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An American muslim Saad Almasmari created history by becoming a Councilman at Hamtramck in Detroit area

While presidential candidates are trying to prevent Muslims from coming to this county, they are becoming majority in one of the cities, said Osama Siblani.

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HAMTRAMCK, MI - JANUARY 07: A pedestrian walks past the Islamic Center of Hamtramck on January 7, 2011 in Hamtramck, Michigan. The city of Hamtramck is considering filing for bankruptcy protection while it struggles to meet its financial obligations. If approved the bankruptcy filing would be the first for a city in the state of Michigan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Despite all the hoopla over tolerance versus intolerance, USA continues to be the land of freedom of speech, justice and multiculturalism. Hamtramck- a town in Detroit area elected its first Muslim-majority city council. A town that was predominantly Polish Catholic in 1970s is today a Muslim -majority place.

That was in the first week of November of 2015. We profile one of the new councilman, Saad Almasmari.

Winning the majority of votes in Hamtramck City Council, Saad Almasmari described his excitement and experience about the race to it. “I am a social guy, I like helping my community, my city” says Almasmari.

Among three American-Muslim candidates on the ballot, Yemen born Saad Almasmari was one of them. All three received the most votes in a town that has the largest percentages of foreign born citizens in Michigan. “This is the city that has distinguished itself among others that the majority of the people on the city council are Muslims” Osama Siblani, publisher of Arab American News. But this news made a bigger remark due to its timing. “While presidential candidates are trying to prevent Muslims from coming to this county, they are becoming majority in one of the cities. I think this is the news” he adds.

Hamtramck was unhappy to know Mr. Donald Trump’s statement to ban Muslims from coming to America. “We have about 27% of Yemenis in Hamtramck, 22% Bengalis and about 11% Brazilians who are all Muslims” says Almasmari. From a Polish Catholic auto workers’ settlement, to Muslim American shop owners and businesses Hamtramck has been a case study for changing demographics by recent immigration. “Yes, it has all been quite surprising, all these national and international attention” Karen Majewski, Mayor- Hamtramck.

Saad Almasmari winning the city council elections.
Saad Almasmari winning the city council elections. Image source Al Arab news

But this attention couldn’t last longer. When Almasmari attended his first general city council meeting in January, only two media organizations were present to record the moment.  “In the council, I am an American before I am a Muslim. One of the newspapers asked me if I was able to meet Mr Trump, would you? I said yes I have no issues in meeting him. And then three days later, I received an email from their campaign asking if I can meet him for like 15-20 mins.”

If he ever meets Mr. Trump, he wouldn’t talk about his faith, but helping Hamtramck which is in financial trouble and has highest poverty rates in the state of Michigan clears Saad Almasmari.

-by Vrushali Mahajan

Vrushali is pursuing her graduation in Journalism and is an intern at NewsGram. You can reach the author at twitter- Vrushali Mahajan 

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  • Bill Meyer

    please make correction in quote above: it’s Bangladeshis NOT Brazilians. Thank you

  • bandmom

    Where are any women in that picture? Probably where most Muslim women are – in a body bag out of sight and not visible in public.

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Want to contest elections? Swarna Bharat Party is looking for candidates to fight 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

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SBP wants candidates for the 2019 Lok Sabha
SBP will grow into a major political party sooner or later and wants candidates for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. wikimedia commons

Swarna Bharat Party (SBP), a newly founded political venture, is looking for candidates for the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.

SBP is a relatively new and unrecognized party in the Indian Political spectrum. The party recognizes itself as classical liberal, and is very vocal about how Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is robbing Indians of their opportunities and freedom.

The party promises to make India liberal again, because according to international standards, we are as a country nothing but ‘banana republic.’ Our country needs a change and SBP, if elected, promises to change India for better.

Sanjeev Sabhlok notes that people are not happy with BJP as it has been spreading rabid communalism and stoking hatred.
Sanjeev Sabhlok notes that people are not happy with BJP as it has been spreading rabid communalism and stoking hatred.

In a recent blog entry by Sanjeev Sabhlok, he calls out for 50 more candidates who are willing to be a part of their team and stand in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections against some of the biggest names in Indian Politics.

The message which was put out, underlines the unhappiness and dissatisfaction of Indian Public with BJP, while completely dismissing Congress as an alternative. It also highlights the successful footing SBP has been able to achieve in its short tenure.

Sabhlok wrote,

I’d like to update that after putting in just a couple of months of effort on the ground in some 2019 Lok Sabha constituencies, we are starting to get a very good response from people, and are now starting to prepare booth level organisation in one of the constituencies.

The post shone a light on the bias people have for the parties who put out more candidates in the election. Keeping this in mind, and the good responses that the party is getting for their work in various constituencies, SBP is in want of 50 more candidates to fight election under their banner.

SBP believes each one of us can make a difference and to bring in a change, we need to put in our efforts, at a very personal cost and time.

Interested candidates can contact SBP via their e-mail address, info@swarnabharat.in