The Muslim community in New Jersey will gather Saturday to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the city’s longest serving elected official Mohamed T. Khairullah.
After the ceremony, Khairullah will start his fifth term as mayor of Prospect Park, Insider NJ reported.
Throughout his 17-year tenure, Mayor Khairullah paid frequent visits to refugee camps in Bangladesh to assist with essential supplies distributions and contributed to humanitarian aid relief in Syria.
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“The increase in Muslims seeking office and winning elections is part of a national trend. With at least 40 Muslims serving in elected office, NJ is leading the way in local representation,” said Madina P. Ouedraogo, Government Affairs Manager of the New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ).
“Muslims are a rapidly growing population in the United States and the election and re-election of American Muslims leads to much-needed political representation for our communities.”
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Mayor Khairullah will be sworn in by Assemblywoman Shama A. Haider (D), one of the first Muslims to serve in the New Jersey State Legislature.
Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer (D), who is also one of the first Muslims to serve in the New Jersey State Legislature, will swear in Councilman Mohammed Hussain. Councilman Anand Shah will be sworn in by Mayor Sam Joshi of Edison Township.
US Muslims made history in 2022 midterm elections, with many of them winning seats for the first time.
A total number of 82 local, state legislative, statewide, judicial, and federal American Muslim electoral won in yesterday’s midterm election.