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Together in prayer, support

When Zulayka Martinez left the Roman Catholic Church and converted to Islam six years ago, she was happy and at peace with her decision. But she felt like an outsider in her new faith....

Latinos embracing Islam, but ‘dirty bomb’ case brings unwanted attention

Melissa Morales, a Latina born in Puerto Rico, was eating in a local Mexican restaurant recently when the waiter wanted to know why she covered her head in a long black scarf. "Eres monjita?" the...

Number of Hispanic Muslim converts growing

It was not an unusual menu that graced the table one recent Thursday at Patricia El-Kassir's west Houston home. For El-Kassir, a Mexican-American convert to Islam, starting the day with the Mexican egg breakfast...

Olé to Allah

On a recent crisp Friday afternoon in El Barrio, the Puerto Rican heart of East Harlem, Ramon Omar Abduraheem Ocasio, Imam of the Alianza Islamica, delivered a khutba (sermon) in Spanish, English and Arabic...

Musulmanes en un Contexto Cristiano

Las nuevas comunidades islámicas, floreciendo en un contexto sociocultural y religioso en el que son minoría, se enfrentan a la necesidad de establecer un medio apropiado para su práctica y desarrollar una posición que...

Islam Luring More Latinos

At dusk, Aminah Martinez prepares dinner in her small Fairfax kitchen. Corn tortillas for enchiladas, grated cheese and beef for tacos, maybe an avocado for guacamole -- all staples of her youth. But dusk is...

Latino Muslims Build Identity

Yolanda Rodriguez considers herself a Muslim first, then Mexican- American, but on her regular walks down 18th Street in Chicago, she does not wear a hijab, the traditional head covering worn by many Muslim...

History Draws Hispanics to Islam

Ibrahim Gonzalez, raised as a Catholic, says he didn't convert to Islam -- rather, he says, he reverted. Like a small but growing number of Hispanics, the New York-born Puerto Rican has found a spiritual...

Mexico Discovers Islam

Mexico may be well on its way to a monotheistic revolution. This new trend is emerging from recent developments, and reflects a similar change evident in other South American nations - people are embracing...

Radical Islam in Latin America

In the wake of the September 11 attacks, the possibility of al-Qaeda infiltrating Latin America became a priority for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials. However, the most publicized incidents of radical Islamist activity...