(A Journey Through NYC Religions) Islam's Holy Book suffers in the hurried life of New York City

Since 2001, [Iman] Bashir has traveled from Senegal to Harlem to spend nine months of every year teaching the Quran to members of New York’s Senegalese community. He said his students include some adults but are mostly children.

Muslim parents find that New York City life disrupts their children’s religious upbringing. For one, their children are required by law to attend schools five days a week starting at the age of 6. Almost all attend public school which don’t offer Quran study as an option. Also, since the adults are in over their heads with work, they have little time of their own to teach their children about their faith.

In sum, the Senegalese community has very little time for memorizing Quran verses.

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