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The Ethnic Groups of the San Francisco Bay Area Shia Muslims


The majority of the Shiites of the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley belong to the following ethnic groups:

"سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلًا مِنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الْأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ" (الإسراء)
"Glory be to God Who took His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque, whose precincts We (God) did bless." (Quran 17:1)
"Glory be to God Who took His servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque, whose precincts We (God) did bless." (Quran 17:1)
Octagon Afghan 1أفغان Octagon
Octagon Arab 2عرب Octagon
Octagon Arab-Berber 3عرب-بربر Octagon
Octagon African: East-Africa 4أفريقي غربي Octagon
Octagon African: West-Africa 5أفريقي شرقي Octagon
Octagon African-American 6أفريقي-أميريكي Octagon
Octagon Azeri 7أزري Octagon
Octagon Egyptian 8مصري Octagon
Octagon Hispanic 9هسباني Octagon
Octagon Indian Muhajir 10مهاجر هندي Octagon
Octagon Indo-Aryan 11هندي-آري Octagon
Octagon Malay 12ماليزي Octagon
Octagon Persian 13فارسي Octagon
Octagon Turkoman 14تركوماني Octagon
Octagon White: Amerindian 15أبيض: هندي أميريكي Octagon
Octagon White: European 16أبيض: أوروبي Octagon
Octagon White: Hebrew 17أبيض: عبراني Octagon
Octagon White: Middle Eastern 18أبيض: شرق أوسطي Octagon

The greatest majority of the Shia of the Bay Area belong to the Indian, Pakistani, Persian, Afghan, Iraqi-Arab, and Lebanese-Arab ethnic groups. While the Iraqis and the Lebanese are Semites, the Indians, the Pakistanis, and the Persians are mainly Aryan.

The Iraqi Shiites of the Bay Area are mainly from Southern Iraq, particularly as-Samawah (السماوة), Karbala (كربلاء المقدسة), and an-Nassiriah (الناصرية). Some of the local Iraqi Shiites are from Baghdad (بغداد), an-Najaf (النجف الأشرف), and ad-Diwaniah (الديوانية).

The Lebanese Shiites are mainly from Jabal Amel (جبل عامل). But there are at least three families from the Baalbek (بعلبك) province as well.

The Bay Area also includes a substantial community of Afro-Lebanese-American Shiites, especially from Sierra Leone, western Africa. The greatest majority of the Bay Area Afro-Lebanese-Americans are originally from Ain Baal (عين بعال), Jabal Amel, Lebanon (لبنان).

The overwhelming majority of the Lebanese-Americans, including the Afro-Lebanese-Americans, attend services at Azakhana-e-Zahra, PBUH, in Milpitas, California. On the other hand, several Canadian-Lebanese Shiites are active at the Shia Association of Bay Area (Saba Islamic Center). The leading American Shia cleric in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hojjat-ol-Islam Syed Mudassir Ali Shah Moosvi, is a founder of both of these Shia organizations.

The Shiites who belong to the other ethnic groups, such as Berber (بربر), Egyptian (مصري), Malay, etc., are mainly converts who were born as Sunnis. Others, such as those who belong to the Amerindian, Hispanic, and White-American ethnic groups are converts who were originally Christians.

There are also at least two Ashkenazi Jews in the Bay Area who have converted to Shia Islam. The Hebrew Shiites are of course Semites, just like the Iraqi-American and Lebanese-American Shiites. This makes the Hebrew, Iraqi, and Lebanese Shiites brothers in both creed and blood for they are all descendants of Shem (سام، عليه السلام), PBUH, the eldest son of Noah (نوح، عليه السلام), PBUH.

Christianity and Judaism are indeed the closest religions to Islam (إسلام), for all three religions are monotheistic creeds of Peace (سلام - שלום) that trace their origins back to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses, Peace be upon them all.

For more information about the San Francisco Bay Area Shia community, please do not hesitate to contact us:

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