By Tariq Nelson
According to Pew, Black American Muslims – which would include Nigerians, Senegalese and other African Muslims – make up ~1% of the total black population of America or what amounts to around 400,000.
I have heard I have always read that there are around 2 million black American Muslims which would be ~5% of the total population of blacks in this country. Thinking about it, I don’t think that number is correct.
The cities with the largest populations of blacks are:
New York, 2.1 million
Chicago, 1.4 million
Los Angeles 600,000
Given ~5% the black Muslim populations would be:
The total in those cities would be around 275,000 black Muslims. Even if we TRIPLED those numbers and assume there are another 200,000 black Muslims in Atlanta (which would be ~5% of metro Atlanta’s total population), in order to arrive at 2 million we’d have to assume there are another 1 million black Muslims throughout America in places like New Orleans, Houston, Gary Indiana and other cities where the population of Muslims is not that high – much less with black Muslims. Personally, I don’t think that is the case.
The question is, where’d this number come from??
I read a report from CAIR that said that there were 2 million african American Muslims. The reports however grouped together others which I believe majority of whom are muslims and if so then the CAIR report would be accurate.Here is an article that I did find with the same report:
according to this site there are between 2 and 7 million which would make african americans between 500,00- 2 million.
My point is that the number is not exaggerated as you might have suggested because there is a great difference in the statistics of muslim population in every single nation and its not a surpise that its being done in the states.
JazakAllahu khair for posting that seattletimes article, Sami
Asalamualaikum wrt wb,
1% of the black population is Muslim?!? You have to be kidding me, most black people I know give me salaams. This is a huge understatement.
Isn’t Philly around 10% Muslim in the innercity? That makes up a huge junk, no?
I don’t know where you got your numbers, but the Pew Research Center’s site lists the results of a survey they did last year and it shows 20% African American! Now admidtedly they claim there are only 2.35 Millions Muslims in the country, but that percentage seems much more realistic. We should also bear in mind that there’s a question of how you determine someone’s Muslim. If it’s anyone who claims it, then yes the numbers much larger. If it’s related to those with an established relationship with a religious organization, then no, the numbers will be smaller. I’ve included the link to one of the articles on Pew’s site and it contains a link for the entire report.
Aboo Suhaylah, I think he means percent of blacks who are Muslim, and not percent of Muslims who are black.