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U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar's Hijab - Why is it Even a Problem?

U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar's Hijab - Why is it Even a Problem?

It should be a non-issue, right? Newly-elected U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from Minnesota’s fifth district wears a hijab. But, a 181 year-old ban on hats in in the U.S. House of Representatives impedes on her right to do so. So, why does the House have this ban? Why was such a seemingly silly ban enacted …

After 181 Years of No Hats, Hijab to be Allowed in US Congress

Hats have been banned from the House chamber of the Capitol for nearly two centuries — 181 years, to be exact.  Under a new proposal from Democrats, the rule would be relaxed to allow religious headwear, like hijab or kippah Ilham Omar will become the first federal legislator to wear a religious headscarf WASHINGTON, DC – Democrats …

Muslims Make History in US Midterm Elections

WASHINGTON, DC – History has been made after the US elected its first Muslim women to Congress, Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. “We did this together,” Omar tweeted after announcing the results. “Thank you!” The Independent reported. After Tuesday’s elections, Omar became the first Somali-American member of Congress. We did this, together. Thank …

US Report: Running Islamophobic Campaigns a ‘Losing Strategy’

WASHINGTON — Several American candidates, almost exclusively Republicans, have run campaigns this election cycle casting their opponents as “national security threats with ties to terrorism.” But, according to a new Muslim American study, these claims won’t help them win, Politico reported on October 22. “While many factors contribute to election outcomes, the vast majority of …

Meet US Muslim American Women Mid-Term Candidates

WASHINGTON – As the US prepares for November midterm elections, this video shows American Muslim women running for Congress and what voters in their districts are saying about them. “We’re going to Washington everyone,” Ilhan Omar, congressional Candidate in Minnesota says in the video shared by Voice of America. “This win would mean so much more …

Keith Ellison: Muslim Vanguard of Civic Rights & Justice

MINNESOTA – In 2006, Keith Maurice Ellison became the first American Muslim elected to serve in Congress, representing Minnesota’s 5th District. Several months later, Ellison took the oath of office on a copy of the Holy Qur’an once owned by Thomas Jefferson, with a wall of journalists jostling to capture the historic moment. “It was …

Keith Ellison Wins Minnesota Attorney General Primary

MINNEAPOLIS – US Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison has won the Democratic primary election for Minnesota attorney general on Tuesday night, and so he will be the party’s nominee in November. “We had a very unexpected event at the end of this campaign that happened,” Ellison told supporters at Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis, Star Tribune reported. …

Ilhan Omar Wins Primary, Gets Closer to Congress

MINNESOTA – America’s first Somali-American legislator, Ilhan Omar (D), won the Minnesota Democratic primary on Tuesday night, becoming more likely to make history as one of the first Muslim women in Congress. “We started this campaign to prove people are ready and willing to fight for an America that works for all of us. To …

US Congress Gets Its First Female Muslim Member

MICHIGAN – Former Michigan state representative Rashida Tlaib will become the US’s first ever Muslim woman elected to Congress after winning the Democratic nomination to represent Michigan’s 13th district. Tlaib, a daughter of Palestinian immigrants, said Tuesday evening that her day had been filled with emotion and described it as “happy chaos,” Detroit News reported. …

Historic Record for US Muslim Candidates Running for Office

US Muslims Run for Office in Record Numbers

MASSACHUSETTS – An unprecedented number of Muslim Americans are running for national and statewide offices this election cycle in USA. According to VOA News, the Muslim American community has never witnessed such a high number of candidates since at least the 9/11 Attacks; it has now reached up to 90 candidates. From Congress to state …



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