The Michigan Muslim Community Council hosted it’s 9th Annual Michigan Muslim Capitol Day.
Hundreds of people came from across the state in hopes of finding ways to improve their communities and make their voices heard.
“We as Muslims, we’re not marginalized. We do have a voice,” Former Michigan Muslim Community Council Project Manager Anas Alkatib said. “We are all one. Whether we’re white, brown, black– what ties us together is our religion.”
A religion that accounts for around one percent of the U.S. population.
“As a minority, we get overlooked,” Arslan Raheem said.
He’s attending the Michigan Muslim Day for the second year in a row.
“Every citizen of this great state should visit the Capitol because this is our house. We pay for it and I think we should let our voices be heard,” Raheem said.
People had the chance to speak about issues they see in their communities as well as hear from Abdullah Hammoud, the only Muslim state representative, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer, among others.
“I came with my class who are sixth, seventh, and eighth,” seventh-grader from the Greater Lansing Islamic School said. “We feel like all Muslims and like Christians, Jewish are like the same race basically.”