Aside from all the racism that affects the Muslim community in western countries and white supremacists enjoying support in American society under Donald Trump’s presidency, our Muslim sisters are rising and achieving high standards.
After the recent mid-terms election in America on Tuesday, 6th November 2018 two Muslim women were elected for ranks in congress for the first time in history. Belonging to Indiana, Keith Ellison and Andre Carson were the first ever Muslim men elected to congress. These women are third and fourth Muslims to be elected for US house of representatives.
Rashida Tlaib (endorsed by a socialist group within democratic party) and Ilhan Omar (also the first Somali American) secured promising seats earlier this year in respective districts (Michigan and Minnesota) contested under banner of democrats and now will join US congress.
Ilhan Omar, 37 year old Hijab observing, degree holder in political science, woman of three children, is a progressive state legislator, who achieved victory in Minnesota’s 5th congressional District.
She came to America in 1995 as a refugee from Somalia after the start of 1991 Somalia civil war. She will be replacing Minnesota representative ‘Keith Ellison’ who is the first Muslim man elected to congress. Mr.Ellison (won six terms) plans to become the Minnesota Attorney General.
Rashida Tlaib, 42 is a Palestinian-American, recognized as the first Muslim female member of Michigan’s State Legislature in 2009.
She will be replacing Michigan democratic representative John Conyers who had to resign on the account of accused sexual misconduct. She is also famous for being anti-trump and was arrested 2 years ago during a Trump speech in Detroit.