For the first time in history, a U.S city elects Muslim-majority city council

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In Hamtramck, a city in Michigan with a population of 22,000 people, citizens elected the first Muslim-majority city council in the history of the United States, says The Express Tribune.

Could this be just the beginning of a phenomenon?

“What took place in Hamtramck is a very American endeavour. It’s only a matter of time before we’ll see a Muslim mayor.”, stated Dawud Walid, executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, according to the same source. Now, four of six council members are Muslim. Saad Almasmari, 28-year-old,  a Yemen native, is one of the new members of the Muslim-majority city council.

“Although we are Muslims, it doesn’t have anything to do with serving the community. It’s not about religion. It’s not about Muslim unity. We are planning to work for everyone.”, said Almasmari. The 28-year-old was elected with the most percentage of votes, 22%, but the campaign for the election didn’t went as smooth as you’d think. Nearly half of his signs were spray painted with an X, as opposition didn’t want a Muslim-majority city council.

The Muslim communities are growing strong

University of Michigan-Dearborn associate professor Sally Howell wrote a book on Michigan and US Muslims and according to him, about 50 per cent of the people in Hamtramck are Muslims and the city has at least seven mosques, more mosques per person than anywhere else in the U.S. “Growth is taking place in these Muslim communities, and they are transforming the city scape. It’s become much more visible in the last 15 years,”, said Howell, quoted by The Express Tribune.

A 2004 story in Detroit News says that Hamtramck let mosques spread the call to prayer onto city streets making it one of the few places in the United States to approve the practice. Hamtramck’s muslim population is made up of immigrants especially from Yemen, Bangladesh and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

  • BTeboe

    Watch out folks, sharia law coming to a neighborhood near you. I would like to know how a Muslim can swear to uphold the Constitution when their sworn allegiance is Allah. Islam (the word itself means ‘submission’) is a totalitarian theocracy where one’s everyday life is controlled by the tenets of a cult religion and laws. These people are not here to assimilate, they are here to subjugate and they are a patient bunch. They love countries with a strong welfare system as they can continue to have as many children as possible without having to work really hard at supporting them. I look at this way, if they will kill their own children for some perceived slight, what won’t they do.

    • R_SM

      “I would like to know how a Muslim can swear to uphold the Constitution when their sworn allegiance is Allah. Islam”

      The same way the US elected a President that is muslim …not once…but twice!

      • Chancy

        Still stuck on that lie. I agree with the first posters comment about allegiances but the President is not a Muslim. I know you want him to be to soothe your ignorant hatred of him but you are just going to have to accept that he is not Muslim. But I suspect you are a dye in the wool conservative which means you won’t know the truth if it came up and smacked you across the face. Like the saying goes… you can’t fix stupid.

        • R_SM

          “you can’t fix stupid” Hit a nerve did I? Muslim are you?

          • Chancy

            Yeah. I am Muslim. Good grief. You really are dumb. I am Agnostic. Which basically means I am smart enough to know that the truth is beyond your grasp. Like I said… you just don’t know the truth and even when you are presented with facts you still go your own idiotic way. Yep. Definitely conservative. I am done with you.

    • Mogan

      Oh, please. Stop the fear mongering. What about those Christian elected officials who sear to uphold the Constitution but then claim that their true allegiance is to God? What about those Christian politicians who claim that are laws should be based on God’s laws and thus oppose same sex marriages, etc? Islam has been part of the history of this country even before there was a country. There were Muslims who fought against the British during our war for independence. They fought in the Civil War.
      And as for our Founding Fathers, they extended freedom of religion to them.
      What is your position on American born Muslims who are serving in the military? I don’t thank you for your service and you are all really terrorists in hiding? What do you say to the many Muslims who are secular?
      I can understand your position, which comes from ignorance and from a lot of websites created by people who live on fear mongering.

      • BTeboe

        First and foremost Islam is NOT a religion. ISLAM is a form of govt called totalitarian theocracy. Perhaps you should look up the meaning of those words before you try to label me as a bigot. Perhaps you should do some research on what Thomas Jefferson thought of Islam. I don’t know any secular Muslims, the thought of that is so contradictory it’s not even funny. Regular Muslims still believe in their Koran and their Koran instructs them in the ways of Jihad. Regular Muslims are afraid to speak out because they know they will be next. Muslims were/are the biggest slave traders in the world. You’re confused about what Islam is and I’m pretty sure your thoughts are from a lot websites created by people who are trying to sell another form of govt to this country. Get a grip already.

        PS I don’t know any Christians who are attempting to bring biblical law into the mainstream. Yes there are people who have deep religious convictions but that is between them and their God.

  • John Smith

    Q: is the “call to prayer” a violation of church & state? 60 years ago the call to prayer was not done via a powered PA system for all to hear – PA systems didn’t exist back then.

    Also, I’m tired of immigrants moving to another country and then EXPECTING their adopted homeland to accommodate there wants & wishes. That’s like a relative moving in and repainting the house without asking.

    • zaeon

      >60 years ago the call to prayer was not done via a powered PA system for all to hear – PA systems didn’t exist back then.

      HAHA what? you think speakers didn’t exist in 1955?

  • JvH

    US is harboring more and more terrorists… so this is slightly worrying..