AT the North Hudson Islamic Educational Center in Union City, N.J., there are Spanish-language classes on the Koran and an annual Latino Muslim Day. About 35 percent of the center’s congregation is Hispanic, and there are frequent conversions in which Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans, Cubans and others recite the Shahadah, a declaration of belief.
While the majority of Hispanics in the United States are Catholic, some studies have estimated that there are as many as 200,000 Hispanic converts to Islam in this country. Among them are Musa Franco, top left, a Colombian who converted at age 13, walking to the mosque with his wife, Candice Elam. And Shari Abdul Malik, top right, placing a Costa Rican flag on a table for Latino Muslim Day at the North Hudson center.
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