American Muslims Thrive in the Age of Trump Rhetoric and Hate Crimes
This story appears in the May 2018 issue of National Geographic magazine. This story is part of Diversity in America, a National Geographic series covering racial, ethnic, and religious groups and examining their changing roles in 21st-century life. Tell us your story with #IDefineMe. There was nothing to do but watch as the copper-domed building in the southern Texas oil town of Victoria burned down. The mosque where Abe Ajrami’s Beyoncé-loving daughter was feted with other high school graduates, the mosque where his children went to religion classes, the mosque where he and his family went every Friday to pray and mingle over a potluck of seven-layer dip and spiced biryani, was gone. “I was trying not to break down,” says Ajrami, a Palestinian American who raced to the mosque after getting a phone call in the dead of night. This family reminds me of my own. Born to a poor family in the Gaza Strip, Ajrami studied nursing because it was all he could afford. Any mapping of U.S.
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