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American Muslim Omar Akersim, 26, poses for a photo on his prayer rug  at his home in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 1. Nearly 40 percent of the estimated 2.75 million Muslims in the U.S. are American-born and the number is growing, with the Muslim population skewing younger than the U.S. population at large, according to a 2011 survey by the Pew Research Center.

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American Muslim Omar Akersim, 26, poses for a photo on his prayer rug at his home in Los Angeles Friday, Aug. 1. Nearly 40 percent of the estimated 2.75 million Muslims in the U.S. are American-born and the number is growing, with the Muslim population skewing younger than the U.S. population at large, according to a 2011 survey by the Pew Research Center.



LOS ANGELES — Omar Akersim prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast...

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