Latino Muslims Revisit Historic, Cultural Ties to Islam

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Over the past years, the number of Latino Muslims has grown significantly in the US.

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Muslims living in the US increased from 2.5 million to 3.5 million from 2007 to 2017. Roughly a quarter-million of them are Latinos.

As a hijabi, Yasemin Kanar, a social media influencer, is one of these visible Latino Muslims in Miami.

She began her experience as a visible Muslim woman at Vicky bakery in Miami Gardens during high school. She entered into her workplace in a full hijab, which stunned many of her co-workers.

“It took a while for people to get used to that, but everyone was really nice to me,” Kanar told Newsweek.

“Once we started talking to each other in Spanish, we were on the same page.”

Kanar is now 30-years-old, married, and a mother of two children. She is an influencer with a popular YouTube channel to share how she styled her hijab with close friends and family.

But eventually, she began receiving messages from Cuban girls with questions about Islam. 

“When (Cubans) first see me, they never think that I’m Cuban or that I can speak Spanish and so they look at me like an outsider,” she says.

“When they find out that I can speak Spanish, it’s like they can relate to me on a new level and my hijab doesn’t matter anymore. I’m one of them.”

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