USA - Muslim Prosperity

Arno Froese

The past 20 years have mostly been golden for America’s Muslims. The community has more than doubled in size, to 3.5m. And its prominence in American life has increased exponentially.

Traverse the overpasses of any big city and you will see metallic domes sparkling below. The number of mosques has also more than doubled since 2001. The minority’s secular growth is even more striking. Muslims are one of America’s most educated religious groups. More than 15% of doctors in Michigan are Muslim, though less than 3% of the state’s population is. And Muslim artists, journalists and politicians are catching up.

And yet the Islamophobic backlash the community suffered after the twin towers fell has increased. Half of Americans, including a large majority of Republicans, say Islam encourages violence. That is twice the number who held that view in early 2002. “Though we try to integrate, these are things we live with,” Ali Dabaja, an emergency-care doctor from Michigan, told your columnist. 

Indeed, it is striking how many Muslims, especially younger, America-born ones, responded to the discrimination they faced after 9/11 by citing America’s promise of liberty. Mr Minhaj, whose hit Netflix show was called “Patriot Act,” describes his father’s and his own conflicting responses to the thugs who smashed their car windows; the older man fearful and resigned, the younger one astonished and incensed., 11 September 2021

Arno's Commentary

The excerpt we publish from The Economist is not pro or con Muslim; it simply shows that discrimination and repression of certain groups within a functional, civilized society can actually have the opposite effect: adherence to the Islamic religion has doubled, and so has the number of mosques.

What is our take on this issue? The answer is always the Gospel. Truth will always expose lies. Light is stronger than darkness, and true freedom is only obtained through Jesus Christ, who said: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). 

We receive good news from various parts of the world: reliable reports show that God is adding Muslims to His Church. Let us continue to pray that the Lord will use circumstances (often beyond our control) to lead to a life-changing true faith in Jesus Christ—not religion. He has promised: “I will build my church,” and: “I will come again.” 

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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