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Dr. Dalia Mogahed said the country needs young Muslims to help write America's next chapter. 

Mogahed is the Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies. Her research is on Muslim attitude, opinion, and state of mind from around the world.

Mogahed said her latest research on Muslim Americans found that young Muslims between the age of 18 and 29 were significantly less likely to be classified as "thriving" than their peers - thriving being a measure of life satisfaction and hope.

Mogahed said the age group was also more likely to experience anger, and less satisfaction with their community.

"As we reflected on this research, we realized something. That these 18 to 29 year olds were between the ages of 12 and 21 when that tragic, horrific day that we all witnessed here in the United States happened. The attacks of 911, 2001."

Mogahed told the crowd its time for Muslims to become valuable assets to the country, and offer important solutions to the global crisis. According to the Pew Reaserch Center, there are about 2.5 million muslims in the U.S.

Mogahed was recently appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She said she is the first Muslim Women in the white house to wear a head scarf. 

Mogahed said there is something positive about the current administation's relationship with religious groups.

"They're really approaching faith communities as a source of solutions and ideas rather than seeing them as a possible liability. So I think that's a very constructive way to view what is a huge resource, which is faith traditions in this country to solve common problems."

The Islamic Circle of North America is one of the largest non-profit Islamic organizations in the US. The three-day convention drew about 10,000 Muslims from across the country.