The first two Muslim American Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar took oath on Holy Quran and become the first Muslim women in the 435-member US House of Representatives.
Rashida Tlaib, an American-born Muslim of Palestinian descent, sworn in with her left hand on her own copy of the Quran, though she considered using a 1734 English translation that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. And Ilhan Omar, who arrived in the US 23 years ago as a refugee fleeing Somalia’s war, became the first Muslim women to wear a hijab in the House chamber, which until now was part of a ban on wearing any kind of hat or headscarf.
“It’s important to me because a lot of Americans have this kind of feeling that Islam is somehow foreign to American history,” Ms. Tlaib, 42, said in an article. “Muslims were there at the beginning… Some of our founding fathers knew more about Islam than some members of Congress now.” Ms.
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17 November, 2019