Earlier this week, Futuro Media Group debuted its new Humanizing America episode, “Young and Muslim,” shedding light on the importance of getting Muslims involved in the political process — especially during a presidential election where the anti-Islamic sentiment has been embraced by at least one GOP frontrunner. Also Read - Yoga to Cure Acidity: 6 Asanas to Prevent Acidity in Body
According to Futuro Media Group, which cites a study conducted by Rasmussen Reports, 46 percent of American voters support a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country. In this short, five-minute investigative episode, award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, also President of Futuro Media Group, interviews 29-year-old Reema Ahmad, a Palestinian-American leading a voter registration effort at one of Chicago’s oldest mosques. Also Read - 5 Food Combinations For Weight Loss: Foods That Can Help You Shed Those Extra Kilos
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Chicago, the third most populated metropolitan city in the United States, has an estimated 300,000 to 400,000 Muslim residents, many of whom live in wealthier suburbs. Illinois, which has historically been a swing state, will play a big role in this year’s presidential election and Ahmad hopes that her efforts will encourage Muslims to get involved so that their voice is not drowned out by hateful rhetoric.
Ahmad, a native of Milwaukee, WI, currently works as a campaign manager for Harish Patel, a Muslim running for Illinois State Representative. She tells Hinojosa that she has always been passionate about politics, which comes as no surprise since she grew up in a family that frequently participated in justice rallies and protests.
“I care about [the] issues,” she tells Hinojosa. “I care about what’s going on in my community and I want to fight for something better.”
During a time in which hate crimes have tripled, Ahmad tells Hinojosa the “stakes are high” for Muslims. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has not been helping the Islamic cause, openly suggesting that America bars Muslims from entering the country to fight terrorism.
“If we do not have a voice in the political process, there’s no reason why elected officials would actually pay attention, unfortunately,” Ahmad said in the interview.
“I know in working with my communities that it isn’t that easy of a pivot,” she adds. “There is a lot of potential, but something still needs to click.”
When asked by Hinojosa about her opinion regarding the anti-Islamic rhetoric, Ahmad said, “it sucks.”
“I was born and raised in this country. I feel fully American. I feel fully Arab. I feel fully Muslim,” she said. “I feel like a full foodie and fully chocolate lover. I hate anything that really keeps me from being able to connect with another person. The Islamophobic language out there is a very compelling reason for us to be active and engaged in the political process this year.”