The United States is home to about 7 million Muslims and, for many of them, a series of recent terror attacks organized or inspired by the Islamic State has made being Muslim a challenge — to their religion and to their efforts to integrate into American society.

"We are part of this community in America," said Ahmed Mashaal, an American Muslim and specialist in Islamic law. "We are part of the fabric from the early days of the American history."

Many Muslims who were born, raised and educated in the United States feel a duty to fight the spread of radical ideas being preached under the guise of "Islam."

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