nations we see death comes to them if form of wars and conflicts while others by variable violent natural disasters or by fault of men...between those and those you will find people suddenly drop dead or never wake up from their sleep..although in good health...ironically we find people ill

      August 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • Muneef

      Am sure not all Hindus think this way but as I said in every faith or non faith you will find people blackhearted and others of White-hearted...some in between both.... And for that we take an acts of a sick one's to blame the whole of that nation...

      Death is One and who will not not die by the sword will die by some thing else... Nations we see death comes to them if form of wars and conflicts while others by variable violent natural disasters or by fault of men...between those and those you will find people suddenly drop dead or never wake up from their sleep..although in good health...ironically we find people some people ill old wishing for death to come to them but would not come...extending their life in pain and suffering...

      August 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • Fact-telling

      Muneef we know you don't know.

      August 2, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • Muneef


      Am sure you know more than I know but what is it that you know which I do not know might I learn...!?

      August 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  20. illuminated Genius

    It is interesting this article never mentions anything regarding the 8% of all Muslim Americans living here in the United States who do support Al-Qaida. It seems with Islam there is always a double standard for hypocrisy promoting peace while at the same time engaging in war and Jihad.

    August 2, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • dearypie

      You do have a point. Islam like many other religions struggle with their extremist groups. Just like Christians who struggle with Abortion doctor killers, the Oslo Christian terrorist, Tea party hardliners, etc., Muslims have to deal with those small group of people who sympathize and silently condone acts of violence.

      August 2, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
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