In the US midterm elections, a record-breaking 82 Muslim Americans were elected

According to a report from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Jetpac Resource Center, 82 Muslim candidates won municipal, state, federal, and even judicial seats in 25 states during the 2018 midterm elections.

Even if Republican Mehmet Oz, who could have become the nation’s first Muslim senator, failed, the election of a record number of Muslims is nevertheless a victory. Oz lost his Pennsylvania seat.

Most Muslim victories occurred in red states such as Virginia, Georgia, and Texas. The list of elected Muslim representatives includes 20 incumbents and 17 newcomers. Some prominent Muslim lawmakers, such as Representative Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, retained their jobs.

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The seats won range from local school boards and city councils to the United States House of Representatives.

CAIR began recording the electoral victories of Muslims in 2020 when 71 Muslims had been elected. In 2022, the United States saw the greatest number of electoral victories in its history.

Nihad Awad, national executive director of CAIR, stated that the nation was undergoing a “political change.”

“Yesterday’s unprecedented series of record-breaking American Muslim political victories is evidence of our community’s continued rise in American politics and the confidence our neighbors have placed in us to represent them and fight for their interests.”

Awad noted that this was the “next step” for the American Muslim community, whose voice has long been marginalized.

There were also other firsts in history. Some states elected their very first Muslim legislators. Nabilah Islam is the first Muslim woman to be elected to the state senate and house in Georgia, with the second-highest number of Muslim state lawmakers in the nation.

Nabeela Syed, who became the youngest member of the Illinois General Assembly at the age of 23, announced the news on social media.

Ruwa Roman was the first Muslim American woman elected to the state legislature. According to the CAIR report, Democrats Mana Abdi, Deqa Dhalac, and Ambureen Rana are the first Muslims elected to the Maine State Legislature, all to State House seats.

The victory gives the Muslim community in the US some hope, with many becoming victims to hate crimes and frequent discrimination. According to a survey by The Muslim Community Network, 32% of Asian Muslims and 26% of Black Muslims faced hate crimes in New York City alone in 2022.

In a statement, Mohammed Missouri, executive director of the Jetpac Resource Center, said: “State legislators impact policy decisions on education, housing, climate, and civil rights, and it is crucial that our voice be heard in the policymaking process.”