Here’s What The Controversial First Majority Muslim Town In America Looks Like

Here’s What The Controversial First Majority Muslim Town In America Looks Like

A Muslim woman wears a niqab as she walks past a McDonald's restaurant in Hamtramck, Mich. (Salwan Georges/For The Washington Post)

The Washington Post has a great look at a Michigan town that has become the first municipality in America to be comprised of a population of mostly Muslims.

Sharia law hasn’t exactly been implemented, but 5 daily calls to prayer from multiple mosques are disruptive to some and subsequently stirring controversy, as well as the intrusion on commerce that comes with the areas surrounding the mosques not allowed to have alcohol.

Mosques are also buying up hot properties that community leaders had hoped to use for business development…

According to the Post:

“Karen Majewski was in such high demand in her vintage shop on a recent Saturday afternoon that a store employee threw up her hands when yet another visitor came in to chat. Everyone wanted to talk to the mayor about the big political news.

Earlier this month, the blue-collar city that has been home to Polish Catholic immigrants and their descendents for more than a century became what demographers think is the first jurisdiction in the nation to elect a majority-Muslim council.

It’s the second tipping for Hamtramck (pronounced Ham-tram-ik), which in 2013 earned the distinction becoming of what appears to be the first majority-Muslim city in the United States following the arrival of thousands of immigrants from Yemen, Bangladesh and Bosnia over a decade.

In many ways, Hamtramck is a microcosm of the fears gripping parts of the country since the Islamic State’s attacks on Paris: The influx of Muslims here has profoundly unsettled some residents of the town long known for its love of dancing, beer, paczki pastries and the pope…”

The article is worth a read. Check it out HERE.