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US Congress urged to acknowledge Islam as major religion

The prime motive of the resolution is to promote greater awareness and generate respect for Islam in American society.

Washington, 4 Aug, 2023 (GNP): Congress of the United States has taken a remarkable step towards acknowledging Islam as a major religion and highlighting its role in contributing to peace and harmony in the world.

This declaration which has presented by the Representative Al Green of Texas and supported by the Representatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Andre Carson appears at a time when efforts recommenced to identify Islam as a radical belief and would deter anti-Islamic practices such as the desecration of Holy Quran.

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A Texas Democrat, Mr. Green is a member of the Congressional Pakistan Caucus. He also stood against former US President Donald Trump’s order to ban immigration from Muslim countries and a movement to brand Islam as a radical faith in the year 2015.

The House accepted the resolution, which aims to promote greater awareness and generate respect for the Islamic faith in American society, on 28 July and passed it to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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The content of the resolution covers the basic principles of Islam and also the practices and customs of the Muslim community, mentioning that the word “Islam” means “submission to the will of God” and “peace.”

Moreover, it concedes the Holy Quran as the doctrine of Islam and observes that Muslims all over the globe look upon it as the book of divine guidance. It further notes that Islam is the second largest and fastest-growing religion in the world, with around two billion Muslims worldwide and almost 3,500,000 Muslims living in the US.