That’s 60 more Muslims than WAPO reported were running in April. (link at end)
Using an umbrella to keep the summer rain from soaking her hijab, Saima Farooqui peered down at a list of registered Democrats near her Coconut Creek home.
In what has been called a “Muslim blue wave” — or a Muslim-led referendum on Trump’s kind of rhetoric — over 150 American Muslims across the nation have filed to run for public office this year, according to the national Muslim civil rights group Emgage.
“I feel like the demographics have changed but the representation has not,” Farooqui said Sunday afternoon before she and her family walked the district knocking on doors. “That’s where I really felt a strong necessity of going out and doing something.”
Since the Muslim holy month of Ramadan began in May, Farooqui has been fasting and campaigning. The first-time candidate is hoping to earn a spot in the Florida House of Representatives representing District 96, which covers a large swath of Broward County that includes Parkland, home of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
For the most part, she says, the strangers she has met throughout the district are friendly and supportive of her run. But the reactions to her traditional headscarf and her slight accent haven’t been all good. One of the last times she knocked on the door of a conservative couple in her Broward County district — she hesitates now as she walks by homes with pickup trucks and oversized American flags — they kicked her off the property and nearly let their dog loose, her husband said. Farooqui fled running.
“You have to have a strong heart,” her son said. “You have to deal with people getting in your face for no reason.”
There were an estimated 3.4 million Muslims living in the U.S. in 2017, up from 2.3 million in 2007, according to the Pew Research Center.
She currently serves as the secretary of the American Muslim Democratic Caucus of Florida and as the vice president of the Coconut Creek Democratic Club.
School safety is a major pillar of her platform, which also mentions “common sense gun control” and anti-discrimination policies. She will face off against incumbent Democratic Rep. Kristin Jacobs, the former mayor of Broward County, in the Aug. 28 open primary. There are no Republicans running for the seat.
Jacobs has raised $26,639 as of the current filing period, and is certainly the favorite in this bout. Her political contributors include Walmart and NextEra Energy, the corporate parent of Florida Power & Light.
Jacobs and Farooqui had breakfast together a few weeks ago and expressed admiration for each other.
“She seems like a very nice person who was gracious and even told me that she and her husband and her friend all had voted for me and were very supportive of the things I have done while in office,” Jacobs told the Miami Herald. “I believe it is fair to say that we both respect this process and recognize that by no means is this ‘my’ seat and that it belongs to the voters and the people who live here.”
Farooqui qualified for the primary via petition — collecting the requisite 1,083 signatures rather than paying a qualifying fee — and her canvassing crew consists of her son, college-aged daughter and husband.
They walk rain or shine and have faith that their mobilization of Muslims in the area may help her over the hump. A friend of the family serves as “de-facto” campaign manager, although Farooqui says everyone helps.
Read it all. Then think forward 25 years or more. Muslims have a plan. Do you?
As for the supposed Muslim civil rights group, Emgage, they are a sharia rights group and are pushing sharia candidates across the U.S.
- Islamic invasion: More than 90 Muslims, nearly all Democrats, running for public office across the U.S.
- Ongoing Islamization of America – Muslims Going Hyper Political
- Muslim Brotherhood’s U.S. Political Infiltration on Steroids
- Politics as a Weapon in the Cause of Islam
And check out the short video clips in these two tweets: