American Muslims See Islamophobia as Election Issue

Although the numbers of Muslim Americans are comparatively small — just under one percent of the adult population — political analysts say Muslim voters can make a difference in this year’s presidential election in states with closely divided electorates such as Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

At the Islamic Society of Orange County, the largest mosque in Southern California, a volunteer urges those U.S. citizens who have come for Friday prayer to register as voters.

Fareed Farukhi, an accountant and chairman of the Islamic Society of Orange County, is concerned about many issues, from improving education to global warming.

Asad Shafiq, a business professor, worries about racial disparities and income inequality, “and how that gap has grown in the last 40 or 50 years. And what should we, as American people, do about it?”

Overshadowing those issues, these Muslim voters say they feel they have become targets in the campaign.



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