Michigan Community Elects First Muslim-Dominated City Council

© AP Photo / Paul SancyaMuslim women walk past the Polish Market in downtown Hamtramck, Mich., Monday, April 19, 2004. In a sign of the deep changes in this once predominantly Polish town, City Council is expected Tuesday to pass a noise ordinance amendment that would permit mosques to issue the traditional call to prayer. But some longtime residents are resisting what they consider an affront to the religious freedom of non-Muslims.
Muslim women walk past the Polish Market in downtown Hamtramck, Mich., Monday, April 19, 2004. In a sign of the deep changes in this once predominantly Polish town, City Council is expected Tuesday to pass a noise ordinance amendment that would permit mosques to issue the traditional call to prayer. But some longtime residents are resisting what they consider an affront to the religious freedom of non-Muslims. - Sputnik International
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A city in the metropolitan Detroit area has made history by becoming the first in America to seat a Muslim-dominated city council.

The Hamtramck city council of six members now has four Muslims — one Yemeni and three Bangladeshi — on its panel, making last Tuesday’s election a historical one for the United States.

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Polish Catholics used to comprise 90% of Hamtramck’s population back in the 1970s, but the situation in this Detroit enclave changed dramatically due to immigration from the Middle East and Bangladesh, and higher birth-rates of the newcomers.

According to the latest US census poll, the city of some 22,000 is now 24% Arab, mostly Yemeni, 19%African American, 15% Bangladeshi, while its Slavic Polish and Yugoslavian — mostly Muslim — populations are currently at 12 and 6 percents, respectively.

One of the winners of November 3 elections is Saad Almasmari, 28, a Yemeni who moved to the US in 2009 and received American citizenship four years ago. He received the highest percentage of votes, at 22%.

“Although we are Muslims, it doesn’t have anything to do with serving the community,” Almasmari commented to ABC. “It’s not about religion. It’s not about Muslim unity. We are planning to work for everyone.”

In the past, Hamtramck made history by becoming the first US town to allow mosques to broadcast calls to prayer via loudspeakers on the streets in 2004. The city council had one Muslim member at that time.

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