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How do Muslims practice their traditions in the United States?

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Muslims practice their traditions in the United States by praying at home and at work, attending religious services at mosques, reading the Quran, fasting and going on pilgrimages. Celebrating holidays, dressing in religiously permissible clothing and buying religiously permissible food and other products are also part of a practicing Muslim's life. Their value of religion is about the same as that of other Americans, compared to Muslims in Muslim countries.

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The religious traditions of U.S. Muslims are similar to those of Muslims in other countries. They follow the five elements of faith and the five pillars. However, they tend to be middle-class, politically conscious and integrated. The spectrum of devotion ranges from Muslim in name only to devoutly religious, with many having a level of practice that is comparable to that of Christians.

Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in the United States. According to a 2015 survey, Muslim Americans are younger in relation to the United States general population, and 65 percent are first-generation immigrants from over 68 countries. The Bill of Rights, federal law and many state laws protect the free exercise of religion. The increase of Muslims has resulted in employers showing more sensitivity towards employees and a great demand by Muslim consumers for religiously permissible food and products.

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