As Islam Grows, US Imams in Short Supply

Islam in America is growing exponentially. From 2000 to 2010, the number of mosques in the United States jumped 74 percent.

Today, there are more than 2,100 American mosques but they have a challenge: There aren’t enough imams, or spiritual leaders, to go around.

The above NPR article, which also has an accompanying podcast, looks into the rise of Islam in the US, and the dire need for more Imams who are classically trained but who possess good English skills and a thorough understanding of American culture.

With four out of five Imams, in the US, currently from abroad and primarily from the Middle East will they be able to achieve this goal?

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