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In 1829, Bilali authored a thirteen-page Arabic Risala on Islamic beliefs and the rules for ablution, morning prayer, and the calls to prayer.
He and four survivors subsequently traveled through much of the American southwest and the Mexican interior before reaching Mexico City.
"Muslims' presence [in the United States] is affirmed in documents dated more than a century before religious liberty became the law of the land, as in a Virginia statute of 1682 which referred to 'negroes, moores, molatoes, and others, born of and in heathenish, idollatrous, pagan, and Mahometan parentage and country' who 'heretofore and hereafter may be purchased, procured, or otherwise obteigned, as slaves.'" One of the first documented Muslims in North America was Anthony Janszoon van Salee, a landholder and merchant of mixed Dutch-Moor descent who settled in New Netherlands (modern New York) in the 17th century.
An early Egyptian immigrant is mentioned in the accounts of the Dutch settlers of the Catskill Mountains and recorded in the 1884 History of Greene County, New York.
According to this tradition, an Egyptian named "Norsereddin" settled in the Catskills in the vicinity of the Catskill Mountain House.
He befriended the local indigenous American chief, Shandaken, and sought the hand of his daughter Lotowana in marriage.