Muslims in the United States contribute to the social and economic fabric of their communities. Their charity groups in the United States are too numerous to catalog, though the Bay Area Islamic Networks Group, the UMMA Clinic in Los Angeles, the Chicago-based Inner-City Muslim Action Network and Dearborn’s ACCESS are examples of groups that provide crucial services and empower the underprivileged. In 2013, the Muslim charity Helping Hand for Relief and Development (HHRD) was rated among the top 10 charities in the United States.
They are among the most educated and highest-income-earning groups in the country, and they participate at every level of society from teachers, doctors, lawyers and engineers, to elected officials at the highest levels of government.
Today American Muslims are among the most educated, entrepreneurial and hardworking faith communities in the U.S. They are more likely than the average American to have an advanced degree and to be a business owner. American Muslims are on average younger than any other faith group, with an average age of just 35 years old as compared to 54 or older in other communities. This means that they are more likely to be employed and contributing to the growth of America’s economy as workers and job creators. Muslim Americans are doctors and engineers, but also lawyers, teachers, police officers, moviemakers and elected officials.
American Muslims don’t just help build their country through their professions but volunteer their time and donate their money to help America’s needy. This was witnessed firsthand by some who served in President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009.
When the president called the nation to community service, Muslim Americans answered the call with enthusiasm. The goal of the “Muslim Serve” campaign was 1,000 days of service in the summer of 2009, with at least 25 percent of the projects done in cooperation with other faith communities. This message of serving God by serving others was heard in Friday sermons and on Facebook, in crowded conferences and intimate conversations. Muslim American doctors volunteered their time in free medical clinics for the uninsured.
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