Shia Islam in the Americas

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The Islamic Center of America, the largest mosque in the United States, located in Dearborn, Michigan.
Memphis Al-Rasool Mosque, Shia denomination, Memphis, TN

Around the world are living over 200 million Shia Muslims, who make up 20% of all Muslims .[1] Nearly 786,000 Shia Muslims situated on United States.[2] American Shia Muslim community are from different part of the world such as South Asia, Europe, Middle East, and East Africa.[3][4] They have many activities and founded several organization such as Islamic Center of America and North American Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities Organization (NASIMCO).[5]

Shia Muslims population[edit]


Brazil, a vast South American country, has approximately one million Shia Muslims from the time of the Ottoman Empire. Many Lebanese emigrants to Brazil resulted in an increase Shia beliefs. In Brazil, Shia Muslims generally live in an area known as Curitiba. They have many activities and have established several Islamic centers and institutes for the propagation of Shia beliefs and the message of Ahl al-Bayt. For this reason, there are several related places for Shia Muslims in Sao Paulo, such as the Prophet of Allah Muhammad mosque and the Imam Khomeini Islamic Center. Also, Shias have one mosque, Imam Ali mosque, where Shia and Sunni may pray together. In recent years, Shia and Sunni scholars have had several meetings with each other. Many Shia's books are translated into Portuguese such as Nahjul Balagha.[6]

Metro Detroit[edit]

Over 30,000 Shia have settled in Metro Detroit and most of them are from Lebanese and Iraqi communities. This place is known as one of the largest Arab-American communities in the United States.[1]


Out of 850,000 Muslims who live in Canada, 300,000 of them are Shia. They are from Iran, Pakistan, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, India, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Azerbaijan.[1]

Shia related organizations[edit]

Islamic Center of America[edit]

Islamic Center of America is a Shia mosque in Dearborn, Michigan. Also, It is the oldest Shia mosque in the United States and the largest in North America.[7][8][9] The institution known as "heart of Shiism" in the United States.[10][11]

North American Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities[edit]

North American Shia Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities (NASIMCO) is a religious-cultural organization for Shia followers in the North of America. Islamic education board of the NASIMCO have investigated and standardized Shia books and also published several references in Shia history and theology.[3][5][12]

Council of Shia Muslim Scholars[edit]

The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars was founded in North America in 1994 and is known as the central organization for Shia followers.[3]

Al-Khoie foundation[edit]

Al-Khoie foundation established in 1980s in New York by Seyyid Abul Qasim Musawi Al-Khoei, Grand Ayatullah and scholar of Shia.[3][5]

Al Baqee Organization[edit]

Al Baqee Organization is registered in 2003 in Illinois and is known as the central organization for leading initiatives and activism on the preservation and restoration of Islamic heritage globally.[13]

Muslim Congress[edit]

Muslim Congress is charitable non-profit organization in accordance with section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS tax code. It seeks to promote unity among the Muslims of North America. Our goal is to excel and enhance the Muslim cause so that the Muslims become proud over their Islamic identity, well-informed and successful citizens while retaining the values of the pure Muhammadan (sawa) Islam-the only true Islam.


Several organizations and institutions are active in the Americas, including:[14]

Provence Organization(s)
  • Ja'faria Islamic Society
  • Shia Association of Bay Area
  • Zainabia Islamic Society
  • Islamic Institute of Ahl'albait
  • Caravaan-e-Haider
  • Zainabia Youth
  • Zainabia Islamic Educational Center
  • Imam Al Mahdi (AF) Islamic Center
  • Al Asr Organization of Chicago
  • Midwest Association. of Shia Organized Muslims
  • Islamic Center, Quincy, MA
  • Islamic Masumeen Center, Hopkinton, MA
  • Idara-e-Jafria
  • Imamia Center Inc
  • Ansar Imam Mahdi Islamic Educational Services
  • Kerbalaa Islamic Education Center
  • Mosque of Imam Ali
  • The Fadak Foundation
  • Anjuman-e-Asghari Jaffery Islamic Center
  • Shia Islamic Education Center
  • Guidance (Al-Hedayah) Foundation
New York
  • Howza Ilmiyya Jami'a Wali-ul-Asr
  • Shahe Najaf Islamic Center
  • Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of NY
New Jersey
  • Masjid-e-Ali
  • Shia Association of North America
  • Astana-e-Zahra
  • Bait-ul-Qaim
  • Mehfile Shahe-Khorasan
  • Imam-a-Zamana-Foundation of North America
  • Jaffery Union of N.E. Ohio
  • Imamia Medics International (IMI)
  • Mahdieh
  • Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of PA
  • Anjuman Haideria
  • Kufa Center of Islamic Knowledge (KCIK)
  • Ithna-asheri Muslim Association of the Northwest (IMAN)
  • Zainab (A.S.) Organization of Greater Seattle
  • Islamic Shia Ithna-'Asheri Jamat OF Edmonton
  • Bab-ul-Ilm, Bani Hashim Society. Mississauga, Ontario
  • Shia Muslim Community of British Columbia
  • Organization for Young Shi'ahs
  • Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Jamaat of Toronto
  • Islamic Shia Ithn'Asheri Community of London, Ontario
  • Shia worldwide matrimonial service
  • Al Mahdi Youth Society
  • Islamic Shia Ithna-Asheri Association of Ottawa
  • Al-Huda Lebanese Muslim Society, Ontario
  • Shia-ne Haidery International Association (SHIA), Quebec
  • Razavi Islamic Center - Hamilton Ontario

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "World Shia Muslims Population". Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  2. ^ Zahid Hussain Bukhari (1 January 2004). Muslims' Place in the American Public Square: Hope, Fears, and Aspirations. Rowman Altamira. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-7591-0613-0.
  3. ^ a b c d Daniel Brumberg; Dina Shehata (2009). Conflict, Identity, and Reform in the Muslim World: Challenges for U.S. Engagement. US Institute of Peace Press. pp. 366–370. ISBN 978-1-60127-020-7.
  4. ^ "Mapping the Global Muslim Population". 7 October 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Mohsen Saleh (1 January 2009). American Foreign Policy and the Muslim World. Al Manhal. p. 179. ISBN 978-9953-500-65-2.
  6. ^ "Shia Muslims Around the World". Archived from the original on 22 May 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  7. ^ The Doha Debates: Bio for Imam Sayid Hassan Al-Qazwini Archived 2015-06-19 at the Wayback Machine retrieved February 12, 2012
  8. ^ New Dearborn mosque to be the nation's largest. Michigan Daily, January 7, 2004. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  9. ^ Islam's US faithful are happy to embrace the American dream, Daily Telegraph, July 23, 2005. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  10. ^ Victoria Advocate: "American Shias struggle with their future" July 25, 2009
  11. ^ Daily Telegraph: "Islam's US faithful are happy to embrace the American dream July 23, 2005
  12. ^ Mohamed Nimer (January 2002). The North American Muslim Resource Guide: Muslim Community Life in the United States and Canada. Taylor & Francis. p. 18. ISBN 978-0-415-93728-3.
  13. ^ "About Baqee Organization".
  14. ^ "List of Shia Organizations in the Americas".