Date :Friday, August 10th, 2018 | Time : 08:43 |ID: 68281 | Print

Will a Muslim become Governor of Michigan for the first time in the US history?

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SHAFAQNA – The polls for the state’s primaries held on Tuesday in Michigan. El-Sayed, a 33-year-old physician is a Muslim candidate who will be the first Egyptian-American Muslim governor of Michigan if he win the 2018 Democratic Party primary elections.

Abdul El-Sayed is campaigning for the Democratic nomination to be the next governor of Michigan. If he’s successful, he could be sworn in as America’s first Muslim governor in 2019, ABC News reported.

Born in Detroit for Egyptian migrant parents, Abdul has also attracted the attention of Americans as being the first Muslim candidate to run in Michigan in addition to his plans toward supporting “Medicare-for-all,” making college tuition-free, and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

He said I went to medical school to learn how to heal, then I realized it was our politics that made people sick, albawaba reported.

“I’m not running to be the first Muslim governor of Michigan. I’m running to be the governor of Michigan and I also happen to be Muslim,” El-Sayed said.

El-Sayed acknowledged the difficulties the American Muslim community faces 16 years after the 9/11 attacks.

“People have always asked, how are you going to have a conversation with people in Donald Trump’s America? And my push-back is it’s not Donald Trump’s America, it is our United States of America,” El-Sayed says, “It’s the same responsibility that Americans have shared in our country since its inception.”

El-Sayed hasn’t shied from his religion in the campaign, even as he’s had to swat away rumors that he’s a George Soros plant sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood. He’s happily described the immigrant story of his father moving to the United States from Egypt and spending time with his stepmother, whose family history in Michigan goes back to before the Civil War, politico reported.

Abdul found many critics and opponents as well. Most of them are right-wing Republicans who criticized him for his religion, ethnicity and for other reasons.

Bernie Sanders endorses Abdul El-Sayed

Abdul was endorsed by several notable Democratic figures, including US Senator Bernie Sanders, and the congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In a statement released by Sanders on supporting Abdul, he said: “Under Abdul’s leadership Michigan can help lead the nation in guaranteeing health care for all through a Medicare for all single-payer type system, tuition free public colleges and universities, a minimum wage of $15 per hour and strong environmental protections.”

Some of the same outside groups that backed Sanders in 2016 are behind El-Sayed, as are Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and grass-roots favorites like Ocasio-Cortez and activist Michael Moore. El-Sayed has also received donations from Ben Affleck and received praise from the hosts of the liberal podcast Pod Save America.

El-Sayed’s Personal life

El-Sayed’s wife of 12 years, psychiatrist Sarah Jukaku, accompanied him in a big white Suburban that ferried them around town. They shared a croissant and talked about missing their 8-month-old daughter, who was home with grandparents. Their relationship was captured in a campaign ad that many Muslims found groundbreaking for its portrayal of the tenderness between an ordinary Muslim couple: a bearded man and a hijab-wearing woman laughing as they cooked dinner together and decorated their daughter’s nursery.

Before his daughter was born, El-Sayed said, he wrote her a 5,000-word letter, largely because he knew he was incurring risk as a Muslim on the campaign trail in a time of open hostility toward Islam, and he wanted her to know about her dad in case, for some reason, he did not survive the campaign. El-Sayed said he hopes she “grows up with the history of what it all meant”, Buzzfeed News reported.

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