By Meg Bernhard GLOBE CORRESPONDENT JULY 22, 2016
WORCESTER— More than two dozen Muslims and local politicians gathered Thursday evening to celebrate the state’s three Muslim delegates to the Democratic National Convention and encourage others in their faith to participate in the political process.
The Second Congressional District is sending two Muslim-American delegates to next week’s convention in Philadelphia: Noman Khanani, 24, of Worcester and Homaira Naseem, 59, of Boylston — both of whom are Bernie Sanders delegates.
The Fifth Congressional District is sending one delegate, Nazda Alam, of Weston.
“For us it really is a milestone, for our capacity,” said Amjad Bhatti, president of the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester, which hosted the event.
Bhatti emphasized that the society does not endorse any political positions or parties, but that it encourages Muslims to get involved in politics, a field within which he thinks they are under-represented.