While American Muslims recognize ongoing Islamophobia and fear related to global acts of terrorism committed by Muslims, they are also finding new hope as they strengthen communities, make friends across religious boundaries, and find new ways to engage in political and social service.
The future of Islam in America looks increasingly diverse, increasingly inclusive, and increasingly American as it embraces uniquely American values while bringing to the American culture its own deeply-rooted spiritual and theological riches.
American Muslims have benefitted from being under the political and cultural American umbrella, and have taken advantage of that opportunity to show the world what the true potential of the faith is.
For now, we must make peace with a progress of increments, even of the two-steps-forward-one-step-back variety.
American Islam will be increasingly marked by two trends: the embracing of the American through political engagement and service, and a shift toward a more spiritual Islam.
The last five years have seen the development of a generation of American Muslims confident in their identity and committed to defining their faith through actions and contributions.
That there is no one future is in fact a blessing and a potential, which perhaps should be the future to be celebrated.
American Muslims are in a unique position to do the work of reimagining and revitalizing the faith so that all Muslims around the world can benefit.
Muslim American reality in the future will be less preoccupied with the hate directed against it and more focused on the work of social and paradigmatic change.
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