"As-Salam Alaikum” ~ Ilhan Omar

By on November 7th, 2018 in General
Ilhan Omar, the First Muslim Woman Elected to Congress, Led Her Acceptance Speech With “As-Salam Alaikum.” That’s Huge. by an author (Slate Magazine)

When Minnesota state Rep. Ilhan Omar stepped on stage tonight as one of the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress—the other, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, was also elected Tuesday night—she led with “as-salam alaikum.” Then: “alhamdulillah.” I’m transported. This was not an acceptance speech I expected to hear. In a cycle recently dubbed “the most Islamophobic election ever,” even basic Muslim salutations on a stage like this feel like a tangible achievement.

This is how the United States is supposed to work.

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