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Finding Unity in Our Diversity Images from the City of Angels Center for Religion and Civic Culture University of Southern California www.usc.edu/crcc e-mail: crcc@usc.edu Photographs by Jerry Berndt

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New Horizon School, Los Angeles

There are an estimated7 million Muslimsin America.: 

There are an estimated 7 million Muslims in America.

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New Horizon School, Los Angeles

Muslims are ethnically diverse.: 

Muslims are ethnically diverse. 36% are South Asian. 30% are African American. 25% are Middle Eastern (including Arabs). 9% are white and other.

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Masjid Omar ibn Al-Khattab, Los Angeles

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Masjid Omar ibn Al-Khattab, Los Angeles

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Masjid Omar ibn Al-Khattab, Los Angeles

70% of mosques provide some type of assistance to the needy.: 

70% of mosques provide some type of assistance to the needy.

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UMMA Free Clinic, Los Angeles

Over half of mosques have food pantries, soup kitchens, or food collection for the poor.: 

Over half of mosques have food pantries, soup kitchens, or food collection for the poor.

“Islam, the religion of tolerance, holds the human soul in high esteem, and considers the attack against human beings a grave sin.” Sheikh Yusuf Al-QaradawiMuslim Scholar: 

'Islam, the religion of tolerance, holds the human soul in high esteem, and considers the attack against human beings a grave sin.' Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi Muslim Scholar

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Masjid Omar ibn Al-Khattab, Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a microcosm of the world’s religions. : 

Los Angeles is a microcosm of the world’s religions.

There are more than 10,000 congregations in L.A., including:: 

There are more than 10,000 congregations in L.A., including: 30 Hindu temples 120 Buddhist temples 58 mosques.

“O Lord, help us in our distress. Keep us united as people of diverse faiths, colors and races.” Dr. Muzammil H. SiddiqiNational Day of Prayer and RemembranceNational Cathedral Service : 

'O Lord, help us in our distress. Keep us united as people of diverse faiths, colors and races.' Dr. Muzammil H. Siddiqi National Day of Prayer and Remembrance National Cathedral Service

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Masjid Omar ibn Al-Khattab, Los Angeles

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First African American Episcopal Church, Los Angeles

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St. Vincent Catholic Church, Los Angeles

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Oriental Mission Church, Los Angeles

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St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Los Angeles

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Sikh youth class at Vermont Gurdwara, Los Angeles

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Muhammad Mosque No. 27, Los Angeles

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Buddhist Services at the Khemara Buddhikaram, Long Beach, CA

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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a Hindu Temple, Whittier, CA

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Harvest Rock Church, Pasadena, CA

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Temple Emanuel, Beverly Hills, CA

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Hsi Lai Temple, Hacienda Heights, CA

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Sikh services at Vermont Gurdwara, Los Angeles

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Armenian Martyrs Day Ceremony, Montebello, CA

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St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, Los Angeles

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Photographs by Jerry Berndt Courtesy of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture University of Southern California www.usc.edu/crcc Sources: Ihsan Bagby, Paul M. Perl, Bryan T. Froehle, The Mosque in America: A National Portrait, April 26, 2001, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Washington, D.C. IDEA Ministries, 1997 Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), www.mpac.org

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