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11/6 has become a landmark date in Muslim American history

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08.11.2018

There are some dates that are forever etched in the minds of Muslim Americans - dates that live more in infamy or misery, marking moments of unprecedented scapegoating or fear, anxiety and the collective bracing of backlash. 9/11 and 11/9 rush to mind, numbers that memorialise two days when everything changed for Muslim Americans - the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, DC and the election of an orange-skinned man who rode on a wave of Islamophobia all the way into the White House.

Now, 11/6 not only stands apart from those dates, but directly counters the evils and ills they directed at 8 million Muslims that call the United States home. On November 6, 2018, two Muslim American women officially made history. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat out of Minnesota, soundly defeated her Republican opponent to claim a US Congressional seat. Two states over to the east, Rashida Tlaib overwhelmed two contestants in Michigan's 13th congressional district to claim her place in Washington, DC.

Two Muslim women are headed to US Congress, a place they have never been a part of. And in the aftermath of their historic wins, the collective prayer of "Please don't be Muslim" that follows every terror attack was replaced with "I'm so proud to be Muslim", uttered by Muslims across the US.

Two Muslim American women, one a daughter of a Palestinian refugee and the other a refugee herself, made history by becoming the first........

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