• Sharia City? Michigan City Becomes First In The Nation To Elect Majority Muslim Council

    A Michigan city has become the first in the country to elect a mostly Muslim city council.

    Four out of six of Hamtramck, Michigan’s city council are now Muslim, reflecting the changing face of that community which used to be made up of mostly of polish immigrants.

    From WDIV Detroit‎:

    The Polish flocked to Hamtramck in the 1900s and evidence of the city’s Polish roots remain.

    However, over the last few decades a new wave of immigrants, primarily from the Middle East, South Asia and Southeastern Europe, has dramatically changed the face and culture of this community.

    Now, the Hamtramck City Council is going to reflect that diversity.

    “We are very proud and we are very happy for that achievement, what we have done in this city, for our city,” said Jamal Alturki, a voter.

    Voters gave Abu Musa and Anam Miah another term in office. Saad Almasmari was elected for the first time. Now four of the six City Council members will be of Muslim faith.

    It’s said to be the first majority Muslim City Council not only in Hamtramck but in the entire country.

    “I think that sends a message not only to Hamtramck but throughout the region that people want their representation in offices,” Miah said.

    Although there will be more diversity at the table, they want to make clear the goal of public service stays the the same.

    “My concern is to give the people, everybody, equal opportunity and be fair for everybody,” said Musa.

    “We are going to represent everybody. We are going to serve everybody, Christians, Jewish, Muslims, everybody,” said Almasmari.

    The Muslims who spoke with WDIV Detroit lauded the “diversity” of council, but what’s so diverse about a Muslim majority?

    Hamtramck made national news in January 2004 when the Al-Islah Islamic Center requested use of the city’s loudspeakers to regularly broadcast the Islamic call to prayer.  The city of Hamtramck ultimately refused, but maybe the newly elected majority Muslim council will  amend that decision .

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