|These are the faces of Islam. Our friends and family.|
So let's put a face on Islam. I'm married to a Muslim. He's an American, but he came from one of the Trump banned countries, Somalia. He left and brought his family here after the country he loved was put into civil war. He was an honor student at Marquette University where he got a degree in Civil Engineering. He owns a business. He employs Americans. In fact, there are some Trump supporters who work for him. But he keeps them anyway. Because we are a country of tolerance, acceptance, and diversity.
|My husband Abdulhamid and Me|
|Abdulfatah, Abdulhamid (my husband), Jamila, Amina, and Halima Sadia|
|My stepson Ahmed and his Somali cousin|
|My stepson Yusuf and his wife Ashleigh|
|My son Omar and his big sister Melissa|
Meeting people from different religions and cultures is incredibly important if we are to have world peace, open trade, and solutions to the big problems in the world. In Milwaukee, I've met Muslims from Turkey, Iran, and Iraq who come with green cards and study at our universities at advanced levels. The things they are researching are much more complex than I understand, but I certainly appreciate their efforts. Some of our Iraqi friends worked with Americans during the war. We've hosted them in our home. They are funny, intelligent, and kind. I wish all Americans knew them they way I know them.
I invite you to look at these faces. These are people just like you and me. They have families. They believe in God. They want a safe place to live, work, and play. They want the freedom to practice their religion. They are the faces of Islam.