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Dearborn: al-Ghayb of the American Ummah

Dearborn, Michigan has the highest concentration of Arabs outside of any Arab country. It also has the most Shia Muslims in America with the largest masjid (mosque) in America, the Islamic Center of America. What’s really interesting to note that many Muslims in America know Dearborn exists but don’t really know the community like they know for example the NYC tri-state area or the DC-MD-VA area or the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Muslims in LA know about Imam Siraj Wahhaj in Brooklyn or know about Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan and Bayyinah in Dallas or the ADAMS center in Virginia. These are all pretty well known nationally recognized Muslim communities in America. In fact, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf’s and Imam Zaid Shakir’s Zaytuna community in the Bay Area is probably synonymous with the Muslim American community globally speaking. When many international students come from Muslim countries, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf and Imam Siraj Wahhaj are two most popular figures known by them.

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