Introduction

On 9/11, 19 members of Al-Qaeda didn't just hijack planes, causing one of the most catastrophic attacks on American Soil but also successfully hijacked a faith of 1.9 billion people.

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The media didn’t just stop there, but added more fuel to the fire causing unprecedented numbers of racial attacks on Muslims. Many organizations today defend the Ummah but at moments, it gets all lost in the noise.

This has been a key issue for the Muslim Ummah, followers of Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him), to which United Muslims (UM) will bring together various Muslim groups to unify and amplify our voices.

Why we need to Unite the Ummah?

Uniting the people and various organizations of the Ummah will allow us to tackle various issues that are taking place in the United States. These issues are not just “Muslim” related but issues that every American is combating such as gun violence, equality and various other conflicts.


We will unite to combat other issues such as Islamophobia, educating the mass about our faith and to spread peace and harmony. We want the American neighbor to know us for who we are and not what is portrayed of us by the media or the terrorist who have hijacked our faith.


19 polls were conducted by 8 organizations between 2000-2014 show that an average of 4 in 10 (41%) Americans reported that they personally knew a Muslim, while 6 in 10 (60%) reported that they did not. By coming together, we can educate and protect our beautiful faith.

Americans’ Personal Familiarity with Muslims

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Islamophobia & Favorability View Stats

At least 1 in 5 Americans has reported unfavorable views of their Muslim compatriots since 2000, and since 1993, the same percentage has reported unfavorable views of Muslims globally(1)*.


In 2006, ABC News found that 27% of Americans agreed that they “had at least some feeling of prejudice against Muslims.” The same here Gallup found that 39% also agreed with this

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A Zogby poll conducted in March 1993, during the Attack on the Trade Center found that 55% of Americans said “the series of events following the World Trade Center Bombing will NOT impact negatively of their views of Muslim.


2001 Attack on the World Trade Center (polls conducted in 2010 & 2011) found 1 in 5 Americans admitted having “negative feelings towards Muslims due to attack”


What Characterizes a Muslim


What types of characteristics do Americans attribute to Muslims? Beyond “favorable,” “unfavorable,” “cold,” or “warm,” what are the specific personality traits and features that Americans associate with Muslims? Pew conducted two surveys in 2006 and 2011 that asked Americans which of the following characteristics they associated with Muslims.

  • Generous

    2006

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
    • Don't Know
      26%

    2011

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
  • Honest

    2006

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
    • Don't Know
      26%

    2011

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
  • Immoral

    2006

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
    • Don't Know
      26%

    2011

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
  • Greedy

    2006

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
    • Don't Know
      26%

    2011

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
  • Selfish

    2006

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
    • Don't Know
      26%

    2011

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
  • Arrogant

    2006

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
    • Don't Know
      26%

    2011

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
  • Fanatical

    2006

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
    • Don't Know
      26%

    2011

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
  • Devout

    2006

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
    • Don't Know
      26%

    2011

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
  • Tolerant

    2006

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%
    • Don't Know
      26%

    2011

    • Yes
      26%
    • No
      26%